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  • San Jon's basketball teams fall to Floyd

    the Staff of The News|Jan 3, 2024

    FLOYD – Nevaeha Brown and Jona Baros combined for 32 points on Friday night as Floyd's girls basketball team picked up its first win of the season with a 41-38 triumph over San Jon. Senior Sarah Archuleta led the Lady Coyotes (1-5) with 15 points. Brown scored 17 points and Baros added 15 for the Lady Broncos (1-6), who erased a seven-point halftime deficit with a 16-9 surge in the third frame. In the boys' half of the twinbill, the Floyd boys basketball team overwhelmed the Coyotes from the s...

  • Walmart arson suspect arrested`

    the Staff of The News|Sep 20, 2023

    CLOVIS — The man accused of starting the Sept. 3 Walmart fire was arrested Sept. 13 in Lubbock, Texas, according to Lubbock police. Public Information Officer Amber Edwards said Jimmy Guillen, 59, of California was taken into custody at 1:25 p.m. (CDT) at 34th Street and Quaker Avenue in Lubbock. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Quentin Ray said he intends to extradite Guillen to Clovis as early as possible, a process that can take 10 to 30 days to complete, he said....

  • Museums hosting scavenger hunt

    the Staff of The News|Sep 13, 2023

    Quay County On the Move is inviting residents to spend Saturday afternoon exploring Tucumcari’s four museums for free from noon to 3 p.m. Participating museums are the New Mexico Route 66 Museum at 1500 W. Route 66, Tucumcari Railroad Museum at 101 E. Railroad Ave., Tucumcari Historical Museum at 416 S. Adams St. and the Mesalands Dinosaur Museum at 222 E. Laughlin Ave. Admission to the museums is free during the event. Those who wish to participate should stop by the Quay County On The Move table, register and pick up a scavenger hunt form a...

  • Groups offer suicide prevention training

    the Staff of The News|Sep 13, 2023

    The Quay County Health Council is partnering with NMSU Cooperative Extension Service and United Way of Eastern New Mexico to provide opportunities this month for suicide prevention training. This evidence-based program will equip community members with the tools to engage and assist people during their most vulnerable moments. Suicide has become more common in rural communities. Those participating in these sessions will feel more comfortable talking to someone about suicide. Most people often are relieved to be able to talk to someone about...

  • Clovis Walmart fire 'scary,' worker says

    the Staff of The News|Sep 6, 2023

    CLOVIS - Wilson Alegria was stocking Walmart's frozen food section when the commotion began around him about 3:30 a.m. Sunday. "All the fire alarms went off, everyone started running toward the exit screaming 'Fire!'" he said. "It was scary. You could tell all the other employees were pretty shocked." Alegria said he was one of about 50 Walmart employees working the overnight shift when the fire broke out, likely in the automotive section on the store's south side. The building was ablaze when...

  • Clovis city commissioner steps down

    the Staff of The News|Aug 30, 2023

    CLOVIS — Embattled Clovis City Commissioner David Bryant on Wednesday submitted his resignation, effective immediately. “It is with heavy heart I regret to inform you that I will no longer be able to (perform) my duties as City Commissioner,” Bryant wrote in his letter submitted to city attorney Jared Morris. “The continued hostility directed at myself by others has become not just a distraction but the constant barrage of personal attacks has taken its toll on myself, my family and my constituency. I have decided that ultimately the best thing...

  • Jury acquits ex-deputy of child abuse

    the Staff of The News|Aug 9, 2023

    CLOVIS — A 9th Judicial District Court jury last week found former Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher McCasland not guilty of felony child abuse. The jury handed down the verdict on the second day of a two-day trial in Portales before Judge Drew Tatum. McCasland, 37, a Tucumcari High School graduate, was charged on March 1, 2022, with child abuse not causing great bodily injury, a third-degree felony, in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court. New Mexico State Police Agent Justin Tiemann charged in an arrest affidavit that McCasland abu...

  • Court issues order in gerrymandering case

    the Staff of The News|Jul 12, 2023

    The New Mexico Supreme Court on Wednesday issued an order providing guidance to the 5th Judicial District Court for resolving a partisan gerrymandering claim in a legal challenge to the state’s congressional district map. According to Barry Massey, public information officer with the state Administrative Office of the Courts, the court also issued a writ of superintending control that directed the district court to proceed in the redistricting litigation in accordance with Wednesday’s order. The state Supreme Court also gave the 5th Jud...

