Heartfelt thanks

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by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun About 100 students in Glenda Sours’ English and agriculture classes at Tucumcari High and Middle schools are writing Valentines to a group of soldiers in Baghdad. “We had to start now so that the letters will get there in time for Valentine’s Day,” said Sours. “We’ll be mailing them […]

Pilot of Cannon F-16 still missing

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers The pilot of a Cannon Air Force Base F-16 fighter jet that crashed Monday in Iraq is still missing, Air Force officials said. The pilot was not found at the crash site, the Air Force said. The Air Force has not identified the pilot nor said to which base or […]

Tucumcari Gardsmen return to Tucumcari

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun By Chelle Delaney Quay County Sun There will be much to be thankful for in two Tucumcari households on Thursday. National Guardsmen Sgt. Anthony Lujan and S.Sgt. Jayson Braziel – the first two guardsmen from the Tucumcari-based unit to serve in Iraq – returned home safe and sound Nov. […]

Soldier from Clovis loses life in Iraq

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Leroy “J.R.” Segura Jr. had already earned a Purple Heart when he returned to Iraq for a second tour of duty in July. Returning to the war-ravaged country just six months after his first tour was difficult for his son, Leroy Segura Sr. said. He was tired and wanted some […]

Iraq constitution looks good on paper

Freedom Newspapers After some prodding from U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the new U.S. ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, it appears that some kind of constitution for Iraq, at least on paper, will be ready by Aug. 15. That will give both the Bush administration and the Iraqi government the ability to say the process of […]

President’s speech buys him time, but costs him political capital

President George W. Bush probably bought himself a little more time with his speech Tuesday night at Fort Bragg, but unless conditions on Iraq improve substantially and fairly soon he may only have blunted criticism temporarily. The call to set a timetable to begin the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq will be less loud, […]

Students send care packages to Iraq

By William Thompson: Quay County Sun Some U.S. troops in Iraq will soon be receiving care packages from Tucumcari Middle School students. About 90 students in Louise Ayres’ sixth-grade social studies classes began gathering goodies in mid-April. “We were doing a unit on wars involving the U.S. and I thought we needed to keep our […]

Iraq war veteran visits Tucumcari students

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By William Thompson: QUAY COUNTY SUN Students’ eyes were fixed on the army captain in his desert fatigues as he described a bomb exploding near his Humvee on the streets of Baghdad. Capt. Calvin Kroeger said his driver and gunner were seriously wounded and he took some shrapnel. Kroeger, who returned from a year-long stint […]

2/26 Editorial

After two years of rough going with our friends in Europe, President Bush’s trip there this week has begun smoothing things over. He doesn’t have the mischievous charm of former President Clinton, but Bush still has impressed Europeans with his own Texas quasi-cowboy persona. These things are not trivial in international relations. On Iraq, events […]

Grandson of area woman dies in Iraq

TV Hagenah A United States Marine with direct ties to Quay County died in Iraq recently, making him one of the first military personnel with such ties to the county to die in “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” Staff Sgt. Marvin Best, 33, grandson of Mary E. Daniels of Logan, and the son of Charlotte Best, formerly […]