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 […]

Cannon officials advise residents of what to expect during training operations

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Low-flying military planes won’t be a nightly occurrence in Tucumcari or other area communities and, when they are, Cannon Air Force Base officials will try to notify city leaders in advance. But training in unfamiliar areas is important for Cannon pilots, officials told about a dozen area residents on […]

Flying J Travel Plaza opens

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By Thomas Garcia About 40 people crowded the south east entrance to the Flying J Travel Plaza Tuesday for its ribbon cutting ceremony. Customers and Flying J officials and employees enjoyed live music from Eastern New Mexico Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Association. Interim Tucumcari Mayor Jim Witcher and Chamber Of Commerce president Carol Keith […]

K-Bob’s restaurant closes

By Thomas Garcia and Chelle Delaney The K-Bob’s Steakhouse restaurant at 200 W. Estrella Ave. closed on Sunday night, said the restaurant’s former manager. A woman who was at the restaurant on Tuesday confirmed the restaurant’s closing and had no comment on why the restaurant closed. She referred all questions to Star Buffet Inc., which […]

Building boom at Mountain Road and i-40

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Look east or west from Mountain Road at 1-40, and you’ll see two competitors: the Flying J and Love’s. Each is after 18-wheelers and their diesels steaming across the interstate. In Love’s corner, at the bottom left, is a $4.5 million travel stop. The new 4,321-square-foot operation will add 12 new positions to its existing […]

Flying J readying site for construction

By QCS Staff For the next 10 days trucks will be dumping about 80,000 tons of dirt at the site of the New Flying J truck stop, said Ryck Voisard, construction manager for the Flying J company. At 20 tons per truckload, that’s 4,000 runs of dirt that will be used to fill the site […]

Flying means getting above it all

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Guy “Doc” Baldwin and Yankee pitcher Cory Lidle. Both men thought that flying was “fun.” Both men died in he skies. But they aren’t the only ones who think flying is “fun.” There are 235,994 private pilots, who fly approximately 200,000 actively registered private aircraft in and out of […]

Partner in shock over Baldwin’s crash

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Randy Harris, a fellow stunt pilot and friend of Guy “Doc” Baldwin, was prepping his biplane. His act would soon follow Guy “Doc” Baldwin. Then he heard the thud on the ground; saw the dirt cloud. Baldwin’s German Extra 300L had crashed. “We took off running, and the emergency […]

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 […]

The Air Up There

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by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun The 14th annual Tucumcari Air Show will be featuring new acts as well as some high-flying favorites and some low-flying power machines, said show organizer Bob McClelland, Jr. One of the low-flying spectacles is an Chevy S-10 that doesn’t sound like your dad’s Chevy S-10. It’s a jet truck […]