By Quay County Sun staff
Here are the highlights of the first half of 2006, as reported in the Quay County Sun. The second half of the year will be highlighted in Wednesday’s issue.
Jan. 1: High winds damaged roofs throughout the city to bring in the new year.
Jan. 4: Tucumcari hospital’s first baby of 2006 was Briannah Romero, daughter of Stephanie Romero and Brian Spinden.
Jan. 7: Logan Longhorns win their first EPAC Tournament boys championship with a win against Texico, 48-34, in Portales.
Jan. 10: City commissioner Betty Ditto did not file to seek re-election in the March 7 municipal election.
Jan. 14: A control burn was ignited near Tucumcari Memorial Cemetery to reduce future fire risks.
Jan. 17: New Mexico Energy Mineral and Natural Resources Department awards $63,000 grant to Mesalands Community College’s proposed North American Wind Research and Training Center.
Jan. 18: Southwest Beef Symposium and ag seminars were held at the Tucumcari Convention Center.
Jan. 19: School officials discuss need for new facilities.
Jan. 19. City Commission approves $75,000 for Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corp. development plans for industrial park.
Jan. 20: Story of the Buffalo soldiers told by Buffalo Soldiers Society was presented at the Tucumcari Convention Center.
Jan. 28: Rattler wrestlers, Brian Lopez, Raymond Jimenez and Fernando Ureste, brought home championship, second and third place medals, at the Sierra Blanca Tournament in Ruidoso.
Jan. 27: Rattlers basketball team clinches a homecoming win against Estancia Bears. 52-41.
Feb. 1: History teacher, Michael Russell, is named Teacher of the Year at Tucumcari High School.
Feb. 4: Mesalands Community College to offer course in livestock judging, the only two-year institution in New Mexico to offer such a discipline.
Feb. 8: Former nursing home building donated to Mental Health Resources Inc.
Feb. 16: Local fire departments fight a pair of grassfires, with one burning about 1,800 acres, near outskirts of city.
Feb. 17: Rattlers wrestling team comes in seventh at the Class 1-3A state tournament.
Feb. 17: Tucumcari Senior Center held its Valentine Dance. King and queen were Joe Haun and Ventura.
Feb. 18: Dale and HIlda Bakke announce that they will close in March on the sale of Blue Swallow Motel to Bill Kinder and Terri Johnson.
Feb. 22: Tucumcari High School students give their written input on dress code.
Feb. 23: City commissioners pass burn within the city limits.
Feb. 23: Rattlers basketball team gained a regional spot against Texico in the District 6-2A playoffs.
Feb. 25: County Fair Barn receives new floor and other improvements.
Feb. 27: Plans for Ute Lake Ranch were made official by the Quay County Commission.
Feb. 27: Northeast New Mexico Regional Water Plan’s steering committee met to define statements reflecting public welfare and future water projections at the Tucumcari Convention Center.
March 2: Mother Nature teases Tucumcari with a slight rainfall of .07 inches, more than the city had receive in all of February.
March 3: Tucumcari beats Eunice, 58-39, to advance to first state tournament since 1990.
March 4: Community Prayer Breakfast at the First Christian Church.
March 6: Mary Mayfield wins district 4 and James Lafferty wins district 5 in city commission race.
March 9: Logan Longhorns basketball team defeats De Moines 57-56.
March 10: $1.7 million in capital outlay to come to Quay County from state legislature.
March 10: Mesalands Community College held its 12th annual Mardi Gras shrimp boil fund raiser which netted more than $12, 000 for the college foundation.
March 11: House High School students Lisa Chesser and Sara Lee were essay contest winners in the Daughters of the American Revolution contest.
March 13: 10th Judicial District Chief Deputy District Attorney Don Schutte file a petition to make sure there was public oversight of DWI funds.
March 16: Job shadows, students from Tucumcari High School, visited 23 area businesses to learn about skills needed for certain careers.
March 16: The Musick Bull Sales was held on Highway 54.
March 17: Mesalands Community College holds its annual iron pour.
March 18: The “Great Eggspectation Auction” raised more than $11,000 for the Eastern New Mexico Art Space.