  • Portales mosque vandalized again

    the Staff of The News|Jul 5, 2023

    PORTALES – The director of the Portales Islamic Center said the mosque was attacked by vandals Friday for a fifth time since June 1. Ahmed Benssouda, the director, said police and firefighters responded to a report of smoke emerging from the center about 1 a.m. Benssouda said there was smoke inside and outside the building. In addition, Benssouda said, “racial messages” were spray-painted on the center’s walls, including “N-word” and the initials “KKK.” Benssouda said vandals damaged carpets, poured beer in places and urinated on carpets. “Th...

  • Miller moth season won't last much longer

    the Staff of The News|May 10, 2023

    CLOVIS - In the words of Patrick Kircher, the agriculture agent for Roosevelt County: "They are really obnoxious and troublesome." And it's likely you have some in your house right now. The flutterbugs that are invading eastern New Mexico are called army cutworms. In their adult stage, they're more commonly known as miller moths. "Cutworms have been early season pests in New Mexico, becoming active when soil temperatures are above 40 ... The adult moth lays eggs in elongated clusters of 60 to...

  • THS softball drops opener at Ruidoso

    the Staff of The News|Apr 12, 2023

    The Tucumcari softball team dropped its district opener Friday with a 15-4 home loss in five innings against Ruidoso. The Warriors, which scored in every inning, surged to a 7-1 lead in the top of the third and added a total of 10 runs in the fourth and fifth. Taeden Hyslop drove in two runs on a single for the Lady Rattlers. Alexis Ramirez and Haisley Huffman each went 2-for-3 with an RBI, including a solo home run by Huffman. Juli Rivera suffered the loss for Tucumcari, allowing 11 hits and four walks and seven earned runs in four innings....

  • More federal money coming for Ute Water Project

    the Staff of The News|Mar 15, 2023

    CLOVIS — More federal dollars are on their way for the Ute Water Project. The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority has received notice from the United States Bureau of Reclamation regarding the second round of funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. According to a news release from water authority, the federal FY2023 appropriation is in the amount of $89.5 million for use in the construction of the Ute pipeline. ENMWUA will receive an additional $4.63 million from FY2023 administration and congressional funding. The t...

  • Chicago man dies in U.S. 54 accident

    the Staff of The News|Nov 2, 2022

    A Chicago man died in a two-vehicle accident Saturday morning on U.S. 54 northeast of Tucumcari. According to a news release from New Mexico State Police, Ervin Burton Jr., 32, of Chicago died at a hospital after his Chevrolet Impala, partially parked in the northbound lane of the highway, was struck by a Volvo commercial motor vehicle at about 10 a.m. Saturday near milepost 329. Burton later died of his injuries and was pronounced dead by the Office of the Medical Examiner. A 27-year-old passenger in the Impala also was taken to the hospital...

  • Water authority finalizes Ute Lake pact

    the Staff of The News|Oct 5, 2022

    CLOVIS — The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority board officially socked away a nearly $672.4 million agreement during a special meeting Sept. 29 that guarantees 75% of the funds needed for completion of the Ute Lake Water Project. “It’s a milestone day,” Mike Morris, the mayor of Clovis and chairman of the ENMWUA’s board said as he called for the vote on the agreement between the water utility and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation that finalizes funding arrangements for the remainder of the Ute Lake project. The agreement locks in the fe...

  • Roosevelt citizens to audit 2020 ballots

    the Staff of The News|Jun 22, 2022

    PORTALES — A group of Roosevelt County citizens, most noting their Republican party affiliation, plan on auditing county ballots for the 2020 presidential election this week. The matter came up during the “public requests” portion of a Roosevelt County Commission meeting. Person after person came to the speaker’s podium at the session to tell commissioners of the lack of confidence they and their friends have in voting in New Mexico. Speakers praised the work of Roosevelt County Clerk Mandi Park and county commissioners but not the state h...

  • NMDOT chief retires after 27 years

    the Staff of The News|May 4, 2022

    New Mexico Department of Transportation chief Michael Sandoval retired effective Sunday after 27 years in state government, according to a news release last week from the agency. Under his leadership, NMDOT implemented more than $3 billion in construction programs over the last 3 1/2 years. Before his appointment as cabinet secretary, he served as executive manager of the department’s Modal Divisions, in which he oversaw hundreds of contracts, the state’s 12 ports of entry and major transportation projects including the Rail Runner, com...

  • Former deputy accused of child abuse

    the Staff of The News|Mar 9, 2022

    PORTALES — A former Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputy convicted in 2021 of receiving stolen property now is facing felony child abuse charges, records show. The former deputy, Chris McCasland, was charged on March 1 with child abuse not causing great bodily injury, a third-degree felony, in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court. In an affidavit for McCasland’s arrest, New Mexico State Police Agent Justin Tiemann charged that on Feb. 14, McCasland had struck his 7-year-old son repeatedly while McCasland was driving a motor vehicle. According to the...

