School board discusses construction delay

William Thompson School board members questioned an architect and a state-appointed construction supervisor about delays in renovations to school buildings at Monday’s Tucumcari Public Schools Board of Education meeting. Two phases of a four-phase renovation project begun in the summer of 2004 are complete. according to Sonia Raftery, assistant superintendent of schools. “We were frustrated […]

Twenty march to honor King

By William Thompson Paul Bell awoke early Saturday to a cold and foggy morning. But the weather did not dampen his spirits. “Martin Luther King and his marchers had police dogs turned on them and fire hoses turned on them,” Bell said. “I wasn’t going to let a little bit of cold air stop me […]

Four Rattlers named all-stars

By William Thompson Four Tucumcari High School football players were recently named to the Class 1A/2A North All-Star Team. The all-star team is open only to graduating seniors. Players were selected by high school coaches. Chris McCasland was selected as a free safety, Justin Garcia as a center, Matt Braziel as a defensive back and […]

Officials say needle exchange program effective

By William Thompson The New Mexico Department of Public Health’s syringe exchange program is gaining acceptance in Quay County. The program is designed to prevent the spread of blood-borne pathogens, including HIV, by offering intravenous drug users, and anyone who uses needles on a regular basis, proper disposal of dirty needles. Dee Reed, nursing director […]

Lawmakers address local issues

Editor’s note: New Mexico’s 2005 Legislature kicks off a 60-day run on Tuesday and lawmakers are expected to address dozens of issues, from tax cuts to economic development and get-tough laws aimed at drunken drivers. Gov. Bill Richardson is even expected to push a plan for promoting rodeo. That idea is going over well at […]

Children enjoy weekly stories

QCS staff It’s story time again. “It is so much fun,” said Erica Lopez of Tucumcari Public Library, where the children’s activities take place. “All of the library staff take turns at (the weekly) storytellers.” Lopez said story time will be held every Wednesday from Jan. 19 through April 6. It’s open to children from […]

Wrestlers take fifth

QCS staff The Tucumcari High School wrestling team recently finished fifth at a tournament in Albuquerque. Several Tucumcari wrestlers placed well against competition from big schools that included Albuquerque High School, Bernalillo High School and Highland High School. Coach Eddie Encinias said Brian Lopez is undefeated this season and heavyweight Justin Garcia pinned three opponents […]

Lady Rattlers dealt crushing blow

QCS staff The Tucumcari High School girls basketball team suffered its worst loss of the season Thursday, falling to the Vixens of Fort Sumner, 56-15. The Lady Rattlers’ inability to solve Fort Sumner’s full-court press spelled doom early as Tucumcari ball handlers rarely got the ball past mid-court without giving it away. Fort Sumner beat […]

Fort Sumner free throws sink Rattlers

By William Thompson Free throws down the stretch made the difference for the Fort Sumner Foxes as they slipped past Tucumcari, 57-54, on Thursday at Tucumcari High School. It was the third time the teams have met this season. Fort Sumner won the first game, then Tucumcari evened the series in double overtime in December. […]

Communication with Lord still simple

Notes from the Church Lady “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” — Jeremiah 33:3 “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting your care upon him; for he careth for you.” — […]