Four-day school week draws support

By William Thompson A majority of teachers and parents at a public forum on Tuesday were in favor of a four-day week for the Tucumcari public schools. “What we have found (in research) is that with a four-day week, teacher absenteeism is improved 50 percent and student absenteeism is improved 20 percent,” said Rex Maddaford, […]

Chamber rodeo set

The fifth annual Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce Rodeo begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Quay County fairgrounds arena with team roping and slack roping competition. Thursday evening’s events are free. Admission to Friday and Saturday evening’s events, which begin nightly at 7 p.m., is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children under 12. […]

Prayers should be thanks, not theatrics

By Debra Whittington “Pray without ceasing.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:17 After our food was delivered to the table in the restaurant, my friend and I joined hands and said a prayer giving thanks for the food provided. We thanked the Lord for the safe trip and asked for guidance and protection for the trip home. […]

June 22 Calendar

Thursday – The Tucumcari Housing Authority meets at city hall, 5 p.m. Thursday – The Tucumcari City Commission meets at city hall, 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday — The 22nd Annual Custom Classic Softball Tournament is scheduled in Clovis. Men’s teams and women’s teams may enter. Entry fee is $190. Call 762-8977 for details. Friday – A […]

Seniors find companionship through program

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By William Thompson Tucumcari resident Marina Valverde, 88, gets a visit from Dora Anaya, 66, two hours a day, five days a week. Anaya enrolled in Quay County’s Senior Companions program four years ago. Valverde was her first client. “Dora is like a relative to me now,” said Valverde. “We crochet together, we sing old […]

Public forum on Tuesday

Tucumcari schools will host a public forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the adminstration building at 2400 S. Eighth St. The purpose of the forum is to provide information on a four-day school week. A question-and-answer session will be held and members of the community are encouraged to express their opinions, school officials said. Bertha […]

Mesalands to train truck drivers

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By William Thompson Mesalands Community College has entered into an agreement to train all truck driver trainees for Interstate Distributor Company, a national trucking firm with a terminal in Tucumcari. John Yearout, Mesalands’ director of public relations, said the first class consisting of Interstate trainees should begin this fall. The trainees will come from all […]

Second-hand store survives on Route 66

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By William Thompson It’s called Uncle Sam’s Wild West Trading Post, and it owes it’s “wildness” to owner Steven Benavidez. Benavidez has operated the second-hand store seven days a week at the corner of South Seventh Street and West Route 66 Boulevard for the past four months. He said he’s trying to create more than […]

County may opt out of Ute Water Project

By Tony Parra PORTALES — The Ute Water pipeline project is in danger of losing another partner. Quay County Manager Terry Turner on Wednesday said the county more than likely will opt out of the project. Turner said county commissioners have been discussing the exit of the project. “Quay County has seen a decline in […]

San Jon residents gather at future town hall site

QCS Staff San Jon officials gathered at the site of their planned 2,000-square-foot village hall Tuesday evening for the official groundbreaking. Village officials had about $230,000 in grant money assembled in August to pay for the hall’s construction. The state Legislature provided $140,000 and $80,000 came from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s community facilities program, […]