Winter, like despair, will give way to spring and hope

Charles Dickens once wrote, “It was the winter of despair…” in his novel “A Tale of Two Cities.” I am sure there are many people in our country in a state of despair due to our unusual winter. In the eastern part of the country people are digging out of their homes as one snowstorm […]

Science center’s wastewater research yielding results

Jared Jennings, a laborer for the NMSU Agricultural Experiment Station, Tucumcari, approaches a pivot that is sprinkling treated wastewater on a potential crop.  The sign announces the wastewater project.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Soybeans do not seem to respond well to irrigation with reclaimed wastewater. But Leonard Lauriault, superintendent of the New Mexico State University Agricultural Experiment Station, Tucumcari, is far from discouraged. The first year of using reclaimed wastewater from Tucumcari’s wastewater treatment facility has shown it is an experiment that […]

‘It’s just a fact, but a fact it is’

It’s just a fact, but a fact it is, that the teachers who most influenced my life early on were Methodists. San Jacinto Elementary in Amarillo, Texas, was evidently a hotbed of Methodism. Or maybe it was just that my primary school path there was colored by the presence of three of them. Someday I’ll […]

Tension among city commissioners continues

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor After nearly universal calls for unity on the city commission at a candidates’ forum Tuesday, the divisions on the commission were on full display, in discussion at least, two days later. District 1 Commissioner Dora Salinas-McTigue announced she had received a call from the state Attorney General about “what’s […]

District 2 candidates quizzed by commissioners

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The Tucumcari City Commission interviewed both candidates Thursday seeking appointment to the City Commission. The one candidate selected will replace Commissioner Jimmy Sandoval, who was recalled in a special election Jan. 2. The commission is expected to announce a decision Feb. 27. Candidates seeking the appointment are Jonathan Brito, […]

Today’s amenities cast a new light on childhood chores

A friend sent me a brief history of wash day (laundry day), and then we talked and laughed about our having had the privilege of living much of that history having to do with the work before washing machines came along. At lma, we had very few amenities, such as running water, electricity, or butane. […]

Counties fight to keep federal indigent fund share

CMI Staff The Dr. Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari is one of many New Mexico rural hospitals that could face severe funding shortages if their counties lose money for providing care to the poor. The cash is applied to obtain three times as much in federal matching money. The Legislature is wrestling with […]

New extension agent begins work

QCS Staff The Quay County Agricultural Extension Office has a new extension agent, Jason Lamb, who most recently taught agriculture at Quemodo High School in Quemodo but has held extension agent positions in Cibola and Sierra counties. Lamb will lead the extension office and coordinate junior livestock and shooting sports activities for Quay County 4-H […]

Not a lot of room in those friendly skies

“Honey, they shrunk the plane,” muttered my wife as we took our seats on a recent flight to Iowa. I assured her that the plane hadn’t been shrunk, we had just super-sized our meals too often at fast food places lately. That did little to improve her mood but the knot she put on my […]

You always have give and take in this world

We have lots of folks come through our office and home. We try to be hospitable. While cleaning up the office, I found a pair of glasses. They were the frameless kind that make you look like Benjamin Franklin. I asked around the office, yet no one claimed them. In the midst of all this […]