County made right decision taking down video

Freedom New Mexico Growing public outcry and a legal petition filed Monday finally got the attention of Curry County officials. On Wednesday they stopped playing a video in the county courthouse that many residents believe promotes passage of a bond and a tax to pay for a proposed $33 million judicial complex. We applaud the […]

Break-in reported at ENMU during Peanut Festival

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University Campus Police are investigating a break-in that occurred Saturday night or Sunday morning at the Campus Union Building during the annual Peanut Valley Festival, according to a ENMU Communication Services press release. Various items from booth vendors as well an undetermined amount of cash from vendors’ booths and […]

ENMU’s Peanut Valley Festival planned for next weekend

ENMU communications Eastern New Mexico University will host its annual Peanut Valley Festival Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Oct. 21 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Campus Union Building. Tracy Henderson, director of Student Activities and Organizations, says this year’s fair will uphold past traditions and introduce new ones. “This is the first year […]

Fiesta set for weekend

Freedom Newspapers The St. Helen Catholic Church Fiesta will be held today and Sunday at the church, located at 1600 South Avenue O in Portales. Festivities begin with a Mass at 10 a.m. today. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. a horseshoe tournament, cakewalk, game booths and a car show will be held. Food booths […]

Dairy Fest big hit in first year

By Michael Harrell: Freedom Newspapers Even thunder and lightning couldn’t stop Saturday’s Dairy Fest, which attracted more than 5,000 people, according to event organizers. “It’s great! We really did it,” said Michelle Heavyside, the director of the United Dairy Women. Dairy Fest included a wide array of free games, booths, food and music, all in […]

Peanut Valley Festival features mixture of vendors, entertainment

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Huge crowds took the opportunity to get a head start on their Christmas shopping Saturday at the 32nd annual Peanut Valley Festival in Portales. “We’ve bought lots of things: dolls, jewelry, I got a flu shot,” said Sylvia Shot, of Clovis. “We don’t (ever) miss it, we really enjoy it.” […]

Sisters add creativity, bring life to crafts

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Janice Lee looks over some of the string-hair doll crafts she’ll have on display today and tomorrow at the 32nd annual Peanut Valley Festival. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Janice Lee believes a little paint can bring her hand-crafted wooden characters to life. “I love to paint people and Santas. They […]

Fair chance to explore health-care options

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Organizers and participants agree that Saturday’s Health and Wellness Fair is a much needed opportunity to explore the health-care options available in eastern New Mexico. With health tests, demonstrations, information from health- and wellness-oriented businesses and non-profit organizations, and safety information for the kids, the health fair has something […]

Shoppers go nuts over arts and crafts at Peanut Festival

By Helena Rodriguez People are going nuts over the 30th annual Peanut Valley Festival, but it’s because of the arts and crafts, not the peanuts. Approximately 140 vendors packed into almost every available space Saturday at the three-level Campus Union Building at Eastern New Mexico University, and will be peddling their wares again today from […]