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  • COVID-19 home tests to be given out at event

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|Jan 12, 2022

    The administrator of the Quay County Family Health Center told county commissioners Monday her clinic would give away about 300 home COVID-19 tests during a mass-vaccination event Thursday at the county fairgrounds. C. Renee Hayoz, administrator of the Tucumcari clinic, said the rapid tests distributed by Presbyterian Medical Services would be of the nasal-swab variety. The United States is experiencing a shortage of home COVID-19 tests because of a rapid surge of infections due to the Omicron variant. The vaccination event will be from 8:30...

  • State sees record high COVID-19 case numbers

    Staff report|Jan 12, 2022

    In a sign of an Omicron variant surge, New Mexico on Friday experienced a record-high in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, though Quay County’s still-high case numbers continued a downward trend last week. The state’s Department of Health reported 4,246 new cases Friday, beating the previous high from Nov. 19, 2020, by nearly 600. New Mexico had recorded 3,000 cases in a single day just three times since the pandemic began in early 2020, but two of those instances occurred last week. New Mexico Health Secretary David Scrase during a brief... Full story

  • MCC board members sworn in

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|Jan 12, 2022

    In a special meeting last week, members of the Mesalands Community College board of trustees who won re-election took the oath of office for another six years. However, one apparent newcomer to the board wasn’t sworn in. Robin Alden, an unopposed write-in candidate for the college’s District 5 who earned six votes, wasn’t allowed to take office due to a lack of votes as required in the state’s election law. A Mesalands nepotism policy also would have prevented her from serving. Quay County Clerk Ellen White said she learned in mid-Dec...

  • Forgiveness about choices, not feelings

    Gordan Runyan, Religion columnist|Jan 12, 2022

    Maybe the most difficult of the Christian duties found in the Bible is forgiveness. We like thinking God has forgiven us, but then we’re told we need to forgive each other as we have been forgiven. As Joan Rivers used to say, “Can we talk?” Can we just admit that forgiving someone who has hurt us deeply can feel impossible? It feels that way a lot. It may not even be a feeling that gets better over time. I don’t have a silver bullet here, to fix this, but I have found that it helps to see what f...

  • Funding request made for museum employee

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|Jan 12, 2022

    Tucumcari’s city manager said he would look into using lodgers tax funds to hire a part-time employee to expand operating hours of city-owned museums, especially the New Mexico Route 66 Museum. Matt Bednorz, chairman of the city’s Lodgers Tax Advisory Board, made the funding request near the end of its Wednesday meeting. He said a common complaint about the Tucumcari Railroad Museum before Tucumcari MainStreet took it over was its lack of hours. Connie Loveland, executive director of the city’s MainStreet program, said earlier in the meeti...

  • Menus - Jan. 12

    Jan 12, 2022

    The Tucumcari Senior Center and Logan Senior Center also offer grab-and-go meals to those who qualify. Those interested should call the Tucumcari facility at 575-461-2307 or the Logan facility at 575-487-2287 for more information. Tucumcari schools Wednesday — Breakfast: Biscuit, jelly, apple juice, skim or 1% milk; Lunch: Turkey with cheese wrap, teriyaki chicken, brown rice, steamed broccoli, baby carrots, chicken egg roll, light soy sauce, fresh orange, skim, 1% or chocolate skim milk. Thursday — Breakfast: Apple frudel, fresh pear, ora...

  • Pages past - Jan. 12

    Jan 12, 2022

    On this date ... 1972: An “overwhelming” number of people streamed into the Tucumcari Convention Center for the Tucumcari-Quay County Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet. Music during a buffet-style dinner catered by Del’s Restaurant was provided by Mrs. Bob Burgoon of Logan and Robert Hornseth of House. Retiring chamber President King Aitken Jr. gave a few remarks about the organization’s accomplishments and gave awards to other retiring members of the board of directors: Joe Ploeser, Norm Wegner, Stanley Frost, Sam Shami, Don Wellborn,...

  • 'American Pickers' seeking collections

    Staff report|Jan 12, 2022

    Producers for the History Channel's long-running "American Pickers" reality show announced last week they would film new episodes in New Mexico in March and are seeking residents who have a large, private collection of antiques. "American Pickers" stated in a news release it is looking for New Mexico residents who have an accumulation of antiques the show's hosts can spend much of the day examining. Prospective antique collectors can contact the show by emailing [email protected],...

  • 'Build Back Better' will disrupt economy, cause more inflation

    Heritage Foundation, Syndicated content|Jan 12, 2022

    During the late 1970s, American families experienced stagflation — a combination of economic stagnation and significantly higher inflation. By the summer of 1980, unemployment hit 7.8 percent and the economy was actually shrinking. On the year, inflation spiked 12.3 percent. Some fear that today’s slowing economic growth (2.3 percent annualized last quarter) and the steepest price hikes in 40 years portend a return to stagflation. Real weekly earnings have plummeted more than 6 percent since the middle of last year, and the cost of living ecl...

  • Modern life not from government

    Kent McManigal, Local columnist|Jan 12, 2022

    The conveniences of the modern world are all around us all the time, but I don’t think I’ll ever take them for granted. One of my grandmothers grew up in this area during the Dust Bowl days. Her big family was crowded into a two-room, dirt-floored shack without indoor plumbing or electricity. They traveled by horse-drawn wagon and their water was dipped from a cistern; they didn’t even have a windmill. They picked cotton by hand, dragging the heavy sacks behind them. She grew up living basically the same life as someone born in this regio...

