1/7 Police blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by the Tucumcari police during the past several days. According to the reports: Wednesday • At 8:45 a.m., vandalism was reported at an area restaurant. Police arrived to find a window had been shot out with what appeared to be a BB gun. • At 11:19 a.m., [...]

Tucumcari hospital’s first baby born

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By Ryn Gargulinski When the Tucumcari hospital’s first baby of the new year was born at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Mom said the girl’s screams could be heard as far away as Albuquerque. Well, that’s because the baby’s mother, Stephanie Romero, was on the phone with her own mother and her brother who live there. [...]

Bartender arrested for selling to minor

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By Ryn Gargulinski A Tucumcari bartender was arrested Dec. 29 for selling alcohol to a minor, according to a release from the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. Officials said a female bartender at Tucumcari’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Club not only allowed non-members into the establishment but also sold an alcoholic beverage to a [...]

Morning fire destroys mobile home

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By Ryn Gargulinski A mobile home was severely damaged in a Thursday morning fire at 1002 E. Heman Ave. According to a police report, an unknown male reported the fire at 5:54 a.m. Medics and fire units were dispatched. No one was home at the time, according to Tucumcari Fire Chief Mike Cherry. He said [...]

Community forum focuses on teen troubles

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Teens are notoriously troubled — a fact easily backed by statistics from the Quay County Maternal Child and Community Health Council. A 2003 survey of county high school students reported 32 percent were so sad and hopeless every day for a two-week period it affected their usual behavior. Nineteen percent said [...]

Tucumcari dentist uprooting and moving on — sort of

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari’s Clarence Bernard Fitzner Jr. said it has not been odd for him to get emergency calls in the middle of the night. No, not to put out a fire or deliver a baby, but to alleviate what he deems one of the worst pains people can endure — a toothache. [...]

Early arrival for New Year’s baby

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom newspapers CLOVIS — The Chavarria family wasn’t expecting a new arrival until later in the new year. But on Sunday, the Tucumcari family greeted the new year, as well as their daughter, Angelina. Nicole Chavarria, 26, was scheduled for induced labor on Thursday, but Angelina seemed to have a schedule all [...]

School’s new drug testing includes more students

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari High School students who engage in school-sponsored extracurricular activities just got a new item on their agenda —random drug testing. The school’s Drug Use in School Activities policy has been updated, revised and presented at a recent school board meeting. In addition to athletes, drug testing will now apply to [...]

1/4 Obituaries

Adela Luevanos Services: 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Clovis. Adela I. Luevanos, 71, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005, at her home in Clovis. She was born June 5, 1934, in Newkirk to Juan and Tiofela Aragon. Her family said she was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who married Luis [...]

New year brings new means to serve

By Debra Whittington: QCS columnist I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, for your fellowship in the Gospel from the first day until now; being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you [...]