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 By Betty Williamson    Voices 

Pioneer stories give me a dose of perspective

I face an ongoing dilemma: I love having a clean house, but I hate cleaning. But with an incoming overnight guest on the way last weekend, I tackled our abode in an all-out scrub... — Updated 6/16/2021

 
 By Betty Williamson    News 

Pages past, June 16: Eight pack bags for Girls State

On this date… 1966: Eight Roosevelt County girls were packing their suitcases for New Mexico Girls State, set to open later in the week on the campus of the University of New... — Updated 6/15/2021

 
 By Betty Williamson    News

Pages past, June 13: Kountry Kitchen Band was a huge hit

On this date… 1971: The Pioneer Days Rodeo parade was declared such a success that instead of awarding top prizes in only three categories, the judges gave five first-place... — Updated 6/12/2021

 

Love a good yearbook ad - as long as I'm not selling it

I counted recently and discovered that my shelves are creaking with more than 80 yearbooks from various schools. The oldest is from 1940, the most recent is from 2016. They're... — Updated 6/8/2021

 
 By Betty Williamson    News

Pages past, June 9: High honor for Grady's Pat Woods

On this date … 1966: Local Future Farmers of America members returned from the state FFA convention in Albuquerque, where Pat Woods of Grady received the Sunshine State Farmer... — Updated 6/8/2021

 

Be grateful for all you have and don't waste it

I never crack open a raw egg without thinking of an old family friend named Mrs. Klein. Mrs. Klein was the mother of one of my mother’s best childhood pals in the 1930s and early... — Updated 6/1/2021

 

Have a little trouble identifying things I see

I have a proven record of misidentifying things I see. It isn’t getting better with time. Once it was an owl. I would have bet money on it. It was nighttime and our dog was in... — Updated 5/25/2021

 

Crunchy - but not in a good way

I saw a recipe for cicada cookies this week that took me back in time. While I have zero desire to incorporate these large, loud, and crunchy (I’ll come back to that) insects... — Updated 5/18/2021

 

Too many choices, too exhausting

I read something recently that proposed an interesting conundrum (and gave me an excuse to use “conundrum,” which is one of my favorite words): We humans love choices, but we... — Updated 5/11/2021

 

Cafeteria ladies took care of us back in the day

I never see a printed school menu without being reminded of my own years in the lunch line and cafeteria at the Dora schools. As a species, we humans love to complain. In those long... — Updated 5/4/2021

 

For some, pandemic has meant returning to comfort of books

This past weekend offered numerous opportunities to spend time (both virtually and in-person) with other people who love books and reading as much as I do. First came three days of... — Updated 4/27/2021

 

ENMU bringing on pair of virtual events

After a solid year of postponed and canceled events, the weekend that is coming (even with all the still-necessary modifications) represents a glorious return of some beloved... — Updated 4/20/2021

 
 By Betty Williamson    News

Williamson: On exceptionalism, this one's for the birds

It comes as no surprise that the drought monitor maps continue to keep our area solidly in center of a puddle of the dreaded deep brown patches that forecasters designate as “D4... — Updated 4/13/2021

 

Thursday good day for barbecue, donations

High Plains forecast for Thursday: Sunny, 80 degrees, and a 100 percent chance of smoked meats, accompanied by macrobursts of generosity and torrential warm fuzzies. In other... — Updated 4/6/2021

 

'Living Last Supper' back on after COVID year

About this time last year, Jan Smartnick was gearing up to direct a pre-Easter performance of "The Living Last Supper" at First United Methodist Church in Portales. The drama,... — Updated 3/30/2021

 

Come make new 'friends' at book sale

In 2009, a writer named Judith Wynn Halsted published a book called, "Some of My Best Friends Are Books," a guide to 300 of her favorite books for young readers. The title has... — Updated 3/23/2021

 

Time to enjoy a dose of opera on the High Plains

My mother was a lifelong fan of the Metropolitan Opera. Most Saturday mornings of the September-March opera season (I'll bet some of you didn't even know opera had a season), she... — Updated 3/16/2021

 

Kindness, patience, love defined Mrs. Prater

In the fall of 1967, clutching a fat pencil, a box of crayons, and a Big Chief tablet, I became one of the 28 little kids in Peggy Prater's first grade class at Dora Elementary... — Updated 3/9/2021

 

Science is a beautiful thing with long history

I chauffeured a dear friend to the Roosevelt General Hospital clinic recently to receive her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. I’ll call her B. As the masked and gloved... — Updated 3/2/2021

 

Take a night off cooking with Kiwanis chili to go

There are no two ways around it. This last year has been a tough time to host fundraisers. Our community service organizations have had to cancel many long-standing events because o... — Updated 2/23/2021

 

I've learned not to take small luxuries for granted

Like many on the High Plains, we woke up without water on Monday morning in the sub-zero weather. It was a preventable problem, at least at our house, but I had grown complacent... — Updated 2/16/2021 Full story

 

Connecticut woman 'walking with purpose' across US

If you were out and about last weekend on U.S. 70 from Roswell to Clovis, you may have passed a young backpacker on the side of the road, moving east with quick steps like a woman... — Updated 2/9/2021

 

University is looking for local talent

Are you a singer, a dancer, a musician, an undiscovered cowboy poet? Do you have that one magic trick that gets requested every Thanksgiving, or a card manipulation that always... — Updated 2/2/2021

 

Seeking the family of prettiest baby of 1928

In the fall of 1928, only weeks before she got her first tooth, little Norma Mozelle Estes of Portales was named the "prize winning baby in the Best-All-Around Baby contest" at the... — Updated 1/26/2021

 

Photos transport me to 1986 - and Washington, D.C.

I spent a good half hour recently digging through boxes in search of a handful of photos I took during one of the most beautiful and serene evenings of my life. When I found them,... — Updated 1/19/2021

 

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