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I've learned not to take small luxuries for granted

Like many on the High Plains, we woke up without water on Monday morning in the sub-zero weather. It was a preventable problem, at least at our house, but I had grown complacent... — Updated 2/16/2021


Connecticut woman 'walking with purpose' across US

If you were out and about last weekend on U.S. 70 from Roswell to Clovis, you may have passed a young backpacker on the side of the road, moving east with quick steps like a woman... — Updated 2/9/2021


University is looking for local talent

Are you a singer, a dancer, a musician, an undiscovered cowboy poet? Do you have that one magic trick that gets requested every Thanksgiving, or a card manipulation that always... — Updated 2/2/2021


Seeking the family of prettiest baby of 1928

In the fall of 1928, only weeks before she got her first tooth, little Norma Mozelle Estes of Portales was named the "prize winning baby in the Best-All-Around Baby contest" at the... — Updated 1/26/2021


Photos transport me to 1986 - and Washington, D.C.

I spent a good half hour recently digging through boxes in search of a handful of photos I took during one of the most beautiful and serene evenings of my life. When I found them,... — Updated 1/19/2021


Channeling my mother on these snowy days

When my mother arrived in New Mexico as a bride in 1957, she brought two items that I doubt were in many ranch homes at that time: a pair of ice skates and a set of snow skis. She... — Updated 1/12/2021


If 2021 is another carnival ride, let it be a gentle one

When I was a little kid, and before I had enough sense to avoid carnivals, I eagerly boarded a ride one year at the Roosevelt County Fair. I don’t remember the name of the ride,... — Updated 12/29/2020


I plan to savor the holiday - while the candle burns

As we prepare for Christmas in the most non-traditional year of our lives, I have found myself remembering holidays from the past. Perhaps you have, too. I’ve come back several... — Updated 12/22/2020


Christmas 'branch' our family tradition

After some hemming and hawing last week (or perhaps I should say hemming and sawing), I put up our annual Christmas branch. Yes, branch. We are Christmas branch people at our... — Updated 12/15/2020


Portales Altrusa Club brightening community

Those crafty and civic-minded women in the Altrusa Club of Portales have come up with a clever way to brighten our community as well as provide a socially distanced activity for... — Updated 12/8/2020

 By Betty Williamson    News

Williamson: Book countdown a merry Christmas tradition

When our daughter was but a little tyke, I stumbled across an idea in a parenting magazine about how to extend the magic and anticipation of the Christmas season with a month-long... — Updated 12/1/2020


Happy Thanksgiving to all

If you’re tackling a turkey today, or having it out with a ham, imagine roasting up a small herd of cattle in preparation for several thousand guests. That was exactly what... — Updated 11/24/2020


My mother had a good skunk story

I was awakened in the wee hours one morning last week by the unmistakable odor of freshly launched skunk spray wafting its way through closed windows into our house. We haven't had... — Updated 11/17/2020


Hope to vote 'red, white and blue' this Veterans Day

A couple of colors have been on my mind the past several weeks. Perhaps you’ve been thinking of them, too: Blue and red. (Please note that I’ve listed them alphabetically, to... — Updated 11/10/2020


Missing the days of community friendliness and pie

I grew up in an era and in a region where there was a sweet payoff for both politicians and voters in the autumn weeks leading up to elections: Community gatherings to meet... — Updated 11/3/2020


Local seeking to solve quilt mystery

Jean Fisher of Clovis has a mystery on her hands, and she's looking for our help. Fisher, who is 82, worked for 37 years as a nurse at the Retirement Ranch, but she's also a... — Updated 10/27/2020


Mom's letter-writing legacy tugs my heartstrings

This was about the time each year of my mother’s life that she started working on her Christmas letters. Something about the leaves changing and the nights growing cooler threw... — Updated 10/13/2020


Consider this a love letter to the month of October

Dear October, Consider this a love letter. Some say it is wrong to have favorites, but you leave me no choice. You are the one. The other months have their moments, of course, but... — Updated 10/6/2020


Here's to good memories, past and future

In my ongoing quest to avoid reality (because really, who among us is interested in reality right now?) I found myself this week traveling back in time to the handful of years in... — Updated 10/1/2020


Bingo gets local twist at virtual homecoming

A 500-year-old game gets a fresh local twist today as part of Eastern New Mexico University's virtual homecoming that began Monday and continues through the weekend. Reach for the... — Updated 9/22/2020


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... — Updated 9/15/2020


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... — Updated 9/8/2020


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... — Updated 9/1/2020


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... — Updated 8/25/2020


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... — Updated 8/18/2020


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