Sexual contact trial set for Aug 30

William Thompson Local rancher Kyle Evetts will stand trial in Tenth Judicial District Court Aug. 30. Evetts is facing nine counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor. In a pre-trial hearing Aug. 18, Judge Ricky D. Purcell addressed whether testimony regarding the complaining witness’ previous sexual history could be presented in court. “I’m not […]

Police plan to target drinking and driving

TV Hagenah Tucumcari Police Cpl. Jon Howard announced Friday that on the heels of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign over the July 4 holiday, he is asking the people of Tucumcari to take part in the “You Drink and Drive, You Lose,” campaign. The program will take place from Friday, Aug. 27 through Sunday, […]

City police sued in federal court

William Thompson A woman denied employment by Tucumcari police has filed a lawsuit claiming she was a victim of discrimination. Vivian Martinez claims she was not hired because of her former employment as an exotic dancer. Paul Baker, office manager for the law firm Linda G. Hemphill, P.C., which represents Martinez, said her trial began […]

County fair gets rolling

The Quay County Fair, which many have waited for all year, has begun. Activities have hit high gear today at the Quay County fair grounds as the demonstrations begin taking place. Booth exhibits, both commercial and educational, along with animals and skill displays were set up at the fair Monday and Tuesday. Judges examined the […]

Tornado seen near San Jon

William Thompson An off-duty state police officer said he witnessed what he thought may have been a tornado near San Jon around 7 p.m. Saturday evening. State and local police officials in Tucumcari said no injuries or major damage resulted from heavy thunderstorm activity that occurred along Interstate 40 in Quay County between Tucumcari and […]

Quay County Public Health gets needle drop

TV Hagenah Those people who use syringes to administer medicine to themselves now have a safe way to dispose of those syringes and needles in Tucumcari. “This is a very important innovation for Tucumcari and Quay County,” said Quay County Commissioner Jeff Lewalling about the placement of a collection box for needles and syringes at […]

City school board Oks free lunches

The Tucumcari Board of Education voted 5-0 Monday to approve participation in the New Mexico Free Lunch Program. Sonia Raftery, executive assistant to the superintendent of schools, said she hopes the state program will provide free lunches to all Tucumcari students by late October or early November. “We now need all parents to complete the […]

Local nurse recognized

Linda Leonard Sims was recently recognized by Baylor University Health Care System in Dallas, Texas as a Top Nominee for the 2003 Five Star Spirit Award. The nominees are identified for this award not only by striving for excellence in their jobs, becoming a role model, and attaining the respect of peers, patients and families, […]

Man killed in I-40 accident

William Thompson Around 1:30 p.m. Saturday a small sport utility vehicle pulling a 12-foot U-Haul trailer swerved off I-40 from the westbound lanes near the 348 mile marker about 16 miles east of Tucumcari. According to Officer Steve Chacon of the New Mexico State Police, a male passenger was ejected from the vehicle and died […]

City schools qualify for free lunches

William Thompson All Tucumcari Public School students will be receiving free breakfasts at school this year, and school officials found out recently that city schools also qualify for free lunches pending school board approval. Sonia Raftery, Executive Assistant to the superintendent of Tucumcari schools, said achool officials found out the good news at a meeting […]