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Hoping not to make choice of preferred nostril again

We are a society filled with daily choices. Paper or plastic? Table or booth? Regular or decaf? Red or green? (For the record, my answer to all of these is, “It depends.” I like to make life as...

 

There's peace in things being where they should be

A good many years back I had dinner with some new acquaintances who had recently moved to our area. After we ate, I asked the mom — I'll call her Daisy — if she happened to have a toothpick....

 

Ag teacher 'Ma Cone' remembered for life of service

For at least two decades worth of students who were in the Future Farmers of America program in the 1980s and 1990s at Portales High School, a small but feisty woman they called "Ma Cone" was their...

 

Letter from 1956 reunites women in 2020

Almost 64 years ago, LaWanda Smith and her husband, Bobby, were a young couple living in Hobbs where they attended Rock Chapel Baptist Church. As Christmas approached, LaWanda remembers the church...

 

Searching for memories of Pep

I’ve been searching the past few weeks for a vintage photograph of my hometown of Pep. Once a bustling little burg, by the 1960s Pep was mostly housed in one building, a combination store/post...

 

Feeling fresh appreciation for washer and dryer

I have fresh appreciation this week for two of the appliances in my house: the washing machine and dryer. I may have lacked the proper appreciation for the luxury of in-home laundry services as a...

 

Vern Witten: Remembering a workhorse

Seven years ago - on a February evening in 2013 - the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce surprised Vern Witten by naming him Workhorse of the Year. "To be honest," he told the Portales News-Tribune...

 

Aviation classes awakened a fever in area teen

Back in the spring of 1997, 13-year-old Brandon Reed was finishing his seventh-grade year as a student in the Floyd Municipal Schools. Anticipating the spring fever that strikes most kids as May...

 
 By Betty Williamson    News    July 22, 2020

Fair family a little bit fuller

PORTALES — After 40 years of marriage — and at the ages of 70 and 85, respectively — Grace and John Fair of Portales became new parents on July 15. Yes, you read that right. New parents. How...

 

Opinion: Do stick together - even 6 feet apart

With all that is going on in our nation and our world — not to mention this brain-frying heat — I found myself turning this week to some wise words penned several decades ago by Robert Fulghum....

 

Opinion: Recipe books a step back through time

With a little more time at home these past few months, I’ve found myself flipping through some of the vintage cookbooks that fill a couple of shelves in one of my bookcases. Two of my favorites are...

 

Opinion: World could use a dose of Will Rogers right now

I don’t know about you, but I think what our world needs right now is a heaping dose of Will Rogers. When he and his pilot friend Wiley Post died in a crash in Alaska in 1935, headlines at the time...

 

Opinion: Dollie Gordon, pillar of the Floyd community

If you are my age or older and grew up in rural Roosevelt County, I’ll venture a bet that you spent at least a nickel or a dime — maybe even a quarter or a dollar — at some point in your youth i...

 

Opinion: 'Teleporting' definite contender for best childhood memory

This ditty has been making the rounds lately on wall plaques, t-shirts, and social media posts: “Best childhood memory: Falling asleep on the couch and waking up in bed. I miss teleporting. It never...

 

Opinion: Our devices have kept us connected in isolation

I’ve been thinking about the phrase, “left to their own devices.” It’s been around in one form or another for a few hundred years, loosely defined as being able to handle a situation with no...

 

Opinion: Portales parade 'better than any medicine'

Of all the adaptations to tradition we humans have made in these past few months, I'll hazard a guess that one we may hold on to is the drive-by parade. These impromptu horn-honking, poster-waving...

 

Williamson: Sauce surplus means time to share

Whatever else we humans can or cannot find consensus on right now, maybe we can agree on this: When the going gets tough, the tough … um … er … the tough turn to comfort food. If that comfort...

 

Opinion: Air conditioning became essential in summertime

I’m writing this on a warm morning, settled in near the air conditioner with outside temperatures already well past 90 degrees and climbing. This was always a hopeful time of year when I was a kid....

 

Congratulations, graduates - pandemic or no

School administrators are regularly required to make those “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” decisions. You know the kind I am talking about: Wondering if the buses will have time to run...

 
 By Betty Williamson    Voices    May 6, 2020

Opinion: Go away millers; you guys are unbearable

I’m on the hunt for a grizzly bear. No, I don’t want a head to mount on my wall, or a rug to cover the floor in front of my fireplace. I want the real thing, alive and hungry, and here’s why....

 

Opinion: Man on hunt for a few damaged playas

Christopher Rustay is on the hunt for a few good playas in the Clovis area. Well, not really. In truth, Rustay is looking for a few damaged playas in the Clovis area, and he's bringing some serious fu...

 

Opinion: Floral medication just what doctor ordered

How does one host a service club fundraiser during a global pandemic? Carefully. Very, very carefully. That’s the plan when the Kiwanis Club of Portales hosts its annual flower sale Saturday...

 

Keep looking for rainbows through storm

I’ve spent a lot of time lately looking for rainbows. It’s a lesson I learned from my daughter when she was a toddler. While I love a good thunderstorm as much as the next person, we do have a rar...

 

Opinion: Join me on a virtual morning stroll this spring

A disclaimer: This is not a column about viruses, nor is this an April Fools' joke. We have more than enough about the former, and I've never been a fan of the latter. Instead, I invite you to lace...

 

MainStreet director enthusiastic for future

If you need a bracing dose of good cheer or a stiff shot of feel better, this is a fine time to check in with Crystal Pritchett. The new executive director of Portales MainStreet and founder of the...

 

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