Citizens must protect freedoms guaranteed by U.S. government

Editorial Each year, Americans celebrate the independence of our nation on July 4, remembering the conflicts and patriots who died to preserve our ideals. This week, we will again remember those men and women and gather with family under the sheltering umbrella of the United States of America. But let us remember more. Let us [...]

Dia de Las Familias takes place Saturday

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A bell rung by Father Idalgo on Sept. 16, 1810, signaled the start of Mexico’s fight for independence from Spain. The ensuing battle lasted for 10 years before independence was gained. Today the celebration marking the day is known as Diez y seis de Septiembre A local event marking [...]

Independence was dad’s greatest legacy

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Who’s your daddy anyway? Growing up in Portales, it’s a question I’ve gotten used to answering frequently. Around here it’s not meant as a question to categorize you into your place like it is in the Deep South, but it’s close. Growing up in my father’s shadow could be [...]

Portales celebrates Hispanic heritage

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Although Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on Sept. 16, it was in the waning moments of Sept. 15 when the wheels were in motion to break free from Spain’s rule. Every year at midnight on September 15, Mexicans shout the grito (yell), honoring the crucial, impulsive action that was the [...]

Portales to mark Mexican Independence Day

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Hispanics from around the state of New Mexico will gather in Portales for many of the festivities celebrating Mexican Independence Day on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. There will be a ballet folklorico from Miguel Caro and his dancers from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Dallan Sanders patio area [...]

Independence includes tenet of responsibility

By Kevin Wilson The story of my July 4 evening is probably not much different than the story of a lot of people reading this right now. I was a spectator at the annual Portales fireworks show, and I was one of many to be pleased that rain wasn’t a participant as well. I made [...]

City celebrates freedom

By Kevin Wilson They gathered together with coolers and portable chairs, 14 in all. They had come from Clovis, Portales and Amarillo — and gathered to celebrate their independence. While in wording it might have seemed like a contradiction in terms, that’s just what one particular group did as part of its annual tradition at [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Independence an event for every day

By Jim Lee Happy Fourth of July or, more accurately, happy Independence Day. This is one of only two holidays that come to mind commonly called the date it occurs rather than the event it commemorates. The other is, of course, Cinco de Mayo. How often do any of us refer to Independence Day? It’s [...]