City approves two zoning ordinances

Sun Staff Tucumcari city commissioners approved two ordinances to change residential zones to commercial zones on Thursday at a meeting in Conchas. The commission also discussed the status of the natural gas pipeline under construction in the county. Following the regular business meeting, commissioners met for a retreat to discuss various past, present and future […]

College makes summer school fun

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By Angela Peacock Making learning fun is the whole objective behind Mesalands Community College’s Summer Adventure Camp. John Yearout, Mesalands Director of Public Relations, hopes that by placing children in a positive, creative learning environment at a young age they will develop a desire to further their education when they become adults. Yearout said 60 […]

Obits 6/18

Wanda Coots Wanda Dale Coots, 89, died Sunday, June 15, 2003 in Big Spring, Texas. She was born Oct. 3, 1913, in Rosebud. She graduated from Clayton High School and was a member of the First Christian Church in Tucumcari. She was a bank teller in Nara Visa and later at the Citizen’s Bank in […]

TPD officer retains his certification

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Tucumcari police officer who pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated said he will retain his police certification and hopes to return to duty next month. Sgt. Jeff Gonzales, a 12-year veteran of the Tucumcari Police Department, remains on paid administrative leave, according to Police Chief Dennis Townsend. Gonzales said he […]

Iranian hits Tucumcari for peace

By Angela Peacock Since 1996, Reza Baluchi has been biking and running across the world with this message: “I would like for Muslims, Christians and everyone to come together. I’m running for people, peace and freedom,” said Baluchi as he stopped for a breather just past mile marker 333 outside of Tucumcari on Interstate 40 […]

Area businesses hit with tobacco sting

By Darrell Todd Maurina Salespeople in 16 area businesses — four in Clovis, three in Portales, two in San Jon, two in Logan, one in Nara Visa, three in Clayton and one in Elida — face misdemeanor charges and up to a $1,000 fine for selling tobacco last week to a 17-year-old minor working as […]

Water authority to discuss fiscal agent

Special to the Sun The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority will meet at 2 p.m. today at the Melrose School Building. Among the items on the agenda are: –A new agreement between the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the authority. –Evaluation of proposals and selection of a fiscal agent for the authority. –Discussion and […]

Airport measure altered

By Gary Mitchell Air service to Clovis and other similar-sized communities was jeopardized recently by potential congressional action. A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman said Bingaman and fellow senators beat back an initiative last week that would have forced some of New Mexico’s communities that take part in the Essential Air Service (EAS) program […]

Petitions out statewide against Senate Bill 28

By Jack King Curry County Commission Chairman Tim Ashley is backing a petition drive against a state law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. A bill prohibiting the discrimination, Senate Bill 28, was passed by the state Legislature and signed by Gov. Bill Richardson this year. A statewide petition drive to keep […]

Writer deals with spiritual drought

By Debra Whittington “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? […]