Ditto remembered as savvy, stylish entrepreneur

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By QCS Staff Tucumcari and Bettie Ditto were a good pair. The Midwestern gal seemed to thrive in the hot New Mexico sun. For nearly 60 years, her business interests grew and spread beyond the city. In return, she appreciated the town and worked tirelessly to help develop and improve Tucumcari. What follows are remembrances […]

Tucumcari mourns loss of Bettie Ditto

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By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Former Tucumcari Mayor Mary Mayfield called her �an icon.� Others knew her as �Mrs. Tucumcari.�� Margaret Elizabeth �Bettie� Ditto, a Tucumcari leader and city promoter for six decades, died on Saturday at age 91. She died of acute leukemia at Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo, Texas, said Robert Ferguson, […]

Mayfield retained as mayor

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Less than a week after winning re-election as the city commissioner for District 4, Mary Mayfield was retained as mayor during Monday’s reorganization meeting. At the meeting, Mayfield was kept as mayor by a unanimous vote from the Commission, which chooses a mayor every time a new Commission is […]

City seats up for grabs, candidates ready

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Longtime City Commissioner Bettie Ditto will be vacating her seat and two other city positions are also up for grabs in Tucumcari’s municipal election to be held March 7. Filing Tuesday for Ditto’s position as city commissioner for district five were James Lafferty and Norma Jean Crellin. Mary Mayfield filed to […]

“Mrs. Tucumcari” celebrates 89 years

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS When 39-year-old Bettie Ditto came from Chicago to Tucumcari in 1955, she said she was not intending to stay. She inherited Route 66’s Lins Motor Lodge after her dad’s death and said she planned to sell the place as quickly as possible and make a beeline back to the Windy City. […]

Commissioners meet about pool

By William Thompson: Quay County Sun – Commissioners receive phone calls to get pool ready for summer. At a city commissioners’ meeting Thursday, City Manager Richard Primrose said city hall has $10,000 in reserve to go for repairs to the municipal swimming pool. City commissioners urged him to move swiftly in getting needed repairs. Commissioner […]

Parties gear up for Nov. election

William Thompson Members of the Quay County Republican Party and the Quay County Democratic Party are busy calling potential voters to gauge voter interest and persuade voters as the Nov. 2 election looms. Ron Wilmot, Chairman of the Quay County Democratic Party said Kerry-Edwards yard signs are on the way to the area. “We should […]

Police controversy continues

TV Hagenah Complaints against city police dominated Thursday’s Tucumcari City Commission for the third session in a row. And a former Quay County Sheriff’s Department Deputy offered to take citizens’ complaints against police and forward them to the city commission. “I have a bunch of people who are scared of the police,” said Wayne “Charlie” […]

City official calls for sign upgrade

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By Angela Peacock City Commissioner Betty Ditto wants people visiting Tucumcari to feel welcomed, and what better way to do it, she said, than with signs. Ditto raised the issue of repairing or erecting new welcome signs on roads around Tucumcari to city officials at a city commission meeting Thursday. Recently, Ditto traveled through Missouri, […]