Callie’s Christmas looking good

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Callie Rae Frost, age 3, made it home from the hospital in time for Christmas last year – but only by a scant three days. Her weeks leading up to last year’s big holiday were spent in Galveston’s Shriner’s Hospital burn unit after a household accident on Dec. 6. Grandmother Vicki […]

Elks lodge together to help local students

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari Elk’s Club members may have been out of school for a little bit, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know the importance of education, according to San Jon Student Council Advisor Peggy Gates. In fact, their support has been so stringent, said Gates, the San Jon Student Council recently awarded […]

Educational scholarships help pave the way


By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Mesalands Community College student Ona Padilla said she wouldn’t be attending college — and racking up achievements like being part of Phi Theta Kappa, a member of the Honor Society and a mentor in the Blazing Trails program — if it weren’t for financial help, which includes one of Mesalands’ scholarships. […]

11/26 Police blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by the Tucumcari police during the past several days. According to the reports: Thursday At 10:47 a.m., an unwanted subject was reported at a supermarket. Police arrived and arrested the subject for trespassing. At 3:11 p.m., a female came to the station to report damage to her […]

Drunken driving alert up

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Quay County residents who may have noticed the red ribbons still hanging around from last month’s Red Ribbon Week can rest assured it’s not from negligence, said Quay County DWI Task Force program’s Noreen Hendrickson. She said it’s part of the DWI program’s Tie One on Campaign in which they are […]

Quay rodeo arena could lasso in nearly $25,000


By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Quay County Manager Terry Turner said he was never a rodeo star. Rather, he said he excelled at football, enough to earn him a scholarship through college. But he said that doesn’t stop him from knowing the importance of rodeo to New Mexico. It’s so important, in fact, he just sent […]

Turkey on the house


By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS One needn’t grab an ax and a turkey to find a feast this Thursday. Tucumcari’s First Baptist Church is offering a free Thanksgiving meal — and everyone is invited, said church member A.J. Williams, who coordinates the event’s committee. “We encourage people who are alone, or couples who don’t want to […]

11/19 Police blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by the Tucumcari police during the past several days. According to the reports: Tuesday At 9:40 a.m., a male reported a vandalism on South Fourth. Police on the scene found his truck had been struck with washable paint. At 11:55 a.m., a female called from the hospital […]

Man walks the nation, with cross, to carry his message


By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Traveling man Chuck Johnson said it sometimes may feel as if he has the weight of the world on his shoulders – and with good reason. This chap has been walking back and forth across America for the last six years – carrying a giant homemade cross. “Every time I have […]

Tucumcari to be sculpted as next artist haven


By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Taos and Santa Fe are both renown for their art and artists – and Tucumcari may not be far behind, according to Small Business Development Center Director David Buchen at Mesalands Community College. Buchen said the city is implementing an art incubation project, with help from the Small Business Development Center, […]