There are worse jobs in sports

By Kevin Wilson I hate my job. It’s a comment lament. From the fictional account of the man who works with an office full of monkeys in the Careerbuilder.com commercial to the person who’s just trying to get by on minimum wage and the occasional hour of overtime, everybody has an aspect of their job […]

Always be thankful for a big brother

By Lyn Moncus: QCS Columnist Those of us who had an older brother were very fortunate, even though they might not have agreed because they have fairly constant shadows during our early years. Clough, my brother, was eight years older than I, but he was the only one who knew the difference when we lived […]

Improving on my horsemanship skills

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist I consider myself as progressive as any horseman when it comes to considering techniques and devices for improving my horse’s welfare or my horsemanship. Horse magazines are packed with testimonial and advertisements for all manner of horse improvement, supplies, seminars and secrets. As I read the copy including bold print […]

8/6 Letter to the Editor

I am concerned that quotations attributed to me in Wednesday’s paper about the proposed horse-race track may have been misconstrued. I never intended to imply that welfare recipients are likely to become addicted to gambling. My intent was only to say that I am concerned about the welfare of everyone in our community, including the […]

4-H winners honored with buckles and saddles at horse show, rodeo.

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By Ryn Gargulinski: Quay County Sun Valtie Riddle, 17, has won so many saddles in horse shows she said her mom’s going to make a barstool set. “She has enough for a full set now,” Riddle said, calculating 11 that hang in their barn — nine of her own and two from her brother. Riddle […]

4-Hers prepare for rodeo, show

QCS STAFF Hundreds of New Mexico 4-Hers will compete for saddles, bits, belt buckles, belt pins, and other prizes in over 60 events held during the State 4-H Horse Show, and Quay County 4-H Rodeo. These events are hosted by the Quay County 4-H Council and every Quay County 4-Her and parent assists with the […]

Cowboys are sacred folk

By Don McAlavy: QCS columnist Burl “Booger” Mullins was a trainer of horses. He taught them to do tricks that included jumping over cars. Back around 1934, Booger appeared as an American Indian on his horse in Tucumcari, and was photographed by Gene Autry’s film crew, as an “End of the Trail” photo. “End of […]

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 […]

Technology changes calf-branding ritual

Baxter Black Springtime. Grass is greenin’ up, wildflowers are blooming, longjohns are comin’ off, and it’s brandin’ time! It is a festive occasion on lots of ranches. For years it has become a time for neighbors to get together and help one another. The cows and calves have been gathered the day before. By daylight […]

Killing horses debate has middle ground

Baxter Black There is nothing pretty about killing a horse. Nobody knows that more than those of us who have done it. There are people actively attempting to get a federal bill passed that will “prevent the slaughter of horses in and from the U.S. for human consumption and other purposes.” Those supporting this bill […]