Turnouts steady for retailers

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Several residents took advantage of the sales Thursday night at K-mart retail store in Tucumcari.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Black Friday turnouts have been steady, showing an increased effort by the community to buy locally, said local retail store managers. “We have had a steady crowd since the three days of sales began Thursday night,” said Caesar Martinez, K-Mart store manager. Martinez said the items being purchased by […]

Generosity makes holiday happen

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Ministry of Hope Director Doyle Fraiser, center, lets people know they have a choice of turkey or ham in their Thanksgiving meals. The MOH gave 130 meals to local families.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The generosity of local agencies helps those in need have a happy Thanksgiving. The Ministry of Hope along with the Salvation Army and donations from local organizations helped provide a holiday meal for 130 local families. “This would not have been possible without the help of so many generous […]

Tucumcari teams sweep Floyd

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Tucumcari Lady Rattler Alyssa Martinez shoots the lay-up during Tuesday’s 72-13 routing of Floyd at the Snake Pit.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers and Lady Rattlers swept Floyd in their home openers Tuesday at the Snake Pit. The Lady Rattlers’ game was never in doubt, as they forced 38 turnovers in a 72-13 rout. The boys claimed a 59-49 victory in the nightcap. “I’m proud of our team and […]

Hopes high for Rattlers wrestling

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Tucumcari Rattlers wrestler Antonio Norton Jr., left, takes down Xavier Garcia during Wednesday’s practice.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The outlook for this season is high for both coach and the athletes of the Tucumcari Rattlers varsity wrestling team. “I have high expectations for the team this year, but my expectations don’t matter,” said coach Eddie Encinias. “The only thing that matters is how hard they are willing […]

Ministry thankful for donations

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Tucumcari Middle School FCCLA students Stephen Salas, Felicity Lopez, Dominick Jasper and Reece Goldston prepare to load donations for a Thanksgiving food drive.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Despite a decline in canned and dry food donations from the Tucumcari Middle School, the Ministry of Hope and the community are thankful for all of the student efforts, said Doyle Fraiser, MOH director. This year the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s canned food drive brought in […]

Basketball season starts

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Tucumcari’s Ashley Shipley dribbles along the baseline during Thursday’s Purple and Gold Scrimmage at the Snake Pit.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers and Lady Rattlers started the 3A basketball season Tuesday against Floyd at the Snake Pit. “We’ve been concentrating on being ready to play against Floyd,” said John Span, Rattlers head coach. “The boys know they need to be ready to play come Tuesday.” Span said the […]

12 schools attend wrestling tourney

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Tucumcari’s Jasmine Weeks locks up with Justin Graves of Los Lunas during a 120-pound consolation match.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer More than 240 middle school wrestlers from New Mexico and Texas got some much-needed mat time with strong competition during Saturday’s Rattler wrestling tournament at the Snake Pit. “The turnout for this year’s tournament was phenomenal,” said Tim Clark, TMS wrestling coach. Clark said 12 schools attended the tournament, […]

VFW hosts Veterans Day celebration

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Veterans and their families gathered Saturday at the Veterans Park in Tucumcari to celebrate Veterans Day.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer More than 20 veterans and residents attended Friday’s Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Park in Tucumcari. “We have Veterans Day to help and honor those who fought in wars for us,” said Riley Knapp, granddaughter of a veteran. Eight-year-old Knapp was attending the ceremony with her grandfather Ronnie Knapp, […]

Young hero honored for saving family

                  By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A San Jon student was honored Friday before the entire student body for an act of heroism that saved his family from a house fire. Gage Block, 12, was presented an award by the Quay County Sheriff’s Office for waking […]

Lady Rattlers miss state

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                  By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Lady Rattlers volleyball team missed qualifying for the 3A state tournament while the Logan Lady Longhorns now prepare for 2A state tournament pool play Thursday at Rio Rancho. The Lady Rattlers finished the season at 13-8, 3-5 in […]