Week of June 19, 2024

  • Officer: Santa Rosa refused ambulance for Hare

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News

    A New Mexico State Police report shows an unnamed Santa Rosa dispatcher refused to send an ambulance to aid a dying New Mexico State Police officer on March 15 because the location was “out of their jurisdiction.” The director of communications for Santa Rosa Dispatch denied the allegation. The allegation was made by NMSP Officer Nathan Schwebach in state police reports obtained by the Quay County Sun. Schwebach is stationed out of Santa Rosa in Guadalupe County. NMSP Patrol Officer Justin Hare died in Tucumcari’s hospital about 2 1/2...

  • Tucumcari man gets 10 years in child exploitation

    Staff report

    A Tucumcari man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for trying to engage in sexual conduct with two fictitious minor children during an undercover FBI operation. According to court documents, the investigation of Joseph Gadman, 42, began in December 2022, when an undercover FBI agent engaged him on a social networking website known to be a hub for child sexual abuse. Using the screen name “Gadmanj40,” Gadman contacted the undercover agent and expressed interest in engaging in sexual acts with the undercover agent’s fictitious...

  • Rawhide rolls on without Longhorns

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News

    It was not by choice, but Tucumcari Rawhide Days showed it could keep rollin', rollin', rollin' without its signature Texas Longhorn cattle. The festival, which salutes the "Rawhide" television show shot in the Tucumcari area in the late 1950s and early 1960s, had set up a pen for the cattle a half-block west of the Tucumcari Historical Museum so festival-goers could get an up-close look at the animals. However, one local rancher who planned to bring the Longhorns had a family emergency,...

  • Jail log - June 19

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from June 11 to June 17: — Troy D. Cooper, 44, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — William Holmes, 39, Tucumcari, probation violation, larceny ($250 or less) and embezzlement (over $2,500). — Michaela Brownfield, 28, Tucumcari, larceny (over $100). — Robert Montoya, 69, Tucumcari, driving while license suspended or revoked. — Nathan J. Lucero, 28, Tucumcari, parole violation. — Marcus Hill, 41, Logan, battery against a household member. — Giovanni Martinez, 22,...

  • City delays action on MainStreet, Logan fireworks

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News

    Questions from Tucumcari’s mayor about the legality of a professional services agreement with Tucumcari MainStreet prompted the city commission to delay action on approving it last Tuesday. A lodgers tax aid request from the Logan-Ute Lake Chamber of Commerce for its July 6 fireworks show was delayed for similar reasons. Before the sticking point surfaced with MainStreet, the commission approved a resolution supporting a public-private economic development project, a biannual memorandum of understanding and a 2023 service delivery report...

  • County, emergency center may share IT cost

    Staff report

    Quay County’s manager last week suggested a cost-sharing arrangement for information technology services with the regional emergency communications center. The Tucumcari/Quay Regional Emergency Communications board heard a proposal from Park Place Technologies of Cleveland, Ohio, to provide IT services to the county for $55,000 a year, plus a one-time $4,000 onboarding fee. Plateau Telecommunications provides IT service to both the county and emergency dispatch center. Plateau is phasing out that service in the coming years. After Park...

  • Water flows in canals; board won't allocate more

    Staff report

    Water is flowing through the irrigation canals of the Arch Hurley Conservancy District, but board members were disinclined to allocate more water in them, despite recent rains. District manager Franklin McCasland said water from Conchas Lake was released into the canal system on June 3. The rate was 200 cubic feet per second. “Everything’s running pretty smooth,” he said. “We’ve had a few problems, but nothing major.” The board in April allocated 2 inches of water per acre for area farmers and ranchers. During last week’s...

  • Pages past - June 19

    On this date ... 1974: The New Mexico Highway Commission was scheduled to hold its regular meeting at Tucumcari City Hall. Tucumcari and Quay County also would host the highway commission for a dinner at the Pow Wow Inn. Among the items on the commission’s agenda was a resolution regarding a highway access point nine miles east of Tucumcari and abandonment of a U.S. 66 right of way near Santa Rosa. The commission also was scheduled to discuss setting speed zones on its highway system and removing illegal billboards. — Some members of the...

  • Police blotter - June 19

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from June 10 to June 16: June 10 — 2:59 a.m.: Harassment in 800 block of East Laughlin Avenue, Tucumcari. — 6 a.m.: Burglary in 100 block of West Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari. — 8:18 a.m.: Juvenile problem in 500 block of North College Street, Tucumcari. — 8:30 a.m.: Domestic disturbance in 200 block of East Center Street, Tucumcari. — 1:10 p.m.: Trespassing in 1500 block of South Sixth Street, Tucumcari. — 5:04 p.m.: Accident in 2000 block of...

