Winter increases farm work loads

By Lillian Bowe QCS Columnist Winter weather for me means sweaters and a lot of coffee, but for my father and my uncle’s cattle ranch it means more work. The last snow was less than an inch, which did not worry my father as our horses and cattle could still reach the grass below the […]

Cats make use of election remnants

By Thomas Garcia QCS Columnist So here we are two weeks removed from the election and those mailers that I’m sure everyone got in their mailbox during the elections have found a new use in my house. I have already talked about the havoc my two cats Brownie and Toby were causing with their jingling […]

FFA convention experiences bring back memories


By Lillian Bowe QCS Columnist Once a year, students from all over the nation, including Puerto Rico, gather to compete in agriculture-based competitions. This event is called the National FFA Convention which, for me was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Every fall, a few lucky students who qualified in events like poultry […]

Every paper you take, we’ll be watching you

By Robert Arrowsmith CMI Publisher First of all, to the many that follow the honor system, thank you. We appreciate your business very much. But to the rest of you, I really do not get it. Newspaper racks work on an honor system. You put your coins in for the paper, and you take a […]

The deeper you dig the more advisable it is to drill

By Robert Arrowsmith CMI Publisher I’m sure everyone has seen it. The price of gas is declining and frankly declining quickly. Prices are down 20 percent nationally since June. Some forecasters are predicting gas prices will get down to the $2.75 range before winter bumps these prices back up. For most of our generations’ lives, […]

Political smear ads cause damage

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor I used to say that negative political campaign ads would stop when they stop working. Now I’m thinking that day cannot come too soon. As a staunch advocate for freedom of speech (being in the media and all), I know we can’t order a halt to them, but the […]

Quantity X size = exposure, but credibility makes sale

Robert Arrowsmith

By Robert Arrowsmith CMI Publisher As I was taking my Saturday afternoon shower, disappointingly watching what I thought was my next layer of tan rapidly go down the drain due to the fact it was dirt from mowing, it got me thinking about a couple of things. • I have to admit this took me […]

Each dog, big or small, has its own perspective

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist Some days I think my two dogs swapped bodies somewhere along the line. Let me explain that I own one dog, Ranger, who is about 80 pounds and is most likely a mix of Labrador retriever, pit bull and maybe some German shepherd, and another one, Maggie, who is 8 […]

Peanuts hold historical value for me, Portales

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist Growing up in Goober Gulch you learn things can get a little nutty, especially in the month of October when the legumes ripen. Not only did I grow up in Goober Gulch, the story goes my mother actually found me under a peanut vine. That’s a pretty incredible story since […]

Giving a gift can come back to haunt your dreams

By Thomas Garcia QCS Columnist Have you ever had one of those moments where you wish you hadn’t given a gift to someone? We all have those moments of regret where a gift that we have given was not a good fit, brought about problems or even resulted in injury. For myself it is sort […]