7/27 Community Notes

Tucumcari’s radio station KTNM 1400 AM is broadcasting a new Hispanic radio show called “La Voz” from 7 to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays now through December.

The program, hosted by retired bilingual educator Benjie Torres, features local artists performing Ranchera, New Mexico and Tex-Mex music, as well as personal interviews, college news, and information about the benefits of higher education, according to Dean of Students Greta Estes at Mesalands Community College, which is sponsoring the program.

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The Farmers’ Market has been up and running every Tuesday and Saturday at 5 p.m. since July 2, according to market manager Bobbie DeFoor. Twice a week a bell will ring to indicate the market is open for business, with fresh fruit and veggies for sale in Wailes Park, off Route 66 and Date Street.

“We’ve been off to a bad start because of the July 4 hail storm,” DeFoor said, “but we’re gradually getting better. It’s been a pretty good turn out.”

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Quay Council for Arts and Humanities elected a new board of directors Tuesday at the annual meeting, according to a release from the organization.

The announcement said new officers are Ron Wilmot as president; Joe Cooper as first vice president; Donna Garcia as second vice president; Kim Andrews as secretary; and D’Jean Jawrunner as treasurer. Additional board members are Rita Romero, Jerry Klaverweiden, Jeanne Tipton, Joyce Runyan, and Thelma Lazarus.

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Quay Council for Arts and Humanities also sent a release announcing its 2005-2006 season.

Highlights include two children’s musical productions of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”; the 13th annual Nara Visa Cowboy Poetry Gathering; the gospel, blues, bluegrass, and country music group Orabelle; Urban Ballet; mariachi and dancers; a local talent showcase; the fourth annual Tucumcari Arts Festival; the Santa Fe Opera Apprentices Tour; Somei Toshino Taiko — a Japanese drum, woodwind, strings, and modern dance group; and a Battle of the Bands.

Dates, times and tickets can be obtained through the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce at 404 W. Route 66 Blvd., 461-1694.

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Quay County Fair books are now available in businesses around town or in the Quay County extension office, located at the courthouse, according to an announcement from Brenda Bishop, home economist for the extension office.
The fair books provide a schedule of events and contests with information on how to enter.

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Don’t forget the construction on South 1st Street — from now until further notice, DOT said southbound and northbound traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction on South 1st Street between Hines and Charles streets. No left turns will be allowed within the work zone.
This traffic flow change will be in effect for about three months, according to officials. Any questions can be directed to 461-9875.

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The Tucumcari Police Department will be conducting speed enforcement patrols from July 25-31 at all times of the day, Chief Larry Ham announced. During this time officers will be out enforcing DWI laws, and the South 1st Street construction zone will have a high concentration of enforcement for the workers’ safety, Ham said.