Cowboy finds haven

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Mississippi cowboy Clifford Bowden said he went from having nothing in the hurricane ravaged town of Poplarville, Miss., to having a home, a job, a car — and even a girlfriend — after several weeks in Tucumcari. “I like this town,” Bowden said. “It’s really going good.” Bowden, age 24, said […]

Volunteers revamp library

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS The proverbial librarian who hushes the masses may have pulled her hair out at all the noise Saturday in the library at the Pioneer Senior Center. But the noise wasn’t a bunch of kids wreaking havoc or belittling Shakespeare, it came from the Altrusa club and area volunteers who were revamping […]

Everybody’s Club gets wet and happy

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Forrest lady LaNell Leatherwood said there was nothing out of the ordinary at their last club meeting – even though they ended up frolicking atop a fire truck amidst founts of foam and water. “We didn’t get real wet,” Leatherwood said, “but we played, yes.” In addition to the usual club […]

Red Ribbon Week spooks away drugs

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS The door on Tucumcari sixth-grader Isabel Herrera’s classroom may look like it’s decked out for Halloween – it comes complete with cobwebs, dark colors and spooky-looking figures. But the door is not, in fact, adorned for the ghoulish holiday. Herrera said it depicts the world when people are on drugs. “One […]

10/22 School menus

House Monday: Breakfast — Hot cereal, cereal, juice, milk; Lunch — Spaghetti with meat sauce, french bread, corn, fruit, cookie, salad bar, soup, a variety of milk. Tuesday: Breakfast — Cinnamon toast, cereal, juice, milk ; Lunch — Hamburgers with cheese, tater tots, fruit, salad bar, soup, a variety of milk. Wednesday: Breakfast — Breakfast […]

10/22 Senior citizen menus

Tucumcari/Logan/House Monday: Beef round steak, au gratin potatoes, salad, dressing, broccoli, apricots, roll, margarine, milk. Tuesday: Chalupa, salsa, lettuce, tomato, onion, Spanish rice, chocolate chip cookie, milk. Wednesday: Beef brisket, potato salad, baked beans, biscuit, margarine, blueberry muffin, milk. Thursday: Chicken roll-up, Oriental blend vegetables, whole kernel corn, whole wheat roll, margarine, lemon pudding, topping, […]

Fire safety for all ages

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Never mind the sirens, the ladder or the fire truck itself, most of the preschoolers outside Tucumcari Elementary at Thursday’s fire department demonstration said they were enamored with the hose. “They like the water,” preschool teacher Sandy Bowen said while kids lined up for a chance to hold and spray the […]

10/22 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 1:52 a.m., an unknown caller reported shots fired on East Heman. Police found none. At 10:17 a.m., a female called to report a dispute at a local charity. Police arrived to remove […]

Cleanup peaks school spirit

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS They may not have been whistling while they worked, but the group of seventh graders outside Tucumcari Middle School on Wednesday afternoon was sure talking and laughing while they picked up trash. Yes — they were laughing while they picked up trash. “They’ve picked up everything from cigarette butts to paper […]

Local man lassos in annual cowboy award

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By Martha Frost: QCS staff Richard Clyde Shepherd Jr., may not have walked those proverbial 10 miles to school uphill and barefoot — but he said he did ride a horse to his Buffalo Flats, Texas, classroom. He also said the roof was so leaky in the small, two-room Texas house in which he grew […]