Pass the decorations and the salt, please

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS The Nottingham Fair is in town – along with a cast of Disney characters, angels and teddy bears all donned in holiday fare. There’s even indoor ice skating. Of course, it only works if one is about one inch tall, as the ice rink and carnival are among the dozens of […]

Students deck the cookies at High Desert

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari Middle School student Louie Leyva said he never baked anything before in his life, much less Christmas cookies. And neither Leyva nor anyone in his home economics class, now known as family consumer science, had ever taken a couple batches out to decorate with anyone. But Friday found five of […]

12/14 Police blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by the Tucumcari police during the past several days. According to the reports: Saturday At 8:12 a.m., a male reported a burglary on South Third. Police arrived to find electronic equipment taken and put a special watch on the location until further notice. At 9:22 a.m., a […]

Retired woman of the year

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Who: Diana Beck, longtime Tucumcari resident, supporter and caretaker who said she shocked the nation – or at least local residents – when she retired in July. Claims to fame: Too lengthy to include them all, Beck’s latest award came from the Altrusa club as Retired Woman of the Year. In her introduction, the group […]

Parade of lights hits highest wattage yet

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Saturday’s annual Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights contained hours of preparation, dozens of participants and tens of thousands of lights. And what did kids in the crowd say they liked best about the parade? The candy. At least that was the answer from 5-year-olds Sierra Sandoval and Amunique Angel as […]

Phi Theta Kappa more than just a fancy name

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Mesalands Community College students who belong to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society do more than just sit around with a fancy title, said new member Jinnah Bates. She said they go out and actively do things, with activities like their upcoming cancer awareness campaign, and the goal of developing leadership […]

Country rocks plant world

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari High School senior Nikki Harman found southwestern folks aren’t the only ones who thrive on country music. Plants like it, too, she said, as her award-winning science experiment found bushy bean plants subjected to the twangy tunes grew better than those that listened to other types of music. Harman’s other […]

Conchas club’s holidays full of activity, excitement

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Local shoppers, businesses and residents aren’t the only ones feeling the frenzy of the holidays, said Conchas Extension Club’s Carol Berryhill. In fact, she said their club is busier than ever – but more excited than overwhelmed. “Christmas is just around the corner and a lot needs to be done before […]

Goofy gifts galore

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS The holiday countdown is on. Not for the lighting of New Mexico’s tree that made it to Washington, D.C. (that already happened). Not for the number of hours left before those pesky New Year’s resolutions kick in. But for the number of shopping days until Christmas. Some folks may already have […]

Year in review: May 2005

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By Ryn Gargulinski In honor of another 12 months gone by, QCS is compiling a year in review to be published in installments. May 2005 was rife with the following news. May 1: Despite the cooler than usual spring temperatures, County Extension Agent Pete Walden said it was time to start planting and offered some […]