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Butterflies like it messy

People who are serious about butterflies and moths are known as lepidopterists, a word that might seem better suited for a spelling bee than a nature walk. Maybe that’s why Steve Cary is simply...

 

Life in small town has rewards

Sometimes life in a small town feels a little confining. But then — if you’re lucky — you have one of those moments that reminds you of the very best part of being in a rural community. I lost...

 

Catch your breath for the High Plains marathon

Boston and New York City may have their famous marathons, but on certain weekends, we have marathons of our own on the High Plains — times when a number of events converge as they do this weekend....

 
 By Betty Williamson    News    April 1, 2018

Oscar Robinson: 'Jack-knife' of all trades, adventurous

Editor's note: Anytime we ask readers what they want to read, they always say the same thing: "Human-interest stories." This year, we're deploying two of our best correspondents — Wendel Sloan and...

 

Doc Pearce's name worth remembering

The next time you are waiting to see a doctor or nurse practitioner in Clovis or Portales, here’s a name worth remembering: John Sidney Pearce. Better known as Doc Pearce, this Roosevelt County...

 

Prairie chickens fewer but still dancing

Most mornings — if the wind isn’t flinging sand and hurling tumbleweeds — I am outside close to sunrise to take a few quiet sips of the sweetness of dawn on the High Plains. That little cup of...

 

'Always wear your cape' at Special Hearts Prom

There’s a ball on the calendar at the Clovis Civic Center. In this case, there is no prince involved, simply three big-hearted women, and the guest list won’t include residents of mythical...

 

Memories forever: Sharon King, StoryCorps

When you lose someone you love, as many of us did last week with the passing of our friend Sharon King, it’s hard not to think of the African adage: “When an old man dies, a library burns to the...

 

ENMU offers smorgasbord of entertainment

Eastern New Mexico University is setting out a fine arts feast this weekend, starting with a jazz appetizer tonight, followed by main courses of opera and Greek drama, and finishing with a wind...

 

Chili dinner good for memories - and local causes

Every year when I tuck into a bowl of Portales Kiwanis chili (as I plan to during this annual fundraiser from 5 -7 p.m. Friday in the Fellowship Hall at the First United Methodist Church, 200 South...

 

Thank you for showing up, Leroy Thomas

When Leroy Thomas accepted the job as preacher for the Causey Church of Christ in August of 1970, he didn’t expect it to be a long-term post. “They said, ‘We’d like for you to come and preach...

 

'Fun and fast' Chinese auction good cause for hospital

You may never have participated in — or even heard of — a Chinese auction. But the Roosevelt General Hospital Foundation plans to change that for us, and use the proceeds to continue to “help...

 

The family doctor

PORTALES — When Erika Garcia was a first-grader at Parkview Elementary School in Clovis, she really only wanted one thing: To be able to talk to and understand the other little girls so she would ha...

 

Always room for one more

From long before I was born, Sunday was a day to gather the relatives together for a big meal around my grandparents’ table. Our best old family photos show my aunts, uncles, and cousins, seated...

 

Librarian gets 'summer vacation' of a lifetime

If teachers get to write “what I did on my summer vacation” essays, Portales High School Librarian Heather Christensen will have a winner come August. She is one of 12 educators (six high school...

 

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...

 

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