Cow escapes to reach golf course glory

Baxter Black It’s 6 1/2 hours from Sierraville to Modesto and the packing house. Karl had put together a load of cull cows. Whilst unloading, a bony gummer mama cow who looked like a ragged shag carpet hangin’ over a sawhorse, balked, backed up, and fell between the chute and the truck! Karl leaped after [...]

Jane Frost eleced to NCBA position

Dina Reitzel Jane Frost, a commercial cow/calf producer from San Jon, has been elected Region VI vice president for the Federation of State Beef Councils, a division of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), based in Denver. New Mexico is part of NCBA’s Region VI, which also includes Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah. Frost [...]

Interrogated interviewee illustrates ignorance

Baxter Black An interviewer asked me how one can make a living in the cow business. Actually he said, “As we’re heading into the next couple years with declining cattle numbers and steady prices, how do you think you should position yourself to take advantage of the market?” I assume he’d mistaken me as an [...]

Tomboy more comfortable in mud

By Baxter Black: On the Edge of Common Sense Nicole was a tomboy. No, more accurately she was a cowboy. She favored cow work to Barbie dolls. She was Dad’s right-hand man. By age 15, she could pull her weight, from building fence to pulling calves. Last spring to celebrate the coming of sunshine, the [...]

Ingenuity common among cowboys

By Baxter Black: Humor columnist Cowboys are nothing if not ingenious. It takes that sort of out-of-the-box mentality to allow them to solve the myriad of problems that arise when you combine horse, cow and rope. In the northeastern Montana country, Jim and Norvell (aliases) were backtracking one fall after the gather. By noon they [...]

Three cheers for cow dogs

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Well-trained cow dogs are probably the most valuable “hands” on a ranch. When I was young, our family had a black English Shepherd called Oso (bear in Spanish).

02-24-2007: Community Notes

Quay Democrats elect new officers Tuesday The Quay County Democratic Party will meet on Tuesday for its annual election, said Ron Wilmot, chair. Up for election are ward and precinct officers, central committee members, county officers and state central committee members. County officers to be elected include chair, vice-chair, secretary and treasurer. Two state central [...]

2-25-2006 Notable Notes

Little League meeting set for Sunday Quay County Little League has scheduled a meeting for 4 p.m. Sunday at the Tucumcari Recreation Center. All interested coaches, volunteers and individuals should attend. Participants are asked to bring any equipment or uniforms they have. For information, contact B.J. Molinas at 461-1876 or Yvetter Fazekas at 461-2874. MCC [...]

Feb. 22, 2006 Notable Notes

BPA chapter to work at gas station The Tucumcari High School chapter of Business Professionals of America will participate in a car wash from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Holiday Conoco station, located at 4002 E. Tucumcari Blvd. Fuel will be pumped and windows will be washed by BPA members. All work [...]

Rancher’s wife has calving problems

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist It is the bad dream of the rancher’s wife during calving season. Not as bad as a blizzard or machinery wreck but worse than having to go to Kingfisher for parts. Hubby’s been gone overnight so Shirla saddles up to go check the new calves in the calving lot. It’s [...]