Artificial trees have advantages

I guess for me it officially becomes Christmas when the Christmas tree goes up at home. Growing up that meant it was time to get serious about Christmas. We always had a cut Christmas tree bought in town. The only place I ever came in contact with a fake tree while I was young was […]

Remembering mother’s calmness

Have you noticed that as we grow older, our memories tend to jump around rather randomly and can land on subjects we haven’t thought of in years? For no known reason, I landed in the early ’40′s and relived a sort of frightening experience. A local woman asked Mother to accompany her to lma so […]

Comments from the Canyons: Grandmother knew best

By Lynn Moncus: QCS columnist On occasion, I have written about Grandmother Moncus and have mentioned how close we were from the time I can remember. She was the one who planted the seed for my becoming a teacher because she so loved teaching. Although I was not privileged to be in one of her […]

11/8 Around Town

Just turned two…Marquis Alderete Jr., will be celebrating his second birthday on Sunday. His birthday was Nov. 7. Marquis is having a SpongeBob party and celebrating his birthday with his sister Alissa, family and friends. Marquis is the son of Marquis Alderete and Davida Salas. Grandparents are Mark and Gina Alderete, Cora Lucero and Geno […]

Enjoy the last of the summer’s tall grasses

By Lynn Moncus When our grandparents ambled out here in their covered wagons in 1902, Grandmother described the grass as being “belly high” on a horse. As I grew up listening to that description and her other stories of the pioneer days, I tried to imagine such tall grass but could barely picture it that […]

Michelle Jeanette Maestas

Services: 7 p.m. Thursday a rosary will be recited at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Tucumcari. At 2 p.m. Friday a mass of resurrection will be celebrated at St. Anne’s. Michelle Jeanette Maestas, 37, died in Amarillo, Texas, on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007.   Mrs. Maestas was born Oct. 27, 1969 in Tucumcari.  She was […]

Easter a perfect time for a canyon trip

By Lynn Moncus: QCS Correspondent Easter afternoon was perfect time for Aggie and me to drive to “the canyons of home” in order to enjoy some much needed solitude and to appreciate the silence of the llano. Besides, Aggie deserved a smooth ride on pavement for a change after having been bounced all over the […]

A visit to Grandmother’s house

Lynn Moncus Through the years, we have visited about some days that were just so special they were almost unreal and have commented about our great good fortune to be able to experience such days right here in Quay County. One more special day occurred last Sunday when Aggie and I headed for the canyons […]

Stephanie Renee Gutierrez

Stephanie Renee Gutierrez, 21, died on Monday, Sept. 20, 2004 in Albuquerque. Stephanie Gutierrez was born Feb. 8, 1983 in Albuquerque. At the time of her death she was a student studying to be a dental hygienist. She is survived by her children, Nathaniel Gutierrez and Fabian Mondragon both of Albuquerque; her brother Charles Gutierrez […]

Spring rains bring flood of memories

Lynn Moncus Last Sunday afternoon was a most special time in which to drive to Quay Valley to enjoy the wonderful rain and to admire the greening of the pastures. Natives just automatically head into the countryside to do a lot of checking, more especially after such long periods of drought. Of course, Aggie accompanied […]