Prairie chickens draw crowds

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A male prairie chicken performs part of his elaborate mating dance Saturday morning at the fourth annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival in Milnesand. (CNJ staff photo: Ryn Gargulinski) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer MILNESAND — More than 100 people flocked from as far as Massachusetts and as close as Clovis this weekend to […]

Reporter’s notebook: Chamber hosting music festival

Buddy Holly put Clovis on the musical map by recording several of his hit songs at the Norman Petty Studios on Seventh Street. In a tribute to the Lubbock-born Holly and Norman Petty, the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a music festival Sept. 8-10. The 2005 Clovis Music Festival features a Sept. 9 […]

This one’s for the birds

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Jim Weaver has a ranch in Roosevelt County where a somewhat rare bird can be found this time of year. It is mating season for the lesser prairie-chicken, an event that has turned into a unique celebration for the residents of Milnesand. The fourth annual High Plains Prairie-Chicken Festival […]

Drama festival becomes recruiting tool

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A half-century ago, Eastern New Mexico University decided to create a drama festival as a way to educate high school students about the school. In its 50th year on the ENMU campus, the festival has had another effect —as a feeder system for theater education in New Mexico. […]

Peanuts, get your peanuts

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Peanut farmers, arts and crafts vendors and student organizations come out of their shells every fall to attend the Peanut Valley Festival, which after 31 years has become as traditional in Portales as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in an elementary student’s lunch bag. “I think everyone will […]

Arts festival keeps growing

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Sandia Elementary third-grader Gabby Saiz waves to the crowd as she marches in the Children’s and Ethnic Fair Parade of Flags and People during the Clovis Cultural Arts Fest. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Five years ago Lonzo Lassiter signed up for a pottery class at Clovis Community College to […]

Portales teens having ‘reel’ fun

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Two 14 year-old Portales High School students started Wizard Productions when they were in third grade. By sixth grade they had an editing program on their computer, and now the two and more than 10 of their friends have produced a 90-minute feature film. Philip Harrell and Sam Pool’s […]

Diverse Drama: ENMU diversity festival offers entertainment and ideas

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Eastern New Mexico University senior Chris Chavez (Right),plays the main character in the play “Straightening Out” and senior Ryan Cook , playis Dr. J. Belanski, the author of the book in this scene.”Straightening Out” is one of four plays in the t By Tova Fruchman: CNJ staff writer Some Eastern New Mexico University students have […]

Arts festival in Clovis special

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist The next couple of weeks are going to bring an annual transformation to the streets of Clovis, especially the area around Main Street. It’s a transformation that is near and dear to my heart. I am talking about the annual arts festival, which we have only had for three years […]

UFO Music Festival in Roswell brings out country music legends

By Emilie Hornack: CNJ Correspondent Roswell will reach for the stars with a few country music mainstays and industry newcomers taking to the stage Saturday for the Second Annual Merle Haggard UFO Music Fest. The music festival is part of the city’s annual UFO festival, which runs today through Sunday. This festival-style event is hosted […]