Gay cowboy song penned by former resident

By Marlena Hartz In a house on the dry, windy plains of New Mexico, the first gay-themed country song performed by a major artist was penned. Lubbock-born singer-songwriter Ned Sublette wrote “Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly Fond of Each Other” when he spent time in his parents’ Portales home in the summer of 1981. His instrumental […]

Singing voice is illegal in nine states; but not N.M.

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist I was recently invited to present a talk to a Portales organization called P.E.O. Nobody I asked seemed to know what name those initials represented … either that or it was none of my business. However, I did learn that the organization does good work for this community and beyond. […]

Start each day with a song — speeches are another thing

By Jim Lee I was recently invited to present a talk to a Portales organization called P.E.O. Nobody I asked seemed to know what name those initials represented … either that or it was none of my business. However, I did learn that the organization does good work for this community and beyond. P.E.O. is […]

Higgs likes to help people communicate

Your name: Felicia Higgs Your job: I provide speech and language services for students in grades 9-12 Your age (and Birth Date): I am 27 years old. My birthdate is December 24, 1977. Your hometown: Gladewater, Texas Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist Your family: My husband, a 7-year old son, and twins on the way! Your Hobbies […]

Personalities Plus: Homero Aguirre

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Your name: Homero Aguirre Your age: 41; Feb. 11, 1964 Your hometown: Des Moines, N.M. Occupation: Custodian for the Portales Public Schools/Owner of Authentic Auto Your family: Terri (wife), my two boys; Kaleb (16) and Brandon (11) Your hobbies: I enjoy riding motorcycles. I also coach city league basketball and baseball. What do you think […]

Teen gets closer to God in trailer

By Laurie Stone Some adventures in music take people across the planet. Scott Handy’s took him to his family’s back yard. Handy cut and produced his first album, “Think Twice,” in a trailer behind his parent’s house which is where he lives and produces his music. The 14-foot-by-56-foot mobile home trailer was added to Bob […]

Portales-based band hits No. 1 on Mexican music chart

Helena Rodriguez A new record label and a new singer, but an old song, have helped a Portales-based Norteño music band land the No. 1 spot on Billboard magazine’s Regional Mexican music chart. The band, Los Huracanes del Norte – who live on a ranch at the Midway Convention Center, between Portales and Clovis – […]

Portales youth getting area airplay with Spanish 9/11 song

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By Helena Rodriguez A Spanish “corrido” or ballad about the second anniversary of Sept. 11 – recorded in Portales – is getting attention and airplay at radio stations around the area. The voices behind the original patriotic tune belong to five Portales youth ranging in ages from 10 to 16. What’s more, all of the […]