Long time friends find Pow Wow perfect first stop on northern trip

By Ryan Lengerich In the early evening Thursday, two men and one woman sat surrounded by empty tables and chairs at the Pow-Wow Inn on W. Tucumcari Blvd. With cold beer in hand they relaxed from a 10-hour road trip that covered 494 miles. Don Garvin, wife Alice and friend Joel Mayer have spent several […]

Defending champs reload

By Ryan Lengerich If the game’s third play at Friday nights annual Purple and Gold Scrimmage is an indication of what to expect from Rattlers this season — back to back championships could be a possibility. Junior quarterback Chris McCasland took a draw play 60 yards for the first touchdown of the scrimmage before a […]

Rotary car show results

Best of show 1958 Corvette — Dr. Avery Rush of Amarillo People’s choice 1968 Chevy pickup — Rob McClelland of Tucumcari Long distance 1955 Chevy Wagon — Adam Twigg of Rhode Island Best paint 1955 Chevy 210 — Jim Caviness of Amarillo Best engine 1969 Camero — Greg Hodge of Amarillo Antiques First 1930 Model […]

Lessons and paper clips, what could be better?

Dave Gragg Sometime last year, I got a call from Sgt. Andy Baldridge at the New Mexico State Police. Seems he was trying to start up a Citizens Police Academy and he wanted to know if I would be interested in being in the first class. Obviously it wouldn’t be the full training police receive, […]

Spelling Bee a chance of a lifetime for Tucumcari teen

Learning a lesson in responsibility won Tucumcari Middle School seventh-grader Michael Martinez the trip of a lifetime. Martinez recently represented eastern New Mexico at the 76th Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. after winning the regional competition in Clovis after correctly spelling “diadem,” which means “a crown of jewels, specifically worn as a […]

Water authority to meet Wednesday

Freedom newspapers The passage of the tax increase gives Tucumcari officials some bragging rights as the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority meets at 2 p.m. today at The Roosevelt restaurant in Portales for its monthly meeting. The meeting will be the first with all 12 entities implemented as one authority. Tucumcari City Manager said […]

Pipe dream no longer

1052698337-lake.jpg

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. […]