Gas station project makes progress

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QCSun staff A beautification project started last fall by the Tucumcari Chamber of Commerce and MainStreet organization made some progress before a winter hiatus, chamber of commerce director Bob Beaulieu said.Beaulieu said work on the gas stations has stopped until warmer temperatures permit painting. Before colder conditions prevailed, Doug and Sharon Quarles and a group […]

Community calendar — Dec. 8

Thursday Eastern New Mexico Feral Hog Symposium at 9 a.m., Tucumcari Convention Center. City Commission Work Session at 5 p.m., City Hall. City Commission at 6 p.m., City Hall. Friday Quay County Pecan Treasures Food Show at 8 a.m., Quay County Extension Service.

MainStreet depot project on track

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QCSun staff Tucumcari MainStreet program director Mark Lake said his organization’s Tucumcari Train Depot revitalization project is on schedule and should be on track to use all of its $1.4 million in state funding by June 2011. MainStreet is currently awaiting bids from contractors to restore the building’s 47 windows and 17 doors to their […]

Ortiz wins award at Nara Visa gathering

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When someone is described as having earned so much respect and admiration through his honesty, hard work and caring of others, you know that person is Carlos Ortiz. He has lived his life by the traditions of the West, caring for the land, livestock, family and friends. Both his paternal and maternal grandparents homesteaded and […]

Cowboy experiences full day’s work

Baxter Black “… and the old man gave his orders: “Boys, go at them from the jump, no use to go for fancy riding now.” That great line from “The Man from Snowy River” by Banjo Paterson crossed my mind as I started into the thorny brush and wicked mesquite thicket on a steep slide […]

Artist says work has spiritual theme

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Russell Anglin Federico Perez, 52, hung one of his tile murals at Mesalands Community College’s library Aug. 27, and has another mosaic displaying at Divine Connection Ministries. Seeing these two pieces is the closest most Tucumcarians will come to Perez’s work, however. One of his smaller pieces, an intricate pattern of earth-colored and white diamond […]

Hospital staffing top priority for new recruits

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Russell Anglin Lance Labine, Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital administrator, settled into his new position during his first day of work Monday.

Work continues at high school

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Thomas Garcia As construction continues at Tucumcari High School, seniors are reminded of their first days at Tucumcari public schools. “We were the first class to start kindergarten at the new elementary on Eleventh Street,” said Chris Arias, THS senior. Arias said it seemed a little fitting he and his classmates would start and end […]

Book review — July 28

“It was a time of unrest, unemployment, and the search by Americans for stability and security, when J. H. ‘Jim’ Stiles opened his sign shop in Tucumcari, New Mexico. The date was 1935, and he saw a small vibrant community in need of his talents. As a sign painter of recognition across the upper areas […]

Tomboy more comfortable in mud

By Baxter Black: On the Edge of Common Sense Nicole was a tomboy. No, more accurately she was a cowboy. She favored cow work to Barbie dolls. She was Dad’s right-hand man. By age 15, she could pull her weight, from building fence to pulling calves. Last spring to celebrate the coming of sunshine, the […]