Child Sense: When an older sibling is at camp

Priscilla J. Dunstan Parents often underestimate the anxiety and loneliness a younger sibling has when an older sibling goes off to camp. Young children don’t have a concrete understanding of time, and their immaturity makes it hard for them to believe their sibling’s absence is temporary. Keep them busy, do something special, and use this […]

Home holds heart

Lynn Moncus Going to “the canyons of home” two Sundays in a row was a major treat. The second trip was suggested by my young friend, Elizabeth Morris, who said she’d like to check out the area again. Little did she know what lay ahead when she made that suggestion. As always, I parked the […]

Comments from the Canyons: Country stores served as town hubs

Lynn Moncus Recently, several of us have recalled our memories of country stores and the importance they played in the rural communities. Of course, the one I remember most vividly is the general store at Ima. It was begun by Grandad Moncus and his brother, Burnace, and later run entirely by Burnace. By the time […]

Comments from the Canyons: Missing purse teaches lesson of patience, compassion

Lynn Moncus Today, we are visiting with those of you who carry purses and who might become a bit careless. Yes, this woman from lma became careless and left her purse on the checkout counter in a local business. In other words, I placed temptation in the way of an individual who was having a […]

Farmers receive relief from rainfall, canals

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Thomas Garcia Restoration of the Arch Hurley irrigation canals, recent rains and cooler temperatures bring relief for area farmers. Members of the Arch Hurley conservancy District began to receive water from irrigation canals on June 15 after two years of having no water allocations. “Rainfall and snowpack melt fed into the Conchas Lake allowing use […]

Be thankful for friends, family

By Lynn Moncus As usual when we approach a holiday, the thoughts of the woman from Ima return to those days spent in the canyons so very long ago. Of course, Thanksgiving was celebrated even in the sticks, and we all had a great time before, during, and after the day. The work for Mother […]

The spirit of Britain’s Susan Boyle registers a high note

By Debra Whittington Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:8-9

Politics in the classroom get a low grade

By Lnn Moncus Some of us have been following the grade-changing incident in the large city in our state and have hoped that many people will be made aware of what can happen when politics get in the way of education. Having endured a similar experience while teaching down south, I have been particularly interested […]

Rattlers split double header

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By Thomas Garcia The Rattlers junior varsity scored an impressive 13 runs in the bottom of the third inning – 12 of them while having two outs – to win the first game of a double header on Monday night against the Clovis Wildcats C-team. The Tucumcari Rattlers won the first game 19-8 and lost the […]

Cyberspace won’t overtake snail mail’s traditional nook

By Lynn Moncus As most of you have gathered through the years, this woman from Ima is more than a little slow in keeping up with technology or almost any changes that might cause me to remove self from those comfortable ruts I’ve worked so hard to build. Just playing with computers and various gadgets […]