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Meet Buddy - just an 'ornamental bird'

I'll bet a wishbone that you have seen and/or handled a turkey this week. The National Turkey Foundation says that 88 percent of us Americans will tuck into a portion of that... — Updated 11/23/2021


Play may not be your cup of tea, but more on way

Without a doubt, one of the most entertaining things I did in the last year was serving as a member of the “season selection committee” for Eastern New Mexico University’s... — Updated 11/16/2021

 By Betty Williamson    News

Pair of veterans to get due credit

Two of Roosevelt County’s last surviving World War II veterans are expected to receive special recognition at Thursday’s 10:30 a.m. Veterans Day observance at the Portales... — Updated 11/9/2021


Project aims to restore veterans' gravesites

Blame it on some hot summer days. Blame it on COVID. Blame it on the fact that, as Nancy Dunson said, her husband Randy "didn't have a project at the time, and he needs a project."... — Updated 11/2/2021


Storyteller: Remember to feed spirit, too

Jean Grissom, 94, has been keeping a diary since she was a 'tween. I started sharing some of her stories in Wednesday's paper. I couldn't stop with one column. She's too... — Updated 10/30/2021


Dear diary: 83 years of storytelling

I have lost track of the number of times I've started journals or resolved to keep a diary - if nothing else, at least a bare-bones occasional record of events and important dates.... — Updated 10/26/2021


Nostalgic and hungry for La Hacienda Restaurant

I saw a picture of Portales’ old La Hacienda Restaurant recently, and it got me to thinking about some of our family’s favorite eating spots that are long gone. La Hacienda, for... — Updated 10/19/2021


Ahead of my time in the hairdressing field

I was 3 or 4 years old when I first became a hairdresser, an early career path that failed to earn wholehearted support from my parents. I’m not sure who was my first victim, the... — Updated 10/12/2021


Not a farewell, just an anniversary

Ten years ago this week, David Stevens (at that time editor of the Portales News-Tribune and other regional publications) called to see if I’d be interested in writing a weekly... — Updated 10/5/2021


Homecoming, free barbecue and Mac Davis

With Homecoming activities in full swing this week at Eastern New Mexico University, it’s only natural (at least, for me) to do some reminiscing about a long ago gathering of Grey... — Updated 9/28/2021


Former fire chief smitten with poultry

In almost 23 years as a firefighter - including three as chief of the Portales Fire Department - Steve Beaty never saved the life of a chicken. "I saved a dog, some cats ... a few p... — Updated 9/21/2021


Thinking back to '40 inches in '41'

Even though Roosevelt County’s wettest recorded year happened 20 years before I was born, I rarely empty my rain gauge without thinking of 1941. I grew up on the stories — you... — Updated 9/14/2021


Thinking back on veterinarian Ol' Doc Black

If you lived in eastern New Mexico prior to 1971 and had pets or livestock, there's a decent chance you remember the veterinarian known as Doc Black. Or maybe, like our family, you... — Updated 9/7/2021


Thanks to my grandfather for the orchard he grew for us

All it took to make me nostalgic this week was a box of ripe peaches. I grew up less than a quarter mile from a veritable garden of Eden, although I didn’t properly appreciate it... — Updated 8/31/2021

 By Betty Williamson    News

Williamson: Season taking me back to elementary days

I was looking over back-to-school supply lists from area schools this month — ‘tis the season, after all, even for those of us whose children are grown. It took me back to my... — Updated 8/24/2021


Here's to new memories at area fairs

All it takes is one breath of “rural county fair,” that intoxicating fragrance of horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, and poultry, intermingled with all manner of deep-fried foods,... — Updated 8/17/2021


Delivery career began one wintry night

Remember what the weather was like on the High Plains on Christmas Eve of 1992? Iva Stewart of Clovis does. "It was snowing and icy," she told me as she recalled that evening from 2... — Updated 8/10/2021


No Googled recipe as dear as my aunt's

I had a weekend craving for a meal I hadn’t eaten for at least 20 years, so I texted three people who I thought might have the recipe written down.  One replied immediately that... — Updated 8/3/2021


Ready to wage war on the goathead population

We’re having one of those summers where, when I close my eyes, all I see are snaking tendrils of goathead vines, dotted with those seemingly innocent tiny yellow flowers.... — Updated 7/27/2021


Looking for a good category to enter something at fair

It’s county fair season, friends. Before I get to the gist of today’s ramblings, here are some dates for your calendar. The Lea County Fair and Rodeo kicks off in less than 10... — Updated 7/20/2021

 By Betty Williamson    News

Volunteers 'feed the needs of another'

If there is anything more important than the sustenance of a meal, how about a nutritionally balanced meal prepared by someone else and delivered to your kitchen table with a... — Updated 7/13/2021


Keep an eye out for two-person reunion

If you happen to spy a 1968 red Pontiac GTO draggin’ Main Street in Clovis this weekend, or see it pulling through the drive-up window at Taco Box, take a look inside. In this sea... — Updated 7/6/2021


Fond memories of Grady's Food Market

I recently saw a copy of one of the old printed shopping lists provided by Grady’s Food Market in Portales, the grocery store of my childhood. It’s funny how a small piece of... — Updated 6/29/2021


Preteen a problem-solver

It is one thing to see a problem, point it out, and grouse about it, as many of us like to do. It is quite another to see a problem, mull over how to fix it, then set about doing... — Updated 6/23/2021


Pioneer stories give me a dose of perspective

I face an ongoing dilemma: I love having a clean house, but I hate cleaning. But with an incoming overnight guest on the way last weekend, I tackled our abode in an all-out scrub... — Updated 6/16/2021


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