Prevention still best medicine during flu season

It’s officially spring, but one of winter’s unpleasant features remains with us: It’s still flu season. The New Mexico Department of Health advises that influenza B is still making the rounds, but that influenza A, the predominant form, is still actively circulating, too. Strains don’t matter to the sufferer.  Flu is flu. It’s miserable and […]

California: Place to call home, no place to live

My wife and I went to California last week. Between us, we wanted to accomplish three things, and we got to them all. The first, for me, was a visit with two former coworkers, both of whom are now retired. We remembered the good and bad old days in the maze of corporate cubicles. We […]

Tourism key to bringing in the money

By Robert Arrowsmith CMI Publisher Lately, in an attempt to clear the mind for the night, I have been playing different games on my iPad. Getting involved in enough things and having enough debates, believe it or not, can be tiring. I know I can be strong willed, and I know I can be vocal […]

View Point—Proposed law would help protect rights

While New Mexico legislators wasted tax funds on pointless bickering for 60 days instead of legislating for the most part, they did pass one bill unanimously that actually enhances personal rights and liberties. That was a bill that stops police from taking a person’s property or other assets before that person has been convicted of […]

View Point—Even regents’ seats are now contentious

Even learning is political these days. Remember when members of a university’s board of regents were supposed to approve budgets, hire (and fire) university presidents and lobby lawmakers and private donors for money? Remember when the people appointed to those jobs were supposed to maybe know a little something about education, or know about managing […]

Cupola helps artists, disappoints viewers

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Peachy Keen represented new technology for the 17th Annual Mesalands Community College Iron Pour last week. Peachy Keen, a 9-foot-tall cupola, or melting furnace, came to Tucumcari with its owner Donnie Keen, from Houston. This apparatus, Keen said, can melt a small engine block in one piece and produce […]

Active tourists could influence others

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Tourism in Tucumcari has been on the minds of many these days. I attended a meeting of the tourism-minded in Tucumcari City Commission chambers Monday evening and heard many ideas on how Tucumcari can parlay its heritage and surroundings to lure more drivers off Interstate 40 and U.S. 54 […]

Robert: Arrowsmith: PARCC testing controversy is overblown

By Robert Arrowsmith CMI Publisher And so the hot topic last week was the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing that was going on in school districts. Hundreds of protests, many kids being opted out by their parents, etc., etc. Several times I heard that if you don’t pass the […]

View Point— March 11: Measure to end clock switching welcome change

We may never get back that hour of sleep we lost over the weekend to usher in daylight saving time if a bill making its way through the New Mexico legislative process is approved. It will be a small sacrifice, however, if it means we don’t have to flip-flop our clocks twice a year for […]

View Point: Time-wasting bills crop up regularly

In every legislative session you can count on two kinds of time-wasting bills — those that make things illegal that are already crimes and those that address legislators’ personal pet peeves. There are at least two examples of the first kind of bill before the New Mexico Legislature. One would make child prostitution a felony, […]