Here’s a look back at some of the top news stories published in March 2007 in the Quay County Sun.
March 3: Fire Department making move to Center Street. Its administrative offices will be at 207 East Center Street in July.
March 3: Former Rattler to be honored at state tourney. T. J. Parks will be inducted into the New Mexico Activities Association Hall of Fame.
March 3: Quay County teens to create their own ad campaign to discourage underage drinking.
March 7: Bobbye Rose has had multiple roles in San Jon. She’s been San Jon’s city manager, clerk, and treasurer since 1983. She says, “I wanted to do all I could to help San Jon grow.”
March 7: County cattle theft suspected. Rancher Bryan Rinestine offers reward of $10,000 for information about more than a dozen missing calves.
March 7: Police seize drugs. During a routine traffic stop. The Tucumcari Police Department seized 559 pounds of marijuana. Street value estimated at $89,000.
March 7: Two unopposed candidates were elected to positions on the Board of Trustees at Mesalands Community College. They are Jimmy R. Sandoval and J. Bronson Moore.
March 10: Art op-pour-tunity. Artists gather from across the nation for Mesalands Community College iron pour.
March 10: Three city manager finalists named and to be interviewed March 24.
March 10: Feral hogs pose potential problems for Quay County farmers and ranchers. They are said to threaten crops and livestock; and to be harmful to wildlife and habitats.
March 17: Logan plays host to Harlem Ambassadors traveling basketball squad.
March 17: Governor OKs Quay County capital outlay as session enters final day. Funds total $3.6 million for the North American Wind Research and Training Center at Mesalands and other local projects.
March 17: Skier again an Olympian. Tucumcari pre-teen, Kathryn Bowen, 12, qualified for the Junior Olympics in Colorado – for the second time.
March 21:The Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corp. has plans for casino, race track in city on 250-acre site. Partners to include San Jon, House, Logan. The development agency will propose to communities in Quay County that they jointly pursue an application with the New Mexico Racing Commission to obtain New Mexico’s last racetrack permit. To own and operate the track and casino, the community would create an entity known as the Quay County Gaming Authority.
March 21: Proposals given for new high school in Tucumcari. The school administration and school board hope to combine resources from state and the sale of school bonds to raise $11 million, but wonder whether to build a new school or make improvements to the existing facility.
March 21: City has train of thoughts on what should be done with local railroad station. Mayor Mary Mayfield said, “We all feel like the railroad helped build Tucumcari and we’d like to keep it for our children and grandchildren.
March 21: Mesalands working toward wind center. With more than $4 million secured from state and federal dollars, local officials are working to set up the North American Wind Research and Training Center at Mesalands Community College, begin with the purchase of a wind turbine.
March 24: Tornado devastates Logan. A tornado touched down in the Village of Logan, injuring one person, destroying about 30 mobile and motor homes and damaging others. A storm hit on March 23 about 3:20 p.m on Friday. At 6:30 p.m. about 35 people had taken refuge in Logan’s old high school gym.
March 24: Hail storm bruises Tucumcari. Thunder, lightning and a feisty spell of hail hit Tucumcari between 2 p.m and 2:30 p.m. on Friday. Lights flickered. In some places hail was about three or four inches deep. Snow plows were need to clear the hail from certain areas.
March 24: Officials discuss racetrack plans. Several members of the Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corp. visited with the New Mexico Racing Commission to discuss plans for a racetrack and casino in Tucumcari.
March 28: Friends, family come to aid in wake of tornado. In all, 60 homes were damaged in Logan, and 32 were destroyed. Since the tornado, Logan citizens have been exchanging stories. The roof was 110 feet away. The small fishing boat that sailed by – in the air. But, as one woman said, “With the help of family and friends, we’ll get through this.”
March 28: Shock settles in as families recover. Angie Chavez’s home may have been first tornado victim. She lives at 65 State Road 17, about a mile southeast of Highway 54.
March 28: County questions need for new sirens – at $100K – for early warning system in the wake of Friday’s tornado in Logan
March 28: FEMA surveys damage in Quay County.
March 31: Woman injured by tornado recovering. Tamie Elam was the only Logan resident to be hospitalized. She was taken by Logan EMS to Dan Trigg Memorial Hospital and then transported to another hospital in Albuquerque. She is recovering at her parents’ home in Liberal, Kan.
March 31: Logan could face $150K cleanup tab. The village of Logan is seeking federal funding to help in the cleanup of damage that hit Logan on March 23: Gov. Bill Richardson signed a declaration of disaster and sent it to Washington, D.C. in hopes that President Bush will declare Quay, Curry, and Roosevelt counties a disaster.
March 31: Construction began last week on a new $7.4 million welcome center at Glenrio.