My turn: Drama students deserve recognition

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Last week I was back in the Portales High School theater, enjoying students on a stage singing and dancing. I love attending plays and musicals for so many reasons. Obviously there’s a story taking place on the stage … but the entire event is filled with drama. Will all the lines be remembered? Will the […]

Ticket feature: Our Lady of Guadalupe fiesta gears up for weekend

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Freedom New Mexico With an emphasis on community, the traditional Fiesta at Our Lady of Guadalupe will take place this weekend. Offering food, games, music and dancing, the three-day event is an annual fundraiser for Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Clovis. “This year we are really emphasizing the fact that it’s a community […]

Prom plans in works

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A little Hollywood and a lot of dancing are headed this way Saturday with the Portales High School prom. Students, teachers and parents have been decorating the high school cafeteria since Monday. The theme is “Vintage Hollywood.” “Prom and Maypole are the only times a girl gets to be […]

Late Nighter events open to community

By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Building community and dancing all night — people age 21 and older can do both at Late Nighter events at The Landing at Cannon Air Force Base. The dance is open to Cannon personnel and the surrounding community. It includes free snacks, alcohol and two disc jockeys playing at the […]

Cannon invites community to dance, mingle

By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Building community and dancing all night — people age 21 and older can do both in tonight’s Late Nighter at The Landing at Cannon Air Force Base. The dance is open to Cannon personnel and the surrounding community. It includes free snacks, alcohol and two disc jockeys playing at the […]

Cannon invites community to dance, mingle

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Building community and dancing all night — people age 21 and older can do both in tonight’s Late Nighter at The Landing at Cannon Air Force Base. The dance is open to Cannon personnel and the surrounding community. It includes free snacks, alcohol and two disc jockeys playing at […]

Liaison: Military honors often overlooked

Cannon Connections photo: Kevin Wilson Senior Airman Nathan Rogers, left, and Senior Airman Perry Crooks of Cannon Air Force Base fold a flag military funeral honors for Henry Sanchez of Clovis. By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections Henry Sanchez loved dancing, his guitar and his harmonica, family members said. And he loved life. “Anytime you saw […]

Dancing passion revived

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist When the news is particularly grim I throw myself into some serious ballroom dancing. Scratch that, no matter what’s going on, I throw myself into some serious dancing. It’s pure wholesome pleasure. My answer to apathy, crisis, financial instability, deployments, even the store running out of my favorite brand of […]

Square dancing unique social opportunity

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico David and Alyse Josiwak danced on their first date 39 years ago. About 15 years ago the couple learned ballroom dancing. They spent Saturday afternoon twirling, promenading and dosidoing. In a seamless transition of figure eights, they switched with six other dancers in the Baxter-Curren Senior Center dance hall […]

Women gain toned abs, credit from belly dancing class

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico A rhythmic jingling sound like coins in a pocket bounced around the walls of the dance studio. Wearing belts beaded with coins, women of all ages flutter their hips in concert with the Middle Eastern song filtering through the room. Belly dancing is one of the popular health and […]

Portales couple promenades way into hall of fame

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor If there is square dancing in heaven, James Pettus is probably calling one right now. The Portales resident, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2003, and his wife Wanda were the heart and soul of square dancing in eastern New Mexico for three decades, according to local square dancers. […]

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 […]

Big day planned for Portales women

By William Thompson Portales women can sign up for five out of 30 classes offered March 4 at the second annual Women’s Day Out sponsored by the Portales Women’s Club, The Portales Roosevelt Chamber of Comerce and Dillard’s Department Store. The event will be held at Greyhound Arena from 8 a.m. to 3:45 a.m. About […]

Portales focuses on street repairs

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales city officials will at least explore solutions to combat the wear and tear on First and Second streets in Portales. The decision was made during the city council meeting on Monday evening. They will do it with $250,000 received through 2005 capital outlay funds from Gov. Bill Richardson and […]

Dancing in a ghost town

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer In between Santa Fe and Albuquerque sits the village of Madrid — a ghost town with a population less than 200, historically known for its coal mining days and the first lighted baseball park in New Mexico. These days, the ballpark has been the center for blues and jazz […]

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 […]

Tops in Blue entertains Clovis

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent The military performers called one routine the “Musicology of America.” Those who watched Tops in Blue at Doc Stewart Park just north of Cannon Air Force Base on Thursday used more familiar words. “It’s a real good show — good dancing, good voices,” said James Jones, one of about 2,000 […]

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 […]

Joyce Hill enjoyed dance, family

By Angela Peacock Dancing circles around her husband is how Joyce Hill enjoyed spending her free time, family members said. Joyce’s sons Greg and Brad Hill will always remember their mother as a square dancing enthusiast who was always there to support her family. “Mom loved the interaction and camaraderie of other couples,” Greg said. […]