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  • Manager: State will authorize more aid

    Staff report|Jan 10, 2024

    Quay County’s manager said a state official assured him it would receive more disaster aid for May’s storm after it uses $750,000 in such funding authorized last year. Road superintendent Stephen Salas said during the county commission’s meeting Thursday he was obtaining quotes to repair flood-damaged Quay Road M. The road south of Bard was one of the most extensively damaged county roads after the storm. County manager Daniel Zamora said an official from state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management told him it can...

  • New era in city government

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Jan 10, 2024

    The Tucumcari City Commission began a new era last week with the swearing in of three new members and the appointment of a new mayor. District 1 commissioner Jerry Lopez, District 2 commissioner Jonathan Brito and District 3 commissioner CJ Oglesby - all newcomers - each took the oath of office from Municipal Judge Jerry Mares at the start of a special meeting on Jan. 2. Lopez defeated veteran commissioner and mayor Ralph Moya during the November election. Brito ousted incumbent Paul Villanueva...

  • County vexed on what to do with Quay School

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Jan 10, 2024

    A constituent voicing concerns during a Quay County Commission meeting last week revived a longstanding issue: What to do about the historic Quay School? During the public comment portion of Thursday's meeting, Benton Greer said the long-vacant building owned by the county needed "immediate" attention. He said a fence was down, allowing cattle to roam about the grounds. He said one back window also needed to be boarded up. After the meeting, Greer said he held an interest in the site. Not only...

  • Mount Hermon repossessed by Christ

    Gordon Runyan, Religion columnist|Jan 10, 2024

    At one point in the Gospel story, Peter confesses his belief that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus responds with a promise that he himself would build his church, and that the gates of hell would not overcome it. They were in a city called Caesarea Phillipi when this happened, and the location is important. Caesarea Phillipi was set on a large shelf or terrace 1500 feet up the side of Mount Hermon. Mount Hermon marked the northern border of Israel. On the other side was Syria. The slopes on the southern side of the mountain are called...

  • Blizzard conditions hamper travel

    Staff report|Jan 10, 2024

    Hazardous driving conditions and road closures were seen Monday in Quay County after a blizzard struck the region. Heavy snow began falling by midmorning Monday in Tucumcari amid strong winds. Roads rapidly became snow-covered and slick. That prompted the early closings of Tucumcari, Logan and San Jon schools. All three districts went to a two-hour delay for the start of classes on Tuesday. Quay County government also closed at noon on Monday. Westbound Interstate 40 from Tucumcari to Santa Rosa was closed much of Monday because of a traffic pi...

  • Lodgers board OKs bylaw changes

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Jan 10, 2024

    The Tucumcari Lodgers Tax Advisory Board last week approved changes in its bylaws that include an alteration to its meeting times. Future meetings still will be on the first Wednesday of each month, except with a start time of 9 a.m. instead of 10 a.m. Two members who operate motels requested the change, saying it would be easier for them to attend. Board members were told during their meeting Wednesday the city’s municipal court convenes on that morning. However, city manager Paula Chacon said she would talk to court officials about moving...

  • Logan student makes dean's list

    Staff report|Jan 10, 2024

    Dinnin Freeman of Logan was named to the fall 2023 Dean’s List at Southern New Hampshire University. Full-time undergraduate students who earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 to 3.699 for the reporting term were named to the Dean’s List, according to a news release from the university. Full-time status is achieved by earning 12 credits for each 16-week term or paired eight-week terms group in the fall, winter/spring and summer. Southern New Hampshire University, located in Manchester, New Hampshire, is a private school that includes...

  • Pages past - Jan. 10

    Jan 10, 2024

    On this date ... 1974: Undeterred by freezing temperatures and icy streets, U.S. Rep. Manuel Lujan Jr. arrived at the Quay County Courthouse to hold regular congressional hours. A line of residents had formed in the courthouse halls awaiting his arrival, with each seeking an appointment to talk to the congressman. Lujan parked in the lot behind the courthouse, entered through a back door and was greeted by Sheriff Francis Isler, deputy James Knight and Assistant District Attorney Pete Bidwell. Lujan was questioned about the ongoing energy...

  • Menus - Jan. 10

    Jan 10, 2024

    Tucumcari Senior Center Wednesday — Red beef enchiladas, pinto beans, Capri vegetables, Spanish rice, strawberry shortcake. Thursday — Fish and chips, three-bean salad, biscuit, fruit salad. Friday — Ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans with slivered almonds, stewed tomatoes, whole-wheat roll with margarine, apricot crisp. Monday — Closed for MLK Jr. Day. Tuesday — Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, cauliflower and carrots with margarine, whole-wheat roll with margarine, pudding with sweet cherries. Logan schools Wednesday...

  • Voters face Jan. 28 deadline to update info for primary

    Staff report|Jan 10, 2024

    Voters in Quay County and New Mexico must update their voter information by Jan. 28 to be able to cast ballots or file as a candidate for the June 4 primary election. The Quay County Clerk’s Office in a news release last week asked residents to verify whether they are a registered voter in the county with the proper address of where they reside and a current mailing address. “Let us remind you that New Mexico has closed primary elections,” the release stated. “You must be either registered as a Democrat, Republican or Libertarian to be...

