Officials say nursing home closure final

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari’s Laurel Hills Nursing Home closed its doors on Dec. 31 for financial reasons, officials said, leaving behind critics and supporters. “It was a rural area and was not really financially viable,” said Shirley Ghattas, Laurel’s public relations director. “We put a significant investment into the home when we purchased it […]

Tucumcari hospital’s first baby born

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By Ryn Gargulinski When the Tucumcari hospital’s first baby of the new year was born at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Mom said the girl’s screams could be heard as far away as Albuquerque. Well, that’s because the baby’s mother, Stephanie Romero, was on the phone with her own mother and her brother who live there. […]

12/24 Quay County critter

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Name: Puppy one, puppy two, puppy three, and so on, all babies from Labrador parents Osito and Osita. Owners: Tucumcari’s Norma and Mike Romero. Claim to fame: In addition to producing adorable offspring, dad dog Osito spins in circles when Mike Romero is around and is fond of Frisbee, Norma Romero said. The puppies themselves […]

11/26 Honor roll

Disclosure Statement: The following student names are listed as their respective schools have submitted them. Names may have been withheld in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Honor Roll Tucumcari High School “A” Honor Roll: Seniors: Clay Beevers and Shane Vigil Juniors: None listed. Sophomores: Ariel Crocker, Andre DeBord, Bryce Kirby, […]

8/3 Obituaries

Jefferson Harrison Services: 1 p.m. (PDT) Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Santa Rosa, Calif. Jefferson Oscar Harrison, 87, of Santa Rosa, Calif., died July 26, 2005, in Santa Rosa, Calif. He was born on Jan. 3, 1918, in Tucumcari. Family members said he enjoyed watching trains and hunting jackrabbits, and he had […]

Around Town, June 18

Eva Romero turned 100 on Wednesday and will celebrate her birthday Sunday with family and friends in Englewood, Colo., according to her daughter Mary Rivera of Tucumcari. Romero was born in Monte Vista. Romero had 11 children. Her grandson, James Padilla, lives in Tucumcari and her great-grandson Mark Padilla and her great-grandaughter Christine Rivera also […]

Honors, June 11

Here are honors announced by Tucumcari High School. Some students may not be listed due to privacy concerns: Academic letters Seniors — Jessica Borden, Lyndsey Teakell Juniors — Brandon Bell, Brittany Rodgers Sophomore — Julianna Romero, Brandon Sours Freshmen — Justin Alvarez, Andrez Apodaca, Samuel Cantwell, Taylor Cordova, Tyler Cordova, Andre DeBord, Cecelia Holguin, Desiree […]

Fire destroys area home

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By Tova Fruchtman: Quay County Sun At 1:57 a.m. Saturday members of the Tucumcari volunteer fire department received pages — a mobile home on Harmon Street was on fire. Minutes later, two fire trucks, two fire department vehicles, an ambulance and two police cars arrived in front of the home. Neighbors had noticed the blaze […]

Students prepare for national conference

By William Thompson: Quay County Sun The students’ eyes got wide and they did not know quite what to say when they considered the possibility of meeting President Bush. Five Tucumcari Middle School seventh-graders will be heading to Washington, D.C. in April for the Junior National Young Leaders Conference. Corinne Lauriault, Lauren Chacon, Kristen Rich […]

Post office boxes attacked

William Thompson For the second time in 90 days, the Tucumcari Post Office has reported a window broken on a post office box inside the post office lobby. Monday morning around 6:30 a.m. a post office employee notified Tucumcari Police of the latest break-in. The postal official in charge of the Tucumcari Post Office, Rob […]