A miscalculation of a girl dog in heat

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist   I grew up on a farm so I learned at a young age about the birds and the bees. I learned first hand what goes on between girl animals and boy animals when girl animals come into season. But I guess it’s been too long since I was down […]

Walker encounters pigs, pigskins and Pepsi

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist I met a pig on a walk around the other day. He grunted several times but had little else to say. Driven by a young man with his new show stick. Roadwork before the fair should do the trick. I’ve started walking again in the mornings and it’s truly amazing […]

Old clips recall hand-model memories

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist One thing readers of this column would probably be surprised to know about me is that I was once a hand model. That’s right, my stubby and formerly ink-stained digits were featured prominently in a publication of national significance. I hadn’t thought about it in years until I was going […]

Day ruling right

The outrage and frustration from family members is understandable. Tony Day is accused of killing two innocent people and the maximum punishment he will receive under the law is nominal by comparison. But Tucumcari District Judge Albert Mitchell acted responsibly and humanely with his ruling last week that Day should be sentenced as a juvenile. […]

Jack is still hopping around our prairies

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist Jack is back. Or maybe he’s just been laying low. Until recently I was concerned that the black-tailed jackrabbits that inhabit our desert prairies were suffering a fate similar to the sand dunes lizard and the prairie chicken.  But recent encounters with the long-eared hare prove otherwise. Anyone who grew […]

Songs from old hymnal get better with time

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist I have a ragged songbook in the bookshelf next to my computer at home that has a first copyright three years before I was born. Anything between my birth date and the days Christ walked the Earth is pretty old, and we’ll just leave it at “this is a pretty […]

Yard work an exercise in futility; should I rent a cow?

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor For a guy who hates yard work, I always seem to end up with the biggest yard in the block, and by the time I’m done trying, dreading, then giving up on yard work, my yard becomes a monument to failed intentions. Currently my lawn is threadbare, but the […]

Lynn Moncus was hard but believed in her students

By Anne E. Foland Roseburg, Oregon (Editor’s note: Lynn Moncus, 79, a beloved former teacher and Quay County historian, died June 23.) I recently learned of the passing of Lynn Moncus and wished to express my condolences to the residents of Quay County.  I know she was beloved and she will be missed. I met […]

The ‘tail’ of two kitties and the adventures to come

By Thomas Garcia QCS Columnist Well,  I’ve got two new additions to my household, two male cats named Toby and Brownie. I named the first cat Toby because my mom asked me to name him Toby, only now she says it was more like a suggestion than a request. Toby is part Siamese and, as […]

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 […]