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By Keith Hayes I was transplanted to Tucumcari via Swickly, Penn., Fort Bragg, N.C., Morgantown, La., and Miles, Texas. I was born in 1942 and my dad was in the military until we settled here in 1947. I attended the Tucumcari schools for 12 years. I went to first grade at Central School, which now […]

At your service

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By Clara Rey: Tucumcari city secretary Water bills are due and payable the first of each month, with a $10 late charge penalty if payment is not received by the 21st. If water service is disconnected, there will be an additional $25 fee to reconnect during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. […]

Tucumcari history teacher nabs long-awaited honors

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari High School history instructor Michael Russell likens himself to actress Susan Lucci. Not because he’s starred in soap operas or even teaches acting, but because he’s been up for Teacher of the Year honors for about a decade and never nabbed the title, not unlike Lucci with her daytime Emmy […]

Tucumcari man left legacy of honesty — and knives, son said

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Mike Sasser said his father, Jim “Sonny” Sasser, could be summed up in three ways — honest, straightforward and rough around the edges. But that barely scratches the surface, for Jim Sasser, who died on Jan. 3 at the age of 70, was also an expert knife maker. With a shop […]

Art center coming to Tucumcari

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Soon, Quay County artists won’t have to travel to exhibit in a gallery, rent studio space, be counseled in business and marketing advice or even share a cup of coffee with fellow creators. An entire art center — with café — is coming to Tucumcari. “Other communities have turned themselves into […]

2/1 Police blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by the Tucumcari police during the past several days. According to the reports: Friday • At 7:05 a.m., vandalism was reported at a local shop. Police on the scene found a window had been shot out. • At 11:30 a.m., an unknown female called to report disorderly […]

2/1 Notable notes

Tax help available Low-income people can get TAXHELP now through April 17 from a program offered by Eastern Plains Community Action Agency, according to a release from the organization. TAXHELP is available from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the release said, asking people bring their […]

Jailed for a good cause

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Several Quay County business people spent part of Thursday behind bars. They weren’t guilty of any seedy or illegal practices, however — they were raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Inc. (MDA). K-Bob’s Steakhouse was the scene of the “lockup” where 17 local business members donated one hour each to […]

College offers summer Spanish in Mexico

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Hola! If that seems to be the extent of your Spanish but there’s a desire to learn more, this summer offers an opportunity to learn the language — and test it on native speakers in Mexico. A two-week immersion course, worth up to six college credits, is being offered by Mesalands […]

1/28 Police blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by the Tucumcari police during the past several days. According to the reports: Monday • At 5:05 p.m., an unknown male reported a viscious dog attempting to get into his fence on South Fourth. The man said it was a pitbull who, after failing to break down […]