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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...

 

Silence nice, but happy to be back in hum

You forget how quiet a house can be until the electricity goes off. It was a fairly regular occurrence when I was a kid, but we’re far more likely to have a quick blink or two these days, and even t...

 

Carve out some time to remember those who've served

I have a slender bound volume that — judging by quality — is probably a copy of a copy of a copy. The silver letters on the red tape that covers the spine read, “SERVICE MANUAL Roosevelt...

 
 By Betty Williamson    News    May 15, 2019

Portales hotel caused a stir

Portales' first skyscraper - in my lifetime known as the Plains Hotel and the Portales Inn, but sadly empty since the 1990s - recently received an extensive renovation. It has reopened as the Best...

 
 By Betty Williamson    Voices    May 8, 2019

Community saves

You probably know the African proverb about how it takes a village to raise a child. The Kanmore family of Portales might argue that it takes a community to save one. They're in a position to know. Th...

 

ENMU production will benefit hospital

When an upcoming weekend is as busy as this one (seriously, check out the events calendar for the next few days), I especially appreciate a two-for-one opportunity. The Roosevelt General Hospital Foun...

 

Renovation turns up unexpected treasure

The recent expansion and renovation at Central Christian Church in Portales turned up an unexpected time capsule of sorts, and an even more unexpected connection with the pastor who blessed it almost...

 

A pony may not be the best choice of childhood gift

In case you happened to miss it, a week ago today was Siblings Day. I dug out a childhood photo of my brothers and me on our pony, Peanuts, in honor of the occasion, and it took me on a bumpy trip...

 

Former area resident makes name in baseball

For more than 650 families in Curry and Roosevelt counties with baseball-loving kids, Saturday was opening day for the 2019 Little League season. It was also a day filled with more than a little senti...

 

Paramedic preserving ceremonies of remembrance

No one says farewell to one of their own more beautifully than the community of first responders - the firefighters, police officers, and paramedics who see front-line action on a daily basis. Now,...

 

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