Tucumcari and Barstow, Calif., are similar yet different

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor I don’t think I’ve seen a normal rainfall year in Tucumcari until this summer. I’ve seen a few downpours, hailstorms and just enough snow to remind me I don’t live in Southern California any more.  Yes, California was warmer, but in Tucumcari I can breathe.  In California we didn’t […]

Sharing stories and honoring the woman who voiced the canyons

By Thomas Garcia QCS Columnist It has been three weeks but I wanted to share some of what I heard while attending the funeral of Lynn Moncus and my thoughts and experiences in getting to know her. Family and friends gathered on June 27 at Dunn’s Memorial Chapel in Tucumcari to pay their final respects […]

Letter to the Editor

By Leon Logan Letter to the Editor   Conservative math problems Lately the Republicans have been irate about some missing emails from Lois Lerner’s computer at the IRS. The only thing they have uncovered for Fox News is that IRS’ backup system is about par with most systems in government due to lack of funds. The conservatives […]

Still not able to get a ‘kick’ out of soccer

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist I’ll never forget the day our high school PE student teacher told us we were going to spend the next week playing football.  We questioned if it would be touch or flag. He replied “No, no , you don’t understand, we’re going to play futbol — you know, soccer.” The […]

Moncus’ dad got his man through ‘storybook sleuthing

By David Stevens CMI Editor Last week’s passing of eastern New Mexico historian Lynn Moncus brings to mind one of our region’s more notorious homicide investigations. The “matchbook murder” case began in the fall of 1951, when authorities claimed an Army deserter from Brooklyn, New York, killed an Ohio steel worker, shooting him five times […]

Letting my dad get some shade

Revelations in a cemetery can be a bit ticklish if not embarrassing. I’m not referring to the Book of Revelations. That chapter can be quite appropriate at a funeral. Suddenly learning your loved one is on the opposite side of the headstone from where you assumed they were for the last 25 years is a […]

Guest column: Fish and Wildlife should rescind prairie chicken designation

The Fish and Wildlife Service seems confounded by the negative response to listing the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species. In designating the lesser prairie chicken as threatened, a step down from endangered but warranting specific protections, it had provided assurances that no additional federal regulations that might have an adverse impact on economic […]

Signs have been in use for a long time

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist A popular song from my youth decried the use of signs as stepping on our freedoms. “Signs, signs, everywhere a sign, blocking out the scenery, breaking my mind. Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign,” proclaimed the song by Five Man Electrical Band. They say signs have […]

Rockabilly visitors may show the way to our future

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor One of the key achievements of Rockabilly on the Route is that it increases Tucumcari’s supply of young adults for four days. They’re the ones who can tie one on and come roaring back for more the next day, shrugging off a hangover like stubbed toe. They don’t hestitate […]

Stray dog burrowing way into our hearts

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist Relief from our boring lives arrived last week in the form of a six-pound ball of canine fuzz. Miss Maggie showed up on the doorstep of my downtown office, next to a busy U.S. highway. When I spied her as I crossed the street she was doing the opposite of […]