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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...

 

Avoiding change: That's silly, really

Like many people, I’m a creature resistant to change. On chilly mornings, I still shrug into a sweater that I bought at the Anthony’s store on the Portales square when I was a junior in high...

 

Pictures worth about 1,000 phone calls

I set out in late July collecting information to write about the 50th anniversary of Elbert Muncy's death. It never occurred to me how hard it would be to find a photograph of the beloved Portales... Full story

 

Program to help keep students' plates full

College students often end up with a lot on their plates. Many are living away from home for the first time and adjusting to life in a small space with a perfect (or maybe not so perfect) stranger,...

 

Local millennials more than stereotype

Stephen and Cassie Hardin of Portales are two of those darned millennials. You know the ones I’m talking about — that generation born from 1981-1996 who are often targeted for criticism. Let me...

 

Golden Library sits in 'whole different world'

Almost three years ago, I was in a Portales audience for one of the many local presentations done by Melveta Walker, who has been the director of Eastern New Mexico University’s Golden Library for t...

 

Murder didn't happen in Portales then

Editor's note: Portales druggist Elbert Muncy was murdered 50 years ago. This is the second of a two-part story that began in last Sunday's paper. It's been 50 years since the murder of Elbert Muncy.... Full story

 

Roosevelt County will see you at the fair

PORTALES — “See you at the fair!” It’s a phrase we hear and say a lot this time of year in our part of the world. Lea County wrapped up its annual celebration more than a week ago; Curry...

 

Fifty years ago: 'Burglar Murders Portales Druggist'

Fifty years ago today, many people in eastern New Mexico were still reeling as the news continued to spread about a murder that had rattled Portales late the evening before. Elbert Lee Muncy, a... Full story

 

See you at county fair livestock sales

With local county fairs perched on the horizon — Curry County’s opens Tuesday and Roosevelt County’s opens Aug. 21 — area 4-H and Future Farmers of America members are brushing, fluffing,...

 

Eastern's STEM club place to be

If you hear the words “science project,” and break out into a cold sweat, well, you’re probably not alone. But some folks at Eastern New Mexico University and the Portales Public Library are...

 

Old quilt block enduring gift of perspective

In a white cardboard box I keep high atop a bookshelf, there is a post-card sized scrap of an old quilt. It’s made from wool, woven in two patterns. One is a muted plaid, with lines of olive, rust,...

 

From cow tanks to city pools - kids gotta get wet

Country kids, like I was, have pretty low standards when it comes for a place to swim on a hot summer day. Our earliest “swimming hole” was a low spot about a quarter mile south of our house in... Full story

 

Debby Cannon did more than 'just a job'

When word got out this spring that Debby Cannon was going to hang up her apron after more than 40 years as the head cook for the Elida school system, a few of her friends contacted me and suggested...

 

Local towns filled with treasures

I wish I had crossed paths in person with Father Stanley Crocchiola, the history-loving priest I wrote about two weeks ago. While he was the first to admit that he lacked both the time and resources...

 

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