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 […]

Power outage from recent storm sparks childhood memories

By Thomas Garcia QCS Columnist This past weekend the county was blessed with the wonderful gift of moisture from storms that decided we all needed to get wet and that some of us needed to sit in the dark. The lights went out, not in Georgia but for parts of Quay County.  For these residents, […]

New grads should be more afraid, pursue hard learning

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Last week was the time of graduations — a time of nostalgia, optimism and encouragement, and for comparing the game of life to football. I’m not counting on addressing a graduating class now or ever, but today, I wouldn’t be talking about joy and optimism as I look at […]

Trauma of fried router fades as storms disappear

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist This week’s column is supercharged. That’s right I’m composing it on a computer that was struck by lightning. Sparks are flying from my fingertips as I write and jagged adjectives are flying across the screen like vivid thunderbolts. I don’t like thunder and lightning. My wife hates it and has […]

Nature’s little spies and how they remind me of home

By Thomas Garcia QCS Columnist Have you ever had the feeling that you were being watched? You know, when the hair on the back of your neck stands up, you slightly turn your head to see if anyone is behind you then quickly look forward to make sure no one is walking up on you? […]

Honor those who have fought for freedom

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist I am a blessed and fortunate American. More than 1.3 million Americans have died in war to preserve my life, liberty and happiness. Yet I have not had to experience the loss of a close loved one due to war. Not having served in the Armed Forces myself I struggle […]

Having no “fowl” feelings against the birds

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist People who read this column think I’m a bird hater. I’ve got letters to prove it. I’ve written with my tongue plastered firmly in cheek about my travails with swallows that netted me a hand-written note from a very nice local lady extolling the virtues of the little critters and […]

California Chrome just might beat the odds for Triple Crown

By Thomas Garcia QCS Columnist We may witness history in three weeks. There has not been a Triple Crown winner in United States thoroughbred horse racing since 1978, when Affirmed became the 11th horse to lay claim to that prestigious title. While some might not share my excitement, I believe winning the Triple Crown just […]