Homosexuality not something to hide

By Leonard Pitts: syndicated columnist Today’s topic: flaunting homosexuality. Exhibit A: Doogie. Meaning Neil Patrick Harris who, in another life, was the title character in “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” the tale of a boy genius who becomes a doctor. Recently, Harris was outed on a gossip Web site. His response in a statement to people.com said […]

Love, rock and roll at UFO Music Fest

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Merle Haggard was the last performer at Sunday’s UFO Music Festical at Doc Stewart Park. (CNJ correspondent: Andrew Chavez) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Lovebirds Lysa Stone and Buck McKillip had special reason to be dancing in the front row during Merle Haggard’s Third Annual UFO Music Fest Sunday at Doc Stewart Park. Stone […]

Haggard draws songs from life experiences

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Merle Haggard, who has recorded 38 No. 1 songs, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994. (KRT photo) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer He claims he’s just a common man. But yet he is revered as a musical legend by many across the globe. Merle Haggard is not just an […]

Residents eagerly await Willie Nelson concert

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — People of all ages from Portales are eagerly awaiting the arrival of country music legend Willie Nelson to Portales. Nelson will be in concert on Wednesday at Eastern New Mexico University. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. with Billy Joe Shaver as the opening act. Faith Triumphant Christian […]

The Hag is coming to Clovis

CNJ staff Doc Stewart Park will be the landing site for Merle Haggard’s Third Annual UFO Music Fest on July 3. Cannon Air Force Base marketing department officials confirmed the Grammy Award winner and Hall of Fame country singer is coming to Doc Stewart Park, but said they did not have any further information. The […]

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 […]