Cowboy hats were made for…everything

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist When I’m in the airport, I always wave at a cowboy hat — a real cowboy hat. Somehow you can spot ’em. They inevitably turn out to be some bull rider on the way to a rodeo, a state cattlemen’s association representative on the way to Washington, D.C., or a [...]

Sports evolved from survival skills

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist I went to the Miles City annual Buckin’ Horse Sale. I hadn’t seen Montana so green since Noah ran aground! It takes one back to when the west was not civilized. Today, in a time when athletes and audiences are coddled, one is reminded that many modern sports have evolved [...]

Jewelry shopping interesting experience for this cowboy

Baxter Black: Columnist We had been making the rounds of jewelry stores in search of an item to secure my position as “good husband.” Mostly I was standing around watching solicitous salespeople hover over my wife the way my dogs flock around me when I walk outside with a plate of scraps. Mall jewelry store [...]

From one generation to another

Baxter Black Grandpas have a special job and have since days of yore To teach his children’s children things his parents might ignore. Like how to spit and whistle, carve initials on a tree The value of an empty can and why some things aren’t free. Why dogs get stuck, how birds can fly, why [...]

Rodeo head marshal comes with fun, work

By Baxter Black The Tucson Rodeo Parade committee, numbering in the thousands as far as I could see, chose me to be their grand marshal. I was humbled and excited! It was like being nominated Secretary of Commerce or having Reggie Jackson ask for my autograph. In the interest of public disclosure, they informed me [...]

Hands-on learning

Baxter Black There are some things you can only learn by hand. Imagine reading a book with instructions on how to milk a cow: 1) Secure the beast 2) Grasp the teat 3) Squeeze and pull The same instructions (with slight alterations) could apply to picking an orange, lancing a boil, cracking a safe or [...]

Johnny Carson treated me with respect

By Baxter Black People sometimes compare me or some of my cowboy poet friends to Will Rogers. I remind them that in the 1930s Will Rogers was the biggest movie star in the world. He was an international celebrity, a man of exorbitant wealth who was loved by the workin’ man. That description also fits [...]

Camp meeting set to start

A Cowboy Camp Meeting will take place at the Bell Ranch in Mosquero Canyon on July 17 and 18. According to Donna Hazen of Mosquero the two days will be full of activities. “There will be Cowboy music and ground ropings, games for all ages, and horseshoe contests,” said Hazen. Games will take place Saturday [...]

Euro tourists sample Tucumcari

William Thompson A bus load of about fifty tourists from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, pulled into Tucumcari Saturday for a brief visit at the Tucumcari Historical Museum. The bus had stopped previously at the Glenrio Welcome Center where tourism officials told the travelers about Native American bread being made at the museum. The tourists, [...]

Cowboy dies near Grady

Juan Lucero, 20, a Logan resident, died Thursday from injuries suffered during a horseback riding accident on a ranch 12 miles west of Grady. According to Joe Schallert, Chief Deputy Sheriff of Quay County, Lucero and another cowboy were gathering cattle on the ranch when the accident occurred. “Mr. Lucero and another cowboy were gathering [...]