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  • Sheriff fatally shoots gun-wielding man

    Ron Warnick|May 22, 2024

    Quay County's sheriff fatally shot a rural Tucumcari man who was brandishing a firearm at healthcare personnel and law enforcement officers on May 14. Sheriff Dennis Garcia volunteered the information about his involvement during a phone interview two days after the shooting of Aubrey James Osteen, 77, at Osteen's home on Quay Road 49 about a dozen miles south of Tucumcari. "Because I was involved, I feel the I need to be transparent about it," Garcia said in a phone interview with the Quay...

  • Injunction halts PED's 180-day rule

    the Staff of The News|May 22, 2024

    ROSWELL — A district court judge last Monday granted an injunction prohibiting the New Mexico Public Education Department from implementing its 180-day school calendar. District Judge Dustin K. Hunter of Roswell stated in his ruling that the injunction will remain in effect “pending final determination of the merits of this cause.” More than 50 school districts, including all in Quay County, joined the lawsuit challenging the rule. They argue the mandate would result in budget shortfalls, essentially eliminate four-day school weeks that have...

  • Odeon Theatre lands new local owners

    Staff report|May 22, 2024

    The historic Odeon Theatre in downtown Tucumcari marked a change in ownership Friday with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and the screening of the animated movie "Kung Fu Panda 4." Though Jose Almeida is associated with local Atzmus Martial Arts studio, the first movie he chose to show was strictly coincidental. "It just happened; it just lined up that way," he said in a phone interview. "We were talking to the (film) booker about the different movies available, and this one was not too old, not...

  • School bench dedicated to fallen officer

    Staff report|May 22, 2024

    Tucumcari Middle School during an assembly last Wednesday dedicated a bench in memory of slain New Mexico State Police patrolman Justin Hare. Hare died after being shot on March 15 west of Tucumcari when he stopped to help a motorist with a flat tire. The suspect, also charged with the killing of a paramedic in South Carolina, remains in custody on state and federal charges. Middle-school students and members of NMSP District 9 collaborated on the event. Many of Hare's co-workers also attended....

  • Tucumcari fire chief resigns after being placed on leave

    Staff report|May 22, 2024

    Tucumcari’s fire chief turned in his resignation last week after he had been placed on administrative leave earlier in the month. City manager Paula Chacon said Monday that Tucumcari Fire & Rescue Chief Garrett Nash submitted his resignation to the city’s human relations department on Friday. She said he gave no reasons for his stepping down. Nash had been placed on paid administrative leave on May 2, pending an internal investigation. Citing personnel matters, Chacon did not disclose why Nash was taken off duty. Nash, reached by phone on Mon...

  • Mark Memorial Day for great Americans

    Leonard Lauriault, Religion columnist|May 22, 2024

    It occurred to me that this year, Memorial Day will fall about halfway between Mother’s Day, which I wrote about in my last article, and Father’s Day, which I’ll write about in a future article. All three holidays were established to remember specific people. While it’s easy to recognize who we remember on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, the focus of Memorial Day has changed over the years — from concentrating on those who gave their lives in military service to America to all Americans who’ve passed on as indicated by the decorating of m...

  • Pages past - May 22

    May 22, 2024

    On this date ... 1974: President Richard Nixon’s lawyer said the White House would not hand over 11 Watergate-related audio tapes subpoenaed by the House Judiciary Committee but would offer a partial transcript of one of the tapes. Nixon’s lawyer also refused a request to turn over 66 tapes related to contributions from International Telephone and Telegraph and milk producers. Nixon, embroiled by the Watergate scandal, later would resign from office in August. — Patricia Hearst told a hostage she joined the Symbionese Liberation Army becau...

  • Calendar - May 22

    May 22, 2024

    Through Saturday — Mesalands Community College Iron Pour. This arts event resumes after a one-year hiatus. It includes the pouring of molten metal at 1 p.m. Friday and opportunities for locals to make their own molds for metal artwork. June 8 — Doc Powers Memorial Car and Motorcycle Show. This free, family-friendly event will be hosted by the Tucumcari Elks Lodge 1172 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration of cars will begin at 10 a.m. with a $25 fee per vehicle, which comes with a free lunch. A prize raffle will be held every 30 minutes. It inc...

