Cattle producers living high on the hog

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist The beef market for the last two years must be driving economists nuts. There are so many factors affecting the price of cattle other than supply and demand, the playing field is littered with mortar craters. It would be analogous to a basketball game where baskets count, but one could […]

Rattler reunions are for sharing stories and making plans

By Mynn Moncus: QCS columnist Hundreds of Rattler Alumni are busy packing bags to head home for the Rattler Reunion next weekend, and many local alumni are working to see that everything is in order for the gathering. By browsing quickly through the Golden Rattler Directory, I noticed that we are apt to have people […]

God commanded us to love one another

By Debra Whittington: QCS columnist A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. John 13:34 A dear friend of mine was having a particularly difficult day because they felt forgotten by their family who rarely comes by to visit or […]

Cotton growers need to switch to high demand crop

Freedom Newspapers O ne of mankind’s earliest inventions was agriculture. Growing their food rather than chasing it around or wandering in search of it enabled people to stay in one place. This stability allowed the development of other trappings of civilization: towns, trade, regional culture and government. But agriculture provided the foundation upon which all […]

Sports evolved from survival skills

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist I went to the Miles City annual Buckin’ Horse Sale. I hadn’t seen Montana so green since Noah ran aground! It takes one back to when the west was not civilized. Today, in a time when athletes and audiences are coddled, one is reminded that many modern sports have evolved […]

I’ll get to it when I get to it

By Ryn Gargulinski: Quay County Sun Managing Editor When I was in some class that no one was paying attention to some 200 years ago, I recall the instructor, in an attempt to tame his unruly bunch, stand in the middle of the room and scream “Slow Down!” That’s sort of like New Mexico. Even […]

Climate makes plant parenting tougher

By Ryn Gargulinski Having your garden thrashed by a summer storm is not a pleasant thing. It actually hurts to awake and find a group of ripped roots, a fleet of mashed beets and torn rows of corn. It’s not like losing a kid — unless, of course, your kid is green and stringy and […]

Power outages shouldn’t make us powerless

By Lynn Moncus We surely become powerless in more ways than one when the electricity goes off. Actually, the outage Friday evening wasn’t very hard on those of us not involved in business because we could amble to a neighbor’s porch to watch the traffic, see the stars clearly and visit quietly. Of course, we […]

Low road suits me just fine

By Lynn Moncus Recently, a couple of friends from elsewhere mentioned that they felt I must lead a dull and boring life in Tucumcari. They had passed by on Interstate 40, were sure that no one could even pretend to find anything interesting to do here, and suggested that I consider moving elsewhere. As you […]

Attention other 49 states: New Mexico exists

By Grant McGee It’s true. A portion of the population of the United States of America apparently can’t wrap their minds around the concept that there is a state called New Mexico. “New Mexico” magazine has a feature in their issues called “One of Our Fifty is Missing,” stories submitted by folks who had encounters […]