Tucumcari overtaken by motorists, truckers

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By Quay County Sun Staff Tucumcari has been overwhelmed on Saturday and New Year’s Eve with truckers and motorists who have not been able to get consistent access to Interstate 40 because of weather conditions and accidents. Tucumcari police officers, Patty Lopez and Detective Jack Henrickson, rushed to the U.S. Highway 54 (Mountain Road) and […]

Base transition under way

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base’s mission transition to the 16th Special Operations Wing has already begun, according to base commander Col. Scott West. West, who has served as the 27th Fighter Wing’s commander for eight months, presented an informational slide show to city and county officials during a quarterly joint luncheon […]

Rattlers claim ownership of Dons game

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Rattler Josh Villegas may have had his head in his hands on the sidelines during the third quarter of Friday night’s game, but it was held high at the end of the fourth as he high-fived his teammates after a 58-55 win over West Las Vegas. “I was bummed out,” Villegas […]

Cowboy principals down to essentials

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist Last year, Turner Classic Movies invited me to be part of a month of shows featuring old western movies. First I declined, explaining that although I enjoyed them I was not an authority on the subject. I suggested they try some of the veteran western actors who were still around like Buck […]

West Nile claims life in Quay County

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari’s Alan Bugg lived through a simultaneous kidney and pancreas transplant in June — but family members said he succumbed to the West Nile Virus on Oct. 7. Bugg is New Mexico’s second West Nile fatality of the year and wife Catherine Bugg said she is angry that the state’s Department […]

Mosquito fever hits Tucumcari

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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 […]

Local man contracts West Nile

William Thompson According to the New Mexico Department of Public Health, a 45-year-old Quay County man contracted the West Nile Virus sometime in August. Beth Velasquez, a spokesperson for the health department, said it is likely the man has already recovered from mild symptoms. “The man had ‘West Nile fever’,” said Velasquez. “It is a […]

West Nile shots needed

William Thompson The West Nile virus is making its appearance again in New Mexico this year according to veterinary experts, although it does not appear to be as active as last year’s outbreak. Still, Flint Taylor, of the New Mexico Veterinary Diagnostic Service, said it is imperative that horse owners vaccinate their horses against the […]

Festival features variety of fun

Johnnie Meier On Thursday July 8th, the Tucumcari Route 66 Festival will kick-off with a unique Tucumcari event, the Second Annual Trail Ride Through the Trails West Lounge. That evening, around 7:30 PM, riders on horseback will ride their horses into the Trails West Lounge. Each will ride up to the bar, and order a […]

Baseballers lose, tie in Las Vegas

William Thompson The Rattler baseball team opened their season Tuesday afternoon at West Las Vegas with a doubleheader. The Rattlers had the lead early in the first game, but the Dons of West Las Vegas went on a scoring spree late in the game to win by ten. The second game was a short one. […]