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Carve out some time to remember those who've served

I have a slender bound volume that — judging by quality — is probably a copy of a copy of a copy. The silver letters on the red tape that covers the spine read, “SERVICE MANUAL Roosevelt...

 
 By Betty Williamson    News    May 15, 2019

Portales hotel caused a stir

Portales' first skyscraper - in my lifetime known as the Plains Hotel and the Portales Inn, but sadly empty since the 1990s - recently received an extensive renovation. It has reopened as the Best...

 
 By Betty Williamson    Voices    May 8, 2019

Community saves

You probably know the African proverb about how it takes a village to raise a child. The Kanmore family of Portales might argue that it takes a community to save one. They're in a position to know. Th...

 

ENMU production will benefit hospital

When an upcoming weekend is as busy as this one (seriously, check out the events calendar for the next few days), I especially appreciate a two-for-one opportunity. The Roosevelt General Hospital Foun...

 

Renovation turns up unexpected treasure

The recent expansion and renovation at Central Christian Church in Portales turned up an unexpected time capsule of sorts, and an even more unexpected connection with the pastor who blessed it almost...

 

A pony may not be the best choice of childhood gift

In case you happened to miss it, a week ago today was Siblings Day. I dug out a childhood photo of my brothers and me on our pony, Peanuts, in honor of the occasion, and it took me on a bumpy trip...

 

Former area resident makes name in baseball

For more than 650 families in Curry and Roosevelt counties with baseball-loving kids, Saturday was opening day for the 2019 Little League season. It was also a day filled with more than a little senti...

 

Paramedic preserving ceremonies of remembrance

No one says farewell to one of their own more beautifully than the community of first responders - the firefighters, police officers, and paramedics who see front-line action on a daily basis. Now,...

 

March's last weekend set to be crazy busy

March is wrapping up with a crazy busy weekend. Here’s a list of items you may need to help you get through a handful of the scheduled events: 1. A tiara 2. Dancing boots 3. Work gloves and canned...

 

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...

 

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