Xeriscape gardening saves water

Tom Dominguez All over Quay County and the eastern New Mexico plains, green lawns and gardens have been replaced with brown, yellow and crunchy plant material. As we enter one of the driest times with higher water costs as well as limited supplies, it’s time to rethink our efforts in keeping a lush lawn. A [...]

Sodas prove difficult to resist

Russell Anglin The bubbliness … the fizziness … and who could forget the oh-so-sweet sweetness coupled with that sugary, caffeinated rush? My lifelong struggle with soda addiction comes screeching back to square one every so often when I consider its incomparable taste and disregard the consequences to my health and well being. Most of the [...]

Mascots may determine bracket

Russell Anglin Well, I guess it’s that time again. The coming weeks will bring NCAA March Madness action to our local homes, offices and bars. For the past 21 years of my life, this event has had about as much significance to my world as my morning nose-blowing ritual. But year 22 is different. Freedom [...]

Local experts weigh in on holiday eating

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Thomas Garcia As the holidays approach we know all too well the lingering thought of eating too much and gaining weight. With the holidays comes a family feast which includes main courses such as turkey, ham, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, and let’s not forget those devilish desserts. With this in mind, we should remember there [...]

I can forecast weather well

Karl Terry Weather prognosticators — they’re a dime a dozen. I predict many of them will be all wet. We’ve all got our favorite TV weather person. We choose them for their banter or their graphics or the way they dress, but chances are they usually don’t predict the weather worth a hoot. They all [...]

Melrose mayor: Robbery handled well

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico For a village without a police department, Melrose’s mayor said things went considerably well after Monday’s bank robbery. When a robbery at American Heritage Bank was reported just after 9 a.m., a sheriff’s deputy in the area responded immediately, Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Tuesday. The deputy pursued [...]

Two freshmen compete for Mesalands

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Special to the QCS The Mesalands Community College Rodeo Team was well represented at the 2009 College National Finals Rodeo held in Casper, Wyo., June 14-20.

Bipartisanship good beginning for new president

Freedom New Mexico It is an exciting and historic development for an African American to be elected president of the United States. People still alive can remember when racial segregation was enforced by law in some states. Racial discrimination has not been completely erased and pockets of bigotry remain in this country. For a country [...]

Three cheers for cow dogs

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Well-trained cow dogs are probably the most valuable “hands” on a ranch. When I was young, our family had a black English Shepherd called Oso (bear in Spanish).

Factors to consider for proper water management of lawns

By Tom Dominguez, Quay County Extension Are you having problems determining when and how much to water each time you irrigate your lawn? Well, you need to understand that several factors need to be considered to accomplish this task properly. • First, determine the type and depth of your soil. Clay soil will certainly be [...]