Local coalition aim to stop drug abuse before it starts

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS With products that include marijuana-flavored lollipops and the Japanese-made Kidsbeer, a soft drink that mimics the real thing and is advertised with the slogan “Even kids cannot stand life unless they have a drink,” it may be no wonder drug abuse starts early. The New Mexico Department of Health reports that, […]

Musician staging benefit concert

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Musician Jared Young said he is from a small town and adores small towns, though he never wrote a song about small towns. “I think John Cougar (Mellencamp) did it best,” he laughed. But that does not bar Young from putting small towns on the list of stops during his tour. […]

Call for homeowners to assist evacuees

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari resident Paula Wakefield said she knows what it’s like to be homeless — her family’s house burned to the ground in 1966. And that’s why she wants to help evacuees hit by Hurricane Katrina or Rita by calling all local homeowners who have houses sitting vacant, but livable, in town. […]

Church program offers Friday activities for kids

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Thank God It’s Friday. The old adage is also the name of a new program offered at First Christian Church for students who no longer have school on Fridays. Comprised of students in kindergarten through fifth grade, the program runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays when no classes […]

Flying with the snowbirds

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Canadian Snowbird pilot Maj. Cory Blakely said his fondest air show memory is not dipping or flipping or diving high speed, but a moment in Reno, Nev., two weeks ago, when he was signing autographs after the performance and a little boy grabbed his arm. “He hugged my arm like a […]

9/28 Police blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by Tucumcari police during the past several days. According to the reports: Friday • At 12:26 p.m., a male reported vandalism at a local car wash. Police arrived to find a hose was slashed and a sprayer wand taken. • At 1:48 p.m., a female called to […]

Accident kills one

CQS staff A Louisiana man died early Monday morning in a one-vehicle rollover about 35 miles west of Tucumari on Interstate 40. Officials said a gray, 1994 van driven by James Williams was traveling westbound on I-40 when the rear tire on the passenger side broke, causing the tire and hub to shoot off the […]

9/24 Library new arrivals

Fiction True Betrayals by Nora Roberts. Kelsey is shocked to learn that her mother — whom she had assumed was dead — has really been in prison all these years for killing her lover. Hunting Fear by Kay Hooper. An extraordinary psychic comes upon a madman out to win a sick game. Exact Revenge by […]

9/24 Construction alert

Since South First Street construction is now switching to the southbound lanes, a number of residents on South First south of Route 66 will have their mail delivery affected. To facilitate matters, Postmaster Rob Roark said they are installing a Neighborhood Delivery and Collection box for customers’ convenience. The box, which was installed Friday, is […]

9/24 School menus

House Monday: Breakfast — Cold cereal, cereal bars, milk, juice; Lunch — A variety of deli meats for sandwiches, salad bar, fruits, milk. 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 […]