Submit holiday cheer from the Land of Enchantment


By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Some use salt shakers. Others have fashioned decorated fish hooks to hang around flour canisters. Still more use ceramic molds or clothespins. Hide-A-Way Ceramic owner Karlene Mowles said she’s seen a wide array of Christmas ornaments in her five years in the art business. Now New Mexicans get a chance to […]

Illegal immigration is pressing issue

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS It’s not hard to spot illegal immigrants in Quay County, said T.J. Rich, assistant administrator of the Quay County Detention Center. He said they usually have a vehicle with beefed up suspension that is packed full of people. Pointing to a small car, Rich said, “Twenty-five of them could fit in […]

10/12 Police blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by the Tucumcari police during the past several days. According to the reports: Friday At 11:12 a.m., a male called to report a problem with his neighbor on Robinson. The male reported the neighbor walked around his yard practically exposing himself and he was concerned about his […]

10/8 Police blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by Tucumcari police during the past several days. According to the reports: Tuesday • At 5:29 a.m. a possible fight was reported in a restaurant parking lot. Police on the scene found none. • At 6:36 a.m., a male called to report a semi hit a sign […]

10/8 Quay County critter


Name: L.J., a 4-month-old Blue Heeler from somewhere unknown. “We just found him,” owner Merissa Cooper said. Owner: Cooper, of Tucumcari Claim to fame: When asked of his special talents, Cooper said L.J. was still in training. “He’s learning how to sit. He plays with my other dogs. We try to point at him to […]

10/8 Quay Personalities


Who: Abel Cullum This 18-year-old San Jon High School graduate is a fighter known as “The Silent Assassin.” Claim to fame: No, Cullum is not the kind of fighter one finds in a Friday night bar brawl, but a fighter who specializes in MMA, or mixed martial arts, which incorporates a variety of styles from […]

San Jon carnival’s on


By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Perhaps it’s hard to forget dressing up as a giant Hershey’s Kiss. But San Jon’s Julie Heddlesten said she recalls it especially well, even though she was only in fourth grade at the time, because it was part of the annual San Jon Carnival Parade and Carnival. This year’s parade will […]

Setpuagenarian gets high school diploma


By Ryn Gargulinski It may have taken 56 years, two wars and five children for him to do it, but Tucumcari resident Joe Valverde finally got his high school diploma — at age 73. “I made the military my career,” Valverde said, “and I never finished high school.” Although one cannot say he did not […]

4-H offers wide education


By Ryn Garguilnski: QCS Quay County’s Jordan Runyan, 11, said she never imagined her photographs would be nabbing top honors in the New Mexico State Fair. But then again, she said she never expected to be shooting arrows, either. “In 4-H I learned a whole lot of different hobbies and stuff I really didn’t know […]

Best friends share Homecoming court


By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari High School seniors Kevin Garza and McKayla McKinney said they have been best friends for years. Now, in addition to sharing snickers, sodas and secrets, they get a chance to share the glory of being Tucumcari’s Homecoming King and Queen for Friday’s game and parade. In addition to the Rattler […]