Officials say nursing home closure final

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari’s Laurel Hills Nursing Home closed its doors on Dec. 31 for financial reasons, officials said, leaving behind critics and supporters. “It was a rural area and was not really financially viable,” said Shirley Ghattas, Laurel’s public relations director. “We put a significant investment into the home when we purchased it […]

Commission approves development funding

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Imagine Quay County a thriving hub of successful business, new high-paying jobs and a fully stocked 650-acre industrial park. Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corp’s Pete Kampfer has that vision. But he also knows the adage says it takes money to make money. Thus he was on hand at a special City […]

Combined resources

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Money was a hot topic between Tucumcari’s City Commission and the Board of Education at their special meeting on Thursday. The meeting, which Mayor Mary Mayfield said was called for the purpose of “what I hope is the continuation of a working relationship,” also included talks about preparing a city street […]

Something eggy going on

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS What the heck can you do with an ostrich egg? Decorate it, of course. Great Eggspectations is open to local businesses, organizations, groups, offices and individuals. A release from Eastern New Mexico Art Space said all are invited to participate in this ostrich egg decorating contest, which they hope will become […]

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1/21 Notable notes

Mental health legislation backed Treatment for mental illness in New Mexico got another boost when U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., backed legislation that would help those with serious mental illnesses receive the care they need before their illness drives them to commit a crime, according to a release from the legislator’s office. Domenici backed the […]

Beef symposium packs Tucumcari

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Longtime Tucumcari veterinarian James Tompkins nodded when the Southwest Beef Symposium speaker talked about BVD, or Bovine Viral Diarrhea — not because the vet of more than 35 years was especially enamored by it, he said, but because he was glad to hear the knowledge shared with Thursday’s crowd. “It reinforces […]

1/21 Police blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by the Tucumcari police during the past several days. According to the reports: Monday • At 9:11 a.m., a female reported a domestic violence situation on East Laughlin. Police arrived and spoke with the male subject and told him not to return. • At 4:33 p.m., a […]

Ute Lake project may be unwelcome neighbor, say officials

By Tonya Gardener: Freedom newspapers CLOVIS — Officials representing Clovis and Portales voiced their concerns regarding the Ute Lake Ranch project Wednesday during the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission meeting. The Ute Lake Ranch project is under construction near Tucumcari and will feature 733 patio homes, a golf course, marina, equestrian center and a beach […]

Nothing a problem for this 90-year-old Quay lady

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Longtime Tucumcari resident Thelma Fannie Donwerth said she’s never had any problems, really. Sure, she’s lived in a couple of dugouts, had a house burn down, been through three husbands and was born during a covered wagon trip on the way to Quay nearly a century ago — but she says […]