Portales Christmas parade features 31 floats

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Chamber of Commerce: Courtesy photo Gaynelle Thomas, left, with the help of Katelynn Skinner, right, robes Ashlynne Goins Thursday night at the coronation for Little Miss Merry Christmas. The 11 contestants raised $5,326 in funds for Portales’ Christmas Jubilee with Goins raising the most at $2,019. The Jubilee will be today at 6:30 p.m. at […]

Thanksgiving kicks off holiday traditions

Go to Macy’s official website — Macy’s department store, I mean. This is the week to finish my focus on gratitude by writing about media, pieces and parts of which I am grateful for, and one of those would be the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, begun in 1924. If you go to their website and […]

Ticket feature: Cultural Arts series kicks off with the Bronx Wanderers

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Courtesy photo The Bronx Wanderers are kicking off the 2011-2012 Clovis Community College and Citizens Bank Cultural Arts Series on Saturday at Marshall auditorium. They recreate 50s and 60s era music. Freedom New Mexico It’s time once again for Clovis Community College and the Citizens Bank of Clovis’ Cultural Arts Series of 2011-2012. This year […]

Roswell UFO festival kicks off Friday

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Roswell Daily Record: Mark Wilson The Roswell UFO Festival begins Friday with activities extending through Monday. Freedom New Mexico It’s expected to be a weekend of alien fun in Roswell with the launch of the annual UFO festival. Beginning at 9 a.m. Friday with an opening ceremony at the UFO Museum, activities will stretch through […]

Friday morning briefing: Relay kicks off, Cannon chips in and an iconic deadly crash

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Relay for Life The annual Relay for Life fundraiser kicks off at 6 p.m. today at Ned Houk Park. Participants walk through the night to raise money for the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer. There’s food, live bands and a Lady […]

AFAF campaign begins

By Capt. Dan Melott: AFAF project officer The 38th Air Force Assistance Fund officially kicks off at Cannon Air Force Base on Monday and runs through May 6. This year’s theme, “Commitment to Caring” captures the Air Force’s proud heritage of taking care of its own through four charities that assist active-duty, Reserve, Guard, retired […]

Ticket feature: Gypsy jazz band kicks off 2011 Cultural Arts Series

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Courtesy photo Fishtank Ensemble will play in Clovis Jan. 25 at the Civic Center as part of the Cultural Arts Series. Freedom New Mexico Fishtank Ensemble will kickoff the Cultural Arts Series in the new year on Jan. 25 at the Clovis Civic Center. A “high energy” band, the group’s sound is described as a […]

ENMU rodeo team starts season at home

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank ENMU graduate student Kacey Kobza of Brighton, Colo., practices goat tying for the ENMU College Daze Rodeo today through Saturday at Lewis Cooper Arena in Portales. Kobza competes in goat tying, breakaway and barrels. Clarence Plank The Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team kicks off their fall season with the […]

Holly musical kicks off Clovis Musical Festival

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Cast with Texas Tech students and a couple of professional actors, Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story has been performed 20 times this summer as part of the Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, according to Gerald Dolter, a Texas Tech University professor and the show’s producer. Sharna Johnson Kicking off the Clovis Music Festival, the story of Buddy […]

Thursday morning briefing: Just for kicks, sneak peaks and money machines

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday morning briefing. Just for kicks There’s a kickball tournament Saturday at the Portales Recreation Center. Registration deadline is Friday.

Music in Our Schools Week kicks off with ‘Hello Dolly’ performance

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School students practice “Put Your Sunday Clothes On”, a musical number in “Hello Dolly,” Tuesday at Marshall Auditorium. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis schools will be kicking off the 32nd annual Music in Our Schools Week with the high school’s performance of the musical “Hello Dolly.” […]

County kicks off holiday season with parade, tree lighting

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The city’s Christmas tree was lit Saturday after the Christmas Light Parade. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer To represent the theme of Saturday’s Christmas Light Parade — Christmas Around the World — the Clovis chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America portrayed five countries, complete with red […]

Great American Smokeout kicks off

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer It was just time. Steve Chancy said he had tried to quit many times before with no success. But when his daughter was born 29 years ago, Chancy said things fell into place and realizing he wanted to be around for her and watch her grow, he gave up […]

CFC campaign kicks off

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell Staff Sgt. Kenneth Wall, 73rd Special Operations Squadron, shows Airman 1st Class Trevor Plasterer, 27th Special Operations Component Maintenance Squadron, the Combined Federal Campaign booklet. By Tech Sgt. Gloria Wilson: 27th SOW Public Affairs Cannon AFB’s Combined Federal Campaign kicked off Oct. 5 during the wing’s Commando Run […]

ENMU homecoming week kicks off with music event

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Songfest 2009 kicks off a week-long celebration of Eastern New Mexico University’s 75th anniversary and homecoming. It all begins Monday, giving ENMU organizations on campus a chance to cut a rug and bring down the house. “It is … an annual event that falls on the Monday before homecoming,” […]

Portales Smokin’ Third bash kicks off Independence Day festivities

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PNT Photo: Zhongming Jiang A fireworks display explodes over the city of Portales. The show is part of the Smokin’ Third of July Bash. The event kicks off Independence Day festivities in Eastern New Mexico. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Every holiday seems to be a time for family to get together. The Fourth […]

Energy Star program kicks into high gear

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Steve Myers, the base resource efficiency manager here, moves a refrigerator around a storage facility. An energy mandate now requires that refrigerators, microwaves and coffee pots be removed from personal work areas. By Greg Allen: 27th SOW Public Affairs

United Way kicks off yearly campaign

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bill and Lois Bowman, United Way volunteers, left, take cover from the rain while talking to Rusty Miller, a volunteer with the Eastern New Mexico Food Bank Thursday during the United Way Kickoff Block Party. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The rain didn’t keep United Way of Eastern New […]

Concert kicks off ENMU Fall Fine Arts series

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Travis Erwin, a second-year music teacher at Eastern New Mexico University, will perform a recital to begin the fine arts series. Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s Fall 2008 Fine Arts series kicks off Friday. The series runs through the end of the fall semester, with the last event scheduled for Dec. 11. The […]

State 42 championship kicks off

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo David Roberts calls for sixes Saturday during game play of the New Mexico 42 tournament. Roberts traveled from Fredericksburg, Texas to participate in the New Mexico 42 state championship. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent At 9:30 on Saturday morning, sun washed over a city park in Texico. A glorious day, […]