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 […]

Large turnout expected at expo

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers More than 450 exhibitors of farm, ranch and dairy products and services are expected for the 13th annual New Mexico Ag Expo Feb. 22-23 in Portales. Pat Willis of the Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce and an event organizer said once again there will be vendors from the west Texas and […]

Fireworks vendors report an explosive sales period

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Fireworks vendors began packing up and closing shop on Monday, many declaring the season a financial success. “We just got it this year, so this was our first time,” said Maria Hernandez, who operated a stand between Clovis and Texico over the past few weeks, “but business was pretty good.” […]