We don’t have to wait for disasters to think of others

By Lynn Moncus: QCS columnist Many of us have been in an emotional turmoil since Katrina ravaged the southern states and have done much serious thinking about the fragility of life and the rapidity with which material possessions can be destroyed. When such a disaster hits so close to home, we are particularly touched because […]

Latest Rattler Reunion is always the best of all

By Lynn Moncus: QCS columnist The 35th Rattler Reunion is now history, but it provided us with many wonderful memories and made us eager to attend again next year. After each of those 35 gatherings, we have proclaimed the last as best and know we will feel the same after the 36th. The Golden Rattler […]

Low road suits me just fine

By Lynn Moncus Recently, a couple of friends from elsewhere mentioned that they felt I must lead a dull and boring life in Tucumcari. They had passed by on Interstate 40, were sure that no one could even pretend to find anything interesting to do here, and suggested that I consider moving elsewhere. As you […]

Time to reunite with Rattlers

By Lynn Moncus When The Rattler arrives each year, many of us just take the rest of the day off to read it and to look at the many pictures from last year’s Rattler Reunion. From the attractive cover, featuring the Quarles’ murals, to the back cover with a snow-whitened mountain, we savor all 56 […]

‘We come here to remember’

By William Thompson: Quay County Sun – Friends, relatives of deceased veterans gather at Memorial Cemetery to pay respects. On a sunny Memorial Day in Tucumcari, relatives and friends of deceased veterans came to Tucumcari Memorial Cemetery to pay their respects. Benny Sandoval drove from Garden City, Kan. The former Tucumcari resident, army specialist, and […]

County commissioner dies

By William Thompson: Quay County Sun Family and friends mourn death of public servant. Quay County Clerk Ellen White described her as “a friend to everybody.” “We’ve been getting calls in the county clerk’s office from people from all over the state wanting to know about Grace,” White said. Quay County Commissioner Grace Madrid died […]

Tucumcari has always been my home

By Lynn Moncus: Comments from the Canyon A friend from down south continues to express her amazement that I chose to return to Quay County after retiring from the English department. She was sure that I wouldn’t last a year before returning to live in a place in which I could associate with “degreed” people […]

1/19 Obituaries

Lloyd Ray Hampton Lloyd Ray Hampton, 59, of Tucumcari, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2005, at his home. He was born on May 28, 1946, in Clovis, to Gus and Lillis Hampton. He was a Vietnam Veteran. He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad and owned his own truck for hauling cattle. For the past 12 […]

Friend’s gift focuses on past, present

Lynn Moncus Throughout our history, we have had a number of people in our county who have been and are real treasures. Many of them have not been recognized because they have so quietly played major roles in the making of our history without any thought of recognition or reward. Mrs. Ethel Sanderson Ernest is […]