Tourism workshop to be in Tucumcari

Dave Gragg A program designed to help rural communities add to their local economies by increasing tourism will have its first Quay County event since adding the county to its list earlier this year. Tuesday’s 5:30 p.m. reception will be a chance for hospitality and tourism workers and the rest of Quay County to meet […]

Travellers still get their kicks

Angela Peacock Quay County residents stood side by side with hundreds of Route 66 aficionados from across the country to make unique memories this weekend during Tucumcari’s third annual Route 66 celebration. The celebration coincided with the second annual international Roadie Gathering hosted by the Route 66 Magazine. An estimated 1,200 people joined the festivities, […]

Collectors coming

By Dave Gragg “Eclectic” is one word for it. So is “A whole lot of people who collect a whole lot of stuff,” but that’s not really one word, is it? Collectors from 10 states will be in Tucumcari next weekend as part of the 31st annual collectors’ show on Friday and Saturday. The collectibles […]

Roadies hit town

By Dave Gragg Call it a Tucumcari tradition. Six cowboys and cowgirls took a trail ride through the Trails West Lounge on Thursday night, kicking off this weekend’s Route 66 celebration with a throwback to an earlier era. “It started years and years ago,” said Bob Bonds, one of the wranglers to grab a beer […]

Man dies when vehicle falls in canal

By Dave Gragg An 18-year-old Tucumcari man died Wednesday afternoon when the truck he was riding in fell into an irrigation canal north of Tucumcari. Clinton Cox was in the passenger side of an older model International Scout driven by 18-year-old Brian Young of Logan, said New Mexico State Police Lt. Nathan Wallace. Young lost […]

Numbers up for Logan bash, but not as high as expected

By Dave Gragg The combination of a three-day weekend and the drought that has dried up many lakes in New Mexico brought more people to Ute Lake over the Fourth of July holiday than last year, although there weren’t as many people as planners had expected. The 100-plus-degree temperatures may have kept some people from […]

Motor vehicles show stuff at celebration

By Dave Gragg The fascination with Route 66 is a reflection on the nation’s fascination with the vehicles that drove down it, so a celebration of the Mother Road wouldn’t be complete without activities for cars and motorcycles. This weekend’s activities should fit the bill nicely. Friday night’s car cruise/poker run starts 5:30 p.m. at […]

City says ambulance does well in first year

By Dave Gragg City officials say they have been able to run the ambulance service cheaper without sacrificing quality after taking over the service from a private company last year. The city had contracted with Tucumcari EMT for four years to run the ambulance service for $89,500 a year. The company was owned by Tucumcari […]

Route 66 Celebration schedule

2003 Roadie Gathering & Route 66 Celebration Schedule of Events Thursday o 6 p.m. Horse Ride through the Trails West Lounge Friday o 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cruise — Tucumcari Conv. Center o 8 p.m. — “Route 66: Celebrating America’s Main Street” and Silent Auction — THS Auditorium * Saturday o 8:30 a.m. to […]

Route 66 celebration nears

Dave Gragg The days are counting down to the second annual International Roadie Gathering in Tucumcari. While the event features celebrities such as Martin Milner and Michael Wallace, the real guests of honor are the more than 1,500 people the gathering is expected to draw. This Roadie gathering is sponsored by the International Route 66 […]