Around Town, June 18

Eva Romero turned 100 on Wednesday and will celebrate her birthday Sunday with family and friends in Englewood, Colo., according to her daughter Mary Rivera of Tucumcari. Romero was born in Monte Vista. Romero had 11 children. Her grandson, James Padilla, lives in Tucumcari and her great-grandson Mark Padilla and her great-grandaughter Christine Rivera also […]

Vandals rock city


By William Thompson More than a dozen windows have been shot out, kicked out or bashed with a rock or a bat since late May, according to Tucumcari police reports, and some area business owners are growing frustrated. Tee Pee Curios owner Mike Callens, whose business lost a large front window to vandals recently, vented […]

Foster grandparents get chance to help


By William Thompson Josephine Martinez decided to become a foster grandparent because she “just got tired of being at home all the time.” Now she works about 20 hours a week at the Eastern Plains Community Action Agency’s Early Head Start classrooms. “All of the kids here are special,” Martinez said. “We play, we talk. […]

Teacher to add sculpture to exhibit


QCS Staff The prestigious Santa Fe Museum of Fine Arts has an exhibition of bronze sculptures by the French artist Edgar Degas. Displayed with the Degas works are bronze pieces from New Mexico sculptors, including a piece from Tucumcari artist D’Jean Jawrunner. Jawrunner, an art instructor at Mesalands Community College, said the exhibition of her […]

House native never strays from job


By Marlena Hartz CLOVIS — A complete living room set, with patterned pillows placed across a coordinating couch, graces the entrance of Roden-Smith Village. The cozy setting is enhanced by Cleo Mullis, an 80-year-old associate who approaches her work like a grandmother approaches homemaking, fussing over shelves, dusting and rearranging, and greeting customers like old […]

Police Blotter, June 15

The following is a sampling of calls received by Tucumcari Police during the past several days. According to the reports: Monday • About 7:30 a.m., a computer was reported taken from Versatile Construction. • About 4 a.m., an employee of Hampton Inn called in reference to a suspicious subject. The subject was later issued a […]

City to honor former commissioner

By William Thompson City honors former county commissioner By William Thompson Quay County Sun The Tucumcari City Commission unanimously approved a proposal Thursday to designate North Side Park “in memory of Grace Madrid.” Friends and family members of Madrid, the Quay County commissioner who died May 18, had asked the city to rename the park […]

Lawsuit winner graduates from academy

By William Thompson Vivian Martinez, the former exotic dancer who won an $80,000 lawsuit settlement against the Tucumcari Police Department in August, has graduated from the Southeastern New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in Hobbs. Martinez, now a sheriff’s deputy with the Lea County Sheriff’s Department, was previously denied employment by the Tucumcari Police Department. She […]

Assistant’s day doesn’t end at 5


By William Thompson Many Tucumcari residents have gone to Clara Rey in search of information. Rey worked more than 20 years at the Tucumcari Public Library and for the past three years has been the administrative assistant to City Manager Richard Primrose. “Working at the library was a lifesaver for my current job,” Rey said. […]

New pool bid significantly lower

QCS Staff Tucumcari City Manager Richard Primrose told city commissioners Thursday the city has received an estimate for repairs to the city pool that is far lower than previous estimates. The latest estimate is about $90,000, Primrose said. Previous estimates had ranged as high as $200,000. The city will now advertise for bid proposals for […]