Week of July 17, 2024

  • City manager to retire at end of 2024

    Staff report

    Tucumcari’s city manager will retire at the end of this year after almost 2 1/2 years at the helm. Paula Chacon said she informed her department heads on Friday about her retirement. She called the Quay County Sun on Monday to inform it about her choice. “This was my decision,” Chacon said. “I’m tired of working all the time.” Chacon noted an assistant city manager position was added to the city’s budget, which would allow that person to be trained and then elevated to city manager after she leaves on Dec. 31. “I’d like to...

  • Liaison misses nearly all MainStreet meetings

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News

    Tucumcari Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Lopez has attended only one of six Tucumcari MainStreet board meetings this year despite being appointed as the liaison for the nonprofit organization. Connie Loveland, executive director of Tucumcari MainStreet, revealed Lopez’s repeated absences during a Tucumcari Lodgers Tax Advisory Board meeting on Wednesday. The board was discussing the use of $10,000 in lodgers funds to pay part of Tucumcari MainStreet’s annual $60,000 contract. Tucumcari MainStreet can use no more than $50,000 in Local Economic...

  • City approves infrastructure list

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News

    The Tucumcari City Commission approved its five-year Infrastructure Capital Improvements Plan, but not without some projects being moved up in priority, including street equipment and improvements to the dog pound. Commissioners discussed the plan with city manager Paula Chacon and community development director Vicki Strand during a work session Thursday before the main meeting. The city faced a Friday deadline to submit the plan to the state. The ICIP serves as a guide to state lawmakers when they allocate capital outlay funds during their...

  • Jail log - July 17

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from July 8 to July 11: — Charles Chandler Hazen, 31, Logan, battery against a household member. — Rudy C. Lopez, 29, Tucumcari, driving while license suspended or revoked. — Teresa Childers, 61, Albuquerque, felony contempt of court. — Adrianna M. Apodaca, 33, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — Oscar Ferrel, 21, Tucumcari, wrongful use of public property. — Tehron Lampkin, 21, Tucumcari, felony possession of a controlled substance (narcotic drug), criminal damage to...

  • Logan board revises student dress code

    Staff report

    The board for Logan Municipal Schools last Monday approved revisions to the student dress code involving hair length, facial piercings and tattoos. Superintendent Dennis Roch said in an email to the Quay County Sun it had been five years since the last formal review of the dress code, so he and principal Crystal Burns convened a committee of students, parents and staff to examine it and identify areas for possible updates. "I commend both the committee and the school board for designing a...

  • Advocate for depot, museum honored

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News

    The newly renovated east room of the Tucumcari railroad depot was scheduled Saturday to host a book-signing and presentation by the author of a book on the extinct coal-mining town of Dawson. But the event also served as a surprise honor for Tucumcari's Frank Turner, who helped save the historic depot from demolition, founded the Tucumcari Railroad Museum and played a role in acquiring a grant from Union Pacific for the east room's renovation. Turner traveled with his wife from his North...

  • Police blotter - July 17

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from July 8 to July 14: July 8 — 12:08 a.m.: Domestic disturbance in 100 block of River Road, Logan. — 3:47 a.m.: Reckless driving at North Park Street and East Whitmore Avenue, Tucumcari. — 10:30 a.m.: Arrest warrant in 100 block of North U.S. 54, Logan. — 11:41 a.m.: Juvenile problem in 700 block of West Sunset Avenue, Tucumcari. — 12:13 p.m.: Disturbance at East Main and North Rock Island streets, Tucumcari. — 1:15 p.m.: Found property in 600...

  • San Jon bans cellphone use by students

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News

    SAN JON — The San Jon Municipal Schools board on Wednesday enacted a policy that bans cellphone use by students on campus. Principal Sharla Rusk and superintendent Alan Umholtz recommended its passage, noting similar edicts are being passed at other school districts in Regional Education Cooperative District 6. Rusk urged the policy “due to issues” in the last school year, labeling cellphone usage during the school day as “a detriment to student academic success.” Umholtz concurred, saying “we had many problems” with cellphones...

