Year in Review: July, 2006

Here are the highlights of the second half of 2006, as reported in the Quay County Sun.

July 1: Almost half of the floating Ute Lake Marina’s slips are covered. The Marina also has gas pumps and a convenience store. The grand opening coincides with the 4th of July weekend.
July 1: At 4-7 p.m today the annual “Bean Feed” was held at Ute Lake-Logan. Fireworks at 8 p.m.
July 1: Alyson Paige McClure celebrated her first birthday.
July 1: Ann Coutler’s book, “Godless” is available at the Tucumcari Public Library.
July 2: The new Ute Lake Marina represents an investment of more than $250,000. The investors are also involved in the Ute Lake Ranch development on the south side of the lake.
July 2: Kayla Cherry celebrated her 7th birthday.
July 3: Ice cold lemonade is back! Jaeger and Heidi Strong set up their first stand in 2005, making about $120, to buy an above-ground pool. The pair waited for thirsty customers at West Washington and Fifth Street.
July 4: The grand opening ended 18 marina-less months since the old site was damaged. John R. Vigil, Ute Lake Park superintendent, estimated from 10 to 12 thousand would visit over the weekend.
July 5: The state Court of Appeals upheld the Environment Department’s decision to allow the city of Tucumcari to go ahead with its plans for a landfill north of town.
July 6: Heavy rains washed out several county roads, nearly flooded some homes and signaled hope that the drought is ending. A RAD water pipe broke and homes were without potable water.
July 9: This was get-wet day at the festival. Participants were warned to be prepared to cool off (and get wet) with the Sunday afternoon water events and, a muddy mud-hole tug of war!
July 15: The Tucumcari Farmers Market opened with fresh vegetables and baked goods.
July 15: Amistad celebrated its 100th anniversary with a town festival.
July 17: Registered sex offender in Tucumcari faces charges, bail set at $1 million.
July 17: Quay All Stars Little Leaguers have to settle for second in district, Clovis American All Stars take title.
July 19: Tucumcari’s Odeon Theatre, built in 1936, is being considered for State Register of Cultural Properties and the National Historic Register of Historic Places. The theater’s owner, Ramon Martinez, began working at the theater when he was a teenager and bought the theater from a member of the theater’s founding family.
July 19: Tucumcari point guard Jeremy Lopez, 17, was selected for the North-South 1A/2A All Star basketball match on July 27 in the Pit in Albuquerque.
July 19: Quay 4-Hers ride home from the Southeast District 4-H Horse show (held in Lovington, Texas, on June 24) with 11 first place ribbons.
July 19: Five other Quay County 4-Hers traveled to Las Cruces last week for a State 4-H conference. One, Valtie Riddle, received a scholarship from the 4-H Foundation. She will be attending Baylor University this fall.
July 20: The Tucumcari Public Library held its finale of the summer reading program. Several young readers received bikes, thanks to the generosity of local businesses.
July 21: The Tucumcari High School track was being renovated to include resurfacing with an all-weather latex surface.
July 24: Update on Ute Lake Ranch project given to County Commissioners at regular meeting by development’s engineer.
July 26: School superintendent fired. Superintendent William Reents was given a “termination letter” by the Tucumcari Schools Board of Education.
July 27: The North and South All Stars basketball game in the Pit in Albuquerque was a rite of passage, for at least two of the players it was the last time they’d play on a team, they said they didn’t plan to pursue basketball in college.
July 27: Duke and Georgiana Primrose celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary atop Tucumcari Mountain’s Biscuit. They and friends rode horseback to the top and enjoyed a steak barbecue dinner.
July 28: 4-H riders from across the state converged on the Quay County Fairgrounds for the State 4-H Horse Show and the 4-H Quay County Rodeo, hosted by the Quay County 4-Hers. The light rain that arrived with them didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s spirits.
July 29: Aaron McKinney, assistant superintendent, was named acting superintendent. School board chair Rex Kirksey would not elaborate on the termination of current School Board Superintendent William Reents.
July 29: Northeast New Mexico Regional Water Plan is issued by Daniel B. Stephens and Associates. It states that: “Agricultural conservation probably represents the greatest opportunity for reducing demand and delaying depletion of the aquifers.” Eight conservation avenues were noted for Tucumcari.
July 29: Middle and high school registration dates announced.