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

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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 […]