Act restriction better late than never

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist That huge gasp, clutching at the chest, and cracking of a big smile that was heard across the US of A this fall was farmers and ranchers reading the headline, “U.S. House of Representatives Pass Bill to Restrict Endangered Species Act!” Even though we know the Senate may not sign […]

Living off the land

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS When Tucumcari native Janet McCoy needs a jar of tomato sauce, she ambles to her pantry for one she’s canned herself. If it’s milk she’s after, she heads out to her goats or cows. And she said the pig that now mud bathes in her yard is soon to be 175 […]

Cotton growers need to switch to high demand crop

Freedom Newspapers O ne of mankind’s earliest inventions was agriculture. Growing their food rather than chasing it around or wandering in search of it enabled people to stay in one place. This stability allowed the development of other trappings of civilization: towns, trade, regional culture and government. But agriculture provided the foundation upon which all […]

Carroll D. Hunton obit

Carroll D. Hunton, 79, of Farwell, Texas, died Feb. 5, 2005 at Farwell Convalescent Center in Farwell. Hunton was born April 17, 1925 in Forrest to Ethel and Ludvil E. Hunton. He grew up in Forrest and graduated from high school there in 1943. He served in the U.S. Navy and returned to the family […]

County roads superintendent retires

TV Hagenah After 11 years of heading Quay County’s Road Department, Superintendent of Quay County Roads, Harry Heckendorn is retiring. “We are so sad to see him go,” said Quay County Commissioner Grace Madrid. “He has done so much for the county and to keep it working smoothly.” Heckendorn said he, too, was sad to […]

New turbines on the way

TV Hagenah In the space of three months, wind turbines will be sprouting up along the edge of the caprock. In fact, the initial work has already begun regarding the building of the 80 new turbines to be administered by Cielo Wind Power. According to John Pelczar, of Austin, who will be in charge of […]

What teachers did on their summer vacation

By Stewart Truelsen Sometimes it is just too far to bring urban school kids out to a farm and get them back to school before the end of the day. Yet, an understanding and appreciation for agriculture and how it affects their daily lives is incredibly important for children. The Illinois Farm Bureau has one […]

Quay County to house second wind farm

By Angela Peacock Taking advantage of New Mexico’s most abundant natural resource — the wind — Caprock Wind, LP, announced its plans Tuesday to install up to 80 wind-driven turbine generators near Tucumcari. The wind-power project, which is located on the caprock south an west San Jon about 20 miles southeast of Tucumcari, is the […]

Wind farm nearing completion

By Dave Gragg Construction on 204-megawatt wind farm between House and Fort Sumner should be finished by the first of July. Actual operation should begin three weeks after that. Crews are finished setting up almost half of the towers. Now that the foundations have been laid, a crane puts up the first two sections of […]