9/3 Quay personality

Who: Loraine Otero Tucumcari native and Quay County financial clerk who was just honored with a Commitment of Excellence award from Quay County commissioners. Claim to fame: With 30 years of banking experience and three years with the county, Otero said she’s learned to handle many financial challenges. Her job as office manager is overseeing […]

Gas prices soaring higher

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS The pinch of soaring gas prices is leaving its mark in Quay County. Tucumcari police reports indicated four separate gas skips last weekend. Quay County commissioners are in the process of reviewing their county vehicle policy to see how fuel can be conserved. On Wednesday, a gallon of premium unleaded at […]

Rider from the storm

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS On Sunday, Marv Baldwin said he woke up in Biloxi, Miss., with 30-foot windows facing the ocean — and stern orders to evacuate. On Thursday, he woke up in Tucumcari. Yes, he recalls the string of events that led him to this town after a year and a half of living […]

9/3 School menus

House Monday: Labor Day; no school. Tuesday: Breakfast — Cold cereal, cereal bars, milk, juice; Lunch — A variety of deli meats for sandwiches, salad bar, fruits, milk. Wednesday: Breakfast — Cold cereal, cereal bars, milk, juice; Lunch — A variety of deli meats for sandwiches, salad bar, fruits, milk. Thursday: Breakfast — Cold cereal, […]

9/3 Senior citizen menu

Tucumcari/Logan/House Monday: Labor Day; no meal served. Tuesday: Burrito, lettuce, tomato, onion, salsa, cheese sauce, pinto beans, green chilies, gelatin, apricots, milk. Wednesday: Barbecued beans and wieners, coleslaw, whole wheat bread, margarine, pineapple upside down cake, milk. Thursday: Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, buttered peas, biscuit, margarine, peach cobbler, milk. Friday: Green chili cheeseburger, […]

Ministry changes its name, not services

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS staff Tucumcari’s neighborhood ministry, La Casa de la Hope, is changing its name. But it’s not changing its methods or its penchant for serving the community, Vice President Mary Ann Garrett said. Newly dubbed The Ministry of Hope, the only thing different at its South First Street location is a new […]

Wind center proposed

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS staff A new program is blowing in the wind for Mesalands Community College and it has already gathered support throughout the state. The North American Wind Research and Training Center (NAWRTC) initiative would gear the next generation toward efficient energy production by making electricity through wind power, said Mesalands President Phillip […]

Senior olympics

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS staff Betty Bason’s got a gun — and she sure knows how to use it. So said the folks at the 2005 New Mexico Senior Olympic State Games when they handed her the gold medal in the rifle standing category earlier this month in Albuquerque. Bason, 72, beat out seniors from […]

Making life bear-able

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS staff What’s cute and cuddly and rides in a cop car? Although some may be tempted to name their favorite officer, the answer that’s sought is a teddy bear — specifically, the more than 100 bears hand-crafted and sewn by Tucumcari’s Quay-Z Quilters and donated to city and state police during […]

Tattooed in Tucumcari

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS staff While many tattoos come about for symbolic, artistic or even absurd reasons, two Tucumcari artists said they entered the tattoo world for love. Actually, they did not get their first inking for love, but learned their craft because of it. Here are their stories. Outlaw tattoo Robert Alarcon said his […]