Tucumcari prepares for Municipal League

TV Hagenah Tucumcari City officials have been spending many hours in and around the Tucumcari Convention Center preparing it for Sept. 1-3 when over 600 dignitaries from throughout the state including New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson will be gathering in Tucumcari for the annual meeting of the New Mexico Municipal League. Richardson will be giving […]

Ex-exotic dancer wins suit against police

William Thompson A federal jury awarded Vivian Martinez $80,000 Tuesday in her lawsuit against Tucumcari Police Chief Dennis Townsend and the Tucumcari Police Department. Martinez claimed she was denied a job with the police department due to her previous employment as an exotic dancer. Martinez said the jury award was a victory for women. “What […]

City gets waterline support

TV Hagenah According to Tucumcari City Manager Richard Primrose, he recently received information from the federal government that Tucumcari would be receiving federal money to help with its aging waterlines. Primrose said the city would be receiving a grant of $265,000 and low interest loans up to $615,200 specifically ear-marked to “revamp” the city’s waterlines. […]

Tucumcari trash rates climb higher

William Thompson In addition to paying higher water bills, Tucumcari residential and commercial customers will soon be paying higher rates for garbage pick-up and sewer service. City Manager Richard Primrose said it was unfortunate, but necessary to raise the rates in order for the city to balance its budget. “With the rate increases, the city […]

Pipeline prospects proving poor

Jack King and TV Hagenah U.S. Senator Pete Domenici R-N.M. told members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority last week that he will not be supporting federal funding of the Ute Water Project for at least two years, a spokesman for ENMRWA said Wednesday. Tucumcari City Manager Richard Primrose said the Senator told […]

Ute pipeline backers head to Washington

David Arkin and TV Hagenah Lawmakers in the nation’s capital on Wednesday got the ball rolling for a project that some believe could be the answer to Eastern New Mexico’s water needs. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., introduced the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Act of 2004 on Wednesday to Congress, which would allow […]

Tucumcari to get over $1 million

David Arkin Thanks to lawmakers’ support, Tucumcar officials are hopeful they will be able to address a variety of water-related needs in the city. Through the capital outlay bill, which is sitting on Gov. Bill Richardson’s desk, the city would get $570,000 for water improvements. The city and Quay County together are expected to receive […]

State economic leader impresses Tucumcari officials

By Ryan Lengerich New Mexico Secretary of Economic Development Rick Homans won the support of many Tucumcari officials Thursday when he toured the city and voiced his commitment to education in a speech to the Rotary Club. Homans opened his morning at the convention center where he talked with a crowd he estimated at 30 […]

City approves two zoning ordinances

Sun Staff Tucumcari city commissioners approved two ordinances to change residential zones to commercial zones on Thursday at a meeting in Conchas. The commission also discussed the status of the natural gas pipeline under construction in the county. Following the regular business meeting, commissioners met for a retreat to discuss various past, present and future […]

Water group discusses budget

By Dave Gragg Members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority also discussed a proposed budget for the office staff at Wednesday’s meeting. The proposed first-year budget of $223,000 includes $27,000 in start-up costs. The two-person office would run closer to $200,000 each year after that. Half of the money would come from the […]