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 By Betty Williamson    News 

Time for Christmas season in eastern New Mexico

It’s time to polish off that last sliver of pumpkin pie and get ready for a quick pivot into the Christmas season in eastern New Mexico. Local holiday festivities kick off at 6... — Updated 11/29/2022


Don't forget the whipped cream and sprinkles

As we approach the 401st anniversary of the celebration of Thanksgiving, I consulted a panel of local experts for some insight into the holiday: 10 second graders at Dora... — Updated 11/22/2022


We could all benefit from supporting each other

I had one of those experiences on Saturday where I thought I was going out to support a few friends in an endeavor, but then the tables turned, and I was the one who got to walk... — Updated 11/15/2022


Good month for local theater productions in Portales

Settling into a theater seat as the houselights dim and a performance gets under way – that’s one of my favorite places to be. If you’re a theater junkie, too, I have good... — Updated 11/8/2022


We could all use a little unconditional positive regard

I learned a new phrase recently from my niece who is trained as a social worker: “Unconditional positive regard.” Therapists and social workers know the concept well. It’s... — Updated 11/1/2022


Last Morgan family Realtor hanging up license

For 86 years there has been at least one member of the Morgan family selling real estate in Portales, but come Monday, that will no longer be true. Hubert Morgan, Jr. — known to... — Updated 10/25/2022


Legend of journalism knew time for discretion

A few weeks ago, I was wading through old newspaper archives — one of my favorite pastimes — when I came across an essay written by Gordon Greaves in honor of his 50th... — Updated 10/18/2022


Fire departments hosting benefit lunch in Portales

We could all learn some lessons from the folks who volunteer for our community fire departments. One of the best is the concept of “mutual aid.” Paul Luscombe, chief of the Dora... — Updated 10/11/2022

 By Betty Williamson    News

Family band celebrates 50 years and a Hollywood star

Whether you've driven past it once, or a thousand times, you have almost certainly noticed the cream-colored walls and red clay-tiled roof of a Spanish colonial-style villa on the... — Updated 10/9/2022


Los Huracanes celebrating anniversary - and a star

In a week when a hurricane has been dominating the news, I've been spending time learning about some hurricanes in our own back yard. Eight of them, if you're counting. The ones I... — Updated 10/4/2022

 By Betty Williamson    News

Remembering days as a Greyhound

As Eastern New Mexico University welcomes its alumni family to Portales for homecoming this weekend, I find myself remembering my own days as a Greyhound. They included -- from day... — Updated 9/27/2022


Ukrainian exchange student planning to stick around

When Nadiya Borys arrived in Portales from Ukraine at the beginning of this year on the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program, she fully expected to complete a semester as a... — Updated 9/20/2022


Grateful for twist of fate that gave us Guy Luscombe

While Great Britain and much of the world has focused this week on the death of a monarch, it was a loss much closer to home that has been in many hearts in eastern New Mexico,... — Updated 9/13/2022

 By Betty Williamson    News

Pages past, Sept. 11: County fair offers hot dogs, advice

On this date… 1972: The Roosevelt County Fairgrounds was bustling with folks entering exhibits for the annual county fair. County home agent Sheryl Borden said a last-minute... — Updated 9/10/2022

 By Betty Williamson    News

Pages past, Sept. 7: Domenici campaign misses Milnesand

On this date… 1972: Paul Davis, owner of Davis Mercantile in Milnesand and a volunteer working to elect Pete Domenici for his first term as a United States Senator from New... — Updated 9/6/2022


Good weekend for living in eastern New Mexico on way

We have one of those weekends on the way that perfectly explains why I love living in eastern New Mexico: a glorious jumble of activities with something for all ages and plenty of... — Updated 9/6/2022


Would love to hear typewriter keys singing again

I was flipping through old newspapers the other day and came across a 1972 Office Center advertisement offering a $5.95 back-to-school special to “bench clean, oil, and make minor... — Updated 8/30/2022


This year's Roosevelt fair set to be a special one

Whether you call them “old-timers,” “senior citizens,” “pioneers,” or “golden-agers,” Roosevelt County has a long tradition of honoring its more seasoned residents e... — Updated 8/23/2022


Good luck being your charming self

Editor’s note: Betty Williamson is taking a few days off. This column was published in 2019. For a mere 50 cents, I picked up a gem at a recent used book sale — “The Woman You... — Updated 8/16/2022


After 52 years, Teri Blakeley bidding daycare good-bye

For 52 years in a quiet house on South Avenue F in Portales, Teri Blakeley has been dispensing love to generations of children left in her care.  A week from Friday, she'll be... — Updated 8/9/2022


Remembering humble kindness of longtime resident Bill Wood

In a world that often seems to focus on the loudest voice or the most outrageous claim, it has been immensely heartwarming this week to see the outpouring of love for the passing of... — Updated 8/2/2022


Looking forward to another presentation from Portales author

Portales’ own New York Times bestselling author Darynda Jones will be at the Portales Public Library at 5:30 p.m. Thursday to talk about her work, visit with fans, and sign... — Updated 7/26/2022


Rogers school reunion celebrates small community

A couple of weeks ago I had an email from Lynda (Gray) Moore of Portales inviting me to attend an upcoming reunion for the Rogers school.  “We have had around 13 reunions that... — Updated 7/19/2022


Looking back at the 'heritage' of Heritage Days

Roosevelt County’s Heritage Days celebration scheduled for this weekend got me to wondering about its origins, the “heritage” of Heritage Days, as it were.  It took some look... — Updated 7/12/2022


Georgiana Cooper's words pure gold - and so was she

I had an email a few weeks ago from a man named Larry Richardson who mentioned a long-time connection he had to the old Portales News-Tribune, a favorite aunt of his. “She was... — Updated 7/5/2022


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