School’s new drug testing includes more students

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari High School students who engage in school-sponsored extracurricular activities just got a new item on their agenda —random drug testing. The school’s Drug Use in School Activities policy has been updated, revised and presented at a recent school board meeting. In addition to athletes, drug testing will now apply to […]

School drug policy progressing

QCS staff Tucumcari High School will soon have a new drug testing policy for its students, one that randomly tests not only athletes but any student involved in any type of activity, not just those sanctioned by the New Mexico Activities Association, school officials said. This increases the pool of possible testing candidates from 122 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Drug suspension policy fair, athletes should learn lesson

Letters to the editor Ben White (Feb. 16 letter to the editor) feels our school’s drug/alcohol policy is unfair. I say those who agree to abide by the policy should accept any resulting consequences. How does White propose to teach that forbidden acts have consequences, and that signed commitments are to be honored? When does […]

Meeting offers parents information about drugs

By William Thomspon: Quay County Sun Parents with concerns about their children’s exposure to drugs, will have an opportunity to learn more about how to spot signs of drug use on Thursday. At some local parents’ requests, Tucumcari High School assistant principal Rex Maddaford invited Cpl. Darrick Shaw of Tucumcari Police to give parents information […]

Parent want fair drug, alcohol policy

A story published in Saturday’s Quay County Sun might suggest I don’t believe in punishment for drug and alcohol use by teenagers. This is far from the truth. What I would like to see is fair and equal punishment for every student. Often, I believe the punishment is not fair for the violation committed and […]

U.S., Mexico need to rethink drug war strategy

The killing continues in Matamoros, Mexico, within bullet range of the Rio Grande. Two people, at least one of them an American missionary, were found dead Friday in Matamoros. Details are sketchy. Two other Americans, Carlos Santiago Ramirez and Yolanda Zamora Rivera, were found shot dead Wednesday morning at their Matamoros home. Police suggest the […]

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 […]