This July 4th may have more sparks

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By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun Area fireworks vendors are looking for more spark in their sales figures for this July 4 holiday. With the moisture from the past months, restrictions on aerial fireworks have been lifted in some areas allowing vendors to offer items to their customers that were restricted or banned from the […]

Fireworks in video night deposit causes alarm

By Quay County Staff Tucumcari Fire Department and police responded to an alarm for a structure fire Tuesday night at Bubbles Video at First and Hines. Officials said someone dropped fireworks in the video return drop box. Firefighters put out the blaze, which melted the plastic video basket, with water. The fireworks caused a smoke […]

Quay County skies light up for the Fourth

By Chelle Delaney: Phillip Griggs can light up your night — especially on the Fourth of July. Griggs is chairman of the fireworks committee at the Elks Lodge on South First Street. “I’ve been involved in this for years. This will be my 15th year,” he said. He’s been chairman of the fireworks committee for […]

Fire officials check out fireworks

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Tucumcari Fire Chief Mike Cherry made the rounds Monday making sure that retailers were not selling any fireworks that had been banned. “He came by and explained to us what we could sell. He said the firecrackers had to come off,” said Walter Hayes who is operating the Mr. […]

Fireworks restriction in place

By Chelle Delaney: QCS Associate Publisher Severe drought conditions in Tucumcari prompted city officials to impose a fireworks restriction on the sale and use of missile-type rockts, helicopters, aerial spinners and stick-type rockets. The Tucumcari City Commission met Thursday evening and issued a 30-day proclamation banning all fireworks that shoot into the air eight feet […]

City OKs fireworks funds

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun City officials have no problem with the July 4 fireworks display scheduled by the Tucumcari Elks Lodge, nor do they have a problem contributing. The key is that the organization, and all citizens, be aware of dangerous fire conditions during the holiday, as Commissioner Jim Witcher said during Thursday’s […]

New year not new year without black-eyed peas

By Lynn Moncus: QCS columnist As always, each holiday brings fond memories of the past and gives opportunities to recall history. Although our family didn’t get as carried away over New Year’s celebrations as we did over Christmas, we recognized that special time as we put up new calendars and ate our black-eyed peas. Many […]

July 9 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received recently by Tucumcari police. According to the reports: Monday • At 12:17 a.m., loud music and fireworks were reported on South Second Street. Officers informed individuals to keep the music down and put the fireworks out. • At 1:24 p.m., a breaking and entering was reported on […]

Fireworks sales booming

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QCS Staff David Hernandez, manager of Phantom Fireworks on West Route 66 Boulevard, said the store is prepared to sell about $60,000 of fireworks before Tuesday. Hernandez has an arsenal of rockets, artillery shells and exploding gadgets going out the door at a fast clip and said he expects sales to really go through the […]

Logan relaxes fire ban

Elaine Quarles At their regular meeting, July 13, the Village of Logan Council lifted the fire ban that became official June 1. According to the council, one reason for rescinding the ban was the recent rains, but there was another issue. “It was an enforcement nightmare,” said Larry Wallin, Village Administrator for Logan. Wallin said […]