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Articles from the January 20, 2021 edition


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  • City approves liquor license

    Steve Hansen, QCS correspondent|Jan 20, 2021

    Despite some protests from neighboring homeowners, the Tucumcari City Commission on Thursday approved a club liquor license for the Tucumcari Zia Club at its proposed location on Second Street just south of downtown. The club's site is the former Cooper Cleaners location at 428 S. Second St. The Zia Club plans to use it as a site for live Hispanic music shows and other occasional events and use the proceeds to benefit the community, according to Jerry Lopez, one of the partners in developing...

  • Legislators talk session priorities

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|Jan 20, 2021

    Two area lawmakers talked about their top legislative priorities, the state’s proposed budget, proposed marijuana legalization and security at the Roundhouse as the New Mexico Legislature reconvenes this week for its annual 60-day session. The Quay County Sun reached out to state Sen. Pat Woods (R-Broadview) and state Rep. Jack Chatfield (R-Mosquero), whose districts encompass all or most of Quay County. Priorities Woods said he’ll be one of at least four lawmakers who will seek to curb the governor’s power during emergencies — an issue t...

  • Vaccine doses trickle in to Quay

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|Jan 20, 2021

    More doses of COVID-19 vaccine continued to trickle into Quay County last week, and more are anticipated in the days and weeks ahead. Quay County Family Health Center in Tucumcari on Wednesday received 300 more doses of the Moderna version of the vaccine, which likely will be administered this week to at least 150 people on its waiting list once they’re scheduled. The arrival of the vaccine shipment Wednesday came as a pleasant surprise to clinic administrator C. Renee Hayoz. Two days before, she told Quay County commissioners her request for 1...

  • Nursing home residents vaccinated

    Staff report|Jan 20, 2021

    Several residents at a Tucumcari nursing home on Wednesday received the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, and more likely will receive it in the coming weeks. Becca Trujillo, administrator of Quail Ridge Senior Special Care Center, said three of the home’s nine residents received the first of two inoculations. She said she still is collecting consent forms for the remainder of the home’s residents so they can get their first shots in February. Trujillo said the administering the shots was largely uneventful. “They were pretty calm,...

  • Glorify God with peace among men

    Leonard Lauriault, Religion columnist|Jan 20, 2021

    For a year, we haven’t seen anything like the peace on earth mentioned at Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:14). While each political party blames the other for problems, we’re learning much of the destruction was likely caused by anarchists because they want to live without rules. They’ve infiltrated peaceful public gatherings of both political parties to wreak havoc after the patriotic attendees departed. Patriots love and zealously but legally support their homeland, in this case, the United States of America, including our governmental system, whoever...

  • Calendar - Jan. 20

    Jan 20, 2021

    Note: Events subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. • April 16-18 — Spay and neuter clinic. A clinic to spay and neuter pets will be sponsored by Quay County Paws and Claws Animal Rescue. More details will come later. To submit items for the calendar, call (575) 461-1952 or email: [email protected]...

  • Menus - Jan. 20

    Jan 20, 2021

    The Tucumcari Senior Center and Logan Senior Center remain closed to the public indefinitely but will deliver meals to those who qualify. Those interested in meal deliveries should call the Tucumcari facility at 461-2307 and the Logan facility at 487-2287 for more information. Tucumcari schools Wednesday — Breakfast: Ultimate breakfast round, fresh pear, orange juice, milk; Lunch: Spaghetti and meat sauce, dinner roll, green beans, garden salad, fat-free ranch dressing, diced peaches. Thursday — Breakfast: Whole-grain egg cheese breakfast bur...

  • Pages past - Jan. 20

    Jan 20, 2021

    On this date ... 1971: New Gov. Bruce Key appointed Bard cattleman Franklin Flint, along with two other ranchers, to a six-year term with the New Mexico Livestock Board. Flint, a Democrat, was a Quay County representative for the 1969 Constitutional Convention. • Several members of Cub Scout Pack 652, Den 4, from Mountain View School visited the newspaper’s offices for a tour. Among them were Coy Collins, Jeff Kirk, David Bowen, Jimmy Szaloy and Ben White. • In local sports news, Albuquerque Academy and its full-court press took control early...

