Officials say needle exchange program effective

By William Thompson The New Mexico Department of Public Health’s syringe exchange program is gaining acceptance in Quay County. The program is designed to prevent the spread of blood-borne pathogens, including HIV, by offering intravenous drug users, and anyone who uses needles on a regular basis, proper disposal of dirty needles. Dee Reed, nursing director […]

Registration for rec youth basketball begins

Tucumcari Recreation Department is currently registering fifth and sixth grade girls and boys for basketball. According to representatives, the fee is $25. Registration is being done at the Recreation center from 3-9 p.m. from Monday, Dec. 13 through Friday, Jan. 7. Representatives of the recreation department said the department is also seeking coaches for the […]

City gets new interim chief of police

TV Hagenah A third interim Tucumcari Chief of Police has been appointed by City Manager Richard Primrose in little more than a month. Mark A. Radosevich of Santa Fe, the man who headed the city commission’s investigation of the Tucumcari Police Department is now the new “interim” chief of that same department. Primrose said he […]

City looks for new police chief

William Thompson In the wake of Tucumcari Police Chief Dennis Townsend’s resignation, City Manager Richard Primrose is faced with the task of hiring a new police chief. Primrose said there is no deadline. “I am currently working on compiling a list of required qualifications for the position, and I am utilizing various tools,” said Primrose. […]

Police evaluation presented Thursday

TV Hagenah After two months of examination and review, the consulting firm of MBR Consulting told the Tucumcari City Commission and those that were present Thursday evening at city hall for a special work session the shape of the Tucumcari Police Department as they perceived it. According to Mark Radosevich, the senior partner in MBR […]

Tucumcari Police Chief resigns

TV Hagenah Tucumcari City Manager Richard Primrose announced Thursday evening at a Tucumcari City Commission meeting that Tucumcari City Police Chief Dennis Townsend had resigned effective Nov. 29 as the city’s police chief. Townsend was unavailable for comment. He is apparently on vacation. Despite rumors of the upcoming resignation and questions from the media about […]

Youth basketball starts

TV Hagenah According to Scott Simpson of the Tucumcari Recreation Department, the recreation department will be registerning third and fourth grade boys and girls for the local youth basketball league beginning Monday, Nov. 1. Simpson said interested individuals or their parents may sign up at the Tucumcari Recreation Center at 900 E. Laughlin from 3-9 […]

Labor office stays open

William Thompson The New Mexico Department of Labor’s Tucumcari office will remain open indefinitely, according to Carlos Castaneda, the labor department’s public information officer. The local office at 421 W. Tucumcari Boulevard offers employment services to Quay County residents. It had previously been slated to close Dec. 31. Castaneda said there will be a change […]

Consultants hired to evaluate police

TV Hagenah The scene was set for a typical meeting of the Tucumcari City Commission Thursday evening with supporters of the embattled Chief of Police Dennis Townsend on one side of the aisle and those accusing him or the Tucumcari Police Department of malfeasance on the other side. Each side seemed waiting for the “citizen […]

Route 66 bridge officially opened

TV Hagenah As of Thursday, Aug. 26, people can once again travel from San Jon to Tucumcari on Old Route 66. The Revuelto Bridge is open. It was opened in a special ceremony that saw just under 50 people listening to dignitaries such as New Mexico State Senator Clinton Harden, Department of Transportation District Engineer […]