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 […]

Hastings, other new stores coming to Clovis area soon

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Manuel Bencomo of Superior Signs of Roswell installs letters Wednesday on the front of the Hobby Lobby building on North Prince Street. CNJ staff photo: Rick White Jack King Hastings Entertainment, Inc., a multimedia entertainment retailer, is opening a store in Clovis, the company announced Wednesday. The store will be at 2001 N. Prince, but […]

Salgado to bring different kind of country to fair

By Helena Rodriguez Curry County Fair’s biggest entertainment act this year has sold more than 2 million records, signed a multi-million-dollar contract with Sony Records, and garnered top music awards. Because Michael Salgado is a Tejano music star, however, he’s a recognizable name mostly amongst Spanish music listeners. But even so, fair organizers are still […]

Portales boy coming home from Nashville to headline fair

By Helena Rodriguez From the Floyd Jamboree to Opryland and now back to the Roosevelt County Fair. Portales native turned Nashville performer John W. Hill will headline entertainment at this year’s Roosevelt County Fair. After spending three years playing acoustic guitar with country star Chad Brock in the late 1990s, Hill has been flying solo […]

Thanks for all the memories; Hope was a king

He gave us so many memories. From the movie screen to shows for troops far from home, from radio appearances to TV specials, Bob Hope entertained generations of Americans with his self-depreciating jokes and deadpan delivery. Hope, who recently turned 100, died late Sunday of pneumonia at his home in California. More than anything else, […]

Q&A with Buddy Vaughan

Buddy Vaughan, 40, has been president of the Curry County Fair Board since January 2001. Question: How long have you been working with the Curry County Fair? Answer: I joined the fair board in 1998, and I’ve been working with the fair since then. When Charlie Vannatta was running for Curry County Sheriff, he had […]

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 […]

Star-in-waiting to headline patriotic celebration

By Helena Rodriguez Katrina Elam may not be a household name yet, but she is being poised to become the next Faith Hill or Reba McEntire. She is also poised to headline the welcome home celebration for Cannon Air Force Base troops on Saturday at Greene Acres Park. The 19-year-old recording artist and three-time Oklahoma […]