Week of June 12, 2024

  • Report: Officer's alleged killer threatened others

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News

    The man charged with killing New Mexico State Police Patrolman Justin Hare in March threatened healthcare workers while he was being treated for injuries after his capture. Jaremy Smith, 33, of South Carolina, also threatened a former girlfriend and a travel companion before Hare was killed. And he is accused of entering an empty ranch house near Newkirk, where he ate food and stole ammunition, cash and a pickup truck before being shot and apprehended by police in Albuquerque a day later....

  • New truck stop taking shape in Tucumcari

    Staff report

    With the recent erection of a fuel canopy, the new truck stop under construction on South First Street and Interstate 40 in Tucumcari was starting to take shape last week. The site at 3022 S. First St. is slated by this fall to be a One9 station, part of the Pilot and Flying J network. Ian Terry, construction superintendent at the site, said in a telephone interview that work began on the undeveloped piece of land in early April. He said it's on track to open in early September, barring any...

  • Byrd captures GOP nod for county assessor

    Staff report

    Jefferson Byrd defeated James Kleinsasser for the Republican nomination for Quay County assessor during light turnout last Tuesday in the primary election. Byrd, 52, a rancher and windmiller from rural Tucumcari, earned a total of 466 votes in the county - 128 more than Kleinsasser, 63, a chief deputy assessor who lives in Tucumcari. That represented 58% of the vote for Byrd. Byrd won all precincts in the county. He faces current officeholder and Democratic nominee Dana Leonard in November's...

  • Jail log - June 12

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from June 3 to June 10: — Samuel Dan Stanton, 62, Hobbs, aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug (0.16 or higher). — Raymond Carl Holliday, 35, Tucumcari, three counts of contempt of court. — Dennessa L. Bland, 54, Tucumcari, felony contempt of court. — Francisca Donovan, 45, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — Maria Margarita Romero, 36, Tucumcari, charge not listed. — Santos Preciado, 32, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — Toby...

  • Manager wants prioritize courthouse windows

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News

    Quay County’s manager said he was inclined to move up priority of replacing the courthouse windows on its Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan. The county commission on Monday held a public hearing on updating the five-year plan, which serves as a guide and wish list for capital outlay funding from the New Mexico Legislature. County manager Daniel Zamora said the county spends $3,000 to $5,000 a month on electricity in the courthouse, which also holds other county offices. He said new windows would improve its energy efficiency. Last...

  • TableTop Cooperative loses its state grant

    Staff report

    The locally based TableTop Cooperative recently lost a nearly $25,000 state grant that would have enabled it to buy a walk-in cooler to store produce and increase its ability to sell it to a larger region. The loss of that grant also scuttled its ability to secure a federal grant of up to $40,000 to buy food processing equipment, said the co-owner of Tucumcari plant nursery La Casa Verde, one of the cooperative’s key members. The New Mexico Economic Development Department in February announced the $24,740.03 Healthy Food Financing Award for...

  • Officials give status report reconciling city finances

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News

    City officials and two members of an accounting firm gave a status update during a special commission work session Wednesday on efforts to reconcile the city’s finances as far back as 2022. City manager Paula Chacon said she, finance director Hallie Ferguson and Liz Martinez and Angelica Pacheco, client services managers of Mitchell, Beasley & Co. CPA of Las Cruces, have identified many deposits and credits, with only two debits they have been unable to find, from December 2022. “I think we’ve made a lot of progress,” Chacon said....

  • Logan launches Ute tourism campaign

    Staff report

    The Village of Logan has officially launched its first tourism campaign for Ute Lake, coining the slogan "the best lake you've never been to." The village also launched a new website, VisitUteLake.com, that provides potential visitors local fishing reports, where to eat, places to stay and more. Funding for the campaign came, in part, from a $15,000 outdoor marketing grant announced in March from the New Mexico Economic Development Department. The grant also is being used to print pamphlets and...

  • TPS budget includes $3.3 million cash carryover

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News

    Members of the Tucumcari Public Schools board last Monday approved a $15.1 million operating budget for 2024-2025 that includes a $3.3 million carryover when the fiscal year begins on July 1. The cash will prove critical, as Tucumcari will have to absorb costs on a few teachers and aides that were covered by coronavirus relief funds. The federal Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief Fund required 20% of it to be spent on academics. Those funds will sunset in December. When pressed by board members how much the district would have to...

  • About 40 4-Hers compete in county contest

    Staff report

    About 40 Quay County 4-H members competed in the annual county contest on June 2 in 14 competitions ranging from public speaking to meats identification. Novice and junior members are eligible to compete at district contests in Lovington and Hobbs on June 17-19. Seniors who finished in the top nine are eligible to compete at the state competition in Las Cruses in July. Participants develop decision-making skills and many other skills that can assist them in future employment opportunities with...

