St. Patrick’s Day celebration planned

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Cultural Affairs Committee is holding a St. Patrick’s Day celebration Saturday at the Memorial Building in its continuing effort to celebrate the city’s cultural diversity. Festivities will include Irish music, poetry and dancing along with children’s activities. “The cultural affairs committee is set up to celebrate the […]

Time capsule unearthed

Freedom Newspapers A time capsule buried in downtown Clovis was unearthed Thursday. Buried in 1957, the capsule was discovered on the north side of the Clovis Fire Department beneath a sidewalk. “(The capsule) looks great … for being buried for 50 years,” Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said Friday. The exact locale of the capsule […]

Dia de los Muertos pokes fun at death

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Mexicans are on familiar terms with death. They are undaunted by death and have no qualms about getting up close and personal with death, according to Nobel Prize-winning poet, writer and diplomat, Octavio Paz. Paz goes on to say, “He (the Mexican) chases after it, mocks it, courts it … […]

Dia de Las Familias takes place Saturday

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A bell rung by Father Idalgo on Sept. 16, 1810, signaled the start of Mexico’s fight for independence from Spain. The ensuing battle lasted for 10 years before independence was gained. Today the celebration marking the day is known as Diez y seis de Septiembre A local event marking […]

La Casa celebrating 30th anniversary

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Numerous activities are planned for La Casa Family Health Center’s fourth annual Health Care Center Celebration held this year in conjunction with its 30th anniversary in Portales. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the center. The center is hosting the event during […]

A Special Celebration

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By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Thousands of residents, young and old, assembled at Saturday’s event at the Clovis Civic Center to celebrate the new Special Operations mission for Cannon Air Force Base. As numerous American flags waved in the light breeze, residents sought shade under awnings to enjoy free refreshments and live music. The patriotic […]

Plans for Cannon celebration in works

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Air Force and state dignitaries will take part in a July 1 celebration of Cannon Air Force Base landing a mission. Tentative plans include a static display of the aircraft used by Special Operations from the 16th Special Ops Wing that will call Cannon home by October 2007, along with […]

June 11, 2006 Anniversaries

Banks Loyd and Darlene Banks of Portales will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 4 to 6 p.m. June 24 with a come-and-go reception at the Holiday Inn Express, 1901 W. Second St. in Portales. The celebration is hosted by their children Beverly Hall, Janet Fields and Lynda DeFoor, along with their grandchildren. The couple […]

Cinco Celebration

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer No Cinco de Mayo would be complete without the breaking of piñatas, colorful Mexican ballet folklorico dancers and plenty of festive fiesta foods. Hundreds of people attended the Portales Cinco de Mayo celebration at Lindsey Park on Saturday which featured all of the above, plus performances by Native American […]

Cinco de Mayo celebration to embrace all families, people

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer There will be no shortage of events celebrating Cinco de Mayo in eastern New Mexico Friday and Saturday. Organizers say they want to make their celebrations family venues and not just for Hispanic families. Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated in Portales, Clovis and Tucumcari. There will be a […]

December – a month of holidays for all

Capt. (Chaplain) Mark McKellen When one mentions December, the first thing that comes to mind is Christmas. There are however, other celebrations this month that you may or may not know about. For those of the Jewish faith there is a festival called Hanukkah or Chanukah. Another celebration for this time of year is Kwanzaa. […]

Anniversary: Walker

PNT Staff Fletcher and Paula Walker of Arch will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Dec. 11, 2005 with a reception from 3-5 p.m. at 2010 W. Beech in Portales. The celebration is to be hosted by their children, Velma and Henry King, Bill and Gayle Walker, Karla and Jerry Partin, and Vernon and Teresa […]

Portales celebrates Hispanic heritage

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Although Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on Sept. 16, it was in the waning moments of Sept. 15 when the wheels were in motion to break free from Spain’s rule. Every year at midnight on September 15, Mexicans shout the grito (yell), honoring the crucial, impulsive action that was the […]

Pioneer celebration set

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Pioneer Days is long-standing feature of the Roosevelt County Fair honoring community involvement and pioneering spirit. The Pioneer of the Year Awards will be presented during the a gathering of Roosevelt County pioneers at 9 a.m. Thursday at Jake Lopez Building at the fairgrounds. Howell Merrick and Elrie Capps […]

Celebration returning to Portales

By Tony Parra Portales was such a popular place for the Channel 10 television representatives two years ago that the station will be making another trip to Portales for its Summer Celebration Tour. During the tour on July 11, Channel 10 anchors will be conducting a telecast live from the downtown square in Portales. Portales […]

Honoring past, moving on to future

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers For more than 10 years, Clovis has been celebrating Juneteenth, an event that began in Texas to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of slavery in America. Juneteenth celebrates African-American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement, according to Candice Tyler, an event coordinator for Clovis’ Juneteenth celebration. “It’s important […]

Woman recognized for grades 68 years later

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By Tony Parra Sixty-eight years after her graduation from now-defunct Rogers High School, Elizabeth Wortham finally was recognized as an honorary valedictorian for the class of 1936. Wortham received her honorary valedictorian certificate on Friday at the Heartland Care Center in Portales. Todd Terry, Faith Triumphant principal, presented her with the award in front of […]

College plays host to independence celebration

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By Laurie Stone Eastern New Mexico University kicked off the Mexican Independence Day with a celebration filled with singing, dancing and speeches about the upcoming month of Hispanic heritage. Albuquerque’s Consul of Mexico, Benito Valdez Vega, spoke to the crowd of participants and commended them. Through an interpreter, Mary Ayala, Vega praised audience members for […]

ENMU prepares for Mexican Independence Day

By Tony Parra Screams of freedom and fireworks will highlight the Mexican Independence Day celebration on Thursday by the fountain in the middle of the Eastern New Mexico University campus. The Mexican Independence Day celebration kicks off Hispanic Heritage month, which runs from Wednesday to Oct. 15. Nancy Varelas, who works at the office of […]

La Casa celebration set for Saturday

By Tony Parra The Second Annual La Casa Family Health Center Celebration will take place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. La Casa Family Health Center officials said the purpose of the health center celebration is to take time out for its customers. “We’ve been here for over 28 years,” Jeanette Chavez, La […]