ENMU presents concert

PNT Staff The Eastern New Mexico University symphonic band and choirs will perform two holiday concerts Friday at the University Theatre Center. The performances also feature guest harpist Cameron Huster from New York City, who will be accompanying the choirs. “It will be a great event for everyone,” said Jason Paulk, assistant professor of music […]

Work doesn’t stop during holidays

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By Ashley Lee Not everyone has the luxury of having Thanksgiving off. Finishing a busy 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. waitress shift at Cook’s truck stop, Patsy Downing was sitting down for a Thanksgiving meal at the 24-hour restaurant on U.S. 60/84 that caters to truck drivers and locals. “Today was a nice day, so […]

Local business holiday closings

The following businesses and public offices will be closed on Friday, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday: • Portales City Hall • Roosevelt County Courthouse • Portales Police Department offices • Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department offices • Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce • Eastern New Mexico University • Area Schools • The Portales News-Tribune will […]

Holiday decor

Freedom Newspapers Holiday traditions don’t just happen — they take planning and hard work. Members of the Altrusa Club of Portales say the club has been working for months to make sure a nine-year holiday tradition turns out festive and fun for everyone. The organization is sponsoring the 9th annual Holiday Happening from 10 a.m. […]

Turkey tales for the holidays

F ootball. Turkey. Sleep. Family and friends. Area residents are looking forward to a relaxing Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday. Here’s a sampling of plans: The holiday will be a turning point for one Clovis woman who plans to gather with friends for the first time in two years. When her husband died two years ago, […]

Holiday handbells will ring

By Ashley Lee To celebrate the holiday season the First United Methodist Church will be host the 14th annual Eastern New Mexico Fall Handbell Festival at 3 p.m. Saturday in the church sanctuary. Selections to be played will come from holiday, folk, sacred and classical music. There will be about 96 ringers from 10 different […]

Back-to-school scramble going well during tax-free holiday

Bryant Million: Freedom Newspapers Bargain hunters flocked to Clovis and Portales stores this weekend to take advantage of the state’s second tax-free holiday weekend. Randy Dayhoff, owner of Randy’s Shoes, said his store has done really well during previous tax holidays with customers looking for back-to-school items or even just back-to-work shoes. “It (tax-free holiday) […]

Portales parents prepare for tax holiday

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Portales mother Janie Olguin said she plans to take advantage of New Mexico’s second annual sales tax holiday this weekend and buy her 4-year-old daughter, Jeiden Arellano, school supplies and clothing. Jeiden will be attending Brown Early Childhood Center. “It sounds like it’s going to be a busy weekend. Everyone […]

Don’t let 4th fun blow up in your face

Richard Peterson Independence holiday second most dangerous The Fourth of July weekend brings cherished memories of family gatherings and picnics with the traditional grilled summer foods, hamburgers and hot dogs. Friends enjoy games of softball, volleyball or throwing a Frisbee around while waiting for the evening’s spectacular fireworks celebrations. Spending the Fourth with family and […]

Holiday Inn Express opens in Portales

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By Tony Parra Travelers will be able to “Stay Smart” in Portales now that the new Holiday Inn Express is open. Chelsey Banister, Holiday Inn Express general manager, said it has been a slow start but feels business will pick up once the word gets around that the hotel is open. “Stay Smart” is the […]

Moody Planetarium hosts holiday shows

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Compiled by Karl Terry Need a day trip diversion for the week between Christmas and New Year? The Moody Planetarium on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock has a couple of special holiday programs going on through Jan. 8 that could just fill the bill for the whole family. A little science mixed […]

Learn how to curb those cards

Janet Taylor-Birkey The average American will spend about $763 for holiday shopping according to the USA Today. Typically, if a credit card is used, it will take approximately 36 months to pay off those seasons greetings. Holiday spending is inviting, but often digs a hole that is almost impossible from which to climb out. But […]

Ruidoso hosts festival of lights

Compiled by Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff writer For most people — and anyone who enjoyed National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — a big part of the holiday season is the variety of lighting displays. A few hours down U.S. 70, Portales and Clovis residents can enjoy the lights of homes and businesses in nearby Ruidoso, and […]

America teams up to defeat deadly crime

Airman Thomas Trower Impaired driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes. Nationally, more than 17,000 people died in alcohol-related highway crashes during 2003. Every 30 minutes, nearly 50 times a day, someone in America dies in an alcohol-related crash. Hundreds of thousands more are injured each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration […]

“War on Christmas” an overreaching description

By Kevin Wilson There are a few things that have been crossing my mind lately. Some thoughts are larger than others, but none were large enough to dedicate an entire 500 words to. • Neither side is completely right in this “Happy Holidays” argument. The reason merchants say “Happy Holidays” is because it’s easier than […]

They can’t take Christmas away from believers

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Christmas is a time to celebrate the greatest human event of all time. No other event compares to, or has affected history as much, as this man called Jesus. No other religion offers hope. None other brings relief. None other brings peace like the “Prince of Peace.” None other wants the […]

All ages enjoy Holiday Happening

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Eight years after its inception, the Altrusa Club of Portales’ Holiday Happening is beginning to look a lot like a solid holiday tradition. “It’s been really fun,” Sue McDowell, of Portales, said, as dessert was being served. “That’s real chocolate milk (in the vases) and real flowers,” she said indicating […]

Prepare for holiday depression in advance

Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Now it’s official. Halloween candy has hardened and most of us have recovered from eating three times our body weight at Thanksgiving. That means we can gallop onward like a Santa sleigh to the very next step. The big stretch of Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza and whatever year-end celebration may abound by cavemen in […]

Altursa prepares for annual Holiday Happenings event

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer People in Portales look for the first signs of Christmas by watching the tops of tables. Tables will have Christmas decorations with Santa Claus, snowflakes and angels as part of the Eighth Annual Holiday Happening event on Saturday in the Ballroom of the Campus Union Building located on the Eastern […]

Holiday shoping begins

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Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers The early bird gets the laptop. That’s the lesson Kelah Sephus learned as she and many others lined up at the Clovis Super Wal-Mart on Black Friday hoping to get one of a limited number of laptops on sale during the first official day of the holiday shopping season. “They only […]