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 By Betty Williamson    Voices    March 20, 2019 

Come see cowboys take their hand at polo

If you’ve never heard of “cowboy polo,” you’re not alone. “Just imagine two four-man teams … cowboys or anyone … on horseback, with brooms trying to hit a beach ball into a goal....

 

Artistic pair is one you'll want to meet

Two people you'll want to meet are arriving in eastern New Mexico this week to spend the remainder of March in our area. They're sharing their love of photography, writing, and poetry through a series...

 

Grady Bright wore an awful lot of hats - and ties

During the decades that Grady Bright managed the Melrose Grain Elevator, he was such a fixture at the place that many local people called it "Grady's," instead of its real name. That was only one of...

 

Plenty of entertainment set for weekend at ENMU

The fine arts folks at Eastern New Mexico University have quite a weekend in store for us: an eerie play by a hometown playwright, a poignant musical about the Titanic, and an afternoon of music from...

 

Plan your weekend around chili, brisket and music

I have three words for this weekend: chili, brisket, music. Chili and brisket are the main courses at two food-based fundraisers (my favorite kind) on tap for our area. The Kiwanis Club of Portales...

 

Let us call you sweetheart, Sarabel

If you're on the hunt for a sweetheart this Valentine's week, here's an idea: Visit a local nursing home or senior resident center. Those places are packed with them. Take Sarabel Hall Key, for...

 

A look back at 1969 - and the Miller era

Fifty years ago - in the early spring of 1969 - Jackie Cooper Ingle was a freshman at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, an elementary education major from Kenna who happened to be an avid...

 

Homecoming takes me back to chicken wire and napkins

With basketball season in full swing, it’s also homecoming time for a number of local schools. Dora and Melrose welcome alumni home Friday; Elida follows on Feb. 8. When I hear the word...

 

Two women cut from the same cloth

Two years apart — almost to the day — eastern New Mexico lost two women who might well be the last of their breed. Marie Roberson of Portales died Jan. 14 at age 91; Tillie Shaw of Clovis passed o...

 

ENMU looking for help with championship anniversary

Eastern New Mexico University is preparing to throw a party inspired by the golden anniversary of its 1969 national championship men’s basketball team. And they are reaching out to the community...

 

CASA volunteer can be a child's best friend

When a small child has the misfortune of somehow entering the legal system — usually through no fault of their own — sometimes the best friend that child can have is a Court Appointed Special...

 

Resolving to spend more time with printed word

A favorite book of mine surfaced this week at a perfect time for the annual half-hearted attempt at self-improvement that we all know as New Year’s resolutions. I rarely break a New Year’s...

 

Opinion: Penning a very belated thank you note

As soon as my brothers and I were old enough to write, we had one hard and fast rule at our house: If we received a gift, we weren’t allowed to use it until a thank-you note was written. On this...

 

Quarter paid for a local, historical treasure

For the cost of a quarter, I picked up a treasure at the most recent used book sale hosted by the Friends of the Portales Public Library: a slim paper-bound stapled volume, 81 photocopied pages long....

 

Opinion: Weather fanatic realizing lifelong dream

When Shelden Breshears was introduced on the air this month as the newest member of the KFDA weather team, it came as no surprise to any of us who have known him since he was a tornado-obsessed kinder...

 

Opinion: Cookie Drop looking for local bakers

Calling all local bakers: The hunt is on for cookies — 10,000 of them, if you’re counting — to sweeten the lives of the young men and women stationed at Cannon Air Force Base this holiday season...

 

'Windmill man' always helping people

PORTALES - For his highly visible and well-known collection of windmills, Bill Dalley will long be remembered as Portales' "windmill man." But at his memorial service Thursday at the Portales Methodis...

 

Opinion: Sometimes I miss the days when phones were new

I have a love-hate relationship with the telephone, but it wasn’t always that way. Our first phone was part of a party line, a service we shared with seven other families. Each of us had a ring...

 

Opinion: Grateful for family heritage of gathering together

Unlike those merry characters in the folk song, “Over the River and Through the Woods,” I’ve never once boarded a sleigh and raced through “white and drifted snow” to my grandmother’s...

 

Williamson: Communities pulling out stops for Veterans Day

Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice signed to end hostilities in World War I, giving our communities an extra reason to pull out all the stops with at least a dozen Veterans Day...

 

You might be amazed by what you've been missing

I started helping assemble the events calendar for the Eastern New Mexico News this month and it has made me keenly aware of two things. First, it’s crazy how many things there are to do on any...

 

Opinion: Doggone impressed with service animal demo

It takes Lisa Kia of Clovis both hands now to count the number of times her service dog, Levi, has saved her life. Kia and her team from ArchAngel K-9 Dog Training were at the Peanut Valley Festival...

 

Opinion: 'Cloud' can't replace dark room and slide show

Cousins of mine visited last month, and on one evening we engaged in a time-honored family tradition. We hauled out our ancient slide projector, set up the wobbly screen, and gathered together for a...

 

Congrats to all of ENMU's honorees

The best part of Eastern New Mexico University’s homecoming is the annual recognition of people who have made significant contributions to the school, their communities, or their professions....

 

Dinner and a show at Habitat fundraiser

Occasionally the stars align in eastern New Mexico to make for a perfectly quirky evening. That happens Thursday. Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry counties is hosting its annual...

 

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