Parade lights up Portales square

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Cold weather didn’t dim the lights or stop the crowd at the Live on the Square Portales Christmas celebration Friday night. The night included live music, living window displays, downtown businesses open late, and, of course, the Christmas Jubilee Lights Parade and crowning of the new Little Miss Merry […]

Ticket feature: ‘Christmas Nights’ opening at Clovis zoo

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Freedom New Mexico The upcoming week features plenty of animal magnetism, as the Hillcrest Park Zoo gets set for its annual Christmas Nites at the Zoo celebration. The event is in its third year, with the zoo open extended hours of 5-8 p.m., in addition to its normal winter hours of 9 a.m. to 3:30 […]

Inventions born out of sheer laziness

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist One of the ranch houses we lived in when I was a kid almost had electricity. It had a Delco light plant that was rigged so when you turned on a light the plant came on and generated electricity until you turned off the light. Obviously, that taught all us […]

Lights of delight in my heart

By Joan Clayton: PNT religion columnist “No! We’re not having lights on that tree! What a waste of money. Besides that it would run up the electricity bill. We’re not doing it.” We have lived in the same house on the same corner for 45 years. How well I remember that little cedar tree we […]

Parade lights Portales streets

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By Mickey Winfield

Oasis to become more stargazer-friendly

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Visitors to Roosevelt County’s Oasis State Park this spring and summer will be able to see the night sky more clearly than they ever have, thanks to new lights installed this winter. The park is retrofitting all of its current lights to more night-sky friendly lighting to benefit the […]

Spirit of Christmas still going strong

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Looking back on Christmases of my youth they all seem to have been bright times. Even the years when there wasn’t a lot of money we had great Christmases. It was important for Mom to give us kids the best Christmas possible and in our eyes back then that […]

Program focuses on need for after school activities

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Stressing the importance of having after school programs available for children in the area, the Portales Recreation Center hosted the “Lights On Afterschool!” event Thursday evening. It’s third year in Portales, the event featured games, snacks and face painting. Amid the laughter and fun, several of the children colored […]

Denver’s inspiration pretty obvious

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor John Denver described it as “raining fire in the sky.” It perfectly describes a good meteor shower. This past weekend the Perseid meteor shower peaked and while it wasn’t the best one I’ve ever seen it was pretty good because the moon was new and the skies dark. Experts […]

Day Trip: Brighten holidays with trip to River of Lights, Luminaria Tour

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer For a dose of well-lit Christmas spirit, take a drive to Albuquerque for the city’s annual River of Lights or Luminaria Tour. Get tickets for each beforehand, though. The events have become popular holiday sellouts. River of Lights is held nightly through Dec. 30 at the Rio Grande Botanic […]