Thursday morning briefing: They want your blood and the grisly end of a tradition

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Blood needed Roll up your sleeve, there’s a blood drive from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today in the Commons area at Clovis Community College, 417 Schepps Blvd. Information: 769-4154. Meetings watch The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meets at 10 a.m. today in the […]

Rodeoing family tradition

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Liliana Castillo As a girl raced toward the first barrel on her trusty steed, Sally Bland yelled “Go Stephanie!” Then she realized that wasn’t Stephanie. Stephanie was that girl’s mother. “She so looked like her, competing in the same event and everything,” Bland said. At the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals, it’s not unusual […]

Soap Box Derby scheduled for June 18

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Freedom New Mexico The 10th annual Clovis Soap Box Derby is scheduled to take place June 18. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Sycamore Street near Yucca Middle School, the race gives youngsters an opportunity to race cars they have built. Youngsters build cars from kits with the help of an adult. The winner will get […]

A winding tradition

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Pink and blue streamers, tuxedoes and hoop skirts, and continuing a tradition. A group of Portales High School seniors had those things on their minds Saturday as they decorated for Maypole. The tradition has existed since 1929, and many participants have family members who have wound the Maypole in past years. Students, who must be […]

Floyd jamboree tradition continues

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Argen Duncan The annual Floyd Lions Country Jamboree is still going strong, and organizers say this year’s four-day event will be one of the best in its 61-year history. The show runs Thursday through Sunday with country and gospel music, cowboy poetry and comedic skits. The Citizen of the Year award for community service is […]

My turn: Fettuccine helps bonding with sister-in-law

Argen Duncan My sister-in-law, Ashley, and I seem to be developing a fettuccine tradition. Over the holidays the last two years, we’ve made chicken-vegetable fettuccine Alfredo together. It wasn’t planned either year. With Ashley and Eric being married less than a year and us living far apart and being busy, I’m still getting to know […]

My turn: Christmas card tradition continues

Helena Rodriguez My Christmas cards will be late this year, but after a joyfully chaotic move during Advent, I was determined not to let die in my household this holiday tradition which requires pen and ink, not a keyboard, and actual stamps, not merely a “send” button. On Sunday night, my dining room table was […]

Songs, shows part of tradition

I think I’m Christmas conflicted. Assaulted all day by music media with Christmas themes and all evening with movie and TV show depictions of the holiday, I’m probably not alone when I say it sinks into your consciousness and maybe begins to get on your nerves a little before it’s all over. On the one […]

Pumpkins family tradition

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Argen Duncan What would Thanksgiving be without pumpkins? Area residents not only cook with the traditional fall food, but some grow it as well. Portales Farmers Market Manager Margie Plummer and her family have been growing pumpkins in their garden for about 20 years, she said. She sells the fruit at the farmers market and […]

Camping tradition revived

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist It’s that wonderful time of year again, time for the Rodriguez annual Fourth of July Buffalo Springs Lake Survivor adventure. It’s a family tradition that goes all the way back to 2007 or 2008. Hard to remember. It’s been so many beers, I mean years ago. This ancient family tradition […]

Maypole tradition continues

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The tradition of the annual Maypole dance continues this week for Portales High School seniors. For some students it is a family tradition to be a winder, a queen or one of the queen’s attendants. Maypole coordinator Marilyn Stratton said this year they have 72 graduates who are winding […]

Tractor parade: Ag expo tradition

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer The antique tractor parade at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds has become a tradition for the annual New Mexico Ag Expo. The parade has been part of the expo for 17 years, according to Tom Davis of Portales who had two tractors in the parade. Herb Newberry, a retired farmer […]

Restaurant hosts annual community dinner

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer El Rancho Restaurant is reaching out with Christmas turkey and posole once again this year. The restaurant is continuing its tradition of serving a free Christmas dinner for the sixth year. The meal is free and open to anyone. “We just get all kinds of people from all walks […]

Household tradition ever changing

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist We have a Christmas tradition at the Terry home that I hate. Each year we toss aside the previous year’s decorations in favor of new ones. My wife has always felt the desire to decorate in a different theme or motif for Christmas every year. Weeks before Thanksgiving she has […]

Getting to know: Volunteer carries on leadership tradition

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Joy Levacy, co-owner of Levacy Sprinklers Inc. on N.M. 267, has served as the organizational leader of the Winners’ Circle 4-H Club for five years and is the secretary of the Roosevelt County Fair Junior Livestock Sale. She is stepping down as the Winners Circle leader, but plans to continue helping the club for another […]

Veterans Day tradition continues

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer “…The land of the free and the home of the brave.” The 63rd annual Portales Veterans Day ceremony next Wednesday features a speech by Cannon Air Force Base wing commander Col. Stephen A. Clark, as well as Donald Paschke of Portales singing the National Anthem for the 45th year. […]

Wool tradition continued

By Karl Terry: PNT special writer Wool is back in style at the Roosevelt County Fair. After a hiatus of several years, the Shepherd’s Lead returned during the 2008 Roosevelt County Fair. Young ladies and their lambs continued the revived tradition Saturday at the fair with entries in three classes. The competition uses models classed […]

Some fair traditions fade, others still going strong

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Whatever new-fangled innovations might be present in the exhibits or on the midway, the Roosevelt County Fair is like many other county fairs across the nation: a bastion of tradition. On entry day in Portales, when local residents officially enter livestock, food, crafts and more for competition, the vanguard of the past was there to […]

Business naming tradition dates back decades

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Plain 1.a. An extensive, level, usually treeless area of land. b. A broad level expanse. That residents of Clovis and Portales live in the high plains, there’s little doubt. The New Mexico-Texas border area known as the Llano Estacado, literally translated as “staked plain,” is not only high in […]

PHS seniors carry on Maypole tradition

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Correspondent Over the past eight decades, the full-hooped vintage style Maypole dresses worn by graduating senior girls at Portales High School have gradually moved from light pastel colors to brighter rainbow hues with more bling. One thing that has not changed during the span of this long-time tradition which is now […]