  • Menus - May 22

    May 22, 2024

    Tucumcari Senior Center Wednesday — Barbecued rib sandwich, potato wedges, pasta salad, cherry cobbler. Thursday — Lemon herb chicken, rice pilaf, roasted Brussels sprouts, beet and onion salad, whole-wheat roll with margarine, grapes. Friday — Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, collard greens with mushrooms, wheat roll with margarine, orange. Monday — Closed for Memorial Day. Tuesday — Chicken patty sandwich with lettuce and tomato, roasted Brussels sprouts, green beans, pineapple. Logan schools Wednesday — Breakfast:...

  • San Jon picks architect for new school

    Ron Warnick|May 22, 2024

    SAN JON — San Jon Municipal Schools during a special board meeting Wednesday chose Formative Architecture of Albuquerque to design its new school. Superintendent Alan Umholtz said a district committee looked at 11 architectural firms that expressed interest in designing San Jon’s new school. He said he was “amazed” at how many firms showed up at the initial meeting about the project, though two declined to submit packets to the committee. He said the committee whittled the list to four. Those applicants were interviewed a day before the mee...

  • Biden v. Trump debates have right balance

    New York Daily News, Syndicated content|May 22, 2024

    The last time the Democrats and the Republicans held a White House rematch with the same two contenders was 1956, when Ike beat Adlai Stevenson for the second straight time. Earlier, there were redos with William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan (McKinley won both in 1896 and 1900) and Grover Cleveland vs. Benjamin Harrison (in 1888, Harrison defeated the incumbent Cleveland, who then staged a comeback victory in 1892). In the pre-Civil War days, before the GOP existed, when there were Whigs and such, Martin Van Buren beat William Henry...

  • Lack of climate mitigation could seal fate

    Tom McDonald, Syndicated content|May 22, 2024

    If you ask me, history is speeding up. Used to be, things didn’t change much from one generation to another, but with the onset of the 20th century, it all began to accelerate. And, now that we’re a couple of decades into the 21st century, we’re living as if the past doesn’t matter anymore. But of course, it does. History is how we got here, and it portends where we’re going. My baby-boomer generation has been through some incredible history. We were raised during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and ’60s, which led our nation in a...

  • Trump only person who can save US from Biden

    Michael Reagan, Syndicated content|May 22, 2024

    What’s happening on CNN and MSNBC is disgusting, but not surprising. Some of their so-called pundits and reporters have been downright giddy while watching Donald Trump on trial in New York City. They think the New York DA’s office is doing God’s work, not Joe Biden’s. They love watching lying lowlifes like porn star Stormy Daniels and Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen testifying against the ex-president. It doesn’t matter to losers like Joe & Mika and Jen Psaki that the Democrats are using the Justice Department as a weapon to interfere w...

  • No more miracles for Longhorns

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|May 22, 2024

    ALBUQUERQUE - The Logan baseball team wasn't going to pull off a second miracle in as many days. Dathan Yeary and his Melrose teammates made sure of that. Like he did last year, Yeary frustrated the hitters of top-seeded Logan in a complete-game 9-1 victory Friday in the Class 1A baseball championship at Santa Ana Star Field at the University of New Mexico. The Buffaloes (14-6), seeded third, captured their second state title in a row. Melrose vanquished previously unbeaten Logan in the 1A...

  • Ruidoso ends Lady Rattlers' season at 3A tourney

    Staff report|May 22, 2024

    Ruidoso ended Tucumcari’s softball season with a 13-3 decision over the Lady Rattlers on Wednesday in the first round of Class 3A playoffs at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho. The 12th-seeded Lady Rattlers trailed the fifth-seeded Warriors 5-3 after two innings, but Ruidoso followed with eight unanswered runs. Tucumcari senior Haisley Huffman went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and an RBI. Harley McKinney also smacked a double and drove in a run, and Caylee Benavidez tallied an RBI. Tucumcari left nine base runners stranded during the g...

