Longhorns upset Rattlers for homecoming

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Thomas Garcia The Tucumcari Rattlers were upset by the visiting Logan Longhorns during Homecoming Friday night at the Snake Pit. Logan beat Tucumcari 61-56. “We had our opportunities, but they just did a better job of finishing tonight,” said Rattlers head coach John Span. The Rattlers (8-6) saw their 10-point lead began to diminish at […]

Amarillo Venom coach to give talk about drugs

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Thomas Garcia Tucumcari High School will welcome a fellow snake to town on Thursday, when Amarillo Venom’s head coach Julian Reese speaks for Red Ribbon Week. The Tucumcari Rattlers Student Council invited Reese, to speak to the students about the choices of doing drugs and alcohol and what it takes to be at the next […]

Rattlers hold down hardwood at Snake Pit

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Thomas Garcia The Rattlers came away with a pair of big wins against East Mountain Tuesday night at the Snake Pit. It was an offensive showcase for the Rattlers as their perimeter shooters lit up the scoreboard with nine 3-pointers in their 70-44 win over the Timberwolves. “We needed this win,” said Rattlers head coach […]

Rattlers ready to wrestle

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Thomas Garcia After a fifth-place finish in the Capital wrestling tournament in Santa Fe, the Rattlers were hard at it Tuesday preparing for their home tournament Saturday at the Snake Pit. “The guys did great in Capital, but I am pushing, maybe a little to much,” Rattlers head coach Eddie Encinias said. Encinias said even […]

Everybody has a snake story

What were your mother’s parting words every time you left the house? Right. “Watch for snakes.” In August, we were told to be extra careful because the rattlers would be shedding their skins, their eyes would be covered for a few days, and since they couldn’t see they would strike at the sounds we made […]

07-07-2007: Police Blotter

The following is a sample of calls received during the last few days by the central dispatch office for Quay County, based at the Tucumcari Police Department. According to reports: Monday l At 12:10 a.m., an alarm was reported at a lounge on West Route 66. An officer said the building was secure and the […]

Afternoon outing puts her sanke alert

By Lnn Moncus While Aggie and I were taking our walk in the country Sunday, one of us had a major nervous breakdown. Yes, we ran head on into a snake, thus scaring the daylights out of me and making Aggie wonder why her leash had become so short. Fortunately, I saw it before she […]

Snake patrols picking up for animal control

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun With the temperatures getting warmer snakes are out looking for cool places to hide, said Mike Martinez, Tucumcari’s Animal Control supervisor. Within the past month Martinez has caught 15 to 20 snakes, he said. Most of them have been red racers and only one rattlesnake. Recent police reports indicate […]

Snake stories always worth hearing

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Columnist Now that hot weather is blasting the High Plains — as if hot weather isn’t usually blasting the Plains — it’s high time for one of the coolest creatures to come lurking from its hole. Welcome the season of the rattlesnake. Perhaps the most regrettable aspect of my leaving New […]

Snake sighting in kitchen leads to leaping, panic

Throughout most of the summer, Aggie and I have avoided wandering around in pastures because one of us has heard too many stories about the plethora of rattlesnakes throughout the county. Despite taking all sorts of precautions, I found a snake slithering across our own kitchen floor and am now ready to move to the […]