Portales peanut festival will have locals going nuts

By Helena Rodriguez Once a year, it’s OK to go nuts — peanuts, after all, are a big part of the local economy and they’re the guests of honor at Portales’ annual Peanut Valley Festival. The 30th annual Peanut Valley Festival gets into full gear on Saturday and continues Sunday at the Eastern New Mexico […]

Clovis economic development forum Friday

Freedom Newspapers Clovis business leaders are sponsoring an economic development forum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in room 409 at Clovis Community College. Mayor David Lansford will present an overview. Other presentations will be moderated by Mark Lautman, president of Santa Teresa Real Estate Development Group, who also has conducted successful economic development […]

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As one of New Mexico’s premier tourist attractions, The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta played host last year to an estimated 850,000 spectators. Courtesy photo. By Helena Rodriguez What: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta When: Begins at 5:45 a.m. Saturday Where: Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque Approximately 750 colorful, hot-air balloons, in a wide array of shapes and […]

Cooking schools to offer new twists and old favorites

By Jack King You might call it a new taste of the old. Holly Glenn, events coordinator for Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico, said a cooking school the news group will co-sponsor in October will focus on fast, easy and original ways to prepare dishes that appeal to those who love good, home-cooked, comfort food. […]

Martinez, Juanita

Juanita Martinez Services: Will be held at a later date. Juanita Martinez, 83, of Lorena, Texas, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2003, at her home. She was born on Nov. 18, 1919, in Puerto Rico, to Juan Martinez and Lucrecia Medina. She was a retired executive secretary. She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors […]

Gray, Michael

Michael Gray Services: Have been held. Michael R. Gray, 50, of Hobbs, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003, in Hobbs. He was born June 25, 1953, in Hobbs, to Kelly and Mary Ruth Gray. He married Sandra Kirby on May 3, 1986, in Hobbs. He retired from the Hobbs Fire Department as chief after serving 12 […]

St. Helen Fiesta shows cars, food

By Helena Rodriguez PORTALES — The region can be well fed — spiritually and physically — at St. Helen Catholic Church’s annual Fiesta and Car Show which began Thursday and continues with daily activities through Sunday. Portales’ four-day fiesta of faith will feature “good food, praise and preaching,” said Father Tobin Hitt, pastor of St. […]

Gallegos, Richard IV

Richard Gallegos IV Services: Have been held. Richard Gallegos IV, infant son of Richard and Stephanie Gallegos of Clovis, died Thursday, June 12, 2003, in Clovis. He was born that same day in Clovis. Survivors include his parents; one sister, Marissa Gallegos of Clovis; grandparents, Richard and Hope Gallegos of Clovis, Jesse and Maria Valero […]

Heritage Days offers two-days of versatile, live entertainment

By Helena Rodriguez Heritage Showcase is just the name of the stage for this weekend’s Heritage Days celebration in Portales, but it’s a fitting name, given the versatile lineup of acts . The slate of entertainment over the two-day 100th birthday celebration Friday and Saturday will include a Three or Four Old Grouches contest, a […]