Organizers: Air show will go on

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By Ryan Lengerich The Thunderbirds won’t fly — and that’s no big deal. The 11th annual Tucumcari Rotary Club Air show will go on as planned and organizer Bob McClelland Jr. expects an excellent show despite its original main attraction, the Air Force Thunderbirds, canceling their flight eight days before the event. “We have such […]

Longhorns’ lack experience, not confidence

By Ryan Lengerich The Logan football team is young, but don’t tell head coach Billy Burns his squad is rebuilding. “What I think it is for the younger guys is an experience year, for the older guys this is all they got — this is it,” Burns said. The Longhorns (2-2) take on Melrose at […]

Amendment 2 won’t solve New Mexico’s education problems

Letter to the editor On September 23, New Mexicans will be asked to approve a funding scheme to pay for so-called public school reforms. Constitutional Amendment 2 is risky and will most certainly jeopardize an endowment created more than 100 years ago with the idea in mind that it would serve as a reliable source […]

Rattlers to play season’s first road game

By Ryan Lengerich For the Rattlers, Friday’s opponent nearly upset the No. 1 ranked Class 3A team in the state last week. But they didn’t — and remain without a win this season. The Rattlers (3-0) will face the Raton Tigers (0-3) at 7 p.m. Friday in the team’s first road test of the 2003 […]

House led by experience, setters

By Ryan Lengerich Experience will be the key to success for the 2003 House Cowgirls volleyball team. Head coach Jason Lee loses only one starter from a team that finished third in the district last year. House will be counting on three seniors and two freshman to lead the way this season. Three seniors return […]

San Jon finds strength in height

By Ryan Lengerich San Jon opened the 2003 volleyball season with a 3-1 victory against Dora High School, a team head coach Clair Rachor said he doesn’t remember ever defeating. The Lady Coyotes are coming off a rebuilding year and return all but one player, Gwen Martinez. San Jon also returns three all-district performer in […]

Six-Man Football: Logan defending title, House wants first playoff spot

By Ryan Lengerich The Logan Longhorn football team has only two seniors after graduating five players from last season’s district championship squad. Senior running back and defensive end Kurt Burns is in his fifth year with the team since joining as an eighth grader. The other senior, Brett Sanders is in his third year since […]

Rookie QB ready for first snap

By Ryan Lengerich Last season as wide receiver junior Chris McCasland was the feature target for Rattlers quarterback Sam Nunn. Now as quarterback he assumes a new role — as every opposing defensive player’s feature target. Raised in Tucumcari, McCasland developed as a wide receiver throughout grade school. After a short stint as running back […]

Depth could be key to team’s success

By Ryan Lengerich Everyone it seems has an opinion about what the defending state champion Rattlers must do to fill the void left by eight graduated seniors including four starters. “I think most of it’s heart,” Nick Wiegal, junior defensive end, tight end and full back said. “I think there are some freshman who come […]

Gomicinda Montano spent 17 years serving poor

By Ryan Lengerich Gomicinda Montano was a nomad. The Tucumcari woman loved to travel and enjoyed being around people, family members said. It was her affinity for travel that took her and boyfriend Telfilo “Toby” Salas to Pueblo, Colo. last weekend, said Ben Montano, her son. Montano, 71, and Salas, 74, were killed in a […]