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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...

 

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...

 

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