Cattle operation comes with catch

Baxter Black As many of you regular readers might guess, people tell me their stories — stories about horse wrecks, cow wrecks, sheep wrecks, dog wrecks, financial wrecks, any kind of wreck you can think of. I met JW in Tennessee. He’s a regular reader of my column and thought his story would fit. It […]

Comments from the Canyons: Cemetery needs our help

Lynn Moncus ‘Tis always good to note that our citizens can still come together when they feel that our traditions are being infringed upon. This past week was an example when a number of individuals appeared at the City Commission meeting to express their concern about the changes at Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery. Many people […]

Farmer finds many ways to skin cat

Baxter Black You’ve heard the old adage, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” In northern Indiana there’s more than one way to skin a renegade cow. Farmer Dave had rented pasture from a neighbor. It had a big old deserted barn, complete with hay loft, sliding doors and draft horse stalls. Dave […]

Comments from the Canyons: State rivalry contests bring back memories

Lynn Moncus A number of us in this area are either Lobo or Aggie fans and have enjoyed the competition through the years. We certainly had to have our senses of humor intact last week when the football game was advertised nationally as a “pillow fight.” Several of us enjoyed some laughter as we talked […]

Comments from the Canyon: Area’s history worth sharing with friends

Lynn Moncus Our lives along Route 66 are enriched by the many travelers we see and the opportunities they give us to learn about other areas. Many of those travelers are interested in the history of Route 66 and are eager to talk about what life was like during the growth and development of that […]

Autumn’s arrival brings beauty to area

Lynn Moncus During some years, our seasons change so abruptly that we are almost unaware of just what happened to fall or spring. This year, we are fortunate enough to see the coming of autumn and to appreciate the various changes. Of course, we could have a sudden frost any time and be forced to […]

Fear must not consume our everyday lives

Freedom Newspapers The images are still vivid in many Americans’ minds: Planes careening into buildings; New Yorkers staring upward as people launched themselves toward certain death; families grasping photos of the missing, clinging to flimsy hopes; the numerous memorials in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

Standards of grammar should be maintained

Lynn Moncus While reading a review of a new book about English grammar, I was taken back to the years during which grammar was stressed throughout our school years. We were corrected by all our teachers, whether or not they taught English. They just seemed to take pride in seeing that we learned to speak […]

Not many foods I won’t try

Karl Terry Michelle Obama doesn’t like beets and apparently neither does her husband.

Alumni reunion more like family gathering

Lynn Moncus Where else could we spend a weekend amid hundreds of friends? Some of us have the notion that Rattler Reunion is unique because it is such a large gathering and because it seems like a gigantic family reunion. From Thursday evening until late Saturday night we spent our time visiting with each other. […]