Senator says capital outlay system needs reforming

Staff Report State Sen. Pat Woods gave Tucumcari city commissioners a rundown Thursday of legislative progress and setbacks during the 30-day legislative session, including a discussion about this year’s capital outlay funding. Woods said there needs to be reforming of the capital outlay system that determines how the state allocates money for capital projects. “Legislators […]

Tucumcari man arrested in shooting

Staff Report A 22-year-old Tucumcari man was arrested and charged Friday with attempted first-degree murder following an early morning shooting on the 900 block of East Rankin. Raymond Chavez has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, tampering with evidence, contribution to the delinquency of a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia. Chavez remains in the […]

Pharmacist court hearing postponed

Staff report A preliminary hearing involving Tucumcari pharmacist Robert McClelland scheduled for Tuesday in Quay County Magistrate Court was postponed indefinitely, a court official said. Nancy English, McClelland’s attorney, said the hearing was postponed by mutual agreement with prosecutors but offered no additional information. McClelland is facing four felony charges, three of which involve unlawfully […]

Officials approve tanker truck purchase

Staff Report Quay County commissioners on Friday approved the purchase of a new tanker truck for the Porter Fire Department, two weeks after firefighters opposed the proposed purchase, citing a lack of due process. Porter firefighters held a vote and approved the proposal to buy a new tanker truck from Midwest Fire. Along with Porter’s […]

Two arrested on meth charges

Staff report A man and woman from Oklahoma City were arrested on March 10 after a New Mexico State Police Officer discovers 13.45 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a Pontiac passenger vehicle that was stopped on Interstate 40 near Tucumcari. According to a press release the vehicle was driven by Ruben Fuentes Jr., 37, with […]

Mesalands presenting show

Staff report The Mesalands Community College Foundation, Inc. presents “‘Til Death Do Us Part” on  April 29, at the North American Wind Research and Training Center Wind Bay. During this murder mystery wedding, attendees will trade clues and gather information to help an unlucky couple catch the murderer, before they can say “I do.” Doors […]

Iowa man dies in accident

Staff report An Iowa man was killed on March 7, in a fatal accident involving a commercial motor vehicle and passenger vehicle on Interstate 40 East of Tucumcari. The driver of the passenger vehicle, identified as Michael Ryan, 65, of Ottumwa, Iowa, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene. At 4 p.m., New […]

Police blotter — March 16

A new call log system has delayed our compiling of daily call logs. Jail log The following individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center  March 7-March 11. • Mateo Romero, 18, warrant • Victoria Lee, 46, warrant • William Obrien, 52, aggravated driving while under the influence • David Arnett, 46, violation of […]

Menus — March 16

The following are the menus for the senior centers and schools in Quay County for March 17-23. Senior centers Coffee, tea and milk served daily Thursday Corn beef, cabbage, glazed carrots, whole wheat bread, margarine, strawberry Friday Bean burrito, Spanish rice, beets, crackers, peanut butter, mixed fruit Monday Barbecue chicken, pasta salad, wax bean salad, […]

On the shelves — March 16

The following books are available from The Tucumcari Public Library. For more information, please call 575-461-0295. Fiction “The Guilty,” by David Baldacci. The government hit man Will Robie investigates murder charges against his estranged father in their Mississippi hometown. “The Mistletoe Inn,” by Richard Paul Evans. An aspiring romance writer with a broken heart meets […]