Candidate announces for Quay County Commission

Bill Curry, a life-long resident of Quay County and a graduate of Tucumcari High School announced his candidacy for Quay County Commission, District 2 recently. Curry was raised on the Curry Ranch west of Tucumcari near Palomas. His work experience in Quay County includes eight years as the city engineer for the City of Tucumcari, […]

VFW post to help with local lawns

TV Hagenah Recently, when a job needed to be done (actually a number of jobs needed to be done), the city turned to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the VFW said they would be “honored” to do it. In their push to beautify the City of Tucumcari, the city commission has begun to make […]

City gets mayor – no commish

TV Hagenah Tucumcari has a mayor at least until July, but it still has no commissioner from District 3 despite three people filing for the position since the last commission meeting. In a special meeting on Monday, the current four commissioners on the Tucumcari City Commission Christopher Maestas, Betty Ditto, Antonio Apodaca and Mary Mayfield, […]

Turn of card decides election

TV Hagenah “When I saw that I turned over a nine I thought that I had lost,” said Christopher Maestas who was drawing cards against incumbent Jimmy Sandoval to see who would become Tucumcari’s newest city commissioner. “Then I saw that he had turned over a two.” The entire experience of choosing a city commissioner […]

Tucumcari election Tuesday

TV Hagenah There are two contested elections in Tucumcari’s city election Tuesday, March 2. In District 1, incumbent Antonio J. Apodaca will be facing Ralph Moya. In District 2 Incumbent Jimmy Sandoval will be facing Christopher Maestas. District 3 has no contested races. Incumbent Mayor Calvin Litchfield was running unopposed but died last week. So […]

Mayor dies

TV Hagenah Tucumcari Mayor Calvin Litchfield, 60, died at home early Wednesday morning. Tucumcari Emergency Medical personnel responded to a call from the Litchfield residence on Sixth Street Wednesday at 6:36 a.m. for an individual apparently suffering from a heart attack. He was pronounced dead at Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital from natural causes by […]

Water authorities look forward to funding

Jack King: Freedom Newspapers TEXICO — The board of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority is continuing to make preparations to request federal funding for the Ute Water Project early next year, a process known as “seeking authorization.” Cost of the project is estimated at $250 million and the board is seeking 80 percent of […]

City to vote on gross receipts tax Tuesday

By Dave Gragg Tucumcari voters head to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to tax themselves an additional one-quarter percent. The proceeds of that tax will go toward building a water delivery system from Ute Lake in Logan to Tucumcari. City Clerk Rachel Hicklin said 55 people had already voted by Friday afternoon — a […]

Pipe dream no longer

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By Dave Gragg All the experts agree: Eastern New Mexico is running out of water. But there is a solution: It’s more than 87 miles long and will cost more than $200 million to build. If the Ute pipeline ever becomes reality, the region’s water crisis could be a century away, rather than just decades. […]

County talks trash

By Dave Gragg Quay County government sent out solid waste bills just over a week ago, County Manager Paula Chacon told the commissioners Monday morning. Since then, she’s gotten nearly 50 calls per day from people with questions or complaints. The bills had two years worth of charges on them, because the county had not […]