  • Rawhide Days festival returns this weekend

    Staff report

    The 2024 edition of Tucumcari Rawhide Days this weekend will take on more of a historical emphasis with, appropriately enough, much of the action at the Tucumcari Historical Museum. The other western-themed activities, including a youth ranch rodeo and barrel racing, will take place at the Quay County Fairgrounds arena. Rawhide Days takes its inspiration from the late 1950s and early 1960s television western series, “Rawhide,” starring Tucumcari native Paul Brinegar and a young Clint Eastwood. Portions of “Rawhide” also were shot on...

  • Tax board receptive fireworks aid request

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News

    The Tucumcari Lodgers Tax Advisory Board seemed amenable to an aid request from the Logan-Ute Lake Chamber of Commerce for its Fourth of July fireworks show, scheduled for July 6. Mayor Mike Cherry, the board’s liaison, said Logan will spend $20,000 on its fireworks display, hence the request. The pyrotechnics will be set off in sequence by professionals, he said. However, Logan didn’t submit a specific amount of funding it wanted from the board. Because of that, board Chairman Matt Bednorz suggested the request be ultimately decided by...

  • Police blotter - June 12

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from June 2 to June 9: June 2 — 1:37 a.m.: Accident in 2000 block of South Mountain Road, Tucumcari. — 5:02 a.m.: Accident at South Rock Island Street and East Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari. — 8:19 a.m.: Suicidal subject in 100 block of West High Street, Tucumcari. — 12:22 p.m.: Property damage in 400 block of East Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari. — 3:42 p.m.: Accident with injuries at Quay Road AD and Quay Road 64, Tucumcari. — 4:59 p.m.:...

  • Pages past - June 12

    On this date ... 1974: A total of 23 Tucumcari Public Schools teachers won’t return for the 1974-75 school year, according to a list published in the Tucumcari News. A total of eight teachers retired, seven resigned to take jobs in other school districts that included Artesia, Muleshoe and Las Cruces, and three were not rehired. Two teachers were going back to school for advanced degrees, one resigned because her husband was moving, one stepped aside because she had a baby, and one found a better job at a vocational school. — Polly Flint...

  • Calendar - June 12

    Friday through Sunday — Tucumcari Rawhide Days. The event at the Quay County Fairgrounds will feature a free biscuits-and-gravy breakfast, youth ranch rodeo, junior livestock show, barrel racing, arts and crafts show, live music and historical presentations. Most of the festivities will be centered around the Tucumcari Historical Museum or the Quay County Fairgrounds rodeo arena. 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...

  • Menus - June 12

    Tucumcari Senior Center Wednesday — Roasted chicken drumsticks, brown rice, California blend vegetables, spinach salad, mixed fruit. Thursday — Kielbasa, red cabbage, peppers and onions, penne pasta, vanilla yogurt, cornbread, pineapple tidbits. Friday — Chicken fried steak, creamed potatoes, peppered gravy, green beans, garden salad with dressing, lemon poundcake with spiced peaches. Monday — Sloppy joe, baked french fries, roasted cauliflower, mandarin oranges. Tuesday — Sour cream chicken enchilada, Spanish rice, pinto beans,...

  • Trump trial DA deserves a bow

    Elwood Watson, Syndicated content

    Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg deserves to take a bow following his undeniable victory. A New York jury delivered a guilty verdict in a trial largely devoid of political theater and intense media upheaval. That’s thanks to a judge who, during the multiple-week trial, managed to maintain civility and order and ensure the rights of all parties were upheld fairly. Former President Trump was convicted on not one, not two, but 34 felony counts. Supporters are outraged. Detractors are pleased. From the moment he brought a criminal case...

  • Bidens have bad week in media

    Michael Reagan, Syndicated content

    It was a good week for the Reagan family. Not so much for the Biden clan. Last Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, where my father is buried, there was a fine ceremony to mark the 20th year of his passing and recall the conservative principles that powered his domestic and foreign successes. And on Thursday, when the library marked the 80th anniversary of D-Day, it also celebrated the famous speech my father gave 40 years ago when he traveled to Normandy to honor the brave Americans who hit the beaches on June 6, 1944....

  • Bible: Are you too hurt to believe?

    Gordon Runyan, Religion columnist

    “Pastor, all that stuff you talk about is fine for you, all that Gospel stuff. But I live in the real world. I’ve learned that promises are made to be broken. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times it’s happened to me, but I can show you the scars. When a thing sounds too good to be true, it is. I need real help, and all you’ve got for me is pie-in-the-sky fairy talk.” Maybe you’ve never said or thought something like that. Well, I have. I’ve been hurt so deeply that when people repeated to me the promises of God, they...

  • Despite problems, California still a trendsetter

    Tom McDonald, Syndicated content

    I must admit to a certain grudge against Californians who come rolling into New Mexico with an attitude of superiority over us poor souls. It’s a prejudice I developed after a few years living in the Land of Enchantment, after seeing more than enough arrogant Californians coming in and trying to tell the rest of us how best to live and behave. I’ve held the same grudge against Texas, but developed it years earlier while growing up in Arkansas. But I felt my own attitude of superiority when, within just a few years: the Razorbacks exited...

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