Police blotter – May 30

The following is a sampling of calls received by the central dispatch office for Quay County, based at the Tucumcari Police Department. Friday At 4:37 a.m., a man reported a prowler on the 500 block of E. Route 66. At 6:07 a.m., an alarm was reported at a business on the 1000 block of S. [...]

Tragedy brings people together

Those of us who live in rural areas suffer much when any of our friends are hurting. This past week, when the Tucumcari Animal Hospital was burned, and 50 helpless animals were killed, we became more aware than ever of just how precious our pets are and how much we sympathize with the people who [...]

Letters to the editor: Democracy can’t exist without compromise

A new book "It's Even Worse Than It Looks" is an excellent evaluation of our dysfunctional Congress. The authors are Thomas E Mann and Norman J. Ornstein. Mann is the W. Averell Harriman chair and senior fellow in governance studies at The Brookings Institution. Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Both [...]

Police: Teen drowns at Conchas Lake

A 15-year-old Sandia Park male drowned at Conchas Lake diving off of his family's fishing boat Tuesday, according to the New Mexico State Police. The name of the teen was being withheld Tuesday night, Capt. Jimmy Glascock said, pending notification of all immediate family members. Glascock said state police were dispatched at 1:15 p.m. to [...]

Romney savors GOP nomination victory

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney says he's honored and humbled to become the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nominee. And he's expressing confidence in his chances of winning the White House this fall. The former Massachusetts governor clinched the party nod Tuesday night with a Texas primary victory. In a post-victory statement, he claims the party has [...]

Portales woman critical after boating accident

Shaina Pool, 22, of Portales, is in critical condition with life threatening injuries at an Amarillo hospital following a boating accident Sunday on Ute Lake in Logan, according to state police. Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Pool was a passenger in the front of a boat filled with friends. A family friend said the group was [...]

Portales woman critical after Ute Lake accident

Shaina Pool, 22, of Portales, is in critical condition at an Amarillo hospital following a boating accident about 6 p.m. Sunday on Ute Lake in Logan, a family friend said. State park officials investigating the accident have declined to provide details of the accident. Shaina Pool Rebecca Martinez Holt of Clovis said she helped organize [...]

A new chapter begins for Rattlers’ seniors

Anticipation, excitement and a little fear those were the emotions felt Friday night by the 48 graduates of Tucumcari High School. "This is so intense," senior Alexander Villanueva said. Tucumcari high school seniors toss their caps in celebration of their graduation Friday night at the Snake Pit. The seniors gathered in the hall and reflected [...]

Press release: Smoke advisory issues for areas affected by wildfires in Gila wilderness

(Santa Fe) — The New Mexico Department of Health and New Mexico Environment Department today issued a smoke advisory for areas of New Mexico affected by smoke from wildfires in the Gila Wilderness in southwest New Mexico. Wind directions from the west to east have caused smoke impacts as far away as Roswell and into [...]

Governor campaigns for Spears in Tucumcari

Gov. Susana Martinez made a campaign stop last Wednesday in Tucumcari to promote the candidacy of Angie Spears, who is running for state Senate. Spears is running against Pat Woods for the Republican spot in District 7, which covers Curry, Quay and Union counties. The June 5 primary is essentially the election, with no candidate [...]