  • Arch Hurley allocates another inch of water

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News

    After two other motions failed, the Arch Hurley Conservancy District board of directors approved an allocation of 1 inch of water per acre and will re-evaluate the possibility of future allocations during its August meeting. With about a dozen farmers observing the proceedings at the July 9 meeting, board member Debra Mitchell first moved to not allocate any water at this time. The motion died from the lack of a second. Board member Larry Perkins then moved to allocate 2 inches of water per acre, matching the district’s allocation in April....

  • Menus - July 17

    Tucumcari Senior Center Wednesday — Chopped steak, baked potato, gravy with mushrooms, beet and onion salad, roll with margarine, strawberry cake. Thursday — Sweet and sour pork, fried rice, Oriental vegetables, fruit salad, fortune cookie. Friday — Arroz con pollo, tossed salad with dressing, whole-wheat crackers, apple crisp. Monday — Beef stew, tossed salad with dressing, whole-wheat crackers, fruit salad. Tuesday — Braised pork chops, red cabbage with red onions, roasted potatoes, biscuit with margarine, honey, banana. Logan...

  • Pages past - July 17

    On this date ... 1974: The Tucumcari Senior League All-Star Baseball Team completed a two-game sweep of the Friona All-Stars with a 12-3 road victory. Tucumcari earned a berth in the state Senior League tournament to be played in Las Vegas. Eli Dominquez paced Tucumcari with three hits in the final game against Friona. He also had three hits in the previous game. As a pitcher, Dominquez allowed just six hits and striking out nine in the clinching game. Tucumcari’s manager was Gene Kreykenbohm. — Dizzy Dean, the colorful pitcher of the...

  • Calendar - July 17

    July 26-27 - Quay County 4-H Rodeo. This competition at the Quay County Fairgrounds for senior, junior and novice rodeo athletes draws from a wide region. Events, which begin at 5 p.m. each day, include bareback bronc riding, bull riding, tiedown roping, ribbon roping, breakaway roping, goat tying, barrel racing, pole bending, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and team roping. July 27 - St. Anne's Fiesta. The annual event by the St. Anne's Catholic Church will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at...

  • Handling of 'Rust' case an embarrassment

    Tom McDonald, Syndicated content

    By now, most New Mexicans are aware of the case against the movie star Alec Baldwin. It was getting plenty of play both here at home and abroad until, poof, it went away. It shouldn’t disappear so easily. There are more than enough questions still left to answer. The case against Baldwin was dismissed Friday after it was discovered that ammunition from the set of “Rust” had been “misfiled” and was not disclosed to the defense. That was enough to compel Santa Fe’s First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer to grant a motion...

  • Legislative aides a good first step

    Walter Rubel, Syndicated content

    If you need assistance with your federal benefits, you can speak with staff members for U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Lujan at their district offices. If you have issues with the city or county that need to be resolved, you can reach your representative on the city council and county commission at their offices. Constituent services are a vital part of the job for most elected officials. If, however, your problems are with the state, you can try reaching your state senator and representative, but they don’t have an office and...

  • Political gridlock won't do us good

    Michael Reagan, Syndicated content

    Being far away from home in Iceland and Britain for the last two weeks was perfect timing. Just as President Biden was proving to the whole country that he’s incapable of being president for another four years, or another week, I left the madness of American politics and flew off to Europe for a vacation cruise. As I often have had the pleasure of doing, I traveled with my travel-agent wife Colleen and a bunch of her clients. This time, though, we also took along my two kids, Cameron and Ashley, and their families. We Reagans had an...

  • Song reminds us of God's love

    Leonard Lauriault, Religion columnist

    I was recently reminded of the Andy Williams song, "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing," which describes some of the splendors of love with these phrases: "It's the April rose that only grows in early spring; love is nature's way of giving a reason to be living; the golden crown that makes a man a king." These words put limits on love that weren't intended from the beginning because they're based on whimsical emotion triggered by physical contact (the kiss and the touch). Although, I like that,...

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