Community development doesn’t just happen

I recently wrote an article about the efforts to clean up Tucumcari and make it beautiful for the tourists visiting our city.

Even as they are working on numerous files during the day at the Community Development office, Yvette Fazekas left and Valarie Montano right, can still manage to smile.

These projects do make the town look nicer and get the community involved.

There is an unseen force at work when it comes to the improvement of Tucumcari.

From time to time they get mentioned in the paper and are a constant presence at city commission meetings.

Who are they? They are the staff of Tucumcari's Community Development office.

Interim Director Yvette Fazekas was doing paperwork as I stopped in to discuss the day-to-day happenings at the office.

"There is no routine," Fazekas said. "Every day it's something new and different to deal with."

Fazekas, along with the rest of the staff, work on grant-related projects, ranging from youth summer work programs to street and utility improvements.

The amount of work that goes into one of these projects is enough to make my head spin.

When I asked Fazekas about the tasks of maintaining current projects while trying to secure funding for future projects she said it was just another day.

"It's nothing new to us," Fazekas said. "It's just part of the job; it can get hectic at times but you work through it."

Writing grant proposals, attending city meetings, overseeing projects, traveling to work shops in Santa Fe and Albuquerque and paper work … lots of paper work.

And it's just Wednesday.

(Thomas Garcia is the senior writer at the Quay County Sun. Contact him at

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