March 18, 2006 Letter to the Editor

Dogs deserve our best Next month, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) turns 140. In that time, numerous states and cities have made great strides in making this nation a better place for our animal companions to live. Yet, I wonder where Tucumcari has been. Nowhere else have I seen […]

Despite dogged determination, still human

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Managing Editor Those positive-thinking people who say you can envision what you want and get it are usually on the mark. However, I have been breaking my brain to achieve my latest desire. Alas, to no avail. I am still not my dog. There are several reasons someone would want to […]

Canine cop coming to Tucumcari

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS A new crime fighter will soon be on the scene in Quay County, according to Tucumcari Police Cpl. Darrick Shaw. However, instead of a nightstick and a badge, this one will probably have a collar and a leash. He will also have four legs. Yes, the drug dogs are coming to […]

10/8 Quay County critter

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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 […]

Vets urge owners to get pets rabies shots

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By William Thompson: QUAY COUNTY SUN Area veterinarians want pet owners to get their animals vaccinated against rabies. Upcoming rabies clinics in Quay County will provide the opportunity. Dr. Jim Alexander, director of the Texas Public Health office in Canyon, said there has been an increase in rabies-infected animals in the Texas panhandle. “Right now […]

Former Quay County Sheriff raises greyhounds

William Thompson Joel Garnett, former Quay County Sheriff, raises greyhounds on his 23-acre greyhound farm east of Tucumcari. Garnett trains the sleek dogs for racing on greyhound tracks throughout the U.S. Garnett said greyhound breeding and racing can be a profitable venture. “You can make a lot of money from racing and selling the dogs,” […]

City kennel offers last hope for strays

William Thompson Mike Martinez, Tucumcari’s Animal Control Supervisor, said that as long as there is enough space in the city’s dog kennel, dogs and cats that reside there are not in danger of being euthanized. Right now, according to Martinez, the kennel houses only one dog and one cat. “It’s a really slow period right […]

Residents think dogs poisoned

William Thompson Three local dog owners who live in close proximity to one another think their dogs have been poisoned. John Cruze, of the 2000 block of South Eighth Street, said that as of Thursday his Australian blue heeler was still in Tucumcari Animal Hospital as a result of unwittingly ingesting anti-freeze or possibly freon. […]

Helen Dunn served community for more than 50 years

By Angela Peacock An out going, humorous woman who knew the meaning of true friendship is how Lynn Moncus will always remember her close friend Helen Dunn. For more than 50 years Dunn served the citizens of Tucumcari. She started out as a fourth grade school teacher and then worked an estimated 40 years at […]