  • Rattlers fall to Texico

    the Staff of The News|Oct 6, 2021

    TEXICO — Max Villarreal scored three touchdowns on Friday night and the struggling Texico Wolverines got back on the winning track with a 53-0 blistering of visiting Tucumcari. Texico (2-4) snapped a three-game losing streak with the rout, ending the game early in the final stanza on the NMAA’s 50-point mercy rule when Villarreal tallied from 30 yards out. He also ran in Texico’s first tally and later caught a long scoring pass from sophomore quarterback Cade Figg. Texico led 33-0 at the quarter and 47-0 at halftime against the Rattlers (1-5)...

  • Altrusa inducts new officers

    the Staff of The News|Jun 24, 2020

    The Altrusa International Club of Tucumcari recently inducted its officers for the 2020-2021 year. Inducted officers were Janie Hoffman, president; Ellen White, past president; Lois Sappington, two-year board member; Sam Sparks, one-year board member; Jeannette Maddaford, treasurer; Merlinda Turner, recording secretary; Beverly Lake, corresponding secretary; and Charlene Montgomery, first vice president. Altrusa International is a nonprofit organization that strives to make local communities better through leadership, partnership and...

  • Airport receives federal grant

    the Staff of The News|Apr 22, 2020

    Tucumcari Municipal Airport received a $20,000 federal grant to help sustain critical operations during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a news release Wednesday from U.S. Sen. Tom Udall. A total of 50 airports in New Mexico received a total of $25.2 million as part of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act passed by Congress last month. “While all New Mexicans should stay home as much as possible to slow the spread of coronavirus and protect our neighbors and health care professionals, local airports need to s...

  • Livestock board gives brand reminder

    the Staff of The News|Apr 22, 2020

    The New Mexico Livestock Board reminds registered brand holders their current card expires in July and encourages renewals to be completed early online at https://www.nmlbonline.com/brands. Because of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham declaring a state public health emergency, the livestock board is following directives and taking measures to slow the spread of coronavirus. All in-person services and transactions are suspended indefinitely. These services are provided on the livestock board website: • Brand renewals • Brand searches • Access to br...

  • Author receives third award

    the Staff of The News|Apr 22, 2020

    A Logan author has received her third Mom’s Choice Gold Award for her Rocking R Ranch children’s books. Connie Perez won the award for the third installment of her Rocking R series, “Farming on the Rocking R Ranch.” The Mom’s Choice Awards, which has reviewed thousands of entries from more than 55 countries, evaluates products created for children, families and educators. In the book, rancher Rosie works to fulfill her dream of hosting a Halloween event by preparing the ranch for crops, watering the plants and converting them into fun activ...

  • Residents can dumpone free load Saturday at landfill

    The Staff of The News|Sep 19, 2018

    The city of Tucumcari will allow residents free disposal of one load of municipal solid waste up to 1,000 pounds from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Tucumcari Landfill, 30652 U.S. Route 54, according to a city news release. The offer is open to only city residents with a current paid water bill. Some restrictions apply, including the following: n Construction debris and tires are not covered under the free offer. Normal fees will be charged for construction debris and tires. n Any load with a weight over 1,000 pounds will be charged at the...

  • It's pageant week in Portales

    The Staff of The News, Eastern New Mexico News|Jun 14, 2017

    PORTALES - Quay County will have a say in who wins the Miss New Mexico Scholarship Pageant this weekend in Portales. That's because Logan's Taylor sisters - Lauralann and Leah - are both competing for the title. Miss Quay County - Lauralann Taylor, 18 - said her sister - Miss Portales' Leah Taylor - introduced her to the pageant. Both girls are students at Eastern New Mexico University and are the daughters of John and Laurel Taylor. "I just thought it was a great opportunity to help my friends...

  • Students honored for straight As

    The Staff of the News|May 17, 2017

    Correspondent report Success doesn't always come easy, even to good students. That was the lesson Benjamin Arenas, a 2005 Tucumcari High School graduate, conveyed to Tucumcari High School and middle school straight-A students May 9 at the schools' annual Academic Recognition Banquet. The dinner and ceremony were held at Tucumcari Middle School's Mesa Cafeteria. Just in the past few months, Arenas received a doctorate in pharmacy from Texas Tech University's Health Sciences Center in Amarillo,...

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