GOP governor hopeful testing political waters

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By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun It may be a year off, but the New Mexico gubernatorial race already has candidates out and about. In a swing through eastern new Mexico, Republican hopeful Doug Turner of Albuquerque met Quay, Curry and Roosevelt county Republican party members Aug. 19 to talk issues. He is traveling across […]

Gardening fruitful experience

By Karl Terry: Guest columnist I had threatened to put in a garden for the last three summers. The last several weeks we’re finally enjoying the fruits of our labor. Back in the spring I tilled up a spot in the southwest corner of our yard and planted a variety of vegetables. Overall the new […]

Columnist Novak friend of libertarians

Freedom New Mexico Robert D. Novak died Tuesday of brain cancer at his home in suburban Washington. He had written a syndicated opinion column since 1963, for much of that time with Rowland Evans, who was in some ways his polar opposite, which made for a fruitful partnership. Unlike many opinion columnists, however, Novak began […]

Mother of invention gone wild

By Baxter Black: On the edge of common sense Those of you who watch television appreciate the increasing presence of “hard-sell, direct-buy” commercials on the cable and satellite networks. The pitch involves an inventive but cheaply produced product like squeegees, stick-on light bulbs, sunglasses, vegetable choppers, political promises and collision chasing lawyers. “Only $19.95! It […]

Comments from the Canyons: Grandmother knew best

By Lynn Moncus: QCS columnist On occasion, I have written about Grandmother Moncus and have mentioned how close we were from the time I can remember. She was the one who planted the seed for my becoming a teacher because she so loved teaching. Although I was not privileged to be in one of her […]

Christians should know the danger signs

By Leonard Lauriault: Religion columnist While traveling to Albuquerque recently I came to the monuments commemorating those who lost their lives in the Cuervo fire accident in 2002. You may remember the incident. According to the National Transportation Safety Board report found online, a grass fire from a railroad worksite spewed smoke across Interstate 40. […]

Arrest warrants — Aug. 26

QCS staff The following are outstanding bench warrants for failure to pay fines issued by the Quay County Magistrate Court: • James Apodaca, 31, driving under influence of liquor or drugs (first offense). Amount due: $515. • Gregory Dull, 49, driver must be licensed, failure to use safety belt. Amount due: $230. • Richard Gutierrez, […]

Fishing reports — Aug. 26

QCS staff The fishing report from New Mexico Wildlife Department is generated by officers and anglers. Area lake reports: Conchas Lake: Fishing was fair using senkos, swim baits, crank baits, worms and baby brush hogs for smallmouth bass and a few largemouth bass. Most of the bass were small again this past week. Fishing was […]

Police blotter — Aug. 26

Following is a sampling of calls recently received by the central dispatch office for Quay County, based at the Tucumcari Police Department.

Blue-footed booby makes unprecedented appearance at Conchas Lake

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Bird watchers are migrating to Conchas Lake for the rare chance to catch a glimpse of a blue-footed booby. That’s an ocean bird, for the uninitiated. First spotted Aug. 15, bird enthusiasts speculate the juvenile bird got caught up in a storm and landed in New Mexico, though park […]