State closes Route 66 bridge

Dave Gragg Travelers looking to get their kicks will have to take a detour off old Route 66 for the immediate future. On Friday, the state Department of Transportation closed one of the road’s bridges over the Revuelto Creek between Tucumcari and San Jon, because it was unsafe to travel over. Signs detour motorists onto […]

Rotary car show results

Best of show 1958 Corvette — Dr. Avery Rush of Amarillo People’s choice 1968 Chevy pickup — Rob McClelland of Tucumcari Long distance 1955 Chevy Wagon — Adam Twigg of Rhode Island Best paint 1955 Chevy 210 — Jim Caviness of Amarillo Best engine 1969 Camero — Greg Hodge of Amarillo Antiques First 1930 Model […]

Collectors still showing wares

Dave Gragg “Sweet old Bob” Gaines and Harold Jehle pondered tinkered with the little brass contraption for several minutes before finally giving up on it. They figured out that one piece was stuck and another was sharp, but that was as far as they got before taping over the sharp end and putting it back […]

Solar cars make pit stop

Angela Peacock Stop-and-go driving has an all-new meaning when the automobile being driven is powered by nothing but the sun. Tucumcari is just past the half-way mark for 20 solar-powered cars in the 2,300-mile American Solar Challenge, which began July 13 in Chicago and will end after the last car crosses the finish line Monday […]

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 […]