Playing in the park

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A festive atmosphere filled the air as families filled City Park in Portales during the 23rd annual Heritage Days on Saturday. A variety of floats kicked off the festivities. The parade traveled down Second Street from Eastern New Mexico University to City Park, where festivities were already underway. “It […]

Centennial parade expected to draw record numbers

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Expect to see a 1963 Coca-Cola Cadillac, a three-star general and a record amount of entries in Saturday’s Pioneer Days parade in Clovis. In addition, there will be an fly-over prior to the parade featuring four F-16 jets. “Honoring Our Past” is the theme for the 2007 Pioneer Days celebration, […]

Tractor promotes breast cancer awareness

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Nestled among the antique tractors on display at the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo was a 1955 Farmall 400 tractor belonging to Connie Mac and Shelia Smith of Roswell. The pink — yes, pink — tractor stood out in the midst of the green, red and orange tractors […]

Santa comes to town

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer The Grinch didn’t exactly steal Christmas, but he did help Borden Peanuts capture the best business float award during the annual Christmas parade Friday night in Portales. The giant trailer-turned-sleigh featured the Grinch of Dr. Seuss fame and 30 Borden employees and their families who threw candy while their […]

Christmas festivities take place tonight

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Portales streets will once again light up as the annual lighted Christmas parade and downtown Christmas Jubilee celebration are set to take place, beginning at 6:30 p.m. today. Sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, various events will be held throughout the evening, said Amie Franz, RCCC. A […]

Tree lighting, parade set for tonight

Freedom Newspapers Seventy small dancers clad in green and red elf costumes will perform on Main Street tonight in downtown Clovis. The performance will kick off the city’s 2006 Christmas Lights Parade. The theme for this year’s parade, which begins at 5:30 p.m., is “A Downtown Christmas.” According to Clovis MainStreet executive director Robyne Beaubien, […]

College celebrates homecoming

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A circus atmosphere was prevalent as clowns, jugglers and circus-themed floats participated in the Eastern New Mexico University homecoming parade Saturday in Portales. Floats were festooned with balloons and streamers in colors of red, yellow and blue. Spectators lined the street and children picked up candy thrown from the […]

ENMU kicks off homecoming week

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer “Under the Big Top” is the theme for this year’s Eastern New Mexico University homecoming, set to kickoff on Monday. This will be the 68th year of homecoming at ENMU, said Janice Cowen, alumni affairs coordinator. Among Friday’s activities will be the dedication of the new KENW Broadcast Center […]

Heritage Days all fun and games

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer The Heritage Days parade, filled with everything from horses and John Deere tractors to water-spraying puppets and the Rat Pack Jeep Club, drew a crowd of Portales residents Saturday. Attending the parade has become part of tradition for Vicki Aguilar and her family. “We come every year, for the […]

Troops get soldier’s welcome

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By Tony Parra On a muggy and cool Saturday morning, Portales residents lined the sidewalks of Second Street to show their support for past and present members of the United States military. The “Welcome Home Troops Parade” meant a lot to Staff Sgt. Brett Bedinger of the 126th Military Police, who recently returned from Iraq. […]

Parades could be Portales’ forté

By Karl Terry Some towns are parade towns, some aren’t. Portales is a pretty good parade town and we proved it Saturday with the “Welcome Home Troops” parade. Growing up in Portales, the parades are one of the things that really stick out in your mind. Especially the Eastern New Mexico homecoming parade. We were […]

City readies parade for returning soldiers

By Tony Parra If Lindsey Elementary School sixth-grader Sorina Flores has a chance to meet a soldier on Saturday, this is the message she will deliver: “Thank you for risking your life for us and we all love you,” she said. Classmate Haley Bonner will say, ‘“Hi and thanks for all that you do.’” Last […]

Parade organizers still accepting entries

PNT Staff Entries are still being accepted for the “Welcome Home Troops” parade scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. The parade will begin on Avenue O, follow Second Street, then end on the square downtown. Nancy Gentry, an organizer, said there is no cost for entries and she will still be taking entries this week. […]

Parade planned for returning local troops

By Tony Parra The idea started out as a way to welcome back Portales members of the 126th Military Police and soon it blossomed into a way of showing appreciation to all of those who have served in the military. That appreciation will come in the form of a “Welcome Home Troops” parade which will […]

Residents delight in holiday parade, coronation

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer There was a lot of jubilee from the people who saw the Christmas Jubilee Light Parade in Portales on Friday night. The Christmas Jubilee Light Parade floats traveled down Avenue C and Second Street and the people on the floats were greeted by smiling children’s faces and clapping from the […]

Calendar: 12-01-05

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff All times Mountain Albuquerque Family Art Workshops —1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Saturday at the Albuquerque Museum. Visitors of all ages are invited to join the Family Art Workshops. All supplies provided. Free with museum admission. Info: 243-7255. River of Lights— Nov. 26 until Dec. 30 at the Albuquerque Biological […]

Parade of lights leads off Christmas activities

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The city of Portales is lit up with Christmas lights and soon enough Christmas lights will be flowing through the streets of Portales as part of the Christmas Light Parade. The Christmas Parade will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday and will start at the corner of the Trader Horn […]

Sept. 25 PJHS News

Portales Jr. High News Meet at the pole A good number of students and teachers meet at the flag pole Wednesday morning to join in the national “Meet at the Pole” prayer for peace and guidance. Ruben Tellez led the prayer, thanking God for students and asking help for victims of the hurricanes. Student council […]

Gesture reflects Christmas spirit

By Margaret Kirby: Guest Columnist I would like to thank a young lady — whose name I don’t know — from the Dora Baptist Church. She gave my 3-year-old daughter a candy cane at the Portales Christmas parade on Dec. 3. I know that collecting a ton of candy is not what Christmas or parades […]

Residents celebrate Christmas events

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By Tony Parra The Christmas Parade ran through the Portales downtown area and the event culminated with the crowning of the Little Miss Merry Christmas on Friday. The event began with a crowd of approximately 100 people gathered in front of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. The crowd braved a mild cold weather, however, barrels with […]