Year in review: November, December 2005

By Ryn Gargulinski

In honor of another 12 months gone by, QCS is compiling a year in review to be published in installments.
To round out 2005, November and December contained the following news.

Nov. 1: This month meant the end of Quay’s juvenile detention center and the beginning of sending the young offenders to Clovis or Texas.
Nov. 1: National Diabetes Month kicked off with a skills workshop by the Quay County Extension Service.
Nov. 2: Tucumcari’s Jean McCluer was all dolled up with a front page feature on her 1,000-plus room full of Barbie dolls.
Nov. 3: Logan First Baptist Church celebrated 100 years of memories on its centennial anniversary.
Nov. 5: Tucumcari’s two-day annual C.R.A.F.T. Arts and Craft Show chocked the exhibit hall full of everything from handmade shirts to finger puppets.
Nov. 6: The Old Farmer’s Almanac weather folklore said “If there be ice in November that will bear a duck, there will be nothing thereafter, but sleet and muck.”
Nov. 7: The Tucumcari High School Science Club recently received a generous donation of $1,000 from the Elks Club bingo committee. The money was slated to be spent on College Book Scholarships for graduating science club members.
Nov. 8: California-born Chuck Johnson passed through town with a giant, white cross on one of his many treks across the nation.
Nov. 8: The United Way auction at Wells Fargo bank raised a total of $5,471, up more than $300 from last year, according to United Way Secretary Pat Sparks.
Nov. 11: Veterans Day was marked with a downtown celebration and flags placed on graves at Tucumcari’s cemetery.
Nov. 12: Football Rattlers were roaring for the title showdown after crushing Lordsburg 19-6 and moving on to the state-championship game against Hatch Valley.
Nov. 12: Quay County folks were girding up for cold weather with winterizing supplies. Tucumcari Ranch Supply owner Jimmy Watson asked folks not to forget a heater for the dog house.
Nov. 13: The Enhanced 911 was in its first steps of being installed at the Tucumcari Police Department, allowing all calls to be quickly traced to specific locations.
Nov. 14: A new book on the shelf at Tucumcari’s Public Library was former M.A.S.H. star Alan Alda’s Never Have Your Dog Stuffed.
Nov. 15: A Quay County critter was a roadrunner named Rocky who paid a daily visit to Sharon Cardwell at her Timeless Treasures store.
Nov. 16: Tucumcari seventh grade cheerleaders Meagan Cohagen, Rhea Jaynes and Lorri Harmon were slated to perform in the televised Houston Thanksgiving Parade as part of the Universal Cheerleaders Association All-Star Cheerleaders.
Nov. 17: Reports said San Jon students raised more than $11,000 in the previous month’s carnival, culminating all their hard work with the crowning of carnival royalty.
Nov. 19: After a fantastic season, according to Coach Dub Smith, the Rattlers fell to Hatch Valley in the state-championship game.
Nov. 19: Helping Hands Hospice held their annual Enchilada Dinner, complete with carry-outs available for folks on the go.
Nov. 20: Word was out an art incubator was coming to Tucumcari to hone area artists in business skills and perhaps renown the town and its artists to those of Taos.
Nov. 21: Callie Frost, age 3, was recovering well nearing her first year anniversary of the accident in which she was severely burned.
Nov. 25: Thanksgiving.
Nov. 26: Tucumcari Historical Museum’s Bruce Nutt graced QCS pages with a guest editorial about the museum.
Nov. 27: It was time to apply to be a part of the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Parade of Lights.
Nov. 28: Cyclists were raising toys for tots in their first annual food and toy drive; the organization in question was the American Legion Motorcycle Assoc. chapter of Fitzsimmons Legion Post No. 19.
Nov. 30: Readers were warned about winter dangers concerning the silent killer Carbon Monoxide.
Dec. 1: Tucumcari Historical Museum held its annual Christmas lighting, with displays ranging from cowboys to dragons.
Dec. 2: Rattler basketball players hooped it up when they came from behind for a 58-55 victory over West Las Vegas.
