Muddy vehicles point of pride

Through the years, we have noted various status symbols among our farming and ranching citizens. The best horses, the heaviest cattle, the biggest tractor, the fanciest truck, and the list goes on. At the moment, the main symbol seems to be having the muddiest vehicle. Just watching the people as they compare their vehicles is […]

Congress at fault for horses’ poor welfare

The road to increased horse abandonment and abuse is paved with good intentions. The U.S. Government Accountability Office has recently finished its report on the current status of horse welfare in the U.S. titled “Action Needed to Address Unintended Consequences from Cessation of Domestic Slaughter.” The GAO is the equivalent of the person who inspects […]

Most NM schools fail to meet AYP status

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State officials say New Mexico students have improved their performance in math, reading and science during the past six years, but about three-fourths of schools missed this year’s goals for boosting student achievement. Grady, Logan, Melrose, San Jon and Texico schools did meet AYP status, state officials said. Clovis, Portales, […]

Health care law still under attack

The recently passed health reform law is still being attacked by those wanting to retain the status quo. This attack is conducted by misrepresenting the content of the law, its costs and who will pay for it. What we don’t hear from conservatives is why it was needed in the first place. Here are some […]

Campground owners’ turnaround recognized by Mesalands

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By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun Two local business owners attribute their turnaround status to staff at Mesalands Community College’s Small Business Development Center. Lane and Cindy Lewis’ KOA Campground was recently honored at the state Capitol as the year’s outstanding SBDC client at Mesalands. “I was blown away by how many avenues of help […]

TB testing confined to Curry, Roosevelt

By Argen Duncan Previously, the entire state was under the testing requirement, part of the effects of a downgrade in bovine TB-status after an infected cow was discovered in Curry County last year. Now, the testing requirement is confined to Curry and Roosevelt counties. “It will still present challenges for us here in these two […]

Delegation urges USDA to expedite ‘split-state’ status

By QCS Staff New Mexico’s Congressional delegation is urging the Bush administration to expedite an approval of New Mexico’s application for “split-state” status for bovine tuberculosis (TB), according to a press release. Ranches and dairies across the state of New Mexico last week were placed under mandatory movement restrictions and testing requirements after a single […]

USDA downgrades New Mexico bovine TB status

Chelle Delaney New Mexico officially lost its bovine tuberculosis free status on Thursday. The action means that certain cattle will have to have more testing for bovine TB before being exported from the state. The USDA downgraded New Mexico to “modified accredited advanced” status for bovine TB. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service […]

Game Commission to review progress on Mexican Wolf

By QCS Staff The state’s Game Commission will consider a recovery plan for two state-endangered rodents, hear status reports on the Mexican wolf reintroduction program and river otter restoration efforts, and open several regulations for prospective revisions during its meeting Friday in Santa Rosa, according to a press release. The meeting will be from 9 […]

Mesalands gains accreditation

Mesalands Community College school officials have received official notice of 10 years of accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, a unit of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which is the body that grants accreditation for colleges, universities and schools in this region. In April, Mesalands underwent a voluntary, comprehensive evaluation visit by […]