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New memories await at Peanut Valley Festival

We humans love our food festivals, so much so that the National Geographic Society even put together a list a few years ago of what it considered to be the best food festival by state. The Peanut...

 

Hit Portales for whilwind weekend of events

This is the kind of weekend where — if you play your cards right — you can score end-of-season veggies, eat a bratwurst for a good cause, round-up cheap reads, hear breath-taking choral and wind...

 

Events plentiful this weekend

In a world that feels increasingly R-rated due to violence and language, I am especially grateful that Eastern New Mexico University has lined up a bevy of family-friendly festivities this weekend to...

 

Plan to 'bee' at university theater

My thinly disguised (or possibly blatantly obvious) inner nerd is rejoicing. Two of my passions — musical theater and spelling bees — are coming together a week from today when the Eastern New...

 

Communities depend on local merchants

The announced beginning-of-the-end for the Sears department store in Clovis coincided recently with a search we had in our family for an obscure size of a replacement blade for a cutoff saw. Like...

 

Great kids wash for children's cause

While they may not earn an “A” for planning ahead, some compassionate Elida sixth-graders armed with buckets, scrub brushes, and soap collected $627 last week to help battle childhood cancer....

 

Morrison lives dream of directing PHS band

Back in the 1990s, when Kelli Morrison's last name was still Stroud and she played percussion in the Ram Band at Portales High School, she said the band kids hung out at Taco Box after rehearsal. "To...

 

No right answer for what happened in Clovis library

When grief or anger or despair creeps in, I turn to baking. So it was that I arose at dawn on Tuesday and laid upon my kitchen counter four sticks of butter, three eggs, and a bag of chocolate chips....

 

Go-to extension sec Sherri Best deserves a pat

Every organization — if it is lucky — has at least one go-to person, the individual who knows where the missing keys are likely to be found, who to call when crisis strikes, where the...

 

Still time to get in fair entries

Even without benefit of a calendar, a recent slow trip up NM 206 following a food truck painted with a four-foot tall picture of a glistening candy apple was proof-positive: Fair season has arrived...

 

Nothing keeps down a lineman

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” is a phrase long-associated with the United States Postal Service. But...

 

Recent rains a beautiful thing

One of my favorite photographs was taken 70 years ago this summer. In the 1947 black-and-white print, J.G. “Spud” Greaves is standing under the awning of the Portales newspaper office, where he...

 

Youth exchange 'chance of a lifetime' for student

By the time Samantha Bartl’s Portales High School classmates begin their junior year on Aug. 11, she will be more than 5,000 miles away, exploring the Scandinavian country that gave the world Hans...

 

We Love Portales project shares blessings

If someone presses a cup of coffee into your hands this weekend, stops by your business with complimentary doughnuts, or washes your car but flat-out refuses any money for it, you may have...

 

Two Portales students entertain in musical

Two Portales High School students with a passion for the performing arts have spent many of their waking hours in Lubbock this summer, honing their acting skills in preparation for a musical that...

 

Hope Tex stands tall for generations

I didn’t know until last month that the figure we always called “the tall Texan” actually had a name. It turns out that West Texas’ tallest cowboy, the 47-footer who towers over Canyon on the...

 

Scuba diving 'an awful lot of fun'

Every six weeks or so — or anytime he talk someone into joining him — Greg Senn straps on and wriggles into about 75 pounds of gear, “staggers over” to a body of water, and falls in. On...

 

Red Halliday was one of a kind

Even if she hadn’t been born with auburn hair that earned her the lifelong nickname of “Red,” Lela Jo Halliday would have been considered a colorful character. Barely five months since her...

 

Horsemen clubs another form of area fun

On summer weekends when many families are gathering up gear for soccer or baseball, a number of locals hitch up trailers, load horses, and round up saddles, halters, bridles, and trail patterns to...

 

'Random rocks of kindness' span border

Like colorful all-weather Easter eggs, painted rocks have been springing up all over eastern New Mexico and west Texas. We can thank three sisters who decided to jump head-first into a fad that seems...

 

Helen Jones was angel on earth

DORA — For three decades of Dora students in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, "store day" was a highlight of the school week. Those were the Friday afternoons when elementary students made the 100-yard...

 

Delores Penrod a rebel never lacking a cause

In almost 88 years on this planet, Delores Penrod has often been a rebel, but never without a cause. Penrod may be best known in eastern New Mexico for founding the Community Services Center in...

 

Animal lovers hosting supply drive

If you’re a pet lover in eastern New Mexico, chances are good you’ve heard of Cindy’s Hope for Precious Paws and/or encountered the two women behind it, Cindy Clayton and Wendy Turner. These...

 

Birders ready for Global Big Day

If you happen upon a small group of bleary-eyed individuals sporting binoculars and toting well-worn bird identification guides in Curry County on Saturday, mark it down in your own rare-sighting...

 

Giving scholarships is deeply satisfying

I discovered some years ago that I have an unusual knack for giving away other people’s money. Not only is it easy to do, it is highly satisfying. That is only one of the reasons I look forward to...

 

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