Truancy addressed

William Thompson Gov. Bill Richardson signed into law recently a measure designed to curtail truancy on the part of New Mexico students. Tucumcari High School Assistant Principal , Rex Maddaford, who oversees attendance at the high school, said it was about time. “We have had a real problem with unexcused absences here at the school,” [...]

Soldier returns home

TV Hagenah After over a year in Iraq, Eddie Gonzales of Tucumcari is back home and happy about it. “It’s just nice to be able to drive down the street and not be worried about somebody shooting at you,” said Gonzales. The staff sergeant, said he was proud of the work he and the other [...]

Encinas named coach of year

William Thompson Tucumcari High School wrestling coach Eddie Encinias was recently named wrestling Coach of the Year for class A -AAA by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. Encinias said he was surprised by the news. “I called up some of the other wrestling coaches around the state and asked them how this had [...]

Comments from the Canyons – Visiting

Lynn Moncus During the last few weeks, this woman from Ima surely has enjoyed phone calls and visits with friends from Quay County. From the time we moved into town in 1939, I have had eye strain from looking for people from throughout the area and having a chance to do some talking and listening. [...]

Lucero honored as ‘Artist’

TV Hagenah Mike Lucero, this month’s Artist in the Annex at the Tucumcari Historical Museum, isn’t certain when he first realized that he had talent for art, it might have been high school art class, but he is certain when his shaping into an artist began. “It’s when I started working with artist and woodcarver [...]

Nine from THS to all-district lists

William Thompson The 2003-2004 District 6-AA All District basketball teams were announced recently, and members of the Tucumcari boys’ and girls’ varsity squads were selected. For the boys, Ray Johnson and Chris McCasland made First Team All-District. Johnson said he was happy to make the team for the second straight year. “This being my senior [...]

Turn of card decides election

TV Hagenah “When I saw that I turned over a nine I thought that I had lost,” said Christopher Maestas who was drawing cards against incumbent Jimmy Sandoval to see who would become Tucumcari’s newest city commissioner. “Then I saw that he had turned over a two.” The entire experience of choosing a city commissioner [...]

Mesalands gets help from Legislature

David Arkin Mesalands Community College President Phillip Barry said he learned something during the 30-day Legislative session that wrapped up last week — being in Santa Fe is important. Barry, who spent a fair amount of time lobbying for the college during the 30-day session, said his work up north paid off. “For us, the [...]

Martha Welch, Rose Lucinda Dominguez, Johnie Opal Parker, Jesse L. Shugart

Jesse L. Shugart Jesse L. Shugart, 82, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004, in Amarillo. Shugart was born March 14, 1921 in Des Moines, N.M. Shugart was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II in First Army, Fourth Infantry. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He was also a [...]

Tucumcari plan appears “hit”

William Thompson Doug Powers, Community Development Director, said the recently adopted Comprehensive Plan for Tucumcari is a hit with city government employees. “Everybody here is behind this plan one hundred per cent,” said Powers. “It offers a very positive outlook for Tucumcari, plus it is easy to read. City employees should enjoy perusing this plan.” [...]