  • Expanding voting good for NM

    Tom McDonald, Syndicated content|Jan 12, 2022

    New Mexico’s 30-day session begins Jan. 18, and while its emphasis will be on the state budget, the governor can add to the legislative “call” and already has. On the first anniversary of last year’s attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that she and Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver will be pushing for voting rights legislation similar to what’s been languishing in Congress since last year. In the U.S. Capitol, Republicans are holding up the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, but here in N...

  • Logan takes title

    Kevin Wilson, Editor|Jan 12, 2022

    TEXICO - Two years, a pandemic and a change of venue. But the Logan Longhorns were back like they never left. The defending champion Longhorns made it two straight titles in the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference girls bracket, using a series of timely runs to outlast top-seeded Fort Sumner 42-36 Saturday night at the Texico Sports Arena. Kyra Conway had 19 points to lead all scorers, including five points in a 9-0 Logan run that bridged the third and fourth quarters and gave the Longhorns the...

  • Lady Rattlers make third place showing

    Staff report|Jan 12, 2022

    The Tucumcari girls basketball team secured third place Saturday in the BVC Invitational tournament at Estancia in resounding fashion by draining 13 3-point shots and walloping Mountainair 66-37. Caylee Benavidez accomplished a triple-double for Tucumcari with 22 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds. Alexus Lafferty added 15 points and seven assists, and Haisley Huffman also scored 15 points. Tucumcari went 2-1 in the event, with its only loss to tourney champion Santa Rosa, which blasted Cottonwood Classical Prep 63-30 in the final. Benavidez,...

  • Free throws sink Rattlers

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|Jan 12, 2022

    The Tucumcari boys basketball team regularly practices its free-throw shooting. Honest. Regardless, the Rattlers' performance from the foul line proved to be a glaring shortcoming during a 66-54 non-district loss Thursday to Robertson at the Snake Pit. Tucumcari (3-8) made just 12 of 27 free throws, and coach John Span could be heard repeatedly muttering to his players about that. "We missed enough free throws, we could have won the game ... again," a mystified Span said after the game. ""We do...

  • Rattler wrestlers go 2-2 in dual meets

    Staff report|Jan 12, 2022

    The Tucumcari wrestling team went 2-2 on during a series of dual meets Saturday at Moriarty despite giving up forfeits in four weight classes due to departures, injury or illness. Tucumcari coach Eddie Encinias didn’t have complete scores but said his Rattlers lost by 30 points to Robertson, defeated St. Michael’s by 40 points, defeated Newcomb 39-36 and lost to Del Norte by one point. Robertson, St. Michael’s and Newcomb all are in Tucumcari’s district. The Rattlers’ record is 6-5 in dual matches this season. “In the lower weights, we...

  • Lady Longhorns take Friday victory

    Staff report|Jan 12, 2022

    A great day at the free-throw line helped lift Logan to a 33-25 victory Friday over district rival Melrose in the semifinals of the Plateau EPAC Tournament at Texico. Nials led the Lady Longhorns with 10 points, while Goldston added eight. Strand said the game was a defensive battle, with neither team making a 3-point shot. Asked about the key to victory, Strand said: “We hit free throws better than they did.” At the foul line, Logan converted 13 of 17 shots. Melrose went just 9-of-20. Melrose fell to 6-4. Logan 73, Grady 30 Logan began the...

  • Logan boys go 1-2 at EPAC

    Staff report|Jan 12, 2022

    The Logan boys basketball team went 1-2 during the Plateau EPAC Tournament at Texico after an 83-61 loss to Elida on Saturday in the consolation round. Brock Burns led the Longhorns (4-9) with 12 points. “Elida came out firing on all cylinders,” Logan coach Kyle Griffiths said. “We never got in a rhythm offensively and struggled to stop them on defense.” Griffiths added that Elida (12-2) is a “very physical team and athletic.” Fort Sumner (7-2) won the EPAC crown with a 72-70 victory over Melrose (7-3) in the title game between district ri...

  • Jail log - Jan. 12

    Jan 12, 2022

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from Jan. 3 to Jan. 9: • Adrianna M. Apodaca, 31, Logan, contempt of court. • Corlie Ann Leonard, 49, Tucumcari, aggravated assault against a household member (deadly weapon), shooting at or from a motor vehicle (no great bodily harm) and criminal damage to the property of a household member (under $1,000). • Maria Helena Apodaca, 38, Tucumcari, contempt of court and criminal solicitation to commit tampering with evidence (third- or fourth-degree felony). • Manuel Nelson...

  • Police blotter - Jan. 12

    Jan 12, 2022

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from Jan. 2 to Jan. 9: Monday • 2:55 a.m.: Shots fired at East Main and North Second streets, Tucumcari. • 9:50 a.m.: Breaking and entering in 6700 block of Quay Road AR, Tucumcari. • 1:04 p.m.: Downed line in 600 block of South Dawson Street, Tucumcari. • 1:34 p.m.: Arrest warrant in 300 block of South Third Street, Tucumcari. • 5:44 p.m.: Arrest warrant in 200 block of West Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari. • 7:08 p.m.: Property damage at West Campbell Av...