Graduation Reflections

Lynn Moncus Graduation from high school is often an emotional event for both students and parents, It is a time of sadness and happiness because it represents the ending of one era and the beginning of another. It can also be just a little frightening as rather sudden changes in life styles occur almost as […]

What you don’t know about sex

TV Hagenah I was at a county commissioners’ meeting the other day and they were talking about the best way for children to learn about what we used to called, “the birds and the bees.” A couple of people at the meeting were supporters of school-based sex education and some of the others were big […]

Talks more powerful than pamphlet

Lynn Moncus Although my parents and grandparents have been dead for many years, I tend to think of them on a daily basis and frequently wish I could ask just a few more questions even though I think I know some of the answers. I become particularly frustrated while watching or listening to ads telling […]

Morality tale (tail?) about ditching

TV Hagenah The local school district is attempting to cut down on absenteeism by students. They have found school runs better when students are in class. Conversely, In the seven or eight years I was in high school, as I recall, the administration periodically tried ways of keeping me out of classes. They found that […]

April showers bring spring sights

Lynn Moncus Not long ago, we visited about the beauty of Quay Valley and the plains after the rain fell, leaving the roaring creek and filled water holes. Now is the perfect time to tour those areas again in order to see the changes. Aggie and I took a most pleasant drive last Sunday afternoon […]

A modest salute to Baxter Black

TV Hagenah When I was first hired at this paper, my publisher said, “There are only two things you don’t change with this paper, the first is the mast, because the owners want it that way and I’ll fire you if you touch it, and the other is that Baxter Black runs every week. The […]

Crowd enjoys ‘Historical’ gathering

Lynn Moncus During the evening of April 26, around 100 members of the Tucumcari Historical Research Institute gathered at the Elks Lodge for the annual dinner meeting. Three new board members were elected to replace Joanie Vance, Lala Landess, and Sonny Cast during the business session. They are Lucy Nials, Yetta Bidegain, and Danny Wallace. […]

Vacation time creates quandary

TV Hagenah With summer approaching, it behooves me to begin thinking of vacation destinations (I have long been a fan of the word “behooves.” Of course, as a child I would use it incorrectly. I would say things like, “They don’t be feet on that horse. They be hooves!”). There are many schools of thought […]

Student behavior nonpluses author

Lynn Moncus The more I hear about behavior today, the happier I am to have been born when I was. In the dim, distant past, our parents and teachers knew we were trainable even when we tried to be a bit rebellious. They didn’t bother with lengthy discussions about our short comings; they simply took […]

My war with income tax

TV Hagenah Well, Income tax day has come and gone and once again my wife has sworn not to let me near our income tax forms next year. In the past the members of the Internal Revenue Service have requested much the same. Back in the 1990s they suggested that their computers were not up […]