Walk, don’t drive, to get most from new snow

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Call us crazy, but my wife and I responded to Saturday’s snowfall by tromping through the snow while it was fresh. We used to do that when we lived near Chicago, close to the south shore of Lake Michigan in the late 1970s, when the area had winters they […]

Gas in Tucumcari and other predictions

By Robert Arrowsmith CMI Publisher It is that time of year … the new year. New Year’s Eve tends to be a time to look back, to reflect, and yet also a time to make those resolutions and predictions for the upcoming year. Being a constant forward thinker, I do tend to look back, but […]

New businesses economic holiday gifts for the region

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Quay County has received a few Christmas presents this month in the form three new business ventures seeking to expand or start up here. One is Adam and Kim Nichols’ assembly operation for Adams invention that he calls the Firelight.  It’s a flashlight-like contraption that will be useful for […]

It’s a shame Christmas comes only once a year

By Robert Arrowsmith CMI Publisher When Sony Pictures announced it was canceling the movie “The Interview,” a whole new form of terror and blackmail opened up. In my personal opinion, the premise for the movie looked stupid, and was not a movie I was going to, but that is not the point. What happened represented […]

Social media, email messages are public

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Back when I did public relations work (sleeping with the enemy to journalists), one of my favorite pieces of advice to clients who were dealing with the press was “never say anything off the record that you don’t want to read on the front page.” Now that I again […]

Two cats + loaf of bread = lesson learned

By Thomas Garcia QCS Columnist My two cats, Brownie and Toby, as I have said before, have found creative ways of turning regular items into toys. Their latest exploit resulted in an early morning kitchen clean-up. I was gone overnight last weekend and while I made sure I left plenty of food and water out […]

Rule by people, rule of law can collide

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By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Democracy, rule by the people, and the rule of law don’t always see eye-to-eye. In the case of Tenth District Court Judge Albert Mitchell, there seems to be some conflict between these two foundations of our civic life. “The people” often must be defined as the people who vote, […]

The good, the bad and the give-away

By Robert Arrowsmith CMI Publisher It has been a mixed bag this past week. • I wanted to buy $100 worth of donuts from a store to give to their customers as a goodwill gesture. Yes I saw down-the-road potential, but that was not what this was about directly.  Got shot down; didn’t even want […]

Tucumcari has makings for artist colony

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Because I write stuff for a living, point cameras at things, play a musical instrument and doodle, I sometimes allow myself the delusion that I’m an artist of some kind. Then I look at my immediate surroundings. I see Levi Mericle, a young guy who writes poetry that hits […]

Facebook not best choice to get word out

By Robbert Arrowsmith CMI Publisher First, let me preface this by stating this is not an attempt to try to sell any of you advertising. While I would love to have all of your business, this is not what this is meant to be about. Word-of-mouth on early returns about some of the events to […]