Resident pleads to save Sands Dorsey

By Chelle Delaney A Tucumcari resident appealed to the city commission Thursday night to make one more effort to save the remains of the Sands Dorsey building. “Have we exhausted all avenues?” asked Don Falls. “Have we done everything to preserve an important part of downtown?” To demolish the Sands Dorsey building, which was severely […]

City approves steps to move forward with demolition of Sands Dorsey

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By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Legal proceedings to take ownership, condemn and demolish the Sands Dorsey Building received unanimous approval Thursday night from the Tucumcari City Commission. Although the two-story downtown landmark had several supporters who suggested saving the building in some fashion, the city commissioners agreed it was time to take action for […]

Retailer says alley closed too long

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun An alleyway closed to traffic behind the fire-ravaged Sands-Dorsey building needs to be re-opened for delivery trucks and access to businesses, said businessowner Ruth Nelson. An orange barrier blocks the alley on Second Street between Main and Center streets. No vehicles can enter because large metal supports attached to […]

Work stopped on Sands-Dorsey building

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Work on the Sands-Dorsey building has been halted and a citation is to be delivered to the building’s owner, said city officials on Friday. Concerns about construction at the burned out building to make it safe were discussed at Thursday night’s City Commission meeting. And on Friday, Daniel Lopez, […]

Suit filed against owner of Sands Dorsey

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun The owner of the Sands Dorsey building is being sued for damages by a neighboring property owner and business, according to documents filed in the 10th District Court. Robert Hengstenberg, owner of the Sands Dorsey building, is being sued by Donald C. Schutte and Ruth Nelson, both of Tucumcari, […]

‘No Action’ not an option for Sands-Dorsey

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By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun A report from a construction engineer indicates that the century-old Sands-Dorsey building is “a very real safety hazard in its current condition.” However, the report recommends that “the main facade and structural perimeter walls be stabilized and preserved.” Sections of the report, prepared by Sonya Cooper, a construction engineer […]

Letters to the Editor

By Bob Wicks, Jr. When I was three weeks old I made my first trip to town. My mother placed me on the pharmacy counter for all to see and admire. From then on Sands-Dorsey became my main hang-out. I have great memories of the store, from all the people who worked there to all […]

Sands-Dorsey brings back many fond memories

By Lnn Moncus The conversations at the coffee tables and almost anywhere the natives of our county have met this week have been devoted to discussion of that major fire at the Sands-Dorsey Building and of the memories we have of that large area of our history. We have all felt a major loss because […]

Firefighters continue vigil

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By Chelle Delaney Firefighters continued to monitor at noon on Saturday the still smoldering Sands Dorsey Building in Tucumcari. The building caught fire on Friday at about 5 p.m. Firefighters kept a vigil over the fire throughout the night watering down intermittent bursts of flames. Fire Chief Mike Cherry said the firefighters would stay at […]

Fire engulfs historic Sands Dorsey building

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Fire engulfed the historic Sands Dorsey building at Second and Main in Tucumcari about 5 p.m. Friday. Firefighters from the Tucumcari Fire Department along with volunteer firefighters from neighboring districts worked feverishly into the evening hours to keep the blaze from spreading to other buildings. At 7 p.m. bursts of flame could still be seen […]