Fire safety for all ages

1129956023-firekids.jpg

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Never mind the sirens, the ladder or the fire truck itself, most of the preschoolers outside Tucumcari Elementary at Thursday’s fire department demonstration said they were enamored with the hose. “They like the water,” preschool teacher Sandy Bowen said while kids lined up for a chance to hold and spray the [...]

Mosquito fever hits Tucumcari

1126912798-mosquitoCOL.jpg

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS They buzz. They bite. They can even kill. Yes, the obsequious mosquito is swarming about town, especially with the recent roaring rainfalls. Although usually associated with marshlands or swamps, droves of the pesky pests have been buzzing into drier climates, including New Mexico, according to the State Department of Health. In [...]

Meeting offers parents information about drugs

By William Thomspon: Quay County Sun Parents with concerns about their children’s exposure to drugs, will have an opportunity to learn more about how to spot signs of drug use on Thursday. At some local parents’ requests, Tucumcari High School assistant principal Rex Maddaford invited Cpl. Darrick Shaw of Tucumcari Police to give parents information [...]

Cell phones have their place

By Lynn Moncus: Local columnist Cellular phones are a great invention albeit they have become quite a public nuisance and a major distraction for drivers. Just watching people using them is an entertaining pastime, and listening to the users talk a top voice gives all within earshot an idea of the subject under discussion. Many [...]

Tucumcari Fire Chief warns of fire dangers

TV Hagenah Tucumcari Fire Chief Mike Cherry said Friday that the holidays are a wonderful time but he added that they can also be dangerous because of the extra threats of fires during the holiday season. “We don’t want to frighten people,” said Cherry, “but the Christmas trees and for that matter the season in [...]

Quay County bans fires, fireworks

TV Hagenah The Quay County Commissioners passed a proclamation Monday banning fireworks, weed burning and campfires throughout the county until further notice.. “It is sad we have to do this,” said Quay County Commissioner Jeff Lewalling, “but the fire danger is just so high that it is unavoidable.” Lewalling pointed to the danger of brush [...]

Bridge work about to start on Route 66

TV Hagenah On a lonely stretch of old Route 66 between San Jon and Tucumcari nearly 80 people gathered Tuesday morning to take part in a ceremony that would serve as the first step to put the road back into use. Tuesday had been set aside by state officials as the official ground breaking for [...]

Library, extension office offer internet access

William Thompson The Tucumcari public library has a total of seven computers capable of providing internet access to the public free of charge. Also, the County Extension office for NMSU , located in the basement of the Quay County Courthouse provides four computers for public use. Mary Ann Molinas, Head Librarian at Tucumcari Public Library, [...]

Skull collection donated to college

TV Hagenah Ron and Lisa Jones of Tucumcari have donated a collection of 37 skulls from a wide variety of animals from Quay County, northern New Mexico and south Texas to Mesalands Community College. “Well,” said Ron Jones a wildlife specialist with the United States Department of Agriculture, “We donated it because we felt it [...]

Agriculture chief water user in area

By Tony Farkas Agriculture is the foundation for eastern New Mexico’s economy. The cotton gins that didn’t stop production even on Thanksgiving Day, the farm implements seen along the roads and highways every spring and fall, and the aroma from the local feedlots and dairies offer plenty of physical evidence to support the statement. Statistics [...]