Rider from the storm

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS On Sunday, Marv Baldwin said he woke up in Biloxi, Miss., with 30-foot windows facing the ocean — and stern orders to evacuate. On Thursday, he woke up in Tucumcari. Yes, he recalls the string of events that led him to this town after a year and a half of living […]

Tucumcari revs up for racetrack

By Ryn Gargulinski: Quay County Sun Hooves could be flying in Tucumcari in the near future if a proposed racetrack gains state approval. Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corp. Director Pete Kampfer said the city and county have proclaimed their support, a confidential site has been chosen, a feasibility study complete, a business plan nearly done […]

Some residents would like to see old recreational area fully restored.

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By Ryn Gargulinski: Quay County Sun Some remember when Five Mile Park was a community gathering place. Others have only seen photos. All share the same dream: Restore the park west of town to its original grandeur. The Metropolitan Park/Five Mile Park Restoration Committee — which includes local artists Sharon and Doug Quarles; committee President-elect […]

Guided tours showcase town

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By Ryn Gargulinski: Quay County Sun When former Tucumcari residents Paul and Rosa Trujillo came back to visit this week for the first time since 1956, they said they did not expect a lot of what they saw. Yes, Route 66 was still there. Yes, the Spanish Baptist church where they were married was still […]

Route 66 Festival kicks off Thursday

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Every year, cities along “The Mother Road” embrace the rich history that built Route 66 with festivals focusing on the highway’s past and purpose. This year marks the fifth annual “Best Little Festival on Route 66” happening in Tucumcari on Thursday, Friday and Saturday hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. […]

San Jon residents gather at future town hall site

QCS Staff San Jon officials gathered at the site of their planned 2,000-square-foot village hall Tuesday evening for the official groundbreaking. Village officials had about $230,000 in grant money assembled in August to pay for the hall’s construction. The state Legislature provided $140,000 and $80,000 came from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s community facilities program, […]

Teacher of the Year

By William Thompson: Quay County Sun Glenda Sours encourages her Tucumcari High School students to read the newspaper — in class. The idea is for students to become aware of local events and issues and to increase their reading skills. Sours, an English and communications teacher, was presented Monday with the local Newspapers in Education […]

State’s economy needs federal spending

By Jeff Bingamen: Guest Columnist For most Americans, the subject of the federal budget is about as interesting as diagramming sentences in a high school English class. For New Mexicans, however, the federal budget is of vital importance. Here’s why: In the current fiscal year, direct federal expenditures made in our state will total about […]

Elks name woman citizen of the year

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William Thompson:Quay County Sun Judy Hiner, director of the Quay Council for Arts and Humanities, got a big surprise at the recent Tucumcari performance of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” David Foote, exalted ruler of Elks Lodge 1172, presented her with the Elks’ 2004-2005 Distinguished Citizenship Award. “I thought I was going to break down,” […]

Snow strands travelers in Tucumcari

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William Thompson:Quay County Sun Kathleen Heins of Kansas City said she and her husband’s trip to Las Vegas, Nev. was interrupted late Monday evening by low visibility on I-40. The blowing snow and poor road conditions that closed I-40 from Amarillo to Santa Rosa Tuesday left travelers from all over the country stranded in Tucumcari. […]