Morning fire destroys mobile home

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By Ryn Gargulinski A mobile home was severely damaged in a Thursday morning fire at 1002 E. Heman Ave. According to a police report, an unknown male reported the fire at 5:54 a.m. Medics and fire units were dispatched. No one was home at the time, according to Tucumcari Fire Chief Mike Cherry. He said […]

Community forum focuses on teen troubles

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Teens are notoriously troubled — a fact easily backed by statistics from the Quay County Maternal Child and Community Health Council. A 2003 survey of county high school students reported 32 percent were so sad and hopeless every day for a two-week period it affected their usual behavior. Nineteen percent said […]

Tucumcari dentist uprooting and moving on — sort of

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari’s Clarence Bernard Fitzner Jr. said it has not been odd for him to get emergency calls in the middle of the night. No, not to put out a fire or deliver a baby, but to alleviate what he deems one of the worst pains people can endure — a toothache. […]

Early arrival for New Year’s baby

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom newspapers CLOVIS — The Chavarria family wasn’t expecting a new arrival until later in the new year. But on Sunday, the Tucumcari family greeted the new year, as well as their daughter, Angelina. Nicole Chavarria, 26, was scheduled for induced labor on Thursday, but Angelina seemed to have a schedule all […]

School’s new drug testing includes more students

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari High School students who engage in school-sponsored extracurricular activities just got a new item on their agenda —random drug testing. The school’s Drug Use in School Activities policy has been updated, revised and presented at a recent school board meeting. In addition to athletes, drug testing will now apply to […]

1/4 Police blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by the Tucumcari police during the past several days. According to the reports: Sunday • At 2:01 a.m., a car stopped on Adams led to the arrest of a male for aggravated DWI and having no insurance. • At 3:10 a.m., a female called to report a […]

12/31 School menus

Logan Monday: No school. Tuesday: No school. Wednesday: Breakfast — Pancake on a stick, juice, milk; Lunch — (Wednesday is salad bar day this week.) Thursday: Breakfast — Biscuit, sausage, juice, milk; Lunch — Green chili slide, French fries, salad, cake, milk. Friday: No school. Note: Other county schools’ January menus are unavailable at this […]

12/31 Game time

Tucumcari Tucumcari Rattlers and Lady Rattlers basketball Jan. 5-7 TBD, Santa Rosa invitational tournament, VB, Santa Rosa Jan. 5-7 TBD, Sandia Prep invitational tournament, VG, Albuquerque Jan. 10, 3 p.m. — Raton, JV, V, B & G, away Jan. 13, 4 p.m. — *Santa Rosa, JV, V, B & G, home Jan. 14, 4 p.m. […]

Year in review: Nov. 2005

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS In honor of another 12 months gone by, QCS is compiling a year in review to be published in installments. November 2005 saw the Rattlers get to the state-championship football game, along with the following news. Nov. 1: This month meant the end of Quay’s juvenile detention center and the beginning […]

Quay County resolutions match most popular ever

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari’s Jim Davis said he’s not going to make a New Year’s resolution. “I don’t have to,” he laughed, “I don’t have any bad habits.” Although he quickly added he may need to change his answer to “quit lying,” he’s among the dozens of Quay County denizens who said they shalt […]