Exit strategy for Afghanistan should be priority

Last month the Afghan war became America’s longest, surpassing the previous record of eight years and seven months set by the Vietnam War. In his Dec. 1, 2009, speech to the nation announcing the surge of troops into Afghanistan, President Obama promised, “But taken together, these additional American and international troops will allow us to […]

God’s light eliminates fear of dark

by Leonard Lauriault When Jesus was transfigured, his clothes became a dazzling white (Mark 9: 2-8). There are some interesting facts concerning light and dark or black and white. First, white is the combination of all colors – it is complete light. On the other hand, black is the complete absence of light. I’ve had […]

Tattoos have mixed, colorful history

By Chelle Delaney The Marine Corps has banned them, particularly “sleeve” tattoos, the “big, garish tattoos” that take up most of an arm. A Marine who gets one risks dishonorable discharge and two years in prison. The other military services also vote against visible tattoos, requiring that they be “small” tattoos. Still, the Army, hungry […]

James Warren Vinall

Services: No services will be held. James Warren Vinall, 79, of Willcox, Ariz., after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, died at his home, in Bonita, on Friday, Oct. 5, 2007. He was born in Tucumcari on March 21, 1928 and grew up there. As a young man he worked the wheat harvests from New […]

The Bell Ranch on market for $115 million

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By Chelle Delaney A large and significant piece of New Mexico history is for sale. The Bell Ranch, all 250,000 acres, with its Red Bell cattle, horses, a hacienda and an airstrip is being marketed for $115 million by Orvis Cushman & Wakefield of Colorado Springs, Colo. The Bell Ranch in San Miguel County takes […]

Always be thankful for a big brother

By Lyn Moncus: QCS Columnist Those of us who had an older brother were very fortunate, even though they might not have agreed because they have fairly constant shadows during our early years. Clough, my brother, was eight years older than I, but he was the only one who knew the difference when we lived […]