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A dash of national recognition and a swirl of nostalgia

Portales' Terri Doerr was watching television on her computer a couple of weeks ago - "mainly ignoring the commercials," she said - when a voice came on that she'd not heard in person for almost two...

 

Good causes, good music fill up weekend

Perhaps in honor of Thanksgiving month — or maybe we are just lucky — this weekend has an overflowing cornucopia of good causes and good music in store for us. I’ll be spending many hours at...

 

Grateful to these veterans and all who've served

When you put Portales old-timers Joe Blair and Jim Warnica together in the same room, it doesn't take long for the stories to start flying. The two have been buddies since "first or second grade,"...

 

Fall brings back Halloween memories

When the leaves turn brown and gold and the north wind sends them skittering along the road, I find myself growing nostalgic. It happens every October. One of my earliest memories is from a...

 

Exchange student makes return trip to Portales

If one happened to be in the United States for a conference in Florida - an 8,000-mile journey from one's home in New Zealand, why on earth would one not consider a quick side trip to Portales?...

 

Foodies in luck with weekend events

If you consider yourself a foodie, you’re in luck this weekend in eastern New Mexico. Things are shaping up to be the culinary equivalent of a perfect storm. Without devoting an inordinate amount of...

 

Artist captures local history in creations

Roosevelt County's Gayle Walker is an artist - and a good one - but I think you'd have to call her a local historian as well. Most years for nearly a decade now, she selects one of the small rural...

 

Community's kindness beautiful

You would have to look long and hard to find a nicer person in eastern New Mexico than Bill Parson. Even if you don't know his name, chances are you've seen him. Parson was a long-time "cart pusher"...

 

ENMU's first homecoming a memorable event

As Eastern New Mexico University celebrates its homecoming this weekend, it seems fitting to look back to the first one that was held 85 years ago — on Oct. 6, 1934. That first gathering didn’t...

 

Food distribution looking for new home

On the third Saturday of almost every month for the past five years, volunteers have filled the fellowship hall at Central Christian Church in Portales to assist in an impressive community food distri...

 

Sharing kidneys across US

Clovis second-grade teacher Regina Griego may have the best excuse ever to explain why she's late for school this year. Yes, this year. While her students reported for the new semester on Aug. 12,...

 

Extend a hand of kindness to someone this week

My Uncle Jack Williamson called himself a “desperate optimist.” I always liked that term, that desire to keep a positive outlook even in grim circumstances. The older I get, the more I relate....

 

A look back at the German POWs of Portales

Seventy-five years ago, Bill Vinzant — better known as Billy Glen in those days — was a 10-year-old boy living in Portales, the son of the long-time county extension agent W.G. Vinzant. It was...

 

Coming full circle

Albert Flinn's official job title is head rodeo coach for Eastern New Mexico University. This summer, he's also been a trail boss and herd wrangler, searching out "strays" for the upcoming reunion of...

 

Breathe deep and enjoy the fine bouquet of August

As I was savoring the heady aroma of raindrops sinking into parched earth during an unexpected rain shower earlier this week, it occurred to me that some of the best scents of the year happen in...

 

Fairs celebrate best things about rural communities

I was at a concert outside the Lea County Museum in Lovington last week, enjoying a balmy evening and some good tunes. As the sun set and the evening thankfully began to cool off, multi-colored neon...

 

Good to be reminded that what I have is plenty

I was visiting with a new acquaintance last weekend in her lovely home in Portales. During the afternoon, as we sipped ice water and munched on cookies she’d baked earlier in the day, she twice...

 

Community wishing pianist on way

If you ever go looking for James Golden, here’s a tip: He’s probably somewhere within arm’s reach of a piano. He has spent most of his waking hours at keyboards in Portales and Clovis for well...

 

Rotary club helping to 'paint a better story'

Amy Corbin, the newly inducted president of the Rotary Club of Clovis, claims that any effort she's ever made at creating artwork has been, well, "disastrous." So why does she have more than 150...

 

Impossible to waste something as precious as a good peach

I was at church on a July Sunday a few years back when a friend came up and whispered to me furtively, “The pizzas should be ready Thursday.” I’ll be honest: I didn’t hear much of the sermon t...

 

Starlac made me appreciate a cold glass of milk

The recent observance of National Dairy Month may have left you thirsty for an icy cold glass of milk. As for me, my appreciation of the good stuff came from a childhood of drinking Starlac. If that n...

 

Portales Woman's Club looking for help

One of eastern New Mexico's oldest community service organizations is facing a daunting challenge, according to its president, and is inviting all of us to help brainstorm a solution. The Portales...

 

Long live NM's unique and beautiful yucca

If the yucca wasn’t already New Mexico’s state flower, its show-stopping display this year would be a good argument for designating it as such. Those tall and distinctive stalks filled with lush...

 

Grandparents would be pleased to see future of High Plains

With Curry County’s Pioneer Days celebration in the books and Roosevelt County set to celebrate its Heritage Days this weekend, I can’t help but think of those folks who settled eastern New...

 

Rescue efforts need volunteers

The loss of her own rescue dog a year ago led Linda Sumption to the cement building at 1700 N. Boston in Portales that houses the cats, dogs, kittens, and puppies picked up each day by Portales...

 

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