The Air Up There

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by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun The 14th annual Tucumcari Air Show will be featuring new acts as well as some high-flying favorites and some low-flying power machines, said show organizer Bob McClelland, Jr. One of the low-flying spectacles is an Chevy S-10 that doesn’t sound like your dad’s Chevy S-10. It’s a jet truck […]

$20 million in construction contracts will be underway

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun It’s estimated that almost $20 million in building projects have been started or will be started within a year in Tucumcari, said a city planning official. Two truck stop-plazas are already planned at exit 333 and I-40, and three motels are either under construction or being planned at the […]

Couple “very lucky” to find wallet

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun By Kevin Wilson Quay County Sun A lost wallet is an unlucky day. A lost wallet in a city garbage truck is exponentially more unlucky. All things considered for Dallas and Katheryn Howard, their luck balanced out a few hours later at the Tucumcari landfill. That’s where Dallas, with […]

Missouri man killed in crash on U.S. 54

QCS Staff One person died in an accident Thursday morning outside of Logan. According to a release from the New Mexico State Police, Dennis Bottorff, 58, of St. Joseph, Mo. was killed from a collision of two trucks on U.S. 54. Bottorff’s truck struck the trailer of an eastbound commercial truck, according to the release, […]

Family of four gets loud addition

By Ryn Gargulinski My four goats were on fire. Or dying. Or on fire and dying. There would be no other way to explain the mind-splitting bleats coming from the goat pen that sunny New Mexican afternoon. Being the good goat mom, I immediately ran outside with a bucket of water and that mini fire […]

2/4 Police blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by Tucumcari police during the past several days. According to the reports: Thursday • At 12:44 a.m., a female reported a noise disturbance on Whitmore. She said someone was whistling and disturbing the dogs. Police on the scene found no one. • At 7:37 a.m., a male […]

It’s best to leave sleeping cows lie

By Baxter Black: QCS columist If ya hang around a sale barn long enough you are bound to see some strange, some would say supernatural or even extraterrestrial happenings — like a cattle buyer actually bidding a penny over the market, or a waiter in a tuxedo at the sale barn café, or what happened […]

Tucumcari gets crafty this weekend

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tow truck driver Jinnah Bates said she remembers Tucumcari’s annual C.R.A.F.T. Arts and Craft Show quite well. After all, it’s where she bought the denim embroidered shirt adorned with horses she wore to business dinners – and then to an emergency call. “I was having coffee with five of my girlfriends […]

Altrusa car party drives it home

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari’s Bobby Dominguez said he did not foresee himself driving away the grand prize winner in Altrusa’s annual car party — but his wife certainly did. “My wife never prays for material things,” Dominguez said, “but she kept saying I was going to win the truck. She said she was sure […]

Some local women take on less than traditional roles in the community.

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By Ryn Gargulinski: Qauy County Sun They may not have grown up to be cowboys, but two Tucumcari ladies did end up in roles a tad less than traditional. One works construction while the other hauls broken-down cars. Tow girl Jinnah Bates said her grandfather always told her “women don’t drive trucks.” She began driving […]