Hispanic needs shouldn’t be ignored

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Shame on our politicians! As we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins today and runs through Oct. 15, some politicians are only concerned about being re-elected and are leaving millions of concerned citizens and Mexican immigrants in limbo as they delay immigration reform. They cried “state of emergency” last […]

Clovis grocery store robbed

Freedom Newspapers A Clovis grocery store was robbed at gunpoint Thursday night, according to police. About 8 p.m., police were called to K’s Oriental Food Store at 1548 Thornton St. for a report of armed robbery. The victim told police a Hispanic male robbed the store at gunpoint and fired one shot while in the […]

There’s a lot in baby’s name

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers “Marsha” may not exactly be at the top of the list of popular Hispanic baby girl names, like Arianna, Marissa, Aaliyah and Olivia, but maybe “Masa” is. My friend Marsha Salazar doesn’t know why her mom named her Marsha, maybe after the Brady Bunch show. As the saying goes, “It’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

Population shift could change job market

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Picture a resume coming across a supervisor’s desk. The job applicant is on his school’s honor roll, is a member of the school’s track team, serves on the school’s board of regents, created a leadership summit, founded a fraternity and served as the fraternity president. Overall, it sounds like any […]

Summit leaders trying to instill hope, pride in young Latinos

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Hope. Latino leaders from around the United States traveled to Portales to try to instill that in the young Hispanics of New Mexico during the first Latino Summit on the Eastern New Mexico University campus on Friday. Approximately 500 high school students from Portales High School, Clovis High School, West […]

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 […]

Month celebrates Hispanics, history does not

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Someone asked me the other day what has been the most exciting story I’ve written during my 15-year journalism career. Without a second thought, I knew it was the story about a forgotten Mexican folk hero in an unmarked grave in Anson, Texas, which I wrote in 2001 for the […]

Hispanic women make mark on New Mexico business

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By Helena Rodriguez It was with her husband’s brains and her personality that Margie Villalobos says she opened her small Mexican import business, La Frontera, on the square in Portales in 1991. But when her husband Mario died in a trucking accident in 2001, Villalobos said she quickly became “the brains” behind the family business, […]

Hispanic or Latino, what’s in a name?

By Helena Rodriguez When my daughter Laura and I walked into Dillard’s last weekend, it was not only looking a lot like Christmas, it was more like a Hispanic Christmas. This department store is one of a handful of upscale retailers accused a few years ago of a string of racist practices said to have […]

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 […]

Latinas try to shatter stereotypes

By Helena Rodriguez Somebody said something the other day that ticked me off. I was apologetically five minutes late for an interview. I even called my boss to tell this person I was going to be five minutes late. When I got there, this guy said, “Latinas are always late!” He happened to be a […]

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 […]

Spanish music fair to make debut

By Tony Parra For the first time in the history of the Roosevelt County Fair there will be a Spanish Musical Fair celebrating the Hispanic culture which is a big part of the community, according to fair organizers. The event is also known as “Feria Musical,” which translates to “Spanish Musical Fair.” Neither Ray Paralles, […]

ENMU student body election final, but candidates still have issues

By Darrell Todd Maurina After confusion, accusations of impropriety and the disqualification of one candidate, Brett Trembly has been elected Eastern New Mexico University’s student body president. Trembly received 278 votes while the incumbent president, Bob Cornelius, received 217 votes. Fabian Guzman received 159 votes and said he was disqualified because of an e-mail sent […]

Student group hosts Mexican celebration

Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University will embark on a Mexican Independence Day celebration today, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Campus Union Ballroom. The ENMU Hispanic Affairs organization is sponsoring the event. “It allows the community to celebrate their culture,” Student Advisor of Hispanic Affairs Nancy Valeras said. “It shows how diverse the community […]

Hispanics still underrepresented in television

Helena Rodriguez When it comes to Hispanics and network television, I don’t want to see another Pancho Villa. How about a Hispanic Bob Villa? Too many times, Hispanics, Latinos, Chicanos, whatever we call ourselves, are portrayed as drug lords or maids. We’ve seen progress this year and a perfect example is ABC’s George Lopez show, […]