Forecast calls for bored weatherman

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers Being a weather forecaster is the most boring job this time of year. Today’s forecast: Hot and dry. Tomorrow, hot and dry, and this weekend, hot and dry with a snowball’s chance of rain. Yeah we’ve had a few sprinkles here and there, even a little thunder to tease us, […]

Learning to dance real close

By Bob Huber When I started high school, no one warned me that students danced cheek to cheek every day during lunch hour in the gymnasium. Had I known, I would have stayed in the eighth grade until Mr. Roosevelt drafted me or Social Security kicked in, whichever came first. What happened was, I sat […]

Students prepare to strut their stuff

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer They take hours of rehearsals. They take years worth of classes. Next weekend, they get to take the stage. The Student Choreographed Dance Concert, an annual event for Eastern New Mexico University dance students, is set for Nov. 30 through Dec. 3 at the University Theatre Center at ENMU. […]

Los Abuelitos: A time for senior citizens to feel young, dance, reminisce

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Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer It’s Sunday afternoon, a time when most people rest from the weekend and prepare for another work week. For Liz Sena though, it’s time to kick up her heels and head to the Los Abuelitos Senior Citizens’ Center dance. An average of 60 people — including Sena and her male […]

Day Trips: Ballet offers ‘Romantic Evening’

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Compiled by Mike Jimenez For couples in search of a romantic evening, why not drive to the Lone Star Ballet in Amarillo on Nov. 5 and see the San Diego Ballet perform its version of “A Romantic Evening.” The performance is a night of contemporary dance set to the sounds of Arthur Murray, Nat King […]

Day Trips: Latin Dance Fest offers lessons in salsa, merengue

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Compiled by Mike Jimenez If you have ever wanted to learn to dance salsa, merengue, or other Latin dances, then the first Latin Dance Fest 2005 in Las Vegas, N.M. is the place to be Oct. 21-23. There will be workshops during the day to learn the dances and then dances at night to show […]

¡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 […]

Square dancers set for Thursday performance

By Laurie Stone Local and surrounding square dancers will strut their stuff Thursday from 6-8 p.m. on the slab at the Roosevelt County Fair. This type of dancing is proclaimed as the national folk dance of the United States, according to the United Square Dancers of America. There are more than six million people that […]

Charming man graced family with story-telling

Michelle Seeber When Alfred Crawford was 22 he asked a young lady he had just met if she would like to dance. Moments later they were engaged to be married. The story may shock some people, but not his family, who describe the long-time Portales resident as quite the dancer. Crawford died on Dec. 4, […]

Honest man remembered for dancing

Helena Rodriguez Square dancing was in James Pettus’s blood. For more than three decades, he called dances for the Starlight Swingers of Portales, and for other groups around New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Kansas. He also attended state and national square dance festivals with his wife, Wanda Pettus, who said the most fun of […]