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 […]

Lynn Moncus

Quay County – a good place to start Whereas, some people enjoy dropping names of famous people they have met in foreign climes; many of us prefer to talk about people from our own area who have done well and have become famous in their own areas. Since the publication of our book, I have […]

Diet books may not be way

TV Hagenah My wife took me to one of those mega-bookstores the other day. You know the ones. They have the coffee bar in the back, and I noticed on my way back to the coffee counter that a lot of people are publishing diet books these days. It occurred to me that maybe I […]

Spring rains bring flood of memories

Lynn Moncus Last Sunday afternoon was a most special time in which to drive to Quay Valley to enjoy the wonderful rain and to admire the greening of the pastures. Natives just automatically head into the countryside to do a lot of checking, more especially after such long periods of drought. Of course, Aggie accompanied […]

Daylight-saving time – Conspiracy

TV Hagenah The month of April – Income tax, daylight-savings time, April Fools Day. Coincidence? I think not. Obviously, it is a major conspiracy. “They” are out to get us! (Don’t you just love using “They” to blame everything on? When I was little, I used to blame everything on my big sister. Now, I […]

Visit provides peace, perspective

Lynn Moncus After the reception at Tucumcari Historical Museum in recognition of the publication of our book, I loaded Aggie into the car the next day and headed to the canyons in order to enjoy the memories and to return to reality. As most of you know, I go out home during mental emergencies or […]