March 1968

The Tucumcari chapter of the Future Farmers of Americas barbecue dinner raised $1,200 to help with upcoming events including attendance at the state convention and judging in Las Cruces. FFA cooked 1,200 pounds of meat in a pit fire. … Victor Eulogio Montano of Tucumcari was a Senior Petty Officer in Charge in the U.S. Navy when he received a commendation for his outstanding performance of duties of providing essential logistics support to U.S. combat forces in Danang, Vietnam from U.S. Army Gen. John T. Honeycutt. Montano was promoted to the rank of Boatswain’s Mate First Class. … Nona Mae Dabu was honored as teacher of the week with a presentation of a pen and pencil set by Homer Hangrove, owner of Hangrove Jewelry. She was a pre-first grade teacher at the Zia School and had been teaching in Tucumcari for 11 years. … The Navy’s hydrofoil boat built by Boeing, the USS Tucumcari, went through its final test runs . The USS Tucumcari would be the forerunner of a new class of swift gunboat.