County resident raises tumbleweed concerns

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Thomas Garcia An eyesore, fire hazard and reminder of New Mexico winds has one county resident concerned and asking when county officials will act. “They are everywhere,” Jo Collins, a resident on Quay County’s Elder Street about numerous tumbleweeds which seem to have taken root in the ditches and fence lines along her street. “They […]

Tucumcari woman facing burglary charge

PNT Staff Reports A Tucumcari woman has been arrested on charges of auto burglary, after two men said they caught her in the act. Beth Olguin-Romero, 19, of Tucumcari is charged with burglary, a fourth-degree felony. According to police reports: • Officers were sent to the 700 block of West 18th Street about 3:40 a.m. […]

Cattleman dislikes food regulation

Baxter Black What will the Food Safety Modernization Act, if put into effect, do to Ms. Obama’s backyard garden? Congress has taken up the issue of food safety because of the headline-grabbing occurrences of, primarily bacterial, outbreaks of disease in fresh meat and produce. With the exception of eggs, most E. coli and Salmonella outbreaks […]

Superstation builder urges landowners to act

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Catherine Bugg As the poet Bob Dylan said, “the answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,” a quote that is “impenetrably ambiguous: either the answer is so obvious it is right in your face, or the answer is as intangible as the wind” as described by Mick Gold in his 2002 Judas! Magazine article, […]

Tucumcari chief too quick to act with stun gun

Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher said there were “a lot of issues” that led to his shooting a teenage girl with two Taser darts last week: She was running away from police, through traffic without looking, he said. She had committed a delinquent act, maybe even bloodied her mother’s lip. The chief […]

Governor seeks project ideas for stimulus funds

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Chelle Delaney By the time Gov. Bill Richardson left Tucumcari on Friday, he had a multi-million-dollar wish list from local government and elected officials. Richardson was here on a listening tour to hear what projects city and county leaders hoped to receive funding for from the federal stimulus package, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. […]

How rural communities can seek stimulus funds

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Chelle Delaney In addition to $1.8 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for New Mexico, an additional $78 billion in grant funds is available to the states for programs from health care to weatherization, said Lt. Governor Diane Denish. Denish and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan spoke to community and government leaders on […]

One-time payment set for veterans

By QCS Staff U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall announced Tuesday that New Mexico will benefit from over $4 million through the Veterans Administration as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to a press release. The recovery funding will be used at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in […]

Animal adovcate makes pitch for new city shelter

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun An animal rights advocate, Robert Ciolli, hopes that a capital outlay request of $325,000 will be approved and lead to a new animal shelter in Tucumcari. “About 1,500 animals are being euthanized a year,” Ciolli said. A new shelter would provide an opportunity to have about 20 cages for […]

Attorney General’s office clarifies Open Meetings Act

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By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun The official road map, or the rules, for the workings of open meetings – routinely held by local, county and state agencies – prompted keen interest from attendees at Friday’s workshop on the Open Meetings Act and Inspection of Public Records Acts. The workshop was presented by the state’s […]