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Simple plate turned family treasure

We were working our way through a mountain of dirty dishes in my kitchen after a branding several years ago. Fixing a meal for 50 or 60 people takes pretty much every dish in the house. A group...

 

Forget resolutions; random kindness my style

It was a phrase reportedly born from doodlings on a restaurant placemat: “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.” Writer Anne Herbert gets the credit. The place was Sausalito,...

 

Abundance of wildlife found at Muleshoe refuge

On a cold and blustery evening before Christmas, my daughter, four friends, a border collie, and I headed to Paul’s Lake, part of the Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge south of Muleshoe. We were in...

 

Longtime resident seeks clues to Christmas past

Twila Watkins has a mystery on her hands, and it’s one that surfaced — most appropriately — just in time for Christmas. A few weeks ago, Watkins was helping her nephew go through some old family...

 

Life skills class, teacher tailored for kindness

A creative Portales teacher and her four education assistants (EAs) have added a new standard and benchmark to their December curriculum: Kindness. Veteran teacher Annette Oviedo is in her 14th year...

 

Holiday concert a feast for your ears

As Eastern New Mexico University presents its annual gift to our community in tonight’s 7 p.m. Holiday Concert at the Campus Union Ballroom, at least four music students are lacing on their running...

 

Woody's closing sad end of a Portales era

H.L. “Woody” Woodward and his elegant wife, Myrtice, opened Woody’s Jewelry in Portales in 1955. Somehow they were friends of our family. I was only a baby in 1962, the year Woody’s moved to...

 

There's place for all at Community Outreach dinner

PORTALES — What better day than Thanksgiving to consider “radical inclusivity?” It’s not a new concept, but a phrase I first encountered a few weeks ago in the book, “A Bigger Table:...

 

Weekend's lined up with great events

Grab a cup of coffee (from a local merchant, of course), your calendar, and a pen. Here are some of the don’t-miss events on tap in our area. • The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce monthly...

 

Patriotic vein runs deep in Roosevelt County

As eastern New Mexico gears up to honor its veterans this weekend, Mike Woolley is one person who wonders why remembering those who serve in the military doesn’t happen all year long. He’s in a...

 

Secret's out on First United dressing recipe

After 63 years, it’s hard to have any secrets. But as the folks at First United Methodist Church, 200 S. Ave. C, Portales, throw their 64th annual turkey dinner today, I’m going to spill two....

 

Blackwater Draw a local treasure

It’s easy to overlook treasures in our own backyard, and that often seems to be the case when it comes to the Blackwater Draw National Historic Landmark. A surprising number of locals have never...

 

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...

 

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