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 […]

We don’t have to wait for disasters to think of others

By Lynn Moncus: QCS columnist Many of us have been in an emotional turmoil since Katrina ravaged the southern states and have done much serious thinking about the fragility of life and the rapidity with which material possessions can be destroyed. When such a disaster hits so close to home, we are particularly touched because […]

9/7 Letters to the editor

Primarily this letter is being written to share some glowing comments and remarks we heard at the Rattler Reunion at the Tucumcari Convention Center. Numerous people were constantly coming up to tell us how impressed they were seeing the Convention Center. (I wish Lynn Moncus were writing this instead of me. She would do a […]

Tattoo is an art that leaves permanent thrill

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Managing Editor If you noted the local supermarket is running low on melons, you’ll have to blame me. No, I’m not on the New Mexico Honeydew diet. Nor did I discover a new-fangled melon cookbook at the latest garage sale. I am learning to tattoo. Rather than practice on bananas, grapefruit […]

Key to success often doing dirty work

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist Say you’re one of many in the fast changing world of Agribusiness where companies, ranches, sales territories and work forces are being bought, sold, traded, merged and split one after another. You are worried, with good reason, because the disposition of employees is always a factor. “Downsized, early retirement, let […]

Maps provide soothing journey to past times

By Lynn Moncus: QCS columnist When the present becomes a bit too overwhelming, I tend to retreat to quieter times in history in order to relax for a moment and to think about the times that were. By looking at a couple of maps drawn in 1849 by Lt. J.M. Simpson, I was able to […]