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Jazz Ed. 101 continues

June 5, 2016 • VistasComments (0)

Welcome to Jazz About Town! Monthly installments will be covering a wide variety of jazz related topics. We plan to keep you informed about the music’s colorful history, the lives of its important creators, composers and performers and information about recordings. We will periodically list local and regional jazz events with special emphasis on our...

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Four locals honored by LULAC

June 5, 2016 • VistasComments (0)

Former Roswell City Councilwoman Elena Velasquez, second from right, was one of three women honored at the May 28 Hispanic Women’s Award luncheon, part of the League of United Latin American Citizens state convention. She received the District II award. The...


‘Pet Sounds’ album turns 50

May 29, 2016 • VistasComments (0)

Beach Boys’ leader Brian Wilson fulfills own prophecy of producing masterpiece on par with Beatles albums of the day One of the most critically acclaimed albums of all time — and the first album that I bought as a CD — turned 50 earlier this month....


Butterfly garden at Cahoon Park

May 29, 2016 • VistasComments (0)

If the city’s bulldozers do show up to fill in Cahoon Park pool, let’s hope they steer clear of this beautiful butterfly garden near the 83-year-old swimming hole. The garden was planted last year by the Morning Garden Club of Roswell. Flowers in the...


When ice first came to Roswell

May 29, 2016 • VistasComments (0)

Top: The building for the old ice plant still stands on North Virginia Avenue behind the Cattle Baron (Photo and image courtesy of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico.) The following story was printed in the Pioneer Edition of the “Roswell...


May 29, 2016 • VistasComments (0)

The 32nd Annual Milkman Triathlon is taking place in Dexter on June 4 with registration deadline at 3 p.m. on June 1. Participants under the age of 18 are required to have a parent or legal guardian’s signature. Why would you do a triathlon? If you ask any...


May 22, 2016 • VistasComments (0)

Photos courtesy of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico Though it got off to a slow start, Kiplings Confectionery became famous all over the Southwest for its fine candies.   Submitted by Janice Dunnahoo Historical Society for Southeast NM...


Studio+ brings the beloved childhood story of Peter Pan to life

May 22, 2016 • VistasComments (0)

The cast of “Peter Pan.” Performance takes place at 6 p.m. on May 27 and 28 at Pearson Auditorium. Tickets are $15 and $20 and available at or at the door (Submitted Photo). Take the hand of Peter Pan and let your imagination take...


Concert or camping? Both!

May 22, 2016 • VistasComments (0)

Warm weather is upon us and I’m sure you are pondering the same age-old question I am. What to do first — go camping or go to a concert? Camping sounds great, but without an RV or a major power source, how will you provide music to your campsite for an...


Soulman Al Green: ‘Smooth like butta’

May 15, 2016 • VistasComments (0)

If it’s true that the late James Brown was the Godfather of Soul, then it is equally true that Al Green, who topped the charts in the mid-70s with a series of soul singles, is the Smoothest Human Being to Ever Walk the Face of the Earth. Brown’s...