Swimming lessons end

William Thompson Dozens of Tucumcari youths recently completed swimming lessons at the municipal pool. Six lifeguards were on hand to teach swimming fundamentals. Lifeguard Andrea Garcia said that for many of the preschool children, the first task was to get them comfortable with the water. “The first day we showed the kids the pool rules […]

Locals study Oklahoma football

William Thompson Tucumcari Middle School football coaches, Eddie Encinias and Brian Dunlap, took 21 middle school football payers to a football camp in Goodwell, Okla. last month. The seventh and eighth graders learned fundamentals from highly regarded coaches and players from Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Coach Dunlap said the university’s head coach once served as […]

Children go to drive-in from pool

William Thompson According to workers at Tucumcari Municipal Pool, young children unaccompanied by adults, are walking to the Sonic restaurant or other nearby establishments during the daily 3 p.m. break time at the pool. Sonic is a full two blocks away from the city’s pool. Amber Martin, head lifeguard at the pool, noted that this […]

Pool open for summer

William Thompson Tucumcari Municipal Pool opened June 2, and will be open seven days a week from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. until school starts again in late August. Amber Martin, the head lifeguard at the pool, said the first week of the pool’s operation was especially busy. “It’s always busy the first week because […]

Youth learn about agriculture

TV Hagenah Fourth graders from Tucumcari, Logan and House learned about agriculture Tuesday at a special program put on by the extension services of New Mexico and Texas, and by Mesalands Community College. The program called “Kids ‘n’ Cows” came to Tucumcari and was housed in the MCC Ag Sciences building and corrals and it […]

Hatch to air it out against Rattlers’ defense

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By Ryan Lengerich Hatch Valley loves to air out the football — and they do it well. Bears junior quarterback Brett Henson averages more than 390 yards per game passing on a team that scores 46 points-per-game. Hatch Valley (8-2) will bring their aerial attack to Rattlers Stadium to meet the ball control Tucumcari (8-2) […]

Air show unites area

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By Ryan Lengerich At 12.55 p.m. the skies opened up and the stunts got wilder at the 11th annual Tucumcari Rotary Club Air Show. An overcast and cold morning was a sharp contrast from the afternoon, when clear skies and sun led to sunburned foreheads for those on hand at Wednesday’s event. “The crowd was […]

What teachers did on their summer vacation

By Stewart Truelsen Sometimes it is just too far to bring urban school kids out to a farm and get them back to school before the end of the day. Yet, an understanding and appreciation for agriculture and how it affects their daily lives is incredibly important for children. The Illinois Farm Bureau has one […]

Route 66 Celebration schedule

2003 Roadie Gathering & Route 66 Celebration Schedule of Events Thursday o 6 p.m. Horse Ride through the Trails West Lounge Friday o 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cruise — Tucumcari Conv. Center o 8 p.m. — “Route 66: Celebrating America’s Main Street” and Silent Auction — THS Auditorium * Saturday o 8:30 a.m. to […]

New face to old tale

Dave Gragg The stage at the Tucumcari High School Auditorium was a beehive of activity Tuesday afternoon: One group of children and adults worked to assemble a backdrop while another group struggled to stand a second backdrop up. A third group of kids shot rubber bands at each other and a fourth watched everyone else. […]