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  • Rattlers to face Dexter

    Thomas Garcia|Jan 18, 2017

    The Tucumcari Rattlers have a busy week with two home games, including Saturday's homecoming game against Bosque. The Rattlers (4-8) start things off Thursday against the Dexter Blue Demons (10-5) at the Snake Pit. "We need to do a better job of taking care of the ball and going up strong for the basket," said John Span, Rattlers head coach. Span said the Rattlers have to play better than they did during the Saturday 80-46 loss to the Pecos Panthers (13-1) at the Snake Pit. He said the Rattlers...

  • Residents concerned about nuclear waste

    Thomas Garcia|Jan 18, 2017

    Recent concerns from Quay County residents about the deposit of nuclear waste during a proposed deep borehole test near Nara Visa are understandable, according to Chip Cameron, ENERCON Federal Services Inc. spokesman. “Public approval and community support are a top priority for this project,” Cameron said. The Atlanta-based ENERCON and DOSECC Exploration Services of Salt Lake City were selected by the Department of Energy last month to begin exploring the possibility of conducting a deep borehole field test near Nara Visa in Quay County....

  • Commission remembers John Mihm

    Steve Hansen|Jan 18, 2017

    Tucumcari city commissioners took time before conducting regular business Thursday to pay tribute to John Mihm, the former District 5 commissioner who died suddenly on Dec. 19 at age 50. Commissioners discussed how his position will be filled. "This is hard for me," Mayor Ruth Ann Litchfield said before she read a proclamation honoring Mihm. The proclamation was then presented to Mihm's mother Joan Boue and her husband, John Boue. Mihm's place on the commission's dais was marked with a single...

  • Mesalands to offer student housing

    Thomas Garcia|Jan 18, 2017

    Mesalands Community College will soon offer housing for students for the first time in the institution’s history at a 34-bed apartment complex that will be referred to as Stampede Village. “We are really excited about this new student housing opportunity,” said Thomas Newsom, president of Mesalands. Newsom said Stampede Village, located at 701 W. Route 66, will be the first time students will be offered a student housing option through the college. He said that Stampede Village is a unique student housing model that will consist of one...

  • Focus on God's future for you this year

    Leonard Lauriault|Jan 18, 2017

    Although we actually just went from one day to the next, we’ve just passed into a New Year. While the 366 days to be remembered as 2016 were filled with tragedy and triumph, it isn’t the focus of this article to list the epic events of the past year, whether good or bad, especially since much of it was rehashed in the media over the last few weeks. That being said, it does seem that we dwell on the tragedies and forget the triumphs. The Bible encourages us to forget the past, good or bad, and focus on the future with hope. Forgetting the...

  • Letter to the Editor: Sexual orientation not a 'lifestyle'

    Jan 18, 2017

    Rube Render’s Jan. 11 column headlined “Sports, government bad combination,” is an accurate description of how sports organizations manipulate officials to fund their endeavors. The Texas Rangers baseball team is a good example. Where I disagree with Render is his position on sports organizations taking action on discriminatory laws. When “behavior modification” involves defending a minority against an uninformed, biased law, I think the action is entirely appropriate. The majority of major medical experts agree that a person’s...

  • 'New Mexico Music Showcase' a go

    The Staff of the Sun|Jan 18, 2017

    The Tucumcari City Commission cleared the way Thursday for the first “New Mexico Music Showcase” at the Tucumcari Convention Center. The commission authorized event sponsor Columbus Club to use $10,000 in Lodger’s Tax funds — $4,000 for promotion and $6,000 to help engage musical acts for the event, which is to be held April 29. . The commission also waived convention center fees for the event. Performers to be featured will be well-known New Mexico Latino music acts Carlos Medina con los Gallos, Darren Cordova and Calor Dynette. These...

  • School menus - Jan. 18

    Jan 18, 2017

    The following are the menus for schools in Quay County for today through Jan. 25: House Thursday Breakfast: Pancake on a stick, cereal, yogurt, variety of juice and milk Lunch: Stromboli, fruit, milk Monday Breakfast: Breakfast pizza, cereal, yogurt, variety of juice and milk Lunch: Barbecue chicken, French fries, peas, fruit, milk Tuesday Breakfast: Breakfast bar, cereal, yogurt, variety of juice and milk Lunch: Lasagna, green beans, fruit, milk Wednesday Breakfast: Breakfast burrito, cereal, yogurt, variety of juice and milk Lunch: Steak...

  • Senior menus - Jan. 18

    Jan 18, 2017

    The following are the menus for the Tucumcari and Logan senior centers for today through Jan. 25: Coffee, tea and milk served daily Tucumcari Thursday: Beef enchiladas, pinto beans, crackers, chocolate chip cookies Friday: Chili dog, baked potato wedges, mixed vegetables, margarine, orange Monday: Baked pork chop, stuffing, parmesan potato rounds, carrots, cottage cheese, peaches Tuesday: Meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, green beans, whole wheat roll, margarine, strawberry shortcake Wednesday: Chicken with rice, broccoli, peas and carrots,...

