Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: You know there are teenagers in the house when…

Marla Jo Fisher I have a friend whose children are old enough now to strike fear into the hearts of their mother, as she dreads the coming transformation from adorable kid to hulking, hairy creature from the black lagoon. Since my kids are already well into this transition, Barb views our family like a big, […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: When I am named ruler of the Earth …

Marla Jo Fisher I am planning to run for Supreme Ruler of Earth, as soon as I get a spare minute. In case you don’t know, the Supreme Ruler gets to do whatever she wants and make the rules for everyone else. Everyone kisses your backside and laughs at your jokes. Sort of like running […]

Letter to the editor: Debt showdown irresponsible

Raising the debt ceiling is a formality that has been a part of government for years. Basically, raising it is agreeing to pay debts that have already been incurred. Where was the concern when the debt was piling up? The time to control indebtedness is at the time of purchase, not when the bills come […]

Doctor shortage, red tape hurdles for Obamacare

Less than a month old, Obamacare already is loaded into an ambulance on its way to the ER. The first crisis for the health care overhaul plan is a shortage of doctors. “At current graduation and training rates, the nation could face a shortage of as many as 150,000 doctors in the next 15 years, […]

Tucumcari High School reverses in-school suspension policy

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari High School has reversed its in-school suspension meal plan after a student’s mother complained. “A child is already being punished by being placed in ISS,” said Peggy Brown, the parent of a student placed in ISS. Brown said food should not be used as a punishment, noting tax […]

Annual shrimp boil fundraiser raises $16,000

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Special to QCS Nearly 235 Tucumcari-area citizens celebrated the 11th annual Mesalands Community College Foundation’s Mardi Gras Cajun Shrimp Boil in a big way. This year’s scholarship fundraiser netted over $16,000 for the Foundation. After more than a decade of hosting the event, the accumulative numbers are impressive with a total of $130,000 earned. Of […]

Colleges wary of flu outbreak

By Thomas Garcia and Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Local college campuses are taking the threat of H1N1 flu (swine flu) seriously. Eastern New Mexico University, Clovis Community College and Mesalands Community College are already preparing students to try and minimize any outbreaks. “Primarily for us it is going to be educational, telling people how […]

Tax Day Tea Party highlights April 15

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By Thomas Garcia

Mesalands wind turbine recalled by General Electric

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Chelle Delaney

High Plains offers plenty for travelers

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS columnist Summer tourists will soon be flocking to the shores of California, unbending their maps and looking lost on New York City’s subways and even popping their heads into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. While New Mexico has it made with places like Santa Fe and Taos until Julia Roberts wrecked it, more […]