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 By Betty Williamson    Voices 

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

 By Betty Williamson    News

Pages past, June 16: Eight pack bags for Girls State

On this date… 1966: Eight Roosevelt County girls were packing their suitcases for New Mexico Girls State, set to open later in the week on the campus of the University of New... — Updated 6/15/2021

 By Betty Williamson    News

Pages past, June 13: Kountry Kitchen Band was a huge hit

On this date… 1971: The Pioneer Days Rodeo parade was declared such a success that instead of awarding top prizes in only three categories, the judges gave five first-place... — Updated 6/12/2021


Love a good yearbook ad - as long as I'm not selling it

I counted recently and discovered that my shelves are creaking with more than 80 yearbooks from various schools. The oldest is from 1940, the most recent is from 2016. They're... — Updated 6/8/2021

 By Betty Williamson    News

Pages past, June 9: High honor for Grady's Pat Woods

On this date … 1966: Local Future Farmers of America members returned from the state FFA convention in Albuquerque, where Pat Woods of Grady received the Sunshine State Farmer... — Updated 6/8/2021


Be grateful for all you have and don't waste it

I never crack open a raw egg without thinking of an old family friend named Mrs. Klein. Mrs. Klein was the mother of one of my mother’s best childhood pals in the 1930s and early... — Updated 6/1/2021


Have a little trouble identifying things I see

I have a proven record of misidentifying things I see. It isn’t getting better with time. Once it was an owl. I would have bet money on it. It was nighttime and our dog was in... — Updated 5/25/2021


Crunchy - but not in a good way

I saw a recipe for cicada cookies this week that took me back in time. While I have zero desire to incorporate these large, loud, and crunchy (I’ll come back to that) insects... — Updated 5/18/2021


Too many choices, too exhausting

I read something recently that proposed an interesting conundrum (and gave me an excuse to use “conundrum,” which is one of my favorite words): We humans love choices, but we... — Updated 5/11/2021


Cafeteria ladies took care of us back in the day

I never see a printed school menu without being reminded of my own years in the lunch line and cafeteria at the Dora schools. As a species, we humans love to complain. In those long... — Updated 5/4/2021


For some, pandemic has meant returning to comfort of books

This past weekend offered numerous opportunities to spend time (both virtually and in-person) with other people who love books and reading as much as I do. First came three days of... — Updated 4/27/2021


ENMU bringing on pair of virtual events

After a solid year of postponed and canceled events, the weekend that is coming (even with all the still-necessary modifications) represents a glorious return of some beloved... — Updated 4/20/2021

 By Betty Williamson    News

Williamson: On exceptionalism, this one's for the birds

It comes as no surprise that the drought monitor maps continue to keep our area solidly in center of a puddle of the dreaded deep brown patches that forecasters designate as “D4... — Updated 4/13/2021


Thursday good day for barbecue, donations

High Plains forecast for Thursday: Sunny, 80 degrees, and a 100 percent chance of smoked meats, accompanied by macrobursts of generosity and torrential warm fuzzies. In other... — Updated 4/6/2021


'Living Last Supper' back on after COVID year

About this time last year, Jan Smartnick was gearing up to direct a pre-Easter performance of "The Living Last Supper" at First United Methodist Church in Portales. The drama,... — Updated 3/30/2021


Come make new 'friends' at book sale

In 2009, a writer named Judith Wynn Halsted published a book called, "Some of My Best Friends Are Books," a guide to 300 of her favorite books for young readers. The title has... — Updated 3/23/2021


Time to enjoy a dose of opera on the High Plains

My mother was a lifelong fan of the Metropolitan Opera. Most Saturday mornings of the September-March opera season (I'll bet some of you didn't even know opera had a season), she... — Updated 3/16/2021


Kindness, patience, love defined Mrs. Prater

In the fall of 1967, clutching a fat pencil, a box of crayons, and a Big Chief tablet, I became one of the 28 little kids in Peggy Prater's first grade class at Dora Elementary... — Updated 3/9/2021


Science is a beautiful thing with long history

I chauffeured a dear friend to the Roosevelt General Hospital clinic recently to receive her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. I’ll call her B. As the masked and gloved... — Updated 3/2/2021


Take a night off cooking with Kiwanis chili to go

There are no two ways around it. This last year has been a tough time to host fundraisers. Our community service organizations have had to cancel many long-standing events because o... — Updated 2/23/2021


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