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 […]

Local vendors see decline in farmers market

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Freedom New Mexico: Robin Coffey Urvano Ordonez, second from left, talks with customers at the Portales farmers market Thursday. He sells watermelons, chilies, squash and jalapenos. Alisa Boswell According to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report, farmers markets have been on the rise in popularity in the U.S. this year with markets having increased […]

Farmers’ market vendors hope more produce coming

Argen Duncan With the farmers market season under way, growers have less produce than usual but hope that will change. The Portales and Clovis farmers markets have been open since June. “We’re selling the little stuff,” said Margie Plummer, manager of both markets. “We don’t have a lot ready right now because of the weather.” […]

Ticket feature: Home and Garden show begins Saturday

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File photo At least half of the venders scheduled to be at the Clovis Home and Garden Show this weekend are new, according to organizers. Freedom New Mexico The annual Home and Garden Show begins Saturday, running through Sunday and promises a full house of vendors, products and ideas. With something for the whole family, […]

Tuesday morning briefing: School money, the home show and loyalty tests

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Vendors needed The annual Clovis Home and Garden Show is still seeking vendors. The show is April 9-10 at the Clovis Civic Center and was attended by an estimated 3,500 folks last year. Contact the Home Builders Association of Eastern New Mexico for more […]

Clovis Civic Center still losing money

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File photo The Clovis Civic Center draws events the city couldn’t have hosted before, but comes with an annual six-figure loss. Estimated losses for the past year are $284,000. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer By all indications, vendors who come to the Clovis Civic Center have been satisfied. By other indications, there just haven’t […]

Festival celebrates crafts, peanuts

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Courtesy Photo The annual Peanut Valley Festival in Portales offers a variety of merchandise from art to local peanuts, as well as entertainment. The event is scheduled for Oct. 17-18 at Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Building. Event: Annual Arts and Crafts Peanut Valley Festival Location: Campus Union Building at Eastern New Mexico University […]

Farmers markets offer fresh produce, conversation

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Lisa Dunagan of Clovis, right, pays Margie Plummer of Portales and owner of Veggie Shack for some fresh onions, peas, and squash Tuesday at the Clovis Farmers’ Market. Dunagan said she likes to buy her produce fresh. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Some come for the money, some come […]

AAFES recruiting vendors

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Clovis artist Ruben Armenta paints in his studio at the Cannon Air Force Base Exchange. He is contracting with Army Air Force Exchange Services to offer his work on base. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections The Army Air Force Exchange Service is on a constant quest to expand shopping opportunities […]

AAFES recruiting vendors

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Clovis artist Ruben Armenta paints in his studio at the Cannon Air Force Base Exchange. He is contracting with Army Air Force Exchange Services to offer his work on base. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections The Army Air Force Exchange Service is on a constant quest to expand shopping opportunities […]

Recent rains benefit farmers’ market vendors

Freedom New Mexico: Sarah Meyer Local growers say the crops are looking good and they’re ready for the official opening of the Portales Farmers’ Market. The market will be open at a new time — 5 p.m. — Mondays and Thursdays through the end of October, said Margie Plummer, market manager. “We got a lot […]

Fireworks sales starting to explode

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Amanda Herrera totals up the Salinas family’s purchase of fireworks at a fireworks stand north of Clovis. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Fireworks vendors in Curry and Roosevelt counties said sales are picking up as July 4 nears. “We have been open since June 20 and have already had […]

Break-in reported at ENMU during Peanut Festival

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University Campus Police are investigating a break-in that occurred Saturday night or Sunday morning at the Campus Union Building during the annual Peanut Valley Festival, according to a ENMU Communication Services press release. Various items from booth vendors as well an undetermined amount of cash from vendors’ booths and […]

Flea market option comes to Clovis

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Vendors set up their stands Saturday at the Clovis Flea Market on Seventh Street and R.L. Moreno Road. By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers The last flea market brought the Purriers to Clovis from Minnesota about two years ago. But when they got here, it closed. So, Sherry Purrier said, they […]

Border towns celebrate unity

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleGabriela Velez, left, 14, and Janie Balch, 15, both of Clovis, ride the train Saturday at the Border Town Days festival in Farwell and Texico. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer A hunk of brisket to his left, a white apron masking most of his shirt, James William, a member of […]

Fireworks ban irks vendors

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer With Independence Day fast approaching, the possibility of a fireworks-free celebration has vendors praying for rain. Because of persistent drought conditions in the area, the Curry County Commission placed a ban earlier this month restricting the sale and use of fireworks. The proclamation prohibits the sale of rockets, helicopters, […]

New Mexico Ag Expo on its way

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The 2006 New Mexico Agricultural Expo will feature everything from old tractor driving games, quilt and fashion shows to important, up-to-date industry developments for dairymen, ranchers and farmers. There are also several demonstrations and vendors for the families who tour the Ag Expo, which has no entry fee. […]

Peanut Valley Festival features mixture of vendors, entertainment

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Huge crowds took the opportunity to get a head start on their Christmas shopping Saturday at the 32nd annual Peanut Valley Festival in Portales. “We’ve bought lots of things: dolls, jewelry, I got a flu shot,” said Sylvia Shot, of Clovis. “We don’t (ever) miss it, we really enjoy it.” […]

Day Trip: Pinatafest celebrates party tradition

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The Roswell Folklorico Group is part of a weekend of entertainment during the Pinatafest. The event is entering its 12th year. (Courtesy photo) Compiled by Mike Jimenez: Freedom Newspapers Roswell is home to the Coyotes of Roswell High, the Rockets of Goddard High and UFO fanatics. It’s also home to the annual “Pinatafest.” The festival […]

Farmers’ Market open for season

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Buddy Jorde sorts through a basket of potatoes Tuesday afternoon. Jorde’s family farms approximately 600 acres and brings produce to sell at the Clovis Farmers’ Market. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Dennis Shaw dusts fresh dirt off one of the red onions he picked just before he came to set […]