  • Mesilla Valley ousts Lady Longhorns from state tourney

    Staff report|May 22, 2024

    The Logan softball team’s first postseason trip in six years was short in duration, with an 18-8 first-round loss to eventual state runner-up Mesilla Valley Christian on Wednesday. The Lady Longhorns lost despite the heroics of Marilyn Moreno, who went 3-for-3 with a triple and two home runs. She drove in four runs. “Marilyn is a phenomenal player,” Logan coach Dustin Robertson said. “She’s first-team all-state in my opinion, and no one will convince me otherwise.” Also for Logan, Jadyn Garcia hit a three-run triple and scored two runs. Presl...

  • Gonzales, Huffman named THS top senior athletes

    Staff report|May 22, 2024

    Antonio Gonzales and Haisley Huffman were named the Senior Male and Female Athletes of the Year during the Rattler Athletic Banquet last Monday organized by the Tucumcari Diamondback Booster Club. About 350 people attended the annual gathering at the Tucumcari Convention Center, where Tucumcari High School athletes in cross country, football, cheer, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, powerlifting, softball, baseball, golf and track are honored. Gonzales participated in football, powerlifting...

  • Jail log - May 22

    May 22, 2024

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from May 14 to May 19: — Kizzie Ann Mills, 45, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — Kurtis Russell Morris, 33, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — Kye Tillmon, 38, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — Michael Paul Chacon, 45, San Jon, criminal trespass (unposted) and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer. — Tony Chavez, 33, Tucumcari, battery. — Carmel Christopher Jasper, 76, Tucumcari, criminal trespass (public). — Thomas Zukevich, 21, no address listed, two counts of aggravated assa...

  • Arch Hurley declines to allocate additional water

    Staff report|May 22, 2024

    The Arch Hurley Conservancy District board of directors last week declined to allocate additional water while it prepares its irrigation canals for an earlier allocation. The board officially voted on May 14 to not allocate any additional water at this time. Despite rain the previous weekend, district manager Franklin McCasland reported that Conchas Lake’s levels that morning were at 4,172.9 feet — about two-thirds of a foot higher than the previous month but below the optimum level of 4,174 feet and higher to release more water. The board in...

  • Police blotter - May 22

    May 22, 2024

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from May 13 to May 19: May 13 — 1:59 a.m.: Domestic disturbance in 1300 block of East Reed Avenue, Tucumcari. — 4:17 a.m.: Accident with injuries at milepost 33, U.S. 54, Logan. — 6:44 a.m.: Noise complaint in 600 block of South Jackson Street, Tucumcari.. — 8:51 a.m.: Vandalism in 600 block of South Second Street, Tucumcari. — 9:22 a.m.: Theft at U.S. 54 and Quay Road 64.5, Tucumcari. — 9:30 a.m.: Domestic disturbance in 200 block of West Tucumcari Boulevard,...

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  • County likely to give $2-an-hour raises

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|May 15, 2024

    At least two members of the Quay County Commission on Monday said they were amenable to giving $2-an-hour pay raises to employees after the county manager said such increases were doable with the 2024-2025 budget. The commission likely will approve its budget with those raises during its next meeting on May 27. County manager Daniel Zamora said he examined the financial effect of giving $1 or $2-an-hour pay raises for hourly employees and department heads for the forthcoming fiscal year. Zamora said he was moderately surprised to find the $2...

  • Sheriff shot gun-brandishing man south of Tucumcari

    Ron Warnick, QCS senior writer|May 15, 2024

    The Quay County sheriff admitted to fatally shooting a rural Tucumcari man who was brandishing a firearm at healthcare personnel and law enforcement officers earlier this week. Sheriff Dennis Garcia volunteered the information about his involvement during a phone interview two days after the shooting of Aubrey James Osteen, 77, at his home on Quay Road 49 about a dozen miles south of Tucumcari. “Because I was involved, I feel the I need to be transparent about it,” Garcia said in a phone interview with the Quay County Sun. New Mexico State Pol...

  • Art City becomes a reality

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|May 15, 2024

    Art City no longer is just a concept in Matt Monahan's head. It's now reality. Three months after announcing at a Quay County Commission meeting his intention to build the large-scale sculpture park and campground on 40 acres a few miles north of Tucumcari off Highway 104, Art City held a soft opening in late April. Eleven of 14 of the large sculptures planned for the site have been installed, with at least two more coming by the fall. Art City is selling day passes at its

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