Real cowboys have horse sense

Baxter Black Branding season. Spring time west of the Mississippi. Long days in the saddle. Sitting on a horse miles from nowhere, it seems, trying to spot cows on the gather, silence except for the thud of your horses’ hooves. You might as well be on a fishing boat in the middle of nowhere watching […]

New signage coming for hotel


QCS Staff Next month, the official Quality Inn sign will be placed on its hotel at 3716 E. Tucumcari Boulevard, said Sarah Hittson, acting general manager. The hotel/motel which was built in the 1960s as a Holiday Inn is entering a new stage as its old Holiday Inn franchisor trends toward hospitality units that are […]

Family works to preserve cowboy ways

By William Thompson: Quay County Sun – Family reunion includes annual branding of local ranch’s calves. Lee and Debbie Tillman, and their son Jason Tillman, had a few extra ranch hands Memorial Day weekend. More than 30 family members and friends converged on their property just south of San Jon. Some came from as far […]

Technology changes calf-branding ritual

Baxter Black Springtime. Grass is greenin’ up, wildflowers are blooming, longjohns are comin’ off, and it’s brandin’ time! It is a festive occasion on lots of ranches. For years it has become a time for neighbors to get together and help one another. The cows and calves have been gathered the day before. By daylight […]