1/25 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 1:38 p.m., an unknown female called to report subjects with guns on Eighth Street. Police on the scene found two juveniles with a BB gun. • At 7:49 p.m., an unknown […]

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 […]

Ventilation for frustration

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Managing Editor Volcanoes don’t spew fire, tsunamis don’t drown nations and earthquakes don’t wreck tall buildings in San Francisco due to some logical, scientific explanation that usually involves tectonic plates. The earth does these things because it’s frustrated. Years of misuse, abuse and potholes on East Rankin lead our dear planet […]

Local coalition aim to stop drug abuse before it starts

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS With products that include marijuana-flavored lollipops and the Japanese-made Kidsbeer, a soft drink that mimics the real thing and is advertised with the slogan “Even kids cannot stand life unless they have a drink,” it may be no wonder drug abuse starts early. The New Mexico Department of Health reports that, […]

School officials stand behind suspension policy

By William Thompson The father of a Tucumcari High School student-athlete said last week he wants school officials to change their suspension policy for drug and alcohol violations. Ben White believes the season-long suspension for first-time offenders is too harsh. But school officials said they continue to support the policy that’s been in effect since […]

Program seeks volunteers

William Thompson Susan Lease, project director for the Quay County Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention coalition, is looking for volunteers to serve on the program’s steering committee. Lease said the steering committee will work closely with her in the decision making process. “Although the steering committee members do not actually decide which programs will be […]

Liquor given to minors equals felony

William Thompson Effective July 1, selling or giving alcoholic beverage to minors will become a fourth degree felony in New Mexico. Additionally, anyone charged with selling or giving alcohol to minors can also be charged with “Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor”, another fourth degree felony. The maximum penalty for a fourth degree felony […]

Graduates to enjoy Elks’ all nighter

William Thompson On May 28 the Tucumcari High School class of 2004 will hold its graduation ceremony and afterwards, nearly fifty seniors will attend an all-night party at the Elks Lodge on South First Street. The party will run from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. and the Elks Lodge will serve the seniors a hearty […]

Police: Bad decision cause of Ute Lake drownings

By Angela Peacock Two Portales men who drowned in Ute Lake last August made a “bad decision” to leave their boat and try to swim through unfamiliar waters in the dark, a state police official said Monday. Toxicology reports released Monday show small amounts of alcohol were present in the bodies of both victims, but […]

‘Angels in Black’ look to stop DWI

Angela Peacock Educating citizens about the effects and dangers of excessive drinking and driving is how New Mexico’s “Angels in Black” will be spending their Memorial Day weekend. Over the upcoming holiday, New Mexico State Police officers will host the state-wide Angels in Black campaign designed to educate the public about irresponsible alcohol use. A […]