Cowboy finds haven

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Mississippi cowboy Clifford Bowden said he went from having nothing in the hurricane ravaged town of Poplarville, Miss., to having a home, a job, a car — and even a girlfriend — after several weeks in Tucumcari. “I like this town,” Bowden said. “It’s really going good.” Bowden, age 24, said […]

Riders of the radio waves

By Martha Frost: QCS staff Duel Paris and Virgil McDonald enjoy being the eyes and voice for the Tucumcari Rattlers football team. “We get the best seat in the house,” said Paris, who has spent 15 years as an announcer for 92.7 KQAY-FM radio, “and we’re glad to do it for the people who can’t […]

Rattlers demolish Class 3A Spartans

QCS staff Playoff-bound Tucumcari capped off the regular-season by blowing past Bernalillo 46-9 Friday in a non-district contest. Senior Marc Salas rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns and Justin Benavidas punctuated a dominating first quarter by returning a fumble 37 yards for a score as Tucumcari rebounded from its first loss of the season. […]

Volunteers revamp library

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS The proverbial librarian who hushes the masses may have pulled her hair out at all the noise Saturday in the library at the Pioneer Senior Center. But the noise wasn’t a bunch of kids wreaking havoc or belittling Shakespeare, it came from the Altrusa club and area volunteers who were revamping […]

Everybody’s Club gets wet and happy

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Forrest lady LaNell Leatherwood said there was nothing out of the ordinary at their last club meeting – even though they ended up frolicking atop a fire truck amidst founts of foam and water. “We didn’t get real wet,” Leatherwood said, “but we played, yes.” In addition to the usual club […]

Red Ribbon Week spooks away drugs

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS The door on Tucumcari sixth-grader Isabel Herrera’s classroom may look like it’s decked out for Halloween – it comes complete with cobwebs, dark colors and spooky-looking figures. But the door is not, in fact, adorned for the ghoulish holiday. Herrera said it depicts the world when people are on drugs. “One […]

Football provides bonding opportunities

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Managing Editor My first encounter with football was getting hit in the head with one. No, it really wasn’t but it sounds funny. And it brings back fond memories of that Brady Bunch episode in which a football smashes into and breaks Marsha’s nose. Ah, the joy of the game. Actually, […]

Despite advances, there’s more to do

By Baxter Black: QCS columnist One common expression many of us use — “the greatest thing since sliced bread” — represents a milestone in convenience. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, sliced and wrapped bread became widely available. I’m not a cook, so it is difficult for me to imagine the mechanics of how […]

10/29 Editorial

When is tax reform not a good idea? When it makes the current labyrinthine system even worse. Unfortunately, that’s just what would happen if the President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform has its way. What else should one expect from a nine-member panel that includes a former IRS commissioner, Charles O. Rossotti? Appointed in […]

Rattlers thrown by the Lions

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It’s tricky business figuring out the Santa Rosa misdirection offense. For Tucumcari on Friday night, shutting down the Lions took a full half to do. And that was enough for Santa Rosa (8-0, 1-0 in 2-2A) to pad a 28-7 lead over the host Rattlers en route to a big district victory. In a battle […]