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 By Ron Warnick    News    February 24, 2021 

Natural gas suppliers anticipate increases

Area suppliers of natural gas or propane said they anticipate price increases for customers in the wake of severely cold weather that strained supplies and sparked widespread power outages, but they...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    February 24, 2021 

Generator backup for grid

When Xcel Energy announced rolling blackouts were possible last week, some residents assumed the company's backup power plant on Tucumcari's north...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    February 24, 2021 

Commissioners discuss air ambulance service

Quay County commissioners on Monday seemed receptive Monday to a proposal to pay about $24,000 to provide emergency air ambulance service for every household in the county. Commissioners didn’t act...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    February 24, 2021 

Bad weather stops vaccine shipment

Quay County returned to a more modest level of administering COVID-19 vaccines last week, partly because bad weather prevented a shipment of them to one of its clinics. C. Renee Hayoz, administrator...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    February 24, 2021 

Full day classes, P.E., music unlikely

A week after in-person classes resumed for Tucumcari middle-school and high-school students for the first time since March, several school board members asked about the prospect of bringing back a...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    February 24, 2021 

Mesalands sees 20 percent drop in fall enrollment

Mesalands Community College saw about a 20% drop in enrollment during fall 2020 — the college’s first full semester during the COVID-19 pandemic — compared to the previous year. Aaron Kennedy,...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    February 17, 2021

Indoor dining makes a return

Barely two hours after Quay County went from red to yellow in the state's bimonthly COVID-19 risk assessment Wednesday afternoon, a waitress at the...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    February 17, 2021

County sees uptick in vaccinations

Quay County last week saw a big uptick in the number of people vaccinated for COVID-19 not only because of more vaccines shipped to clinics but...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    February 17, 2021

Logan turns down grant

The Logan Board of Education said “thanks, but no thanks” to an estimated $50,000 state grant for the district’s preschool for 4-year-olds for the 2022 fiscal year because of accumulating red...

 

Local sports gearing up

Tucumcari's athletic director finished revisions on the high school's volleyball schedule in anticipation the state will green-light sports resuming...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    February 10, 2021

County grants opposition request

The Quay County Commission on Monday granted Sheriff Russell Shafer’s request by unanimously passing a resolution opposing House Bill 4, known as the New Mexico Civil Rights Act, because of...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    February 10, 2021

Board recommends expanding 'T'

The Tucumcari Lodgers Tax Advisory Board on Wednesday unanimously recommended spending $5,000 for an ambitious plan to expand the current lighted "T"...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    February 10, 2021

Nazi flags stir controversy

A Tucumcari man caused a stir on social media over the weekend when he flew at his south-side home two flags representing the Nazi Germany era -...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    February 10, 2021

Tax board recommends reimbursing talking tour expenses

The Tucumcari Lodgers Tax Advisory Board on Wednesday recommended reimbursing $1,283.99 in expenses from the launch last summer of the Tucumcari Talking Tour. The Tucumcari City Commission will...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    February 3, 2021

Tucumcari, Logan prep for partial return to in-person classes

Tucumcari and Logan schools are preparing for a partial resumption Monday of in-person classes for middle-school and high-school students for the first time in more than 10 months. Citing a drop in...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    February 3, 2021

Man accused in gun incident drunk at hearing

A Tucumcari man accused of drunkenly pointing a gun at a teenage boy without provocation last spring found himself in more trouble last week when he showed up drunk at a court hearing regarding his ca...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    February 3, 2021

Former Logan resident sentenced on sex charges

A former Logan resident was sentenced last week to 2 1/2 years in the Department of Corrections and must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life after being convicted of charges related...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    January 27, 2021

Official hopeful on in-person learning

Tucumcari Public Schools’ superintendent told board members last week the state likely will bring back in-person teaching for middle-school students by late January or early February. Superintendent...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    January 27, 2021

Mesalands passing rate for fall believed to be highest

More than 87% of Mesalands Community College’s grades issued to students in the fall were passing — which is believed to be the highest rate ever — despite many classes being conducted online...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    January 27, 2021

Quay approves meat inspection resolution

The Quay County Commission on Monday approved a resolution that urges the reinstatement of a state meat inspection program in New Mexico. The resolution states meat animals in New Mexico account for...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    January 27, 2021

Rescue dog makes recovery

Less than two months ago, Paws and Claws Animal Rescue of Quay County was directed to a stray dog just a few hundred feet from its rural Tucumcari fac...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    January 20, 2021

Legislators talk session priorities

Two area lawmakers talked about their top legislative priorities, the state’s proposed budget, proposed marijuana legalization and security at the Roundhouse as the New Mexico Legislature...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    January 20, 2021

Vaccine doses trickle in to Quay

More doses of COVID-19 vaccine continued to trickle into Quay County last week, and more are anticipated in the days and weeks ahead. Quay County Family Health Center in Tucumcari on Wednesday receive...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    January 20, 2021

San Jon board extends contract of superintendent

The San Jon Municipal Schools board of trustees last week extended its superintendent’s contract by one year to mid-2023. The board approved Janet Gladu’s extension Jan. 11 after a one-hour...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    January 20, 2021

Logan sees improvement in failure rates

Logan Municipal Schools saw some improvement in its student failure rates in recent months but not enough to satisfy its superintendent — another indication of the challenges of online learning...

 

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