Rite of passage: the busted wing

Landon Hall For my 5-year-old daughter, a broken arm actually has been a positive learning experience. She’s learned that her body isn’t invincible — and yet it’s not fragile, either. She’s learned how the body works, and how it heals. On Aug. 2, she fell while playing hide-and-seek with the neighbor kids, smacking her elbow […]

Air show will fill skies with thrills

By Chris Schmaedeke, QCS managing editor The skies above Tucumcari will be filled with excitement on Oct. 7. The 17th annual Tucumcari Rotary Club Air Show comes to the Tucumcari Airport with a full slate of performances and acts. The gates will open at 10 a.m. The main attraction will be the Canadian Air Force […]

Skies will be filled with thrills

By Chris Schmaedeke, QCS managing editor The skies above Tucumcari will be filled with excitement on Oct. 7. The 17th annual Tucumcari Rotary Club Air Show comes to the Tucumcari Airport with a full slate of performances and acts. The gates will open at 10 a.m. The main attraction will be the Canadian Air Force […]

Ceremony ushers in new Cannon mission

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Hand over hand, four white gloves methodically traveled over a wooden flag pole, exchanging the old 27th Fighter Wing colors for the new 27th Special Operations Wing flag. Performed by the 27th Fighter Wing Honor Guard, the flag ceremony signified the official change of […]

Plane crashes near I-40

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By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun A single-engine plane crashed early Friday afternoon in a field six miles east of Tucumcari, New Mexico State Police said. The pilot and one passenger, both from Yuma, Ariz., were taken to Trigg Memorial Hospital with injuries, Police Lt. Cleo Baker said. Officials were notified of the crash at […]

Base transition under way

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base’s mission transition to the 16th Special Operations Wing has already begun, according to base commander Col. Scott West. West, who has served as the 27th Fighter Wing’s commander for eight months, presented an informational slide show to city and county officials during a quarterly joint luncheon […]

For the love of alpacas

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist She was an authentic animal lover. Dee grew up on a western cattle ranch. After she moved away, her suburban neighborhood prevented her from raising cows. “They are so bulky,” she said. But her need to “shepherd” was not satisfied by dogs, cats or even a gerbil. One day she […]