City school snags $26,000 arts grant

By Ryan Lengerich Tucumcari public schools received more than $26,000 in grants from the New Mexico State Department of Education on Aug. 13 to benefit elementary arts education for the upcoming school year. The grant was part of the Supplemental General Appropriations Act of 2003 in which elementary art, music, theater and dance education were […]

State economic leader impresses Tucumcari officials

By Ryan Lengerich New Mexico Secretary of Economic Development Rick Homans won the support of many Tucumcari officials Thursday when he toured the city and voiced his commitment to education in a speech to the Rotary Club. Homans opened his morning at the convention center where he talked with a crowd he estimated at 30 […]

Helen Dunn served community for more than 50 years

By Angela Peacock An out going, humorous woman who knew the meaning of true friendship is how Lynn Moncus will always remember her close friend Helen Dunn. For more than 50 years Dunn served the citizens of Tucumcari. She started out as a fourth grade school teacher and then worked an estimated 40 years at […]

Scrimmage a ‘Wake up call’ before season begins

By Ryan Lengerich The Rattlers have their final tuneup Friday against St. Michael’s before their quest for back-to-back championships officially begins. The scrimmage against the defending AAA district champions will be held at Salvador Parez Park in Santa Fe beginning at 4:00 p.m. with the junior varsity. Rattler’s head coach Dub Smith said this scrimmage […]

Gomicinda Montano spent 17 years serving poor

By Ryan Lengerich Gomicinda Montano was a nomad. The Tucumcari woman loved to travel and enjoyed being around people, family members said. It was her affinity for travel that took her and boyfriend Telfilo “Toby” Salas to Pueblo, Colo. last weekend, said Ben Montano, her son. Montano, 71, and Salas, 74, were killed in a […]

Two county schools under new leadership

By Angela Peacock Going the extra step to ensure students are developing the skills they need to function in every day life is the main goal for two new superintendents at House and San Jon schools. Art Brokenbek, House superintendent and Joel Henry, San Jon superintendent believe education doesn’t just happen in the classroom. They […]

“Blaster” invades city

By Ryan Lengerich Unfortunately, business has been booming this week for the Tucumcari technology company ShipleySystems LLC. Since Tuesday the company received a barrage of calls from concerned customers with computers infected by the “Blaster” virus that has debilitated personal computers and business systems worldwide. Ed Shipley, co-owner of the family run business said he […]

County fair, a way of life

Angela Peacock While some children enjoy sleeping late with no major responsibilities during their summer vacation, that’s not the case for Chase Runyan who has been to participating in annual livestock competitions at the county fair since she learned to walk. Showing and judging livestock has been a tradition in the Runyan family for at […]

Defending champs reload

By Ryan Lengerich If the game’s third play at Friday nights annual Purple and Gold Scrimmage is an indication of what to expect from Rattlers this season — back to back championships could be a possibility. Junior quarterback Chris McCasland took a draw play 60 yards for the first touchdown of the scrimmage before a […]

True purple pride

By Ryan Lengerich While the defending state champions were still tossing on shoulder pads and pacing past lockers, high in the home side bleachers four women waited impatiently. Tucumcari football was minutes from a new beginning. In the top row, left of the press box 20 minutes prior to the teams annual Purple and Gold […]