Technology passed over horseshoes

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist Technology is now available to count cattle on a Forest Service permit from outer space, to construct material for space shuttles that can withstand 3,000-degree temperature on re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, and to plastic wrap a tool in Ace Hardware that cannot be opened with the Jaws of Life. [...]

Meet the South First Street road crew

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Drivers through Tucumcari may have noticed South First Street is getting gutted. They may even know why (to install storm drains). But perhaps there’s a question that still preys on their minds — exactly who is digging up the streets? Albuquerque-based A.S. Horner is the company’s name, and the workers came [...]

9/3 Quay personality

Who: Loraine Otero Tucumcari native and Quay County financial clerk who was just honored with a Commitment of Excellence award from Quay County commissioners. Claim to fame: With 30 years of banking experience and three years with the county, Otero said she’s learned to handle many financial challenges. Her job as office manager is overseeing [...]

Key to success often doing dirty work

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist Say you’re one of many in the fast changing world of Agribusiness where companies, ranches, sales territories and work forces are being bought, sold, traded, merged and split one after another. You are worried, with good reason, because the disposition of employees is always a factor. “Downsized, early retirement, let [...]

Some local women take on less than traditional roles in the community.

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By Ryn Gargulinski: Qauy County Sun They may not have grown up to be cowboys, but two Tucumcari ladies did end up in roles a tad less than traditional. One works construction while the other hauls broken-down cars. Tow girl Jinnah Bates said her grandfather always told her “women don’t drive trucks.” She began driving [...]

Assistant’s day doesn’t end at 5

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By William Thompson Many Tucumcari residents have gone to Clara Rey in search of information. Rey worked more than 20 years at the Tucumcari Public Library and for the past three years has been the administrative assistant to City Manager Richard Primrose. “Working at the library was a lifesaver for my current job,” Rey said. [...]

State police officer retires after 21 years of service

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By Tova Fruchtman: QUAY COUNTY SUN Nathan Wallace may have been surprised that about 100 people came to the San Jon Community Center to congratulate him on his retirement Sunday. When his family suggested the idea of having a party, Wallace joked that the two people who would come may not be able to make [...]

Lead investigator does behind the scenes work at DA’s office

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By William Thompson: Quay County Sun Frank Gutierrez, the lead investigator for the Quay County District Attorney’s office, helps investigate upwards of 50 cases a month. He said he spends a lot of time tracking down victims and prosecution witnesses reluctant to testify. “In the past month I’ve had to track down around 30 people,” [...]

High school principal resigns

William Thompson:Quay County Sun Tucumcari High School Principal Gary Salazar submitted a letter of resignation March 1 to Tucumcari Schools. An employee of the school district for 13 years, Salazar said his duties as principal will end three weeks after the 2004-2005 school year ends. “I’m not going to grind any axes,” Salazar said. “I [...]

Bible can offer support in suprising books

By Debra Whittington: Religion Columinst Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. [...]