2007: Year in Review, April-May

Here’s a look back at some of the top stories published in April and May 2007 in the Quay County Sun.

April 2007
April 4: Commission decides not to decide on who would be the city’s new manager. Also learns about failed sewer treatment plant on Rock Island Road.

April 4: Tornadoes can affect victims long after, counselors say. Free counseling is being offered to residents of Logan after the March 23 tornado.

April 4: LaRose Szaloy tracks the pack, helps to keep the (Grey) Hounds rolling Greyhound Bus Lines ticket office in Tucumcari.

April 4: Bell Ranch for sale, $115 million. The Bell Ranch, 250,000 acres, gets is named for its bell-shaped mesa or La Campana.

April 4: Sonic to build a new location. The old Sonic, at 602 W. Tucumcari Blvd., will be closed.

April 7: Recruiting officers is priority for Police Chief Larry Ham.

April 7: The employees of the Glenrio New Mexico Visitors Center are getting adjusted to their new location next to the San Jon City Hall until the new $7.4 million Glenrio Visitors Center is completed.

April 7: The Federal Emergency Management Agency will open a Disaster Recovery Center on Monday in Logan. The representatives will be bilingual.

April 11: “Racino” plan calling for extra money from tax fund gains JPA support. The joint powers agreement (JPA) gained the Villages of Logan and San Jon. The Village of House bowed out.

April 11: Support varies for racing plan. Questions raised about “moral aspects” but there were pros.

April 11: FEMA’s Logan office helping tornado victims. The center was set up and opened Monday for residents of Logan to apply for financial assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the damages done by the March 23 tornado.

April 11: Mesalands to buy wind turbine, staff center. More steps were put in place for the start-up of the North American Wind Research Training Center (NSWRTC0 by the Mesalands Community College Board of Trustees.

April 14: New city manager to start May 1. John R. Sutherland is selected as the new city manager on Thursday by the Tucumcari City Commission.

April 14: City, county join JPA for track, casino. During the past week,
four of the five invited participants have agreed to apply to the state for a license for a race track and casino in Tucumcari.

April 14: Logan seeking shelter. Officials of Logan are exploring the possibility of leasing land owned by the Interstate Stream Commission to build a civic center for meetings, a storm shelter, and to provide space for outdoor activities.

April 18: Gaming Authority begins prep for racino application for an estimated $30 million race track and casino operation in Tucumcari. Warren Frost was named the Authority’ s executive director.

April 18: The Federal Aviation Administration will give the Tucumcari Municipal Airport $150,000 for planned upgrades and safety equipment.

April 18: School board selected Albuquerque-based Greer Stafford SJFC, Inc. to design new school project.

April 21: Tucumcari High School student Brian Lopez has been accepted for the University of New Mexico’s pre-med and medical school program.

April 21: Two 30-second commercials for the New Mexico Lottery will feature the Mesalands Community College’s farrier science program and the fine art foundry.

April 21: 2007 Prom at Tucumcari High School.

April 25: Gunshot claims life of Tucumcari female, 21. Second person in Tucumcari to die from gunshot in three months.

April 25: New city manager to receive $75K a year. John Sutherland, from Flagstaff, Ariz., is to start employment with city on May 1.

April 25: Tucumcari School Board members reviewed and $8.685 million budget for the 2007-2008 school year on Monday. The budget is to be sent to the state later this week.

April 25: Wind gusts take minor toll on city. Rowdy and feisty wind gusts fueled a brush fire off of Airport Road and toppled over several power poles over the weekend. A carport was hoisted by the wind and brushed up against a power pole.

April 28: Phillip J. Latham Jr., 24, entered a not guilty plea. Latham is charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of Tiffany Throckmorton, 21, on Tuesday morning.
April 28: City agrees: Signs need facelift. The two Tucumcari “Welcomes You” signs will be revamped and repainted by Rudy Gonzales.

May 2007
May 2: Who owns the roads in Montoya? The Quay County Commission will be seeking the advice of the New Mexico attorney general on the legal action needed to vacate roads and parts of townships that were incorporated.

May 2: On Saturday about 30 volunteers were participating in the Great American Cleanup.
May 5: Logan awarded $8 million for waste water project to extend the public sewer system to areas currently not served and to prevent sewer contamination at Ute Lake.

May 5: Cinco de Mayo celebrations Friday at Mesalands Community College.

May 5: The Holiday Inn Express opened, creating 15 jobs and is expected to provide five more.
May 9: Rattlers baseball team advances to regionals, after sweeping the Clayton Yellowjackets in a doubleheader.

May 9: Water rights go for $21K. Arch Hurley sells off about 40 acres of rights. The action was approved by the district’s board after owners defaulted on their payments. The auction netted the district $21,390.

May 9: Top wranglers. Desirae Evans of Tucumcari and Brea Valentine of Nara Visa won top honors on at the American Quarter Horse Association’s Horse Fiesta in Albuquerque.
May 12:The Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corp. (GTEDC) has selected Patrick Vanderpool of Pampa, Texas, to head up its development efforts. He is a former rural economic development specialist for U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici.

May 12: Rattlers: Regional Champs. The Tucumcari Rattlers are the Region A/AA Champions and are advancing to state baseball in Albuquerque.

May 12: NASA balloon falls in San Jon. The balloon, a 60-footer, is used in astrophysics research.

May 16:
A feedyard for 3,000 head of cattle is planned for Tucumcari. Permitting and water issues need to be considered.

May 16: Quay Gaming Authority waits to make architectural selection until a management team is selected.

May 16: The Quay County Commission makes plans to create an application and process for residents seeking changes in county roads.

May 19: The Quay County Gaming Authority placed their bets on the Las Vegas management team of Navegante Group and the Permutter Inc.

May 23: Current DWI program set to be phased out – so that it can be born again with its services provided by contract. The demise of the program followed the refusal of the Quay County Commission to be the program’s fiscal agent, and the program’s inability to find another fiscal agent.

May 23: Graduates-to-be painting town for senior week. THS seniors painted their names on the road in front of the Snake Pit.

May 26: 2007 Rattlers graduate to new adventures – 63 graduates tossed their mortarboards into the air.

May 26: Gaming Authority asking for level field. Now that the Albuquerque Downs racetrack wants to move to Moriarity on I-40, the Quay County Gaming Authority is mounting its own offensive to win approval from the state Racing Commission for its site on Tucumcari on I-40. It’s a race.

May 26: Almost 20 calls in last month to city’s Animal Control for snakes.

May 30: Thousand visit area lakes for holiday weekend. About 33,000 visitors head to the lakes at Logan and Conchas Dam over the Memorial Day holiday, slightly down from previous years

May 30: Veterans honored, remembered by Veterans of Foreign Wars at annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Tucumcari Memorial Park cemetery.