Ex-exotic dancer wins suit against police

William Thompson A federal jury awarded Vivian Martinez $80,000 Tuesday in her lawsuit against Tucumcari Police Chief Dennis Townsend and the Tucumcari Police Department. Martinez claimed she was denied a job with the police department due to her previous employment as an exotic dancer. Martinez said the jury award was a victory for women. “What […]

I-40 accidents happen near same spot

William Thompson New Mexico State Police Officers responded to two accidents on I-40 that occurred in close proximity to one another around 10 a.m. Monday. The driver of a pickup was airlifted to Northwest Plains Hospital in Amarillo where he was in critical condition Tuesday afternoon. “The calls came in one right after the other,” […]

Quay County Fair comes to end

TV Hagenah According to those in charge, the Quay County Fair was a “solid success” and plans are already being made for the 2005 edition. “I think it went excellently,” said Quay County Home Extension Agent Brenda Bishop about the 2004 Quay County Fair. “We had wonderful weather and everybody I talked to who went […]

School test scores show racial gap

William Thompson The New Mexico Public Education Department recently released the 2004 Standards-Based Assessment scores. Although the scores show marked improvement overall by fourth and eighth-grade students, Hispanic students continue to lag behind Caucasian students statewide in language arts and mathematics. Veronica Garcia, Phd., New Mexico’s Secretary of Education, said the differences in performance can […]

Local gladiator wins in California

William Thompson Local martial artist Jason Pacheco said ‘gaidojutsu’ training has changed his life. He recently won a fight on the under card of the Gladiator Challenge at the Colusa Casino outside of Sacramento, Calif. He hopes to fight in a main event bout in the near future. Pacheco began gaidojutsu training two years ago […]

FFA begins chili sales

TV Hagenah Tucumcari High School FFA has begun selling chili and according to FFA President Brandon Sower those people who want roasted chili should contact an FFA member or call the high school FFA building to order their chili. “But we’re not just selling them privately,” said Sower about the roasted vegetables, “but we’ll also […]

Route 66 bridge to open

TV Hagenah Christina Romero of the New Mexico Department of Transportation Department announced Monday that Thursday at 3 p.m. would be the official Ribbon Cutting for the Revuelto Creek Bridge on Old Route 66 roughly halfway between Tucumcari and San Jon. “We promised the folks in San Jon we’d have the bridge open in between […]

Rides, games provide fun

TV Hagenah For some the Quay County Fair is the chance to show a lamb, pig or steer. For others it might be the chance to display their skill in painting or photography and for still others, it might be the chance to show off their prowess at roping or barrel racing. Probably to a […]

Mesalands Community College gets new dean

TV Hagenah Greta Estes, formerly of Sweetwater, Texas, has been named Dean of Student Services at Mesalands Community College. Estes said that she has already established a fondness for the Tucumcari and the Quay County area. “I love it,” said the new dean of student services. “I grew up in a small town and this […]

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 […]