My turn: Reporters have sick senses of humor

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist The best Halloween costume party I went to was in 1998, hosted by a fellow newspaper reporter in Hobbs, who instructed us to come as a “news story.” After I describe the news stories we were, you may think we were sick-minded, overworked, underpaid, cynical journalists. You’re right. In our [...]

Cancer fundraising dinner set at VFW post

Freedom New Mexico The Veterans of Foreign Wars post 3015 Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a cancer fundraiser and Halloween Feast 7 p.m. today at the post. A $6 donation will be collected at the door. The menu is spaghetti with meat sauce, chicken alfredo, garlic bread and salad. Auctions and raffles will be held during [...]

Halloween festivities fun for everyone

Freedom New Mexico ParentDish.com advises that one of the “cool” candies to hand out this Halloween is white chocolate skulls filled with gummy worms. Call us old-fashioned, but we’ll take the Fun Size Snickers bar and be content. Halloween as we know it today was derived from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in), [...]

Variety of festivals planned for Halloween

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Clovis and Portales ghosts and ghouls this Halloween have a lot of places to choose from to scare up some family fun. A number of places have events planned for Halloween and the day before. The Portales Recreation Center is one of them. “We’re going to have people jumping [...]

Halloween hijinks

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico

Clovis animal shelter closes black cat adoptions

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By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Black cats in Clovis get a holiday, too. Animal Control Supervisor Louisa Maestas said black cats are not available for adoption until Monday, after Halloween has passed. The intention is to protect them from abuse in connection with Halloween, Maestas said. Interest in black cats perks up around Halloween, [...]

Professor offers Halloween history lesson

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The origins of Halloween are vastly different from the holiday celebrated today in America, according to an Eastern New Mexico University history professor. He promises to enlighten people on the holiday’s origins and myths in a noon lecture today in the Sandia Room at the Campus Union Building at [...]

Candy should come with warning

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico Diet commercials used to start in January, after people gained five pounds from holiday binging. Now they begin before the Thanksgiving turkey. Maybe they should run before Halloween. That’s when sweets appear in bulk. Halloween is like the pre-holiday kick-off, but there are no fat busters screaming over the [...]

Halloween tips listed

Compiled by Casey Peacock The PNT spoke with Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department regarding safety on Halloween night. Q. What are the best hours for children to be out trick-or-treating? A. “We would like for them to go about 5:30 p.m. or so, to give the five o’clock traffic time to die [...]

House of horrors

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Eeriness oozes from the old building — even without all the props and hands that reach toward you from hidden nooks. For Halloween, John Duval has turned the building at 1313 Waldhauser Ave. into a haunted house. He didn’t have to do much. The two-story, gray building was once [...]