County roads superintendent retires

TV Hagenah After 11 years of heading Quay County’s Road Department, Superintendent of Quay County Roads, Harry Heckendorn is retiring. “We are so sad to see him go,” said Quay County Commissioner Grace Madrid. “He has done so much for the county and to keep it working smoothly.” Heckendorn said he, too, was sad to […]

A visit to Grandmother’s house

Lynn Moncus Through the years, we have visited about some days that were just so special they were almost unreal and have commented about our great good fortune to be able to experience such days right here in Quay County. One more special day occurred last Sunday when Aggie and I headed for the canyons […]

Two injured in Interstate 40 rollover

William Thompson A man and a woman were transported to Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital Thursday morning after their vehicle rolled over twice on I-40 just west of the 334 mile marker. No other vehicles were involved in the accident. Sgt. Rigo Chavarria of New Mexico State Police said driver fatigue may have played a […]

Mother Road Rally set for June 17

William Thompson Organizers are already busy planning for the second annual Mother Road Rally, set to take place at the Quay County Fairgrounds June 17-19. Lynn Hudson, committee chairperson for the Mother Road Rally board, said the board is meeting formally every other week. “Community members can contact one of the board members and ask […]

Documentary featuring locals wins Emmy

Tom Drake and TV Hagenah A documentary featuring work in Tucumcari and five other New Mexico Route 66 communities to restore historic neon signs has won the Rocky Mountain Emmy, the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division announced earlier in the week. The PBS production, “Route 66, the Neon Road” documents the award-winning Route 66 Neon […]

Rattlers compete at Crownpoint

William Thompson The Tucumcari High School football team will take a long road trip Friday when they take on Crownpoint High School at 7 p.m. Friday night. Crownpoint High School is located 25 miles north of the Thoreau exit off I-40. The Thoreau exit is 30 miles west of Grants. Crownpoint is 0-1 this season, […]

East Coast class on Route 66 arrives in city

TV Hagenah Often people come through Tucumcari because of an interest in Route 66, but 13 university students and two professors came to Tucumcari because of a class being offered by the two instructors in Connecticut on the “Mother Road”. It is the second year that the two Central Connecticut State University instructors have offered […]

Frasier running for commission seat

Doyle W. Frasier 1. What is it that makes Quay County uniquely Quay County? “I have lived numerous places traveling with road construction and Quay County is definitely unique. I feel the diversified cultures and compatibility of our county gives us an inner strength you don’t see in other places. We live here because we […]

Bridge work about to start on Route 66

TV Hagenah On a lonely stretch of old Route 66 between San Jon and Tucumcari nearly 80 people gathered Tuesday morning to take part in a ceremony that would serve as the first step to put the road back into use. Tuesday had been set aside by state officials as the official ground breaking for […]

Muddy roads slow but don’t stop county

TV Hagenah For Quay County Road Superintendent Harry Heckendorn has mixed feelings about the four inches of rain that hit Quay County in the past week. On one hand, he knows how much the parched land of the county needs the moisture that the clouds provided, but on the other hand the rain played havoc […]