County 4-Hers place in national competition

By John Villalba The Quay County 4-H home site evaluation team placed third in the 4-H division at the 60th Annual National Land and Range Judging Contest in Oklahoma City May 5. The team qualified for the contest after winning first place at the State 4-H Conference last July. Team members included Richard Rush, Randall [...]

Forces of supply, demand drive gas prices

Freedom New Mexico Price gougers are evil executives who harm us at the gas pump. They set outrageous prices that are approaching $4 a gallon. They hold their conspiracy meetings in the Land of Make Believe, among the unicorns and spaghetti monsters. Despite the ranting of pundits and politicos — from Bill O’Reilly to Nancy [...]

Comments from the Canyons: Woman from Ida enjoys friend’s company

Lynn Moncus Rarely does a day pass that this woman from Ima isn’t pleased to be living in Quay County. As usual, Aggie and I took our Sunday afternoon drive and walk in the country. When we were returning to town, we stopped to watch a donkey and horse and to take a few pictures [...]

Ortiz wins award at Nara Visa gathering

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When someone is described as having earned so much respect and admiration through his honesty, hard work and caring of others, you know that person is Carlos Ortiz. He has lived his life by the traditions of the West, caring for the land, livestock, family and friends. Both his paternal and maternal grandparents homesteaded and [...]

Candidate profiles: Land Commission

Lilliana Castillo The race for state land commissioner pits a veteran against a newcomer, both counting on voters’ thirst for change. Specifically, a change to transparency. Democrat Ray Powell of Albuquerque, 60, had the job from 1993 to 2003. Republican Matt Rush of Portales, 36, is new to politics. Current Land Commissioner Republican Patrick Lyons [...]

Sometimes, ‘Thank you’ is all you can say

By Lynn Moncus: QCS Columnist Kathryn Stephenson, a Quay County native, invited this woman from lma to spend a few days with her at her home in Edmond, Okla. You may recall that she has invited me at other times and that we have had some great experiences as we have explored her surroundings. During [...]

Candidates log thousands of miles on road to state office

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Since Roosevelt County rancher Matt Rush filed for the state land office race, he’s logged 30,000 miles on his truck, with only one trip to Lubbock and the rest across New Mexico. “My one piece of advice to anyone who’s considering running for a statewide office,” Rush said, while [...]

Tax officials to auction 116 lots near Conchas Lake

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Comments from the Canyons: Remembering heritage important

By Lynn Moncus: Quay columnist Most of us who are sons and daughters of the pioneers who helped to settle the Southwest remain proud of the traditions they established. Often when we are discussing the pioneers, people have the notion we are talking about the settlers who came into our area after the Homestead Act [...]

Finally, some rains to coax out nature’s beauty

By Lynn Moncus Those of us who are of the land just naturally have to pause to admire the beauty whenever we have an opportunity. Last Sunday provided just that chance while Aggie and I were out for our ride. We had gone to the plains for a little while because we could see that [...]