  • San Jon board extends contract of superintendent

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|Jan 20, 2021

    The San Jon Municipal Schools board of trustees last week extended its superintendent’s contract by one year to mid-2023. The board approved Janet Gladu’s extension Jan. 11 after a one-hour closed session to discuss personnel matters and her evaluation. Her contract now expires June 30, 2023. Gladu’s salary will be set by the board after the New Mexico Legislature sets its education budget in the coming weeks. She is paid $111,300 a year. She didn’t request a raise last year because of state budget problems, but the board gave her two additio...

  • Company firings erode notion of fairness

    Los Angeles Times|Jan 20, 2021

    Failure to wear masks can do more than spread COVID-19, as some of the intruders who stormed the U.S. Capitol last week are finding. It also reveals faces to security cameras, government investigators and online private eyes, who’ve used those bare visages and other telling clues to identify many of the miscreants. As a result, not only have many of them been hit with criminal charges, but several were summarily fired from their jobs. As a group, the mob inside the Capitol certainly was breaking the law in the most serious of ways, a...

  • Why this outrage only now? Fear

    Steve Hansen, QCS correspondent|Jan 20, 2021

    We’ve had the attempted insurrection of Jan. 6. Washington now hosts more U.S. troops than global hot spots to defend against threats related to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. And now, only now, the time has come to pile on the president. Suddenly, Congress and the media cannot find enough ways to mount retribution against President Donald Trump. Neither, so it seems, can corporate America. I don’t feel sorry for the president. I have been wanting him relieved of office since it became plain that with arguably less knowledge of th...

  • Twitter has helped derange politics

    Rich Lowry, Syndicated columnist|Jan 20, 2021

    Donald Trump was the president of Twitter. What radio was to Franklin Delano Roosevelt and TV was to Ronald Reagan, communicating 280 characters at a time on a social media platform that is a watchword for hyperactive inanity was to President Trump. It is symbolically appropriate that the effective end of his power after the siege of the U.S. Capitol has coincided with the suspension of his Twitter account. He was impeached a second time on Wednesday, but the punishment that really stings is Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey deciding after sitting down w...

  • E-filing of civil cases to start in magistrate courts

    Staff report|Jan 20, 2021

    Attorneys may electronically file civil cases in magistrate courts in a dozen counties starting this week, including the 10th Judicial District that serves Quay, Harding and De Baca counties, and e-filing will be phased in statewide at other magistrate courts over the next several months. “E-filing provides a more convenient way for attorneys to initiate civil lawsuits in a magistrate court and submit subsequent case-related documents,” Chief Justice Michael E. Vigil said Friday. “The online technology will streamline court operations and i...

  • Grants being offered for specialty crop farmers

    Staff report|Jan 20, 2021

    The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is accepting proposals for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The United States Department of Agriculture established the grant program with the purpose of enhancing the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined by the USDA as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops.” Through enhanced competitiveness of specialty crops, the goal is to improve food access in underserved communities and improve development of local and rural food systems. The...

  • Walking trails planned at Five Mile Park

    Staff report|Jan 20, 2021

    Several walking trails are being planned at Five Mile Park west of Tucumcari, with a kickoff for them possibly by June. Brenda Bishop, coordinator of the Quay County Health Council, said during the council’s videoconference meeting Thursday the trails are part of a joint effort with the Friends of Five Mile Park group. Bishop said walking routes of a half-mile, three-fourths of a mile and 1.5 miles are tentatively planned at the park and should be finalized soon. The park also is home of the 18-hole Robert Lumpkin Memorial Disc Golf Course, a...

