Hotel offers historic experience

Karl Terry Do you believe in ghosts? For me I guess the answer would be no but I do enjoy the stories and legends. If a ghost story helps put a person in a period of history and brings that history to life in some way that’s pretty cool whether you believe in ghosts or […]

Remnants of ghost town show struggle to survive

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Frontiersman Kit Carson told an audience more than 100 years ago: “When you get to Onava … you will be on the edge of tomorrowland, also called the land of manana by the Spanish speaking people there.” His audience, the members of a wagon train, was encamped for the night […]

Post offices don’t constitute ghost towns in county

By Don McAlavy Years ago a book called “Ghost Towns and How to Get to Them” listed eight ghost towns in Curry County. Don’t blame it on the Chamber of Commerce. Curry County had no Hispanic settlements or mining towns. 1. Contara — The word means “pitcher” in Spanish. This so called ghost town was […]

Halloween brings out the trickster in many

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist First they shut down daylight-saving time. Two days later they celebrate Halloween. Is that a conspiracy or what? The mystery is, who’s behind it? Here at the Academy for Thorny Plots I’ve researched that question, coming quickly to the conclusion that in both cases I need a government grant for […]

Day Trips: Little-known ghost town comes with locals, plenty of scenery

Compiled by Mike Jimenez Ghost towns can be found across New Mexico and the Southwest, but the one located at White Oaks is probably the best-kept secret around these parts. This ghost town comes complete with a few locals, and plenty of scenery. Where is it? White Oaks is located about nine miles outside of […]

Ghost stories spooky fun in any culture

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist During the long hot summers of my childhood in Portales, we not only hung out at the city pool and spent cool evenings playing Kick the Can, we’d spread a blanket under the tall trees at Lindsey Park and give each other goosebumps. There was a city summer recreation program […]

Small towns at risk

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The town of Yasso in western De Baca County is little more than a post office, dilapidated buildings and pastures. Without water restrictions, some state officials think other rural towns could suffer the same fate. By Gary Mitchell Could water shortages produce ghost towns throughout eastern New Mexico any time soon? It’s possible. “We do […]

Girl’s spirit just a ghost story?

By Clyde Davis To be absolutely honest, I cannot remember whether my hand was squeezed before or after I woke up with a mild case of heartburn. The answer to that question is key to understanding what happened, and I can’t remember. If my hand was squeezed the first time I was in that drifting […]