Friday morning briefing: A hot musical, books for cheap and illegal liquor

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Play time Eastern New Mexico University is hosting the musical “Into the Woods” at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Buchanan Hall of the Music Building. The musical follows Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (of the Beanstalk), Cinderella and other […]

CHS band places third in Zia Marching Fiesta

CNJ staff The Clovis High School marching band finished third Saturday at the Zia Marching Fiesta, held at University Stadium in Albuquerque. The band has made the final for 32 consecutive years at the fiesta, which was won this year by Mayfield High School. In preliminary competition, CHS finished second and took awards for best […]

ENMU honoring educators

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University will honor five educators during its fourth annual Educators Hall of Honors Gala, scheduled for Oct. 8 in the Campus Union Ballroom. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m. There will also be musical entertainment. Educators scheduled to be honored are Don Wilson, Richard […]

Friday morning briefing: A major award, a major musical and a break in the weather

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. High-five for Harden State Senator Clinton D. Harden, Jr. of Clovis is the winner of the Ben D. Altamirano Award for Legislative Excellence. He was presented the award Tuesday at the 2011 Annual New Mexico Mining Association’s (NMMA) Annual Legislative Reception and Dinner in Santa Fe.

Local bands dream big

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Courtesy photo: Chamber of Commerce Will Banister and the Mulberry Band performed at the Clovis Music Festival in September. Alisa Boswell Musical talent is not a scarce thing in the Clovis and Portales areas. Many local musicians have the ambition to go all the way to stardom with their musical talents and considering the recent […]

Cultural Arts Series ready to enter tenth year

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Courtesy photo The 2010-2010 Cultural Arts Series line up includes a performance of “The Music Man.” Liliana Castillo The Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series schedule is set for its 10th year. The schedule includes a plethora of entertainment ranging from a Broadway musical to a cirque show. “The whole theme is bringing the world […]

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 […]

Make-a-Wish aims to raise funds with musical gala, auction

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Courtesy photo Anastacia Chavez hugs her iCarly pillows in her new iCarly bedroom last year when Make-A-Wish granted that wish. She suffered from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for two years. Liliana Castillo Jennifer Chavez still tears up when she talks about seeing her daughter smile after fighting Hodgkins lymphoma for two years. Chavez’s daughter, 8-year-old Anastacia Chavez, […]

Musical talent landed boy in USO show

By Don McAlavy: County historian Before Chick Taylor Jr. died he sent me an email. It read: “Dear Don, yes I remember Tommy Thompson and very much enjoyed your column about him and his kids. Thank you Don for all the great work you have done in your columns and all the other historical documentation. […]

Musical chairs solved with duct tape

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist One of my favorite places to shop during the holiday season are office-supply stores. There are pens on sale, Post-It notes on sale, media storage devices on sale — and half-price chairs to sit in while you’re waiting in line. About two years ago, I purchased one of these half-price […]

Lighthouse party provides early Christmas for needy families

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Caleb Huggins, 6, didn’t wait to get out of line to play with the electronic guitar he was given Saturday at the Lighthouse Mission Children’s Christmas Party. His mother Tia Koenig, left, said she was happy her son got what he wanted. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When Caleb […]

Education digest: Tuba, euphonium players invited to participate in musical event

Tuba, euphonium players invited to participate in musical event The Clovis Municipal Schools music department is hosting the annual Tuba Christmas event on Saturday. Alan Dropps, music director for the district, said any high school, college or adult tuba or euphonium player is welcome to participate. Registration is $5 and is at the Norvil Howell […]

WWII veteran made musical impact

By Don McAlavy: Local sport In 1991 Bruce DeFoor, teacher-artist, at CCC, wrote the following words: “Norris McPherson,’Big Mac,’ has long ago attained legendary stature as one of the greatest musicians in Clovis history, a former employee of the Clovis school system, he retired in 1987 with a life threatening illness, still today his jazz […]

ENMU Presenting “Mortal Kombat The Musical” on May 8

Eastern New Mexico University’s Runnels Gallery will premiere the work of fine arts student Amie Griffith “Mortal Kombat The Musical” on Friday, May 8, at 4 p.m. in Room 112 of the Jack Williamson Liberal Arts Building. A reception will follow immediately after. The movie is produced by Ms. Griffith in fulfillment of her graduation […]

CHS band full of musical talent

Recently I had the pleasure of conducting the New Mexico Music Educators All State Symphonic Band in Albuquerque. This band consisted of the most talented high school musicians in New Mexico.

Bye-Bye Birdie brings Broadway to Clovis

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Courtesy photo As part of the 2008-2009 Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series, Bye Bye Birdie is bringing Broadway to Clovis at 7 p.m. Monday at Marshall Auditorium. Freedom New Mexico The musical Bye Bye Birdie is bringing Broadway to Clovis at 7 p.m. Monday at Marshall Auditorium. As part of the 2008-2009 Clovis Community […]

Program makes staying fit fun

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Caleb Sapp and Courtney Thatcher, both 11, give each other a high five at the Cannon Air Force Base Youth Center Monday as Courtney’s mother, Patty, looks on. They participate in the Air Force’s Fit Factor program, and Courtney said they have By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Anyone for a […]

Differences can exist, but civility must win

Freedom New Mexico Regardless of whether your musical tastes ran to “Yes We Can” or “Raising McCain” this election, there’s one song you weren’t likely to hear on the 2008 campaign trail: “Kum Ba Yah.” Things got rough and tumble in a few places this year, not only in the White House race but also […]

Musical thriller comes to New Mexico

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Courtesy photo Sweeney Todd will premiere at the Spencer Theater in Alto on Sept. 18. Freedom New Mexico The Spencer Theater brings Broadway to the mountains. The first show of the season is Sweeney Todd, a 2006 Tony Winning musical thriller about a barber who robs and kills his wealthy customers. Set in London, the […]

Brass hitting Clovis

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Courtesty photo Dallas Brass is scheduled for two days in Clovis, including a Wednesday concert at Marshall Auditorium and a May 15 concert at Rock Staubus Gymnasium CNJ Staff The Dallas Brass may not resonate far outside of musical circles, but the impact on bands at Clovis Municipal Schools is about to be felt. “If […]