Imaginations run wild too often

Baxter Black I was on the shuttle bus to pick up a rent car at the Denver Airport when we passed the giant rearing blue horse with glowing red eyes. On my bus were an oriental man and his child. They were tourists going skiing, so I deduced from their luggage. The boy exclaimed, “Daddy, […]

Airport security measures warrant reconsideration

Freedom New Mexico As we arrive at the busiest air travel day of the year and the busiest season for flying, airline travel is poised to be fouled up not only by the weather but by the Transportation Security Administration and the inevitable backlash against the TSA’s new intrusive screening mandates. Whatever happens this Thanksgiving […]

Air show will fill skies with thrills

By Chris Schmaedeke, QCS managing editor The skies above Tucumcari will be filled with excitement on Oct. 7. The 17th annual Tucumcari Rotary Club Air Show comes to the Tucumcari Airport with a full slate of performances and acts. The gates will open at 10 a.m. The main attraction will be the Canadian Air Force […]

Wind gusts take minor toll on city

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By QCS Staff Rowdy and fiesty wind gusts fueled a brush fire off of Airport Road and toppled over several power poles over the weekend, Tucumari police officials said. Not long after officials checked a downed power pole in the vicinity of Cemetery Road, another was felled in the alley behind 2616 South Fouth Street […]

FAA helps to fund runway expansion

By QCS Staff The Tucumcari Municipal Airport will receive $150,000 for planned upgrades and safety equipment from the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a press release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman. “We receive this money every year for the improvement and upkeep of the airport,” said airport manager Steve Stephenson. “I would like to see […]

One dies in air show

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By Chelle Delaney: QCS Staff TUCUMCARI — Guy “Doc” Baldwin’s aerobatic plane was performing a loop maneuver above the crowd at Tucumcari’s annual air show about 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. Moments later, the plane was down and the crowd went silent. “It took your breath away. Everyone became really silent and stood up,” said […]

Tucumcari’s airport caters to variety of traffic

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By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Watching the hand signals from Ernie Baker, Colette and Dave Eneboe rounded the fuel island and got out of their small single engine prop plane. Baker, assistant manager at the Tucumcari Municipal Airport, welcomed the couple and then began fueling the plane. “We’re just stopping for fuel. We’ve always […]

City plans to annex Tucumcari Airport

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By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun On Aug. 1 the Tucumcari Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to discuss bringing the Tucumcari Municipal Airport facility within the city’s limits. Annexing the 1,100-acre aviation facility means the city will benefit from additional tax revenue and the property and facility will be protected, by law, by […]

Airport gets money for study

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded two grants totaling $1.8 million to facilitate construction to two east-central New Mexico airport facilities. Tucumcari will receive $100,000 to develop an environmental assessment for an 1,100-foot extension of Runway 26 at the Tucumcari Municipal Airport. Meanwhile, the town of Vaughn will […]

City Commission talks trash, alleys, airport

By Ryn Gargulinski: Quay County Sun Tucumcari city commissioners spent a good portion of Thursday’s meeting talking trash. Effective Sept. 15, they said the city will begin heavy enforcement of the Solid Waste Ordinance. This means placing anything besides household trash in the dumpsters is prohibited. Non-household trash items will not be picked up unless […]