Treasure hunting at garage sales

By Ryn Gargulinski: QUAY COUNTY SUN Tucumcari resident Mary Ann Molinas laughs when she admits it, but, yes, she once bought a bed pan at a garage sale. “It was made out of that blue and white speckled tin like they used in old dishes,” she said of her 50-cent purchase. “I was going to […]

Route 66 gets new face

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QUAY COUNTY SUN Tucumcari residents will soon be able to get even bigger kicks on Route 66. The Mother Road is scheduled to get a facelift beginning next month, according to the New Mexico Department of Transportation. One stretch slated for repaving runs from the Mountain Road intersection near Kmart all the […]

Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received recently by the Tucumcari police. According to reports: Monday l At 9:24 a.m., a male reported a missing wallet at a local store. He said he put his wallet in a basket and somebody took it. He reported his wallet contained his identification, credit and bank cards […]

County discusses lake ranch project

By Ryn Gargulinski: Quay County Sun It will take more than 20 years to complete and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, but it could help provide the shot in the arm Tucumcari needs to become a thriving hub of activity. The Ute Lake Ranch Project, according to Quay County Manager Terry Turner, could one […]

Teen pregnancy down in county

By Ryn Gargulinski: Quay County Sun Tucumcari knows all about teen pregnancy, according to statistics from the Maternal Child and Community Health Council (MCCH). But while Quay County once had one of the highest teen-pregnancy rates in the nation, said Alida Brown, coordinator for MCCH, that is changing. Quay County’s teen pregnancy rate dropped 53 […]

Rootin’ tootin’ good time

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By Ryn Gargulinski: Quay County Sun When longtime Tucumcari resident Elmer Schuster thinks of Route 66, he thinks of cars. In fact, he said he’d expect most people to think of cars — and he was glad to see 62 of them driving in the car show he chaired for the Rotary Club during the […]

Q&A: Marty Garcia

Editor’s note: Our newspaper misquoted Tucumcari school board member Marty Garcia recently. He did not say teachers’ salaries could be cut when the district goes to a four-day week this fall. A more accurate reflection of his thoughts: “I wonder how much support we would have had from teachers had the four-day week included a […]

Tucumcari out of water project

By Tony Parra Tucumcari is out of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority’s pipeline project. Instead, city officials have opted to contract with Ute Lake Ranch, a housing development on the south side of the lake. “The City Commission (is) going to lease 3,750 acre feet of water to Ute Lake Ranch,” Tucumcari City […]

Route 66 by the numbers

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QCS Staff The Best Little Festival on Route 66 hits its stride today with activities ranging from vendor and food booths at Tucumcari’s Convention Center to a rodeo at the fairgrounds. Here’s a quick look at the happenings, by numbers: • 1 — murals dedicated to the Mother Road painted on the side of Lowe’s […]

City turns to collection services

By Ryn Gargulinski If you owe money to the city’s ambulance service, expect a call from a collection agency. City officials on Tuesday agreed to use Collect Rite collection agency in efforts to recover about $200,000 in unpaid bills owed to the city’s ambulance service. Revamped roads, withdrawal from the Ute Water pipeline project and […]