10/8 Quay Personalities

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Who: Abel Cullum This 18-year-old San Jon High School graduate is a fighter known as “The Silent Assassin.” Claim to fame: No, Cullum is not the kind of fighter one finds in a Friday night bar brawl, but a fighter who specializes in MMA, or mixed martial arts, which incorporates a variety of styles from […]

San Jon carnival’s on

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Perhaps it’s hard to forget dressing up as a giant Hershey’s Kiss. But San Jon’s Julie Heddlesten said she recalls it especially well, even though she was only in fourth grade at the time, because it was part of the annual San Jon Carnival Parade and Carnival. This year’s parade will […]

Setpuagenarian gets high school diploma

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By Ryn Gargulinski It may have taken 56 years, two wars and five children for him to do it, but Tucumcari resident Joe Valverde finally got his high school diploma — at age 73. “I made the military my career,” Valverde said, “and I never finished high school.” Although one cannot say he did not […]

Baxter Black peeks into future news

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist Future headline: “Governor calls for mandatory evacuation.” California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, in response to the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and Gulf Coast, has declared the San Andreas Fault line and its tributaries an eminent disaster area of enormous proportions. He is exercising executive privilege and ordering the evacuation […]

10/8 Editorial

It’s not exactly news that President George W. Bush has pursued policies that are far from the ideals of limited, constitutional government that we endorse on the editorial pages. But the president’s performance at his Rose Garden news conference Tuesday was unimpressive even by our rather low expectations. Asked about the potential avian flu pandemic, […]

Death has many flavors, promises

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Managing Editor Dead things surround us: The mosquito squished on the windshield. The tomato that rots in the fridge. This morning’s mouse stuck fast on a glue trap. OK, the mouse was only half-dead and still squirmy. But you get the gist. The dead thing that haunted my boyfriend and I […]

Rattlers win seventh straight

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By Paul Lyons: staff writer In a mere 18 seconds the Tucumcari Rattlers — more specifically Eric Holt — were off and running. Eric Holt dashed 70 yards for a touchdown — his first of four on the night — as Tucumcari beat Dexter 56-18 Friday in front of a homecoming crowd. With its latest […]

4-H offers wide education

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By Ryn Garguilnski: QCS Quay County’s Jordan Runyan, 11, said she never imagined her photographs would be nabbing top honors in the New Mexico State Fair. But then again, she said she never expected to be shooting arrows, either. “In 4-H I learned a whole lot of different hobbies and stuff I really didn’t know […]

Business man known for humor, generosity

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS James Robert “Jim Bob” Hendrickson, 65, died Saturday, but his family said some memories will always stick around to keep them laughing. “He was the biggest little kid I ever met,” said son Todd Hendrickson, who said his father’s antics were on par with his big heart. Todd Hendrickson said travelers […]

Best friends share Homecoming court

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari High School seniors Kevin Garza and McKayla McKinney said they have been best friends for years. Now, in addition to sharing snickers, sodas and secrets, they get a chance to share the glory of being Tucumcari’s Homecoming King and Queen for Friday’s game and parade. In addition to the Rattler […]