  • Pages past - Jan. 18

    The Staff of the Sun|Jan 18, 2017

    January 1970 • First Lt. George M. York, son of Mr. and Mrs. David York of Tucumcari, was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Clusters and the Soldier’s Medal for his distinguished heroism on Nov. 21, 1969. York assisted in disarming a soldier that opened fire with an M-16 rifle trying to injure his fellow soldiers. York was a member of the Air Force’s 3rd Brigade, 1st Air Cavalry Division. • The Tucumcari Police Department started a fundraiser for fellow officer Sgt. Marvin Hennig. Hennig was fighting an illness and had used up all...

  • What's happening - Jan. 18

    Jan 18, 2017

    Today • Tucumcari/Quay Regional Emergency Communication Board: 10 a.m., Tucumcari City Hall Monday • Library Advisory Board: 5:15 p.m., Tucumcari library Tuesday • City Finance Board: 10 a.m., Tucumcari City Hall • Economic Development Corporation meeting: Noon, the Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corporation • Planning and Zoning Advisory Board: 5:15 p.m., Tucumcari City Hall Jan. 26 • Housing Authority Board: 5 p.m., Tucumcari City Hall • City Commission: 6 p.m., City Hall Jan. 30 • Quay County Commission: 9 a.m., Quay...

  • King's wisdom shines beyond 'I Have a Dream'

    Albuquerque Journal|Jan 18, 2017

    Some important figures in American culture, even though they produced a great body of work, are most recognized for a single outstanding accomplishment. For instance, Duke Ellington’s “Take the ‘A’ Train,” or Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” or W.E.B. Du Bois’ “The Souls of Black Folk.” So, too, has Martin Luther King Jr., whose life we celebrated Monday with a federal holiday, best remembered for the speech he gave during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28, 1963. In it are the...

  • Caution vital for Obamacare fix

    Steve Hansen|Jan 18, 2017

    I have two words of advice for the Republican Congress as it gets ready to perform major surgery on Obamacare: Go slow. Obamacare itself was passed so quickly that even its Democrat sponsors weren’t able to tell you exactly what was in it. The result seems to have been a well-meant but deeply flawed attempt to spread health insurance to everyone and get a handle on reducing at least the soaring rate of inflation in our health care costs. So far Obamacare seems to have achieved neither goal, even though the Democrats, in my opinion, have...

  • In the end, federal law trumps state

    Rube Render|Jan 18, 2017

    “No man shall be deprived of the free enjoyment of his life, liberty, or property, unless declared to be forfeited by the judgment of his peers, or the law of the land.” — The Magna Carta, circa 1215 “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.” — Mark Twain, 1866 The U.S. Supreme Court handed down its Brown v. Board of Education decision on May 17, 1954. It ruled that segregation of public schools was unconstitutional, as they are supported...

  • On the shelves - Jan. 18

    Jan 18, 2017

    The following books are available from the Tucumcari Public Library: Fiction • “The Whistler,” by John Grisham. A whistleblower alerts a Florida investigator to judicial corruption involving the Mob and Indian casinos. • “The Award,” by Danielle Steel. A Frenchwoman who worked with the Resistance but was accused of collaboration finally has her name cleared. • “Turbo Twenty-three,” by Janet Evanovich. The bounty hunter Stephanie Plum juggles the investigation of a crime in an ice cream factory and the two men in her life. ...

  • Jail log - Jan. 18

    Jan 18, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from Jan. 10 through Jan. 13: • Deonte Blaclock, 28, contributing to the delinquency of a minor • Francisco Galcan, 43, aggravated battery against a household member • Shiela Callison, 43, warrant • Moses Griego, 41, warrant • Jimmy Johnson, 32, warrant • Latoya French, 24, warrant • Ronald Szaloy, 28, possession of a controlled substance • Jose Urioste, 28, parole violation The following individuals were released from the Quay County Detention Center...

  • Wrestlers grab first at Pecos tourney

    Thomas Garcia|Jan 18, 2017

    The Tucumcari Rattlers first-place finish at Saturday’s wrestling tournament at Pecos is another step in their preparation for a strong district run, according to Head Coach Eddie Encinias. “The Rattlers are about to get into the grind,” Encinias said. Encinias said the wrestlers are preparing for an endurance run with a duels competition today in Pecos and a tournament Saturday at Trinidad, Colorado. “It’s non-stop from here on out,” Encinias said. “We need to get as many matches in as we can.” Encinias said they will see a...

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