Conversation with former classmate about life in Quay County

Although I attended Tucumcari Public Schools during most of my public education, I was privileged to attend the fifth and sixth grades at the House Public Schools. Those were two good years during which I made friends with students and teachers. Last week, Hervie Payne, one of my classmates, called one evening to say he […]

Poor hearing could be more of a blessing than disadvantage

Before the advent of cabbed tractors, left ear deafness was common among tractor operators who looked over their right shoulder at the implement they’re pulling because that turned their left ear toward the front of the tractor where the engine and exhaust system are located. I have right ear deafness. My hearing was damaged because […]

All humans worship someone or something

Human beings are inherently religious. We will worship someone or something. Of course, some folks claim to believe in no god. Truth be told, the deity they refuse to bow before and direct prayers to is rarely a god of the “to whom the universe may concern” generic variety; it’s almost always the Judeo-Christian “God.” […]

Caution: Laughter May Cause a Rise in Blood Pressure

One of my favorite Christmas gifts this year is, no kidding, a doormat, one with a label proclaiming, “This perfectly fine if not certainly adequate DOORMAT is Made in the USA.” This fine doormat was bundled with some other gifts, one of which was a prodigious chunk of fine blue cheese. A love of blue […]

Honors — Jan. 15

Army Sgt. 1st Class Derek White was promoted on Jan. 2. He is in his 12th year of service. Previous duty locations included bases in Korea, Germany, Israel and Afghanistan. Derek is currently stationed at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. White is a 1998 graduate of Tucumcari High School and is the son of Ben […]

Club notes — Jan. 15

San Jon has a new 4-H club. The club is called the Yuccas. Officers were elected at the November meeting. They are: President, Ashlee Bradley; Song & Recreation Leader, Julian Everett; Vice President, Tobe Slater; Historian, Andrew Husted; Secretary, Brevin Stoner; Parliamentarian, Henry Molyneaux; Treasurer, Colten Leonard; Council Delegate, Jesse Leonard; Reporter, Dustin Bryant. The […]

Notes from the church lady: Take time to clear out life’s clutter

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy”… Psalm 16:11 January is slipping away, or as in the case last Sunday, blowing away. Wasn’t it just yesterday we were watching the Rose Parade and gearing up for the New Year? Now we are settling into the day-to-day routines […]

Comments from the canyons: Not sure teachers have a walk

As most of you know, I spend a lot of time these days just loafing, drinking coffee, and visiting with friends. Frequently I also visit with travelers and am eager to share some of our history with them. Last week, I spoke to some visitors as I passed their table on my way to my […]

Death notice: Ralph Joseph Sandoval

Ralph Joseph Sandoval, 63, died Jan. 6  in Logan. He was born April 5, 1950. He was a maintenance supervisor with the New Mexico Highway Dept. in Nara Visa. Survivors include his wife Patricia Sandoval; former wife Veronica Harris; two daughters, Sandi Shaw and Karen Heilman; a brother, Fili Sandoval; a sister, Carmen Chacon; two […]

Lauriault: One must be vigilant to recognize the true Lord

One of our children came to me recently and said she had a bad dream. She told me that Satan came to her and said that he was God. Since then I’ve wondered how she knew it was Satan. Anyway, when she told me that, I responded that the sad truth is that Satan does […]