Baxter Black

Only in America. Two summers ago Mexican smugglers abandoned a group of illegal immigrants in the Arizona desert. Fourteen died and the survivors were rescued and cared for at our expense. Then they were deported. Now the families and friends and lawyers of the fourteen who died are sueing..guess who? The smugglers? The Mexican government? […]

A place to come home to

Freedom Newspapers To the ancients, four elements — earth, water, air and fire — were the building blocks of all things. While we now have a better understanding of the atomic and subatomic makeup of matter, these four elements remain the building blocks to the future of Quay County. Earth is the foundation. Agriculture is […]

An exit strategy, ASAP

Freedom Newspapers The aftermath of the war in Iraq is not going as well as the lightning-quick victory. The country remains in chaos, with anarchy in many cities, including parts of Baghdad. The first U.S. official in charge of reconstructing Iraq, Army Lt. Gen. Jay M. Garner, left the country on May 6 and was […]

Reading program boon to elementary

Yvette McFarland and Margaret Mate Has your child read 78 books this school year? Second graders at Tucumcari Elementary School have! The Accelerated Reading Program (A.R.) helped make this possible. We have evaluated this program this year to find the following results: o 64 Second-grade students o Average reading level: Third grade (2 months above […]

Comments from the Canyons

Lynn Moncus When two country cousins set out to explore areas of the county, citified folks might tend to question our sanity. Yes, last Sunday, Cousin Tink and I made a hasty decision to check out the plains in the southwestern section of the county and set off with some good sandwiches, plenty of water, […]

More local news would be welcome

Lynn Moncus Recently, our young editor seemed a bit chagrined because a reader mentioned the lack of local news in our paper. Editor Gragg then listed the local items that appeared in a recent edition and reminded readers that they could bring in or call in items of interest. Yes, many of us would like […]

School reforms will benefit New Mexico

Eduardo Holguín A river of hope and opportunity is flowing once again to New Mexico’s public schools. It is a dream I have had for a number of years now. Thanks to the leadership and hard work of a pro-public education governor, Bill Richardson, and our pro-public education legislature, a new era of school improvement […]

McFarland’s column got facts wrong

Denese Runyan In (Kelly McFarland’s) article he stated that he was distressed to read the account of the House School Board actions reported in the Quay County Sun on Wednesday, April 23. Well I was equally distressed to read his “Guest Column” in which there were several trumped up reports in this article. First of […]

If we don’t keep water flowing, people will be going … away

Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico Eastern New Mexico is running out of water. A series of stories in last week’s newspapers makes that clear to everyone. We must do two things: Find another source for water and reduce our water-usage rate. If we don’t, many eastern New Mexico communities could be ghost towns by 2040. […]

A new perspective on the canyons

Aggie Moncus Although I read last week that some people don’t like to read my column, I told the slave that I might continue to write for my fan club because they like dogs and understand our language. She wouldn’t listen at first until I explained that some people don’t like her column either and […]