Mesalands rodeo team ready for fall season


By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Some Mesalands Community College students don’t stop with hitting the books. They also hit the dirt, the cattle and perhaps their horses’ hindquarters when they do a good job with the college’s rodeo team. Comprised of 19 students and a new coach, this year’s Mesalands rodeo team is gearing up to […]

Meet the South First Street road crew


By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Drivers through Tucumcari may have noticed South First Street is getting gutted. They may even know why (to install storm drains). But perhaps there’s a question that still preys on their minds — exactly who is digging up the streets? Albuquerque-based A.S. Horner is the company’s name, and the workers came […]

“Mrs. Tucumcari” celebrates 89 years


By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS When 39-year-old Bettie Ditto came from Chicago to Tucumcari in 1955, she said she was not intending to stay. She inherited Route 66’s Lins Motor Lodge after her dad’s death and said she planned to sell the place as quickly as possible and make a beeline back to the Windy City. […]

9/3 Quay personality

Who: Loraine Otero Tucumcari native and Quay County financial clerk who was just honored with a Commitment of Excellence award from Quay County commissioners. Claim to fame: With 30 years of banking experience and three years with the county, Otero said she’s learned to handle many financial challenges. Her job as office manager is overseeing […]

Gas prices soaring higher


By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS The pinch of soaring gas prices is leaving its mark in Quay County. Tucumcari police reports indicated four separate gas skips last weekend. Quay County commissioners are in the process of reviewing their county vehicle policy to see how fuel can be conserved. On Wednesday, a gallon of premium unleaded at […]

Rider from the storm


By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS On Sunday, Marv Baldwin said he woke up in Biloxi, Miss., with 30-foot windows facing the ocean — and stern orders to evacuate. On Thursday, he woke up in Tucumcari. Yes, he recalls the string of events that led him to this town after a year and a half of living […]

9/3 School menus

House Monday: Labor Day; no school. 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 — A variety of deli meats for sandwiches, salad bar, fruits, milk. Thursday: Breakfast — Cold cereal, […]

9/3 Senior citizen menu

Tucumcari/Logan/House Monday: Labor Day; no meal served. Tuesday: Burrito, lettuce, tomato, onion, salsa, cheese sauce, pinto beans, green chilies, gelatin, apricots, milk. Wednesday: Barbecued beans and wieners, coleslaw, whole wheat bread, margarine, pineapple upside down cake, milk. Thursday: Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, buttered peas, biscuit, margarine, peach cobbler, milk. Friday: Green chili cheeseburger, […]

Ministry changes its name, not services


By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS staff Tucumcari’s neighborhood ministry, La Casa de la Hope, is changing its name. But it’s not changing its methods or its penchant for serving the community, Vice President Mary Ann Garrett said. Newly dubbed The Ministry of Hope, the only thing different at its South First Street location is a new […]

Wind center proposed


By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS staff A new program is blowing in the wind for Mesalands Community College and it has already gathered support throughout the state. The North American Wind Research and Training Center (NAWRTC) initiative would gear the next generation toward efficient energy production by making electricity through wind power, said Mesalands President Phillip […]