Cattle formidable foes under stress

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist “Isn’t that Larry’s heifer?” asked Dick. The two-year old black whiteface was running down the fence line along Highway 90. Traffic was moderate on the 4-lane highway. The shoulder was not smooth. Arroyos and ridges thick with rocks and brush made any chase risky. “Pull over,” said Dick. The south […]

Old-fashioned news remains neighborly

By Lynn Moncus: QCS columnist We haven’t visited about neighborly news in quite some time, so let’s just sit back to think about a few friends we have seen or heard from in the last few days. Two offspring of some early settlers in the Ima area stopped at the coffee table to fill me […]

Photo competition one sign of season

By Lynn Moncus: QCS columnist Some people look for signs in nature in order to know when autumn is approaching, but others know the season is almost here when Harold and Kathy Nichless return to Iowa after spending the summer here. Of course, a few of us have pointed out that most creatures head south […]

Not just oil-for-food but U.N. itself needs reform, accountability

QCS editorial Some of the words were stern. Former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker lectured the U.N. Security Council, and Secretary-General Kofi Annan in particular, that Annan and members of the entire organization need to change the way they operate or face a worldwide loss of support from the public. If Kofi Annan had any […]

Technology passed over horseshoes

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist Technology is now available to count cattle on a Forest Service permit from outer space, to construct material for space shuttles that can withstand 3,000-degree temperature on re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, and to plastic wrap a tool in Ace Hardware that cannot be opened with the Jaws of Life. […]

Mosquitoes bite — despite lack of teeth

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Managing Editor Rather than the proposed racetrack or ethanol plant, folks in Tucumcari seem to be on the receiving end of a new — and very productive — establishment. We have a mosquito factory. First confined to back woods and dirty water pooled in abandoned tires, the mosquitoes have gotten bolder, […]

9/17 Letters to the editor

I recently received a citation in your town for improper seat belt use. I had my seatbelt on but it was rubbing on my neck so I put the shoulder belt under my arm. I did not know that was a violation that I could get a citation for. … It would have been nice […]

Flood turned home into Noah’s Ark

By Ryn Garguilnski: QCS Managing Editor The recent rainstorm not only flooded our yard, our goat pen and part of my car since someone left the passenger window open, but turned our home into a Noah’s Ark of sorts. That is, if you’ll accept Noah as a bald-headed, tattooed man in the form of my […]

Farming, ranching life about persistence

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist Persistence in the face of adversity — a sign of inner strength, a thick skull, or desperation. We were driving back to see the folks in Oklahoma and passed a snapshot of persistence in the face of adversity. A well-used pickup was parked on the edge of a lawn next […]