Patrolman Jason Adams of Tucumcari Police was out on the streets New Year’s Eve looking for trouble. He did not find much. He said more and more local residents are keeping a low profile for the annual festivities.
“It was a slow night. There were hardly any cars out on the street after 10 p.m. New Year’s Eve,” said Adams. “I think it’s just a matter of people wanting to stay home and be safe.”
Lt. Charles Newman echoed Adams. “There wasn’t that much going on,” said Newman. “We haven’t had many problems to speak of over the past several New Year’s Eves.”
Newman said there was a DWI or two Friday. “Also somebody shot a gun off in celebration and the bullet went through someone’s roof and landed inside the house,” he said. “There were also a few fireworks violations.”
The streets may have been quiet but plenty of local residents found ways to let it all hang out as the clock chimed midnight.
Judy Weigert, bar manager for the Pow Wow Inn and Lounge, said the lounge was filled to capacity New Year’s Eve.
“We had several packages. You could get a single room for around $30,” she said. “Nearly all the guests were locals. They all had a lot of fun. Our band Double Shot was playing and everybody was dancing, everything from twisting to two-stepping.”
Karen Alarcon, co-owner of Trails West Lounge said her lounge saw a busy Friday but a quiet Saturday.
“We had a pretty good crowd New Year’s Eve. Everybody had fun,” she said. “Things began to taper off after midnight.”
Lt. Newman said more and more residents are aware of increased patrols on holidays.
“I think the saturation patrols deterred people from drinking and driving. You had our guys out there and New Mexico State Police,” he said.