Dec. 2: Special meth lab spotting classes were offered at the Tucumcari Fire Dept. by traveling instructor Lt. Frank Musitano from the New Mexico State Police.
Dec. 3: Tucumcari students who are part of the Business Professionals of America put together a toy, clothing, coat and food drive to run through Dec. 16.
Dec. 5: Tucumcari Public Schools held an open forum regarding the revision of the high school’s student drug policy, with a full revision was expected by January.
Dec. 6: Del’s Restaurant was decked for the holidays, complete with angels, teddy bears, a cast of Disney characters and a miniature village. Diner Jeanne Smith said, “It tells me what I still have to do (to decorate) at home.”
Dec. 7: Front page news included the word of a canine cop coming to Quay for sniffing out criminals with drugs.
Dec. 8: New Mexico’s “gift to the nation,” an 80-foot Christmas tree from Santa Fe National Forest, made it safely to Washington, D.C., where it was lit for the first time.
Dec. 9: Tucumcari Middle School kids visited High Desert Family Services to share the joy of decorating – and eating – holiday cookies.
Dec. 9: Mariachi Tenampa and Balla, Balla dancers were back on a Tucumcari stage for their second annual Fiesta Navidad at THS auditorium.
Dec. 10: The annual Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights blazed through town with everything from Rudolph the red-bulbed reindeer to a lit up Port-o-John.
Dec. 10: The dog who greets customers at Route 66’s TeePee Curio was featured as Quay County critter.
Dec. 10: Holiday shopping time was in full swing, with a host of goofy gifts explored from Tucumcari stores, including an alien skull and a lamp made entirely of goat hide.
Dec. 11: The Tucumcari Science Fair offered lots of experiments – and lots of honors, like Nikki Harman’s first place project that proved plants thrive on country music.
Dec. 14: Water money flowed into town in the form of grants and loans totaling more than $900,000 to fix up the waterlines beneath the First Street construction project.
Dec. 15: Quay County commissioners gave the stamp of approval for Ute Lake Ranch, a multimillion dollar project officials say will boost the economy and may the shot in the arm Tucumcari needs.
Dec. 17: The lady who decorates an evergreen tree each year randomly on Highway 209 was at it again, as pointed out in columnist’s Lynn Moncus’ piece.
Dec. 17: Tourists and residents alike were on the wagon – the wagon mural tour, that is, a first-time, horse-drawn event sponsored by the Quay County Tourism Council and attended by about 85 eager viewers.
Dec. 18: San Jon held its annual Festival of Trees, complete with a sweet shop, decorated tree viewing and a student program.
Dec. 19: Tucumcari’s Cactus Motor Lodge made the list of historic properties much to the glee of owner Andy Patel who said he had written letters to the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee for years. “There’s a lot of history here,” Patel said.
Dec. 20: Gingerbread was the lesson for some Tucumcari Elementary School students who participated in the annual Kindergarten Gingerbread Bake.
Dec. 21: Folks were warned of holiday hazards – like falling while decorating and the more than 10,000 fires that erupt each year because of candles.
Dec. 24: A litter of Labs were the featured critters, born on Thanksgiving, which doubles as owner Norma Romero’s birthday.
Dec. 25: Christmas.
Dec. 26: Word got out that Quay’s own Pete Walden, county agent for nearly three years, nabbed the New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts Outstanding Conservationist Award. The humble man said he was just doing his job.
Dec. 28: The Rose Bowl caravan of classic cars dined at the convention center at their lunchtime send-off to the Pasadena parade.
Dec. 28: Common cold misconceptions were thrown out the window, like one gets a cold from not wearing a jacket or going outside with wet hair.
Dec. 29: The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life was set to debut in Quay in the spring, with a Relay Rally scheduled for January.
Dec. 31: New Year’s resolution time for residents was underway, with several locals sharing their own; they included quitting smoking, eating healthier and making more money.