Darn that salty language; mother can’t stand cussing


David Stevens CMI Inc. Editor Darn that salty language New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez made headlines last week after a liberal news publication painted her as “nasty, juvenile and vindictive” in private interactions that featured colorful language. Martinez’ campaign spokesman Chris Sanchez was forced to concede one of the allegations was true. Yes, he said, […]

Sheb Wooley recalled as good neighbor, songwriter

By David Stevens Editor You know his song: “Well I saw the thing comin’ out of the sky “It had one long horn, one big eye “I commenced to shakin’ and I said ‘ooh-iee’ “Looks like a purple people eater to me.” Turns out, it was a one-eyed, one-horned, flyin’ purple people eater with aspirations […]

Young murder suspect’s motives, fate remain mysteries

By David Stevens Editor He was 8 or 9 years old when he left a grandmother’s house in Missouri and came to live with foster parents in Tucumcari. A year or so after he moved in, Mike and Sue Day adopted the boy. “He was well behaved,” Mike Day said. “He was just like our […]

Memories as crisp as the Iowa air


I always figured it would be a cold day in Des Moines before I ventured to Iowa in February. It didn’t work out so well for Buddy Holly. Fate intervened with the death of my mother-in-law and with the high temperature for the week forecast for 31 degrees in Central Iowa. I found myself strapped […]

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 […]

There is no more mystery about what life will be like at 64

Paul McCartney was 24 when the Beatles recorded “When I’m 64,” and I was 17. This song was included in Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, one of the foundations of our overblown youth revolution, and brought unwelcome thoughts about aging to mind. We viewed old age with fear and wonder, and our motto was […]

Thomas: People deserve to have their names spelled right


In most jobs where you interact closely with the public, such as journalism, you learn that each comes with its share of inherent risks. There are times when you are applauded for the job well done, telling a story that needed to be known or catching a breaking news story before everybody else (the scoop). […]

Steve: Weather like something out of comic books

Last week, the news was dominated by a solar flare and the polar vortex. The news was beginning to resemble a story conference at DC Comics. You had unbelievably cold weather extending to unbelievable places, a weather pattern that looked ominous from space, and X-class solar events whose names sounded like secret code. As he […]