The fair’s many pictures

By Ryn Gargulinski: FNNM Columnist A county fair means one thing. Crouching down into an immobile ball for several hours beside the pig pens. No, I was not hiding from the cops. Nor was I attempting to steal a corncob from an unsuspecting sow. I was armed with camera to get the ultimate photo of […]

Knowing who we are brings freedom

By Leonard Lauriault: QCS Religion Columnist In the movie, “Alice in Wonderland,” the hookah-puffing caterpillar asks Alice, “Who are you?” Knowing who we are has to do with whose we are. When I was younger, I was known as “one of Hettie’s boys.” People knew my parents and informed me that if I forgot myself […]

All women can be mothers

By Debra Whittington: QCS Religion Columnist Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. — Ephesians 6:2-3 Mark and I were discussing Mother’s Day on our way home the other night. I told him that it […]

Logan falls short

By Jesse Wolfersberger/Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — It took until the final seconds of the championship game, but the magic finally ran out for the Logan Longhorns. Down by two with 1.9 seconds left in the game, Des Moines tried to inbound the ball, but Logan guard Josh Franco stole it just inside half court and […]

Treat someone special this Valentine’s Day

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Managing Editor When you are trying to quit smoking, everyone lights a cigarette. When you’re on a massive diet, the only trucks that ramble by are owned by Sara Lee. And when, like I am, you are moving 1,942 miles to the West Coast and leaving behind five goats, a dog […]

Quay County resolutions match most popular ever

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari’s Jim Davis said he’s not going to make a New Year’s resolution. “I don’t have to,” he laughed, “I don’t have any bad habits.” Although he quickly added he may need to change his answer to “quit lying,” he’s among the dozens of Quay County denizens who said they shalt […]

Fire safety for all ages

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Never mind the sirens, the ladder or the fire truck itself, most of the preschoolers outside Tucumcari Elementary at Thursday’s fire department demonstration said they were enamored with the hose. “They like the water,” preschool teacher Sandy Bowen said while kids lined up for a chance to hold and spray the […]

Beware of the sheep who’s all wolf underneath

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Managing Editor It started with a teddy bear and ended in a pair of handcuffs. The teddy bear was plush and fuzzy with a heart-shaped orange nose. The handcuffs were probably silver. Maybe I should start at the start. I met a guy who, at first glance, did not seem my […]

Getting back into the swim of things

By Helena Rodriguez Never too late to get back in swim of things I love water and I’m having a big splash this summer getting back into the swim of things. Water is one of my greatest weaknesses. I dream of water, in some form or another, almost every night. I read that water represents […]

House native never strays from job

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By Marlena Hartz CLOVIS — A complete living room set, with patterned pillows placed across a coordinating couch, graces the entrance of Roden-Smith Village. The cozy setting is enhanced by Cleo Mullis, an 80-year-old associate who approaches her work like a grandmother approaches homemaking, fussing over shelves, dusting and rearranging, and greeting customers like old […]