Ten Commandments: Local monument similar to many challenged across country

By Ryan Lengerich Prominently displayed on Tucumcari City Hall’s front lawn on E. Center Street is a seven-foot tall black marble Ten Commandments monument surrounded by three flag poles bearing the American, Mexico State and Tucumcari Rattlers flags. On Aug. 28, a 2 1/2 ton granite Ten Commandment monument was removed from the Alabama state [...]

Gov. pushes special election agenda at TES

By Ryan Lengerich New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson campaigned in favor of the two amendments posted on the Sept. 23 special election ballot when he addressed Tucumcari Elementary School Tuesday. Calling himself a “champion of rural areas,” the governor gave a 20-minute speech to a floor full of wide-eyed students and about 40 parents, school [...]

Labor Day: Kick Back and Relax: Keep it legal, added law enforcement awaits

By Ryan Lengerich While Labor Day weekend might be many Tucumcari resident’s last time to cut loose prior to summer’s end, law enforcement will be making sure it’s the last time to party — legally. Tucumcari police department and New Mexico State Police will be stepping up patrols inside the city and in outlying areas [...]

Two dead in Ute Lake drowning

By Angela Peacock Two Portales men drowned in a boating accident at Ute Lake on Thursday night. One victim was Frank Davis, who gained national attention when he paid comedian Jay Leno more than $320,000 for a celebrity-autographed motorcycle soon after Sept. 11, 2001. The money went to the Twin Towers Fund for the victims [...]

Columnist wants Americans to stand up for their beliefs

By Debra Whittington: Notes from the Church Lady In most cases, I try to stay away from politics in my weekly column, however something happened last week that really riled my feathers. In Montgomery, Alabama, Chief Justice Roy Moore was ordered to remove a Ten Commandments monument that is located in a judicial building. Although [...]

Depth could be key to team’s success

By Ryan Lengerich Everyone it seems has an opinion about what the defending state champion Rattlers must do to fill the void left by eight graduated seniors including four starters. “I think most of it’s heart,” Nick Wiegal, junior defensive end, tight end and full back said. “I think there are some freshman who come [...]

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 [...]

Man drowns in Ute Lake

Angela Peacock Police believe alcohol is involved in the accidental drowning death of a 20-year-old Logan man at Ute Lake’s Oldham Overlook over the weekend. Family members told police Amner Moreno-Ortiz was a poor swimmer. He was last seen around 4:30 p.m. Saturday by his aunt, who watched him enter the water and never return. [...]

State closes Route 66 bridge

Dave Gragg Travelers looking to get their kicks will have to take a detour off old Route 66 for the immediate future. On Friday, the state Department of Transportation closed one of the road’s bridges over the Revuelto Creek between Tucumcari and San Jon, because it was unsafe to travel over. Signs detour motorists onto [...]

Petitions out statewide against Senate Bill 28

By Jack King Curry County Commission Chairman Tim Ashley is backing a petition drive against a state law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. A bill prohibiting the discrimination, Senate Bill 28, was passed by the state Legislature and signed by Gov. Bill Richardson this year. A statewide petition drive to keep [...]