In honor of another 12 months gone by, QCS is compiling a year in review to be published in installments.
The following events made headlines in June 2005.
June 1: Ground was broken on the elaborate and lengthy First Street construction project.
June 2: A new 2,400-square-foot training facility was approved for construction at Mesalands Community College by its board of trustees. The facility would house a business lab and trade lab, big enough for small model homes, said the college’s PR Director John Yearout. Completion date was expected by July 2006.
June 6: D-Day.
June 9: The Tucumcari Historical Museum hosted a barbecue on chuck wagons, a chance for the approximately 90 members to mingle with each other and nonmembers alike.
June 9: North Side Park was designated “in memory of Grace Madrid,” a former Quay County Commissioner who died May 18. The initiative was approved by the Tucumcari City Commission.
June 9: The cost of revamping Tucumcari’s municipal pool went down with the latest estimate at $90,000 rather than nearly $200,000, according to City Manager Richard Primrose at the city commissioners' meeting.
June 11: Tucumcari’s Wheels for Life Bike-a-thon wheeled about, raising money for children’s cancer research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
June 12: A clean up party was held at Five Mile Park.
June 13: Kids ages 6-10 were invited to join a dinosaur class at the Mesalands Dinosaur Museum, just one of the many “summer camp” activities offered by Mesalands Community College for the heated season.
June 15: Livestock owners got a crash course on the New Mexico Animal ID Project in a meeting held by the state’s Livestock Board and New Mexico State University.
June 15: Vandalism again made front page news, with more than a dozen window shot, kicked or bashed out with a rock or bat since late May, according to Tucumcari Police reports.
June 16: Creative maven and Mesalands Community College art instructor D’Jean Jawrunner had one of her bronze pieces on display at the prestigious Santa Fe Museum of Fine Arts in an exhibit running through Oct. 2.
June 17: The second annual Mother Road Rally kicked off at the Quay County Fairgrounds and was running through June 19.
June 17: Longtime Quay County resident Richard Lopez got a letter – and the green light – from Gov. Bill Richardson to succeed the late Grace Madrid on the Quay County Commission.
June 20: The four-day school week gained major support from both parents and teachers alike at public forum for Tucumcari Public Schools. Some, however, dissented. “For some older kids, the weekend is already too long. In a four-day week, you’re going to give them another day to think of something stupid to do,” said substitute teacher Kay David.
June 23: An Effective Work Search Skills class for women was held at Mesalands Community College.
June 23: More than $4,000 in prize money was being offered at the fifth annual Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce Rodeo that kicked off at the Quay County fairgrounds arena.
June 24: San Jon Schools held a reunion celebration of all graduates of all classes to run through June 26.
June 24: A two-day softball tournament kicked off, specifically the 22nd annual Custom Classic Softball Tournament, with a location in Clovis and an entry fee of $190.
June 30: The Tucumcari Historical Museum presented youth artists in the annex.