Never at a loss of topics to discuss with this friend

Debbie Widger, associate vice president of development at New Mexico State University, came through town last week on her way to several meetings and spent the night. We met for dinner and a great visit. She is one of the few people left on campus whom I know, and it is always a major pleasure […]

Tucumcari Rattlers looking to improve in district

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers and Lady Rattlers are looking to turn their district basketball record around Saturday in Texico. The (11-11) (0-2) Rattlers are off to a rough district start. They lost their district opener to 83-53 to the Santa Rosa Lions, then lost 69-31 the following night to the Clayton […]

Quay unemployment rate is at 6.1 percent

QCS Staff Quay County’s unemployment rate was 6.1 percent for December 2013, up from November’s 5.6 percent but down from the 6.5 percent of a year earlier, according to a news release from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions. The county’s labor force in December 2013 was 3,702, down from 3,728 in November, but […]

Quay child health statistics a mixed bag

QCS Staff Quay County’s statistics in a new report paint a mixed portrait of child health and safety concerns in the county. The report is from Kids Count, a national child welfare advocacy group, through the New Mexico Voices for Children organization. Some key findings, which have already been noted, spurred the New Mexico Children, […]

Senate Bill 122 will redefine physical education classes

  New Mexico is wrestling with complicated education issues these days, from social promotions to teacher performance standards and, of course, funding woes. It seems there are no right answers, even within political factions. But it’s hard to imagine anyone would disagree with Senate Bill 122, which would allow school districts to substitute a physical […]

Memories of laws and sausages invite distaste

I have been following New Mexico Legislature stories, thanks to the Quay County Sun’s arrangement with the Santa Fe New Mexican, and I am reminded of Otto von Bismark’s observation, “Those who like laws and sausages should not see either being made.” I actually have spent more time watching meat being made than laws. I […]

There were not that many super commercials this year

The Super Bowl has come and gone so I might as well get right to it and talk about the elephant in room. I think we all know where this conversation is going. That’s right, I am talking about the lack of awesome Super Bowl commercials. Now, to be fair, I thought there were some […]

Sound is no trivial matter to the scientists or the faithful

You’ve probably heard the age-old question posed that, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” I heard that mentioned on two different occasions recently and it caused me to start thinking (I know, this seems a trivial matter, but if it really […]