Thursday morning briefing: Cinco de Mayo, good eats and rodeo

Good morning, happy Cinco de Mayo and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Good eating Portales Municipal Schools lunch menus for May are available at the district website http://www.portalesschools.com/ And here’s a link to the Clovis Municipal Schools menu http://www.cms.k12.nm.us/food_service/index.html Rodeo fun The Resistol All-Around Ranch Rodeo kicks off at 1 p.m. today […]

My Turn: History lessons should include Cinco de Mayo

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Happy Cinco de Mayo. It’s time again to thank the Tex-Mex general who led a Mexican Army in a victorious battle against the French in Puebla, Mexico, on May 5, 1862. I’m talking American history. Cinco de Mayo is perhaps more American than St. Patrick’s Day. Let’s talk about national […]

Cinco de Mayo celebrations scheduled at ENMU, Clovis

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By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Cinco de Mayo — May 5 — is a Mexican holiday embraced by the U.S. and there are several events planned locally to celebrate the day. Cinco de Mayo marks the Battle of Puebla between the Mexican army and occupying French forces May 5, 1862, which Mexico won, according […]

Cinco de Mayo a part of U.S. history

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Welcome to Cinco de Mayo 101. For today’s history lesson — which will not include step-by-step instructions on how to make the ultimate taco; watch the Today show for that — we’ll learn actual history. Some of you may ask, “Why is Cinco de Mayo celebrated in the U.S.?” […]

Cinco de Mayo events planned

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer A city-wide Cinco de Mayo celebration in Portales on Saturday at Lindsey Park will feature live music, a softball tournament, a horseshoe tournament, pi

Cinco de Mayo tourney still taking sign-ups

PNT Staff Report Teams are still being accepted for the Cinco de Mayo Co-ed Softball One-Pitch Single Elimination Tournament starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Lindsey Park in Portales. There is a 10-team limit with an entry fee of $50 a team. Team rosters and entry fees should be turned into Portales City Hall […]

Portales prepares to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Music, cars and ethnic dancers will all be a part of the Cinco de Mayo celebration at Lindsey Park in Portales Saturday. The festivities are set to begin at 1 p.m. and are being sponsored by the Portales Cultural Affairs Committee, said Jennifer Ornelas, chairperson. “We have it in […]

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 flavors ENMU cultural banquet

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By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University Hispanic Affairs Department members celebrated the accomplishments of Hispanic students and faculty while celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Portales. The students and faculty members were recognized during a banquet by the members of ENMU’s Hispanic Affairs and Multicultural Affairs departments on Friday evening. Former ENMU professor […]

Live music, games, piñatas, to be featured at eastern New Mexico celebrations

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers When a band has been together for more than a dozen years, it’s only natural that every once in a while they get sick of each other. “It’s kind of like being married,” E.J. Rodriguez said. “You have some good days and some bad days.” Zumbale, a Clovis dance band, […]

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 […]

Cinco de Mayo events canceled at ENMU

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University students were unable to celebrate Cinco De Mayo on Thursday in the patio area of the Campus Union Building at ENMU, but earlier during the week were able to recognize students and faculty during the recognition banquet. Hispanic students wanted to celebrate Cinco de Mayo to mark a […]

City, college plan Cinco de Mayo events

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer As the calendar turns over to May, people can look forward to Cinco De Mayo celebrations throughout the week in Portales. Cinco De Mayo organizers are preparing their festivities for the people of Portales to enjoy from Tuesday to Saturday. Eastern New Mexico University faculty, staff and students are […]

¡Celebramos el Cinco de Mayo!

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for “The Fifth Of May,” commemorates the victory of the Mexicans over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It has become increasingly popular in the U.S. among those with a Hispanic background. It’s celebrated by family and friends through Mexican culture […]

Cinco de Mayo needs no justification

By Helena Rodriguez According to late night TV show host Jay Leno, “St. Patrick’s Day is the Cinco de Mayo for white people.” That had me laughing, but also nodding in agreement when Leno said this on TV in March. I just have to mention it now as we prepare for a big Cinco de […]