  • San Jon board gives superintendent a 3% raise

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News

    SAN JON — The board for San Jon Municipal Schools during its regular meeting Wednesday gave its superintendent a 3% pay raise for the coming fiscal year. Alan Umholtz will be paid $128,832 annually. The raise comes with the stipulation that he provide quarterly updates on the district’s goals. The 3% hike matches state-mandated raises given to teachers for the 2024-2025 school year. The unanimous decision by the board followed an executive session of nearly an hour. Umholtz went behind closed doors with board members for a few minutes,...

  • Menus - June 19

    Tucumcari Senior Center Wednesday — Closed for Juneteenth. Thursday — Sausage patty, scrambled eggs, diced potatoes with peppers and onions, wheat bread, applesauce. Friday — Green chile cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato and onion, peas and carrots, cucumbers with dill, watermelon. Monday — Crusted chicken Parmesan, penne pasta with marinara sauce, Italian vegetables, green salad with dressing, garlic bread, cantaloupe. Tuesday — Beef fajitas, flour tortilla, salsa, pinto beans, glazed carrots, mixed berries in gelatin. Logan Senior...

  • Calendar - June 19

    June 28 — Down at the Depot. This 6 p.m. event at the Tucumcari Historic Railroad Plaza will feature music by Bakersfield Twang, plus a variety of vendors. This is presented by Tucumcari MainStreet. July 4 — Tucumcari Fourth of July Parade. The Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce is organizing this event, set for 10 a.m. on Route 66 from Lake Street to the Tucumcari Convention Center. The annual fireworks display over the Elks Lodge will be at dusk. July 6 — Red, White and Ute. The Ute Lake Fourth of July Celebration in Logan...

  • New Tucumcari High football coach introduced

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News

    Tucumcari Public Schools introduced Doug South as its new high school football coach last Monday, and he said he intends to stick around for at least four years. The district's incoming superintendent, Carl Marano, introduced South during a meet-and-greet last Monday at Rattler Gymnasium. About 50 students and parents attended. Marano acknowledged the lack of stability with the high school football program, with South being the fourth Rattlers coach in four years. The Rattlers' previous coach,...

  • Two Mesalands athletes compete at CNFR

    Staff report

    Two athletes from Mesalands Community College competed in last week’s National College Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming, but neither advanced to the championship round. Mesalands saddle bronc rider Cache L. Schellenberg, a freshman, finished 27th overall in the standings. Schellenberg logged scores of 53.5 and 54.5 in the first two days of competition and failed to score in the third day. As a result, he didn’t qualify for the championship short program. New Mesalands coach Bo Segerman said Schellenberg drew a subpar animal during the...

  • Representative saluting Jim Crow

    Elwood Watson, Syndicated content

    Earlier this month, during an event in Philadelphia supporting Donald Trump and the Republican Party, Florida Rep. Byron Donalds made the attention-grabbing assertion that Black families were stronger and more conservative under the Jim Crow era. “You see, during Jim Crow, the Black family was together,” Donalds said. “During Jim Crow, more Black people were not just conservative — because Black people have always been conservative-minded — but more Black people voted conservatively.” Huh? New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, the House...

  • Praying to throw Dems out of power

    Michael Reagan, Syndicated content

    So I turn on the news …. We’ve got wars raging in Ukraine and Israel. We’ve got nuke-carrying Russian warships visiting Cuba. We’ve got 4,000 illegal immigrants a day crossing our Southern border. We’ve got eight men from Tajikistan with potential ties to ISIS arrested this month in New York, Philadelphia and here in Los Angeles. We’ve got pro-Palestinian and antisemitic protestors making trouble on our college campuses, surrounding the White House, blocking traffic and making plans for disrupting the Democratic National...

  • Fathers have role equally crucial role as moms

    Leonard Lauriault, Religion columnist

    I learned something interesting while reading about Father’s Day, celebrated this past Sunday. While Mother’s Day has always been focused on one’s mother and is, therefore, singular possessive, Father’s Day was originally meant to be a celebration of fatherhood, in general, as most of the world observes it, and was proposed as the plural possessive, Fathers’ Day, but the singular precedent already set by Mother’s Day won out. In the USA, a Father’s Day holiday was initially rejected because Mother’s Day had become immensely...

  • Common sense more valuable than ever before

    Tom McDonald, Syndicated content

    Common sense is not as common as it once was. Used to be, good ol’ horse sense would tell you that if a jury found a businessman turned politician guilty of every damn charge brought against him, he must be guilty. But now, way too many people have suspended their reason to see the convicted felon as nothing more than a victim of some unimaginable conspiracy against him. It makes no kind of sense, but that’s the Republican Party these days. The fact is, Donald Trump paid a porn star to keep quiet about their sordid affair so he could get...

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