Rite of passage: the busted wing

Landon Hall For my 5-year-old daughter, a broken arm actually has been a positive learning experience. She’s learned that her body isn’t invincible — and yet it’s not fragile, either. She’s learned how the body works, and how it heals. On Aug. 2, she fell while playing hide-and-seek with the neighbor kids, smacking her elbow […]

Attorney recalled for compassion

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Kevin Wilson Fred Tharp spent years learning the law, and decades more applying it. But he tried to live his life by a law that wasn’t in any courtroom. “When we stop caring about our neighbor, we’re in trouble,” said his son, Ken Tharp. “That was really how he lived.” Ken Tharp, born July 31, […]

Area students participate in Earth Day activities

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Thomas Garcia Quay County Sun Area students participated in Earth Day learning activities at the Tucumcari Elementary’s Outdoor Classroom on Thursday. “This is the 11th year that we have done this,” said Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Relissa Nials. Nials, a soil conservationist, said the children learn about Earth Day in school but this day of […]

Learning to do without is one Thanksgiving blessing

By Lynn Moncus Because Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year, I was more than a little disgruntled when I overheard some people saying that they surely don’t look forward to it this year because they have so little to be thankful for. They then went on to recount their complaints about […]

Once upon a time, teachers had freedom to teach

By Lnn Moncus Those of us who loved school, no matter which side of the desk we were on, never get over wanting to join the crowds on their way to that first day of school. Just thinking about the joys of education causes us to pause and to be thankful for having had the […]

Humor from both sides of the desk

by Lynn Moncus Although I have been away from the classroom for many years, I still tend to become a little excited when school begins because some of the best years of my life were spent on one side of the desk or the other. During the years I taught on campus, I dreaded the […]

10/8 Quay County critter

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Name: L.J., a 4-month-old Blue Heeler from somewhere unknown. “We just found him,” owner Merissa Cooper said. Owner: Cooper, of Tucumcari Claim to fame: When asked of his special talents, Cooper said L.J. was still in training. “He’s learning how to sit. He plays with my other dogs. We try to point at him to […]

End of summer brings memories of schooldays past

By Lynn Moncus: QCS columnist At this time of year, the student and teacher in me become more than a little restless because school is starting, thus bringing back many wonderful memories of those years spent in the classroom on one side of the desk or the other. The formal student years began 65 years […]

Learning Spanish not so easy

Helena Rodriguez: Columnist I guess I was destined to learn to speak Spanish late in life like many gringos. I read last week that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and three other guys who want his job have been busy learning to roll their Rs so they can hablar en español. According to this […]

Tucumcari’s golf course gets new pro

By Tova Fruchtman: Quay County Sun As a member of the Pro Golf Association since 1974, Howie Tucker is an experienced golf professional. He has worked at courses in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. He worked at the Ryder Cup — an American versus European golf tournament — in 1993, and served on the PGA […]