12/24 Editorial

The continuing debate over limited oil drilling in the enormous and remote Arctic National Wildlife Refuge spotlights the degree to which the Democratic Party and environmental groups have become obstructionists when it comes to oil and gas development. Democrats and two liberal Republicans in the Senate succeeded Wednesday in stopping a provision that would have […]

Riders of the radio waves

By Martha Frost: QCS staff Duel Paris and Virgil McDonald enjoy being the eyes and voice for the Tucumcari Rattlers football team. “We get the best seat in the house,” said Paris, who has spent 15 years as an announcer for 92.7 KQAY-FM radio, “and we’re glad to do it for the people who can’t […]

Hold your horses: Governor reins in racetrack rhetoric

By Martha Frost: QCS staff writer Minutes before New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson led the Rattler Parade of Classes Saturday in a vintage 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible, he suggested holding back on racetrack rhetoric. “Talk of a track in Tucumcari is premature.” Richardson said. “We’ll wait for about a year to see the economic impact […]

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 […]

‘Grade A’ students honored

It was a night when Tucumcari school officials honored the “cream of the crop” of middle school and high school students. Parents were on hand as well Friday evening at the Holiday Inn for a banquet in honor of 13 middle school and high school students who made all A’s for the first three nine […]

Grad school should be simple as preschool

By Helena Rodriguez: FreedomColumnist My 3-year-old niece Marissa wants to bypass Head Start and go straight to graduate school. Unlike her mom, Julie, who marched into the principal’s office in Head Start at age 4 and announced she was quitting school, Marissa simply wants to jump ahead. Marissa is in training right now — potty […]

Kids today do not know meaning of work

By Baxter Black: On the Edge of Common Sense Yes, Virginia, things have changed. A 20-something couple I know has occasionally sought my counsel. They are married, both animal science graduates and still seeking direction.  He is a typical ag boy: strong, honest, with a good work ethic and background in purebred cattle. And he can […]

Fears: Stupid is as stupid does

By Leslie Radford: Quay County Sun I love meeting new people and learning about who they are and where they come from. That could be the very reason I chose this profession. I’m always up for a chat about me, as well. I grew up as redneck as a person can get. But I can’t […]

Cielo behavior after turbine fire unneighborly

When a wind turbine caught fire Sunday on the Caprock southeast of Tucumcari, volunteer firefighters rushed to put it out. Now officials with Cielo Wind Power Inc. seem to be threatening legal action against one of those volunteers if he distributes pictures of what he saw. Nice neighbors, huh? Richard Flint of San Jon said […]

New commish to begin

TV Hagenah Two newly elected officials who had not served in the positions before they were elected were sworn into their positions Monday afternoon. One of the two, new Quay County Clerk Ellen White ran unopposed for her seat in November’s elections. New Quay County Commissioner Bill Curry ran against and upset incumbent Jeffrey Lewalling. […]