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  • Farmers market recognized for award at county meeting

    Ron Warnick|Feb 12, 2020

    Quay County Commission Chairman Franklin McCasland during the commission's meeting Monday congratulated and recognized the Tucumcari Farmers Market for the Farmers Market of the Year award it received last week at the state Capitol. New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte presented the award Thursday during the eighth annual New Mexico Food & Farms Day and School Nutrition Awards at the Roundhouse rotunda in Santa Fe. The Tucumcari Farmers Market beat four other nominees for the honor....

  • Tucumcari city manager announces he's resigning

    Steve Hansen|Feb 12, 2020

    Tucumcari city manager Britt Lusk on Thursday evening announced his resignation from the city manager's post and gave the city commission his 60-day notice at a regular meeting of the commission. Lusk said his last day will be April 5. Lusk has accepted a position as the city manager of Pilot Point, Texas, a lakeside community north of Dallas that has seen strong growth in the past 10 years. Pilot Point has about the same population as Tucumcari, he said. Lusk said working for the city "has been a pleasure," and he was grateful for the...

  • Bridge may be open by summer

    Ron Warnick|Feb 12, 2020

    LOGAN - Construction of a new U.S. 54 bridge over the Canadian River at Logan that began in late 2018 probably will be finished and opened to traffic by early summer. Chris Urioste, assistant engineer at the New Mexico Department of Transportation's District 4 office in Las Vegas, said in a telephone interview Wednesday that construction was 79% complete. With a 500-day window to build the span, that would place its finish date in June, he said. The project's official start date was Nov. 3,...

  • 'Boot Hill' still in service

    Ron Warnick|Feb 12, 2020

    BARD - Cemeteries named Boot Hill conjure up an indelible image of the Old West, where gun-toting cowboys too slow on the draw wound up buried "with their boots on," hence their name. Quay County contained not just one, but two, cemeteries actually called Boot Hill. The one that existed just outside of Tucumcari appears to be long gone, but another one a few miles south of Bard on private ranchland remains in use, with at least two people interred there in recent decades. Wikipedia lists about...

  • Calendar - Feb. 12

    Feb 12, 2020

    • March 8-14 — 22nd Iron Pour. Mesalands Community College will host its 22nd annual Iron Pour workshop. Meet sculpture artists and make your own creation from molten metal. The actual iron pour will take place Friday, March 13. For more information, call (575) 461-4413, Ext. 138. Building D, 911 S. 10th St., Tucumcari. • April 24-26 — 20th annual Chuck Wagon Cook Off. Chuck wagons will cook a meal in Dutch Ovens over hot wood coals. Meal consists of chicken fried steak, potatoes, beans, bread and fresh apple cobbler. Meal tickets are $15. Ut...

  • Pages past - Feb. 12

    Feb 12, 2020

    On this date ... 1970: The New Mexico Senate Public Affairs Committee in Santa Fe waded through a storm of protests from religious groups to hand a 6-5 recommendation to pass a bill that would allow Sunday liquor sales. The measure would ban Sunday package sales from liquor stores but permit bars to open from noon to midnight on Sunday at the option of local communities. • O.J. Peterson and Jesse Wise were among a group of people passing through Tucumcari who were carrying an 80-pound wooden cross from the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles to W...

  • Take action to preserve signage

    Feb 12, 2020

    Thursday at the Tucumcari City Commission meeting, the Historic Route 66 sign ordinance will be the subject of a public hearing and a vote by the commissioners. This ordinance is in response to the alarming disappearance of historic Route 66 signage in Tucumcari. A collector market has emerged that is threatening the existence of these signs where signs are being cut down and trucked away to auction houses and private collections. Each time a sign is removed, the cultural and historic heritage of the community is diminished. In addition,...

  • Kingdom includes more than our hearts

    Gordan Runyan|Feb 12, 2020

    “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” I would guess this line is repeated in prayer about a billion times a day, all around the world. It’s repeated by believers, who finally come to the “amen,” and then try to figure out how to live in a world that is inevitably going to get worse and worse. It’s likely that those who have noticed the jagged-edged irony there, have settled on some rectifying idea like this: Well, see, we don’t mean this Earth right here. We mean...

  • Menus - Feb. 12

    Feb 12, 2020

    Tucumcari schools Wednesday — Breakfast: Egg and cheese muffinwich, assorted cereal, cinnamon graham cracker, fruit, juice, milk; Lunch: Walking beef tacos, ham and cheese chef salad, pinto beans, Spanish brown rice, lettuce salad, fresh tomatoes, fruit, milk. Thursday — Breakfast: Sausage breakfast pizza, Trix cereal bar, fruit, juice, milk; Lunch: Pizzeria-style cheese pizza, salad mix, fresh tomatoes, cucumber, baby carrots, ranch dressing, juice, milk. Monday — Breakfast: Apple cinnamon muffin, assorted cereal, string cheese, cinna...

  • Raising gas tax unnecessary financial burden

    Feb 12, 2020

    Not only would a bill moving through the state House nearly triple New Mexico’s gasoline tax — despite the billions pouring into state coffers from the Permian Basin oil boom — it would dedicate just a third of that increase to roads. It is one of the most irresponsible proposals to emerge from the 2020 legislative session. House Bill 173 would phase in a whopping 30-cents-per-gallon surtax on gasoline by 2026, making the state’s gas tax one of the highest in the nation. New Mexico’s current gas tax of 17 cents per gallon is 47th lowest in...

  • Democrats finally ready to fight

    Steve Hansen|Feb 12, 2020

    Last week marked a turning point in the already strained (an understatement) relations between Democrats and Republicans. After the Republicans in the Senate ignored the Democrats’ thorough impeachment case against President Donald Trump and kept him in office, and after Trump’s made-for-Hollywood State of the Union address, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi ripped up her copy of Trump’s speech on camera. She made sure everybody in the room and watching on TV could see it. It was an act of rudeness and contempt for a president who has shown...

  • Busy week leaves Trump on top

    Michael Reagan|Feb 12, 2020

    It started Sunday night with an exciting and hard-fought Super Bowl game, which I was happy to see end with the Kansas City Chiefs defeating the San Francisco 49ers. Then the next day came the Iowa caucus, aka the Democrat Party’s Iowa fiasco. For weeks, the liberal mainstream media and cable TV had been building up the importance of a win in Iowa. They treated the state’s obsolete caucus process like a sacred ceremony of grassroots democracy that was going to play a crucial role in deciding the Democrats’ choice to dethrone President Trump...

  • Police blotter - Feb. 12

    Feb 12, 