  • Students named to ENMU dean's list

    Staff report|Jan 20, 2021

    Jayden Johnson of Bard was named to Eastern New Mexico University's academic honors list for the fall 2020 semester. To be eligible for the academic honors list, a student must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours with a grade-point average of 3.25 or higher. These area students also were named to the university’s dean's list for the fall 2020 semester: • Brittany Benton of Tucumcari • Brook Ciemny of Nara Visa • Alejandra Plascenia-Andrade of Tucumcari • Delaney Oberg of McAlister • Jackson Rogers of Tucumcari • April Stone of San Jon • Nic...

  • Two new cases confirmed in Quay County

    Staff report|Jan 20, 2021

    The New Mexico Department of Health reported two new confirmed cases of coronavirus in Quay County on Sunday, bringing the total to 18 during in the past seven days. Both cases Sunday were men in their 60s in the Tucumcari ZIP code. No cases in the county were reported Monday. The most recent seven-day period proved to be a slowdown from the previous seven days that saw 23 cases, but it remained above the rate in late December when COVID-19 cases largely plateaued in the county. The total number of cases in Quay County since the pandemic began...

  • Logan sees improvement in failure rates

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|Jan 20, 2021

    Logan Municipal Schools saw some improvement in its student failure rates in recent months but not enough to satisfy its superintendent — another indication of the challenges of online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Superintendent Dennis Roch said during an academic update in the school board’s meeting Jan. 11 the percentage of middle-school students failing at least one class fell from 43% in October to 34% by December. In the high school, that rate of students failing at least one class fell from 33% in October to 23% in Dec...

  • Tucumcari High semifinalist in STEM competition

    Staff report|Jan 20, 2021

    Tucumcari High School was announced as a semifinalist in the annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest and is New Mexico’s only remaining representative in the national STEM competition. THS juniors Dominick Jasper and Caden Thomas, coached by Rattler Robotics club mentor Tommy Evans, made the cut with an autonomous robot that checks the interior of buildings for temperature and moisture changes and sends an email or text if it detects a possible problem. The robot uses a Roomba vacuum cleaner as its base, along with a variety of sensors and c...

  • Work resumes on motel

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|Jan 20, 2021

    Work resumed on the long-closed Apache Motel in Tucumcari this week, and the operator anticipates he'll have it partially open to overnight travelers by early spring. Wade Dirr said in a telephone interview that electricians and plumbers were working on getting the lobby at least eight of the motel's 24 units ready in the coming weeks. "I'm looking at sometime around mid-March that we'll open," Dirr said. "We're heading in the right direction." After the initial opening, Dirr anticipates having...

  • Nearby county goes green

    Staff report|Jan 20, 2021

    Quay County didn’t go into the coveted green zone for coronavirus risk, but one of its neighbors did. On Wednesday, Harding County officially landed in the green zone by meeting the benchmarks for per-capita daily rates and test positivity rates for COVID-19 from Dec. 29 to Jan. 13. That sparsely populated county saw no cases during that time period. Harding County now has no restrictions on essential businesses and 50% capacity on indoor dining at restaurants and many other businesses at least until next evaluation on Jan. 27. Also, n...

  • Police blotter - Jan. 20

    Jan 20, 2021

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from Jan. 11 to Jan. 17: Monday • 1:10 a.m.: Breaking and entering in 6400 block of Quay Road AR, Tucumcari. • 11:43 a.m.: Theft in 800 block of West Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari. • 12:57 p.m.: Recovered vehicle at South Adams and East High streets, Tucumcari. • 1:32 p.m.: Arrest in 600 block of South Adams Street, Tucumcari. • 1:41 p.m.: Trespassing in 200 block of West Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari. • 3:02 p.m.: Runaway juvenile in 2300 block of South Fift...

  • Jail log - Jan. 20

    Jan 20, 2021

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from Jan. 11 to Jan. 18: • Melissa A. Cordova, 43, Tucumcari, contempt of court and warrant from other counties or states. • John Paul Douglass, 35, Tucumcari, contempt of court. • Don Meier, 70, Tucumcari, failure to appear at time and place stated in citation, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer (service of process) and criminal trespass (unposted). • Adrian Julian Rivas, 21, Tucumcari, contempt of court. • John Paul Douglass, 35, Tucumcari, failure to appear at...

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