Mosquitoes bite — despite lack of teeth

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Managing Editor Rather than the proposed racetrack or ethanol plant, folks in Tucumcari seem to be on the receiving end of a new — and very productive — establishment. We have a mosquito factory. First confined to back woods and dirty water pooled in abandoned tires, the mosquitoes have gotten bolder, [...]

County detnetion center undergoing expansion, renovation

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By Ryn Gargulinski It may not be the Grand Hyatt, but the Quay County Detention Center is undergoing renovation and, with the removal of the juvenile section, an expansion. Center Assistant Administrator T.J. Rich, who is manning the ship while Administrator Anthony Elebario has been deployed for at least a month to assist victims of [...]

Maps provide soothing journey to past times

By Lynn Moncus: QCS columnist When the present becomes a bit too overwhelming, I tend to retreat to quieter times in history in order to relax for a moment and to think about the times that were. By looking at a couple of maps drawn in 1849 by Lt. J.M. Simpson, I was able to [...]

Latest Rattler Reunion is always the best of all

By Lynn Moncus: QCS columnist The 35th Rattler Reunion is now history, but it provided us with many wonderful memories and made us eager to attend again next year. After each of those 35 gatherings, we have proclaimed the last as best and know we will feel the same after the 36th. The Golden Rattler [...]

New papacy about more than church’s traditional’ versus ‘progressive’ ideas

Perhaps the safest prediction about Pope Benedict XVI, nee Joseph Ratzinger, is that he will surprise most of us, especially those who are now most certain about the nature and impact of his papacy. We look forward to his reign with a certain amount of anticipation. From the perspective of modern political theory, the Roman [...]

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 [...]

Comments from the Canyon 2-12-05

Lynn Moncus Although I’ve been away from campus for many years, I still miss the classroom and the excitement of watching students learn. Fortunately, a few young college students take the time to talk to me a little about their classes and let me know they are still excited about learning. Those visits are most [...]

Focusing less on self mark of maturity

Lynn Moncus Have you noticed how many of us have developed major “I” problems during the last few years? We and our have been replaced by I, me, and mine. Obviously, we have become exceedingly self-centered while trying to build very large self-images that will impress someone. We may expect children to lay claim to [...]

40 accidents hit interstate area before holidays

TV Hagenah In the space of the two days during the snow storm that hit the area just before Christmas, the New Mexico State Police headquartered in Tucumcari reported they handled 40 vehicle accidents eight of which involved injuries requiring a trip to the hospital. According to State Police Sgt. Cleo Baker, the two days [...]

A jaundiced view of politics

TV Hagenah Political season is in high gear again. It is a weird sort of time of year for most of us, I think. For a few brief days every couple of years big time lawyers and businessmen, who are running for office, will sit there and listen to us as if they are really [...]