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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...


Retired postal worker enjoying more of life

Bobby Roybal said he was about eight years old when his mother, Helen, taught him to play a “G” chord on a guitar. Two chords later, he was playing his first song, “You Are My Sunshine,” and...


So much history in our towns

If you have even a passing interest in New Mexico history, odds are you have at some point encountered the F. Stanley books — dozens of slim softbound volumes that tell the stories of some of our...

 By Betty Williamson    News    June 17, 2018

Gal baby remembers Daddy and Kipling

Jim Williamson was just a few weeks shy of his 49th birthday when he became a dad in the early 1960s, considerably older than most guys picking up their first diaper pin. Within two and a half years,... Full story


Found new neighbors in the Forts

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know the Fort name and associate it with a well-respected historic ranch family in Lea County. But, for whatever reason, I had never met Curtis and Carol...

 By Betty Williamson    News    June 3, 2018

In depth: Storyteller in bronze

If the United States Postal Service had a loyalty program, Lea County cowboy artist Curtis Fort would be a platinum member. Or maybe, more appropriately, bronze. Almost every evening he's in the... Full story


Elida student holding tight to dream

When Landry Truex, the recently graduated valedictorian of the Elida High School class of 2018, was just a sophomore, she said she started researching service academies as a possible path for her...


Learning and fun at ENMU choir, theater camps

My school had no choir, and my acting career was highlighted (or possibly nipped in the bud) by a second-grade appearance as a Moon Maiden in a Dora elementary school production of “Santa and the...


Prevention makes a big difference

When someone takes action that could have prevented a tragedy — but not until after the tragedy has already occurred — well, you probably know the saying: It’s like closing the barn door after...


'Only two things' to flint knapping

In the time it takes most people to eat lunch, Portales flint knapper Tommy Heflin can pick up a chunk of obsidian, chip away at it with homemade tools, and turn it into a perfect arrowhead with...

 By Betty Williamson    Voices    May 3, 2018

Military spouse finds need, shows up

Melanie Patrick is a woman on a mission. Actually, make that several missions. And she’s working hard to encourage more of us to get involved. Patrick moved to eastern New Mexico a year ago from...


Family fun on tap this weekend

From geraniums to petunias to steel magnolias, this is a weekend filled with flowers, good causes, and even an opportunity to think about a trip to Israel. The Eastern New Mexico University College...


Butterflies like it messy

People who are serious about butterflies and moths are known as lepidopterists, a word that might seem better suited for a spelling bee than a nature walk. Maybe that’s why Steve Cary is simply...


Life in small town has rewards

Sometimes life in a small town feels a little confining. But then — if you’re lucky — you have one of those moments that reminds you of the very best part of being in a rural community. I lost... Full story


Catch your breath for the High Plains marathon

Boston and New York City may have their famous marathons, but on certain weekends, we have marathons of our own on the High Plains — times when a number of events converge as they do this weekend.... Full story

 By Betty Williamson    News    April 1, 2018

Oscar Robinson: 'Jack-knife' of all trades, adventurous

Editor's note: Anytime we ask readers what they want to read, they always say the same thing: "Human-interest stories." This year, we're deploying two of our best correspondents — Wendel Sloan and... Full story


Doc Pearce's name worth remembering

The next time you are waiting to see a doctor or nurse practitioner in Clovis or Portales, here’s a name worth remembering: John Sidney Pearce. Better known as Doc Pearce, this Roosevelt County...


Prairie chickens fewer but still dancing

Most mornings — if the wind isn’t flinging sand and hurling tumbleweeds — I am outside close to sunrise to take a few quiet sips of the sweetness of dawn on the High Plains. That little cup of...


'Always wear your cape' at Special Hearts Prom

There’s a ball on the calendar at the Clovis Civic Center. In this case, there is no prince involved, simply three big-hearted women, and the guest list won’t include residents of mythical... Full story


Memories forever: Sharon King, StoryCorps

When you lose someone you love, as many of us did last week with the passing of our friend Sharon King, it’s hard not to think of the African adage: “When an old man dies, a library burns to the...


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