March 22: The Rattlers baseball team puts up 40 runs in a pair of victories at the San Jon Invitational, 17-7 against Floyd and 23-5 against San Jon.
March 23: Volunteers of the commodity program pleaded with city officials to continue distributing commodities from Tucumcari Recreation Center.
March 27: County Commission chairman Franklin McCasland reported that the Interstate Streams Commission had agreed to lease 400 acre feet of water for the initial construction phase of Ute Lake Ranch.
March 29: Tucumcari Airport will receive $100,000 to develop an environmental assessment for a 1,100-foot extension of runway 26.
March 30: The Santa Fe Opera Apprentices presented a special program of opera arias and show tunes at the Tucumcari High School Auditorium.
April 13: Veterans talked to writing to congressmen in hopes of keeping the local veterans affairs office open, despite plans to close it on July 1.
April 13: City commissioners consider what type of wastewater treatment will be used to upgrade the city’s system, which was last updated 20 years ago.
April 15: The late Grace Madrid was honored with a sign and dedication ceremony at Northside Park. Madrid, who died on May 18, 2005, was a Quay County Commissioner.
April 19: Construction has already begun on First Street and Tucumcari Boulevard.
April 21-22: Relay for life held to benefit American Cancer Society.
April 21: Corridor management plan for sections of Route 66 suggested as way to gain federal and state grants by officials from Santa Fe.
April 22: Wellness Fair hosted by Quay County Maternal Child and Community Health Council at the convention center.
May 12: Graduation ceremonies for Mesalands Community College were held at the Tucumcari High School Auditorium.
May 15: Northeast Regional Water plan discussed in Tucumcari.
May 19: City hosts “A Healthy New Mexico” town hall meeting with Gov. Bill Richardson and representatives from the state’s six cabinet offices.
May 17: Augustine “Auggie” Montiel is missing after witnesses saw him get sucked in by an undercurrent while swimming with a friend inteh irrigation canal along Charles Street.
May 19: Augustine “Auggie” Montiel, 12, is recovered from the canal.
May 25: Tucumcari City Commissioners approved use of a $30,000 Community Development Block grant for general zoning purposes.
May 27: Grady celebrated its Centennial Celebration.
June 3: Bo Beames annouces he will leave Trigg Memorial Hospital to go to Socorro.
June 6: School Superintendent William Reents is placed on adminstrative leave by the Tucumcari School Board.
June 13: Crystal Cochran and Fred Jaramillo III were arraigned on charges in connection with the death of Augstine “Auggie” Montiel who drowned in an irrigation canal.
June 19: Retired school teacher Darryl Petrak of House was to leave on 37-day journey covering 15,000 miles from House to Florida to Alaska and back to House on the Rebel Bike Trek. Petrak’s journey was cut short by an accident in Texas.
June 20: City Commissioners approved $20,000 for the start-up of MainStreet, pending approval of the application by the New Mexico MainStreet program.
June 22: Farmers and ranchers welcomed a new sight: Rain.
June 27: County employees win holiday bonus because of the county workers’ safety record.
June 28: Overdue tax rolls prompt county officials to seek auction.
June 26: Twenty-one Quay County 4-H-ers went to Texico for the Southeast District 4-H Contest. they won dozens of ribbons in Air Rifle, Rifle, Archery, Decision-Making, Bowling, Home Economics, Horse Judging, Entomology, Horticulture, Land and Livestock Judging, and many more competitions.
June 29: Norman Tyrell Cates, 19, was sentenced to life in prison for the 2004 murder of 65-year-old Lena Aragon Barrett of Roy. Cates was a juvenile when the murder was committed
June 30: It’s noon-time Friday and about 200 guests and civic and governmental officials began celebrating (with free hot dogs) the grand opening of the new 54-slip Ute Lake Marina in Logan. It’s better, an 11-year-old bystander said, than pushing and pulling the boat in and out of the sand.
June 30: Volunteers (15 of them) gather in the back room of the Citizens Bank to label 3,300 invitations to the Rattler Reunion on Aug. 3 -5 at the Convention Center.