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Happy Thanksgiving to all

If you’re tackling a turkey today, or having it out with a ham, imagine roasting up a small herd of cattle in preparation for several thousand guests. That was exactly what happened in 1933 in...

 

My mother had a good skunk story

I was awakened in the wee hours one morning last week by the unmistakable odor of freshly launched skunk spray wafting its way through closed windows into our house. We haven't had a skunk visit for...

 

Hope to vote 'red, white and blue' this Veterans Day

A couple of colors have been on my mind the past several weeks. Perhaps you’ve been thinking of them, too: Blue and red. (Please note that I’ve listed them alphabetically, to avoid charges of...

 

Missing the days of community friendliness and pie

I grew up in an era and in a region where there was a sweet payoff for both politicians and voters in the autumn weeks leading up to elections: Community gatherings to meet candidates and, yes, eat...

 

Local seeking to solve quilt mystery

Jean Fisher of Clovis has a mystery on her hands, and she's looking for our help. Fisher, who is 82, worked for 37 years as a nurse at the Retirement Ranch, but she's also a long-time quilter. That...

 

Mom's letter-writing legacy tugs my heartstrings

This was about the time each year of my mother’s life that she started working on her Christmas letters. Something about the leaves changing and the nights growing cooler threw her into her annual...

 

Consider this a love letter to the month of October

Dear October, Consider this a love letter. Some say it is wrong to have favorites, but you leave me no choice. You are the one. The other months have their moments, of course, but they can turn on a...

 

Here's to good memories, past and future

In my ongoing quest to avoid reality (because really, who among us is interested in reality right now?) I found myself this week traveling back in time to the handful of years in the 1970s that my...

 

Bingo gets local twist at virtual homecoming

A 500-year-old game gets a fresh local twist today as part of Eastern New Mexico University's virtual homecoming that began Monday and continues through the weekend. Reach for the digital device of...

 

Hoping not to make choice of preferred nostril again

We are a society filled with daily choices. Paper or plastic? Table or booth? Regular or decaf? Red or green? (For the record, my answer to all of these is, “It depends.” I like to make life as...

 

There's peace in things being where they should be

A good many years back I had dinner with some new acquaintances who had recently moved to our area. After we ate, I asked the mom — I'll call her Daisy — if she happened to have a toothpick....

 

Ag teacher 'Ma Cone' remembered for life of service

For at least two decades worth of students who were in the Future Farmers of America program in the 1980s and 1990s at Portales High School, a small but feisty woman they called "Ma Cone" was their...

 

Letter from 1956 reunites women in 2020

Almost 64 years ago, LaWanda Smith and her husband, Bobby, were a young couple living in Hobbs where they attended Rock Chapel Baptist Church. As Christmas approached, LaWanda remembers the church...

 

Searching for memories of Pep

I’ve been searching the past few weeks for a vintage photograph of my hometown of Pep. Once a bustling little burg, by the 1960s Pep was mostly housed in one building, a combination store/post...

 

Feeling fresh appreciation for washer and dryer

I have fresh appreciation this week for two of the appliances in my house: the washing machine and dryer. I may have lacked the proper appreciation for the luxury of in-home laundry services as a...

 

Vern Witten: Remembering a workhorse

Seven years ago - on a February evening in 2013 - the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce surprised Vern Witten by naming him Workhorse of the Year. "To be honest," he told the Portales News-Tribune...

 

Aviation classes awakened a fever in area teen

Back in the spring of 1997, 13-year-old Brandon Reed was finishing his seventh-grade year as a student in the Floyd Municipal Schools. Anticipating the spring fever that strikes most kids as May...

 
 By Betty Williamson    News    July 22, 2020

Fair family a little bit fuller

PORTALES — After 40 years of marriage — and at the ages of 70 and 85, respectively — Grace and John Fair of Portales became new parents on July 15. Yes, you read that right. New parents. How...

 

Opinion: Do stick together - even 6 feet apart

With all that is going on in our nation and our world — not to mention this brain-frying heat — I found myself turning this week to some wise words penned several decades ago by Robert Fulghum....

 

Opinion: Recipe books a step back through time

With a little more time at home these past few months, I’ve found myself flipping through some of the vintage cookbooks that fill a couple of shelves in one of my bookcases. Two of my favorites are...

 

Opinion: World could use a dose of Will Rogers right now

I don’t know about you, but I think what our world needs right now is a heaping dose of Will Rogers. When he and his pilot friend Wiley Post died in a crash in Alaska in 1935, headlines at the time...

 

Opinion: Dollie Gordon, pillar of the Floyd community

If you are my age or older and grew up in rural Roosevelt County, I’ll venture a bet that you spent at least a nickel or a dime — maybe even a quarter or a dollar — at some point in your youth i...

 

Opinion: 'Teleporting' definite contender for best childhood memory

This ditty has been making the rounds lately on wall plaques, t-shirts, and social media posts: “Best childhood memory: Falling asleep on the couch and waking up in bed. I miss teleporting. It never...

 

Opinion: Our devices have kept us connected in isolation

I’ve been thinking about the phrase, “left to their own devices.” It’s been around in one form or another for a few hundred years, loosely defined as being able to handle a situation with no...

 

Opinion: Portales parade 'better than any medicine'

Of all the adaptations to tradition we humans have made in these past few months, I'll hazard a guess that one we may hold on to is the drive-by parade. These impromptu horn-honking, poster-waving...

 

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