New face to old tale

Dave Gragg The stage at the Tucumcari High School Auditorium was a beehive of activity Tuesday afternoon: One group of children and adults worked to assemble a backdrop while another group struggled to stand a second backdrop up. A third group of kids shot rubber bands at each other and a fourth watched everyone else. […]

Businesses alter policies after sting

By Darrell Todd Maurina After a June 9 tobacco sting operation in which eight Tucumcari area businesses received citations, several local stores are trying to make sure they don’t sell tobacco to minors again. At the Logan Food Market, although clerk Dismas Kreshak said he didn’t check the identification of the 17-year-old girl who bought […]

Pipeline funding questioned

By Jack King Federal and state officials raised questions Wednesday about some eastern New Mexico communities’ ability to pay for their share of the renewable water delivery system proposed by the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority. The authority has been created to develop a pipeline project to distribute water from Ute Reservoir to communities […]

Water board to hire project director

By Jack King The board of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority has begun the process of hiring a director for the Ute Reservoir pipeline project. A search committe will publish a request for proposals for the job next week with a deadline to receive applications of Aug. 1. The committee will make recommendations […]

New doctor joins health center

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By Angela Peacock Being in a position to provide affordable health care for people of all economic status is what Mudassir Saleemi, family practice medical doctor, said he enjoys most about his new job with the Quay County Health Care Center. “You get paid handsomely with this job, but the best part is that there […]

Special Olympians enjoy competition

By Angela Peacock Wearing an ear-to-ear grin and sporting her Special Olympics T-shirt she receive at the state competition in Albuquerque May 30-31 athlete Stephanie Parks explained her recent athletic experience. “The best part was going and getting out of town,” said Parks, describing what she was thinking during her competition. “I was just thinking […]

City approves two zoning ordinances

Sun Staff Tucumcari city commissioners approved two ordinances to change residential zones to commercial zones on Thursday at a meeting in Conchas. The commission also discussed the status of the natural gas pipeline under construction in the county. Following the regular business meeting, commissioners met for a retreat to discuss various past, present and future […]

College makes summer school fun

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By Angela Peacock Making learning fun is the whole objective behind Mesalands Community College’s Summer Adventure Camp. John Yearout, Mesalands Director of Public Relations, hopes that by placing children in a positive, creative learning environment at a young age they will develop a desire to further their education when they become adults. Yearout said 60 […]

TPD officer retains his certification

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Tucumcari police officer who pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated said he will retain his police certification and hopes to return to duty next month. Sgt. Jeff Gonzales, a 12-year veteran of the Tucumcari Police Department, remains on paid administrative leave, according to Police Chief Dennis Townsend. Gonzales said he […]

Iranian hits Tucumcari for peace

By Angela Peacock Since 1996, Reza Baluchi has been biking and running across the world with this message: “I would like for Muslims, Christians and everyone to come together. I’m running for people, peace and freedom,” said Baluchi as he stopped for a breather just past mile marker 333 outside of Tucumcari on Interstate 40 […]