Highlights of Route 66 fesitval

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Route 66 festivities on Saturday brought out several hundred locals and visitors who participated in the morning parade and enjoyed the day’s activities through the monster truck crush.

Christmas light parade headliners

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Santa led the charge of the light parade up the hill on Eleventh Street as dozens sat warmly  in their cars to watch the lights go by. The annual Christmas Parade of Lights event – which this year boasted 17 floats and a train of 20 jeeps trying to make […]

New Mexico to join the Rose Bowl parade

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari residents who spot a caravan of classic cars hauling down old Route 66 on Tuesday and Wednesday need not be alarmed. Unless, of course, one is alarmed by the thought of New Mexico being a part of this year’s Rose Bowl Parade. New Mexico’s Classic Car Caravan, comprised of nearly […]

Parade of lights hits highest wattage yet

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Saturday’s annual Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights contained hours of preparation, dozens of participants and tens of thousands of lights. And what did kids in the crowd say they liked best about the parade? The candy. At least that was the answer from 5-year-olds Sierra Sandoval and Amunique Angel as […]

Year to end in blaze of creativity

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS January through November Herman Lopez’ tractor is, well, a tractor. But come December, specifically for the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce annual Parade of Lights, this Tucumcari man’s tractor is transformed into Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer – complete with a red blinking nose. It’s been such a hit, in fact, Lopez […]

San Jon carnival’s on

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Perhaps it’s hard to forget dressing up as a giant Hershey’s Kiss. But San Jon’s Julie Heddlesten said she recalls it especially well, even though she was only in fourth grade at the time, because it was part of the annual San Jon Carnival Parade and Carnival. This year’s parade will […]

Best friends share Homecoming court

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari High School seniors Kevin Garza and McKayla McKinney said they have been best friends for years. Now, in addition to sharing snickers, sodas and secrets, they get a chance to share the glory of being Tucumcari’s Homecoming King and Queen for Friday’s game and parade. In addition to the Rattler […]

Hold your horses: Governor reins in racetrack rhetoric

By Martha Frost: QCS staff writer Minutes before New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson led the Rattler Parade of Classes Saturday in a vintage 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible, he suggested holding back on racetrack rhetoric. “Talk of a track in Tucumcari is premature.” Richardson said. “We’ll wait for about a year to see the economic impact […]

7/30 Regional Roundup

Ute Lake Ranch discussion followed by tour Tucumcari city and county officials attended Wednesday’s public meeting at the Logan Community Center hosted by the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC), Ute Reservoir Committee, and the Ute Lake Ranch (ULR) development, according to city and county managers. The meeting included a presentation outlining the plans for […]

Rodeo head marshal comes with fun, work

By Baxter Black The Tucson Rodeo Parade committee, numbering in the thousands as far as I could see, chose me to be their grand marshal. I was humbled and excited! It was like being nominated Secretary of Commerce or having Reggie Jackson ask for my autograph. In the interest of public disclosure, they informed me […]