8/13 Quay Personalities

By Ryn Gargulinski: Quay County Sun Managing Editor Who: Diane Beck Tucumcari resident for 22 years with a long list of community efforts; born and raised in Albuquerque. One claim to fame: This registered nurse helped get the health care license for Helping Hands Hospice, the not-for-profit organization that just had its 10 year anniversary. […]

8/13 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received recently by Tucumcari police. According to the reports: Tuesday • At 2:17 a.m., a female reported a breaking and entering in progress. Police arrived at the Laurel Hills location to find a man peeking in the windows and getting water out of an outside faucet. The subject […]

Quay communities gearing up for county fair.


By Ryn Gargulinski: Quay County Sun Meet Sheila. And Leisha. And Speedy and Jumper and Skittles and M&M. The grand array of goats and sheep are all among headliners at the Quay County Fair. The annual extravaganza, which opens with carnival rides on Wednesday, offers other livestock, arts, crafts and exhibit booths — not to […]

Official: Turnover rate would drop with increased benefits, pay.


By Ryn Gargulinski: Quay County Sun Costs associated with the Quay County Detention Center are five times higher than in 2000 — from $295,000 to $1.4 million. In hopes of controlling some of those costs, county commissioners invited Bruce Swingle of the New Mexico County Insurance Authority to a Monday workshop. Detention Center Administrator Anthony […]

Former Rattlers were able to mix, reminisce through golfing, barbecue and dancing.


By Martha Frost: QCS staff writer Tucumcari would have been hard pressed to find an unhappy Rattler this weekend when the 2005 Rattler Reunion came to town. Kicking off on Thursday night, the three-day gala affair was in its 35th year with more than 500 folks in town just to celebrate their high school memories. […]

8/10 Community Notes

Udall Tucumcari office hours Tucumcari residents with something to say to U.S. Representative Tom Udall, D-NM, will get a chance this morning when staff member Pete Wells holds constituent office hours at Tucumcari City Hall, 215 E. Center Street, today from 9 to 10 a.m. Thank God It’s Friday The Thank God It’s Friday (TGIF) […]

8/10 Regional Roundup

New voter registration rule As of Aug. 16, third party voter registration can take place in local county clerk offices, thanks to a new rule passed by Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron. Third parties may also still register at the Secretary of State’s office The rule applies to voter registration for statewide primary elections, general […]

Hold your horses: Governor reins in racetrack rhetoric

By Martha Frost: QCS staff writer Minutes before New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson led the Rattler Parade of Classes Saturday in a vintage 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible, he suggested holding back on racetrack rhetoric. “Talk of a track in Tucumcari is premature.” Richardson said. “We’ll wait for about a year to see the economic impact […]

Tucumcari attracts all kinds (of travelers, that is)


By Ryn Gargulinski: Quay County Sun Not everyone who rambles across the country along Route 66 does so in their car. Sure, there are always several motorcycles out there — but two men in recent days went one step further, one of them literally. Here are their stories: Bicycle man Eric High was coming from […]

Tucumcari woman’s dream comes true with hospice


By Ryn Gargulinski: Quay County Sun The dream of longtime Tucumcari native Earlene Klaverweiden was to open a hospice in town. Although she died four months ago, she was around to witness that dream — as did more than 100 others who showed up for the 10th anniversary celebration of the Helping Hands Hospice on […]