  • Jail log - Jan. 10

    Jan 10, 2024

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from Dec. 30 to Jan. 7: — Paulina Chavira, 54, Tucumcari, two counts of contempt of court. — Joshua Daniel, 41, Tucumcari, driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug (0.08 or above). — Sofia Lorena Story, 44, Amarillo, aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug (refusal), open drink container and careless driving. — Mercie Renee Apodaca, 42, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — Pete Anthony Martinez, 55, Tucumcari,...

  • Opinion: Harvard's problems good for America

    Bloomberg News, Syndicated content|Jan 10, 2024

    Regardless of your perspective, Harvard looks bad right now — and that’s good for America. The resignation of Claudine Gay as president has brought the university unwanted attention for lacking both academic standards and moral clarity. She made mistakes, but in many ways Harvard set her up to fail. Like all of America’s top universities, Harvard has taken on an unhealthy role in the U.S. economy and society. America’s best universities need to return to their original mission: producing academic excellence, not just signaling it....

  • Opinion: Haley's debate behavior cowardice

    Elwood Watson, Syndicated content|Jan 10, 2024

    Americans routinely plugged into the news cycle are aware of the fact that much ado was made about something (yes something) when Nikki Haley responded to a question from an audience member at a New Hampshire town hall about the cause of the Civil War. The Republican presidential candidate awkwardly (arguably intentionally) sidestepped the real issue that resulted in one of our nation’s most pivotal events – slavery! Rather than confront the truth head on and provide an honest response to the questioner, Haley attempted to dance around...

  • Opinion: Americans need to reach out, talk

    Michael Reagan, Syndicated content|Jan 10, 2024

    It’s a brand new year. But it’s beginning to feel like I’m stuck in the movie “Groundhog Day.” Nothing ever seems to change. We still have two bloody wars, a border invasion, a growing $34 trillion national debt and, sadly, we’re still living in a divided country of haters. You turn on the news and everyone’s still angry. People are still not talking to one another. Blind partisanship is everywhere. There’s so little to feel good or optimistic about in Washington or around the world. President Biden has already started his 2024...

  • Longhorns stay undefeated

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Jan 10, 2024

    LOGAN - If any team hopes to conquer Logan's unbeaten boys basketball team at this week's EPAC tournament, it had better slow the Longhorns' high-octane offense. The Longhorns (12-0) rang up 32 points in the first period to take control during a 97-33 non-district victory Saturday over Springer (4-7). Logan led 56-29 at intermission and held a 45-point advantage after three quarters. Logan scored almost 100 despite plenty of substitutions and a running clock in most of the second half. Springer...

  • Local cheerleader performs in London parade

    Staff report|Jan 10, 2024

    Tucumcari junior cheerleader Nevaeh Montoya had a once-in-a-lifetime experience when she performed in the nationally televised London New Year's Day Parade as part of the Varsity Spirit All-Americans cheer group. Accompanying was her THS coach and chaperone, Jolene Marroquin, who also had performed as a cheerleader on New Year's Day in London more than a decade ago and never thought she'd return to the British Isles. Montoya, New Mexico's only representative on the Varsity Spirit team, earned...

  • Get-tough approach lifts Logan girls

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Jan 10, 2024

    LOGAN - An injury-depleted Springer girls basketball team fell victim to Logan's new, get-tough attitude during a 62-32 non-district loss to the host Lady Longhorns. Logan and Springer sported nearly identical win-loss records going into Saturday's game. But the Lady Longhorns - especially on defense - took control early. Logan surged to a double-digit lead by the end of the first quarter and built on it. The Lady Longhorns led by 13 points at halftime and by 19 at the end of the third quarter....

  • Lady Rattler wrestler wins title at Academy tourney

    Staff report|Jan 10, 2024

    A Tucumcari High School girls wrestler took home a title during the Academy Invitational tournament in Albuquerque. Four THS boys wrestlers finished runner-up during the eight-team tournament Saturday. Sarah Vallejo, a senior, rampaged through the 120-pound weight class with victories by pin, including Myra Ortega of Highland in the finals. Vallejo’s teammate, junior MiKayla Klinger, finished second in the 152-pound class, losing only to Albuquerque’s Jazzlyn Atwood. Sarah Sanchez and Jocelyn Lopez also competed for the Lady Rattlers. The...

  • Police blotter - Jan. 10

    Jan 10, 2024

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from Dec. 31 to Jan. 7: Dec. 31 — 1:18 a.m.: Domestic disturbance in 700 block of West Sunset Avenue, Tucumcari. — 2:05 a.m.: Property damage in 500 block of South Eighth Street, Tucumcari. — 5:05 a.m.: Property damage in 300 block of East Miel de Luna Avenue, Tucumcari. — 9:14 a.m.: Hit-and-run accident in 2300 block of South First Street, Tucumcari. — 2:08 p.m.: Assault and battery in 500 block of South College Street, Tucumcari. — 4:19 p.m.:...

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