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 By Ron Warnick    News    November 25, 2020 

Governor's order creates local ripple effect

The governor’s stay-at-home order and skyrocketing coronavirus cases continued to create ripple effects in Quay County with closed schools, city offices and businesses, plus at least one...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    November 25, 2020 

Possible film locations scouted

Two principals who are producing "Bands of Enchantment" spent two days in Tucumcari last week to scout possible film locations and gather promotional...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    November 25, 2020 

Official says 12,000 children unaccounted for

Tucumcari Public Schools’ assistant superintendent, citing the state’s education chief, said during the school board’s meeting last week about 12,000 children in New Mexico, or nearly 4% of the...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    November 25, 2020 

Lawmakers prioritize unemployment insurance

Two area lawmakers said replenishing the state’s depleted unemployment insurance fund would be a high priority during this week’s special session of the New Mexico Legislature. Gov. Michelle...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    November 25, 2020 

MCC considers course recommendations

A consultant recommended that Mesalands Community College rejigger future course offerings for in-demand trades that include building construction, early childhood education, automobile repair and...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    November 25, 2020 

Mesalands enrollment drops by nearly one-fifth

Enrollment at Mesalands Community College dropped by nearly one-fifth during the previous school year, according to an annual report presented during the board of trustees’ Nov. 17 meeting. Aaron...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    November 18, 2020

State begins 'reset' of COVID-19 restrictions

New Mexico on Monday began a two-week “reset” of coronavirus restrictions amid skyrocketing rates of the disease. The curbs recalled those ordered by the governor in March. Gov. Michelle Lujan...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    November 18, 2020

Logan schools failure rates improve

Logan Municipal Schools saw a decline in its “alarming” numbers of middle and high-school students failing at least one class in remote-learning environments, reported the district’s...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    November 18, 2020

Draft offers glimpse of secondary school return

A draft from the New Mexico Public Education Department offers possible glimpses of how secondary students might return to in-person classes throughout the state. Logan Municipal Schools...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    November 18, 2020

Two jailed on felony charges in escape

A Tucumcari woman and a Massachusetts man were jailed on felony charges Sunday after the woman was accused of opening a Tucumcari Police Department squad car door after his initial arrest and let him...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    November 18, 2020

Virtual ceremony

Students and teachers at San Jon Municipal Schools managed to hold their annual Veterans Day program last week despite ongoing restrictions due to...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    November 18, 2020

Man jailed in sex abuse case

A Tucumcari man was jailed last week after being accused of sexually abusing a girl younger than 13. The alleged incidents occurred five times over a 2 1/2-year period. Ramon Talavera, 42, was...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    November 11, 2020

County approves official canvass

The Quay County Commission on Monday unanimously approved the official canvass for last week’s general election after the clerk proclaimed it “the easiest we ever had.” County Clerk Ellen White...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    November 11, 2020

Mitchell retained to post

Area voters decided to retain 10th Judicial District Judge Albert Mitchell Jr. to his post, according to unofficial results Tuesday night from Quay,...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    November 11, 2020

Quay just shy of record turnout

Despite record numbers of early voting, Quay County fell just shy of record overall turnout during this year's general election. A total of exactly...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    November 11, 2020

Governor warns of 'drastic' restrictions

New Mexico’s governor didn’t sugarcoat the seriousness of a steep rise in coronavirus cases during a press briefing Thursday and said she might impose “drastic” restrictions this week if the...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    November 11, 2020

City logo prototype presented

Officials from New Mexico MainStreet and a graphic designer made a videoconference presentation Wednesday of a late-stage prototype of the city's new...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    November 11, 2020

Tax board brainstorms ideas to boost tourist spendings

Members of the Tucumcari Lodgers Tax Board brainstormed ideas to boost tourist spending in town, including inserting coupons into a forthcoming visitors guide. Board member Matt Bednorz began the...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    November 4, 2020

Senator says he'll try for bail reform bill

State Sen. Pat Woods said he’d try to submit a bill during the New Mexico Legislature’s upcoming session in January to reform the judicial’s system’s so-called “catch-and-release” bail...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    November 4, 2020

Smaller voting crowds possible

Quay County's clerk said she wouldn't be surprised if crowds at polling places Tuesday for the general election were smaller than usual because so...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    November 4, 2020

Providers raise space concerns

The chief medical officer of New Mexico’s biggest healthcare provider said Thursday that hospitals may have to resort to MASH-style medical tents in their parking lots by mid-November if the...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    November 4, 2020

Restaurant damaged in blaze

Loretta's Burrito Hut will be closed indefinitely after the Tucumcari restaurant sustained major damage from a fire early Saturday. The owner has vowe...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    November 4, 2020

Snowstorm buries Tucumcari area

An unusually potent storm nearly two months before the official start of winter dumped at least 10 inches of snow last week in Tucumcari and more in...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    November 4, 2020

Clerical error leads to high bill

A Tucumcari woman received an unexpectedly high bill of $148,000 for her property taxes, but the county treasurer and assessor’s office said it was an isolated clerical error and not a computer...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    October 28, 2020

Snowy weather raises restriction concerns

With snow swirling outside, the Quay County Commission openly wondered Monday morning what would happen to stranded travelers if Interstate 40 closed because of a winter storm and motels and...

 

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