Old clips recall hand-model memories

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist One thing readers of this column would probably be surprised to know about me is that I was once a hand model. That’s right, my stubby and formerly ink-stained digits were featured prominently in a publication of national significance. I hadn’t thought about it in years until I was going […]

Day ruling right

The outrage and frustration from family members is understandable. Tony Day is accused of killing two innocent people and the maximum punishment he will receive under the law is nominal by comparison. But Tucumcari District Judge Albert Mitchell acted responsibly and humanely with his ruling last week that Day should be sentenced as a juvenile. […]

Jack is still hopping around our prairies

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist Jack is back. Or maybe he’s just been laying low. Until recently I was concerned that the black-tailed jackrabbits that inhabit our desert prairies were suffering a fate similar to the sand dunes lizard and the prairie chicken.  But recent encounters with the long-eared hare prove otherwise. Anyone who grew […]

Songs from old hymnal get better with time

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist I have a ragged songbook in the bookshelf next to my computer at home that has a first copyright three years before I was born. Anything between my birth date and the days Christ walked the Earth is pretty old, and we’ll just leave it at “this is a pretty […]

Yard work an exercise in futility; should I rent a cow?

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor For a guy who hates yard work, I always seem to end up with the biggest yard in the block, and by the time I’m done trying, dreading, then giving up on yard work, my yard becomes a monument to failed intentions. Currently my lawn is threadbare, but the […]

Lynn Moncus was hard but believed in her students

By Anne E. Foland Roseburg, Oregon (Editor’s note: Lynn Moncus, 79, a beloved former teacher and Quay County historian, died June 23.) I recently learned of the passing of Lynn Moncus and wished to express my condolences to the residents of Quay County.  I know she was beloved and she will be missed. I met […]

The ‘tail’ of two kitties and the adventures to come

By Thomas Garcia QCS Columnist Well,  I’ve got two new additions to my household, two male cats named Toby and Brownie. I named the first cat Toby because my mom asked me to name him Toby, only now she says it was more like a suggestion than a request. Toby is part Siamese and, as […]

Tucumcari and Barstow, Calif., are similar yet different

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor I don’t think I’ve seen a normal rainfall year in Tucumcari until this summer. I’ve seen a few downpours, hailstorms and just enough snow to remind me I don’t live in Southern California any more.  Yes, California was warmer, but in Tucumcari I can breathe.  In California we didn’t […]

Sharing stories and honoring the woman who voiced the canyons

By Thomas Garcia QCS Columnist It has been three weeks but I wanted to share some of what I heard while attending the funeral of Lynn Moncus and my thoughts and experiences in getting to know her. Family and friends gathered on June 27 at Dunn’s Memorial Chapel in Tucumcari to pay their final respects […]

Letter to the Editor

By Leon Logan Letter to the Editor   Conservative math problems Lately the Republicans have been irate about some missing emails from Lois Lerner’s computer at the IRS. The only thing they have uncovered for Fox News is that IRS’ backup system is about par with most systems in government due to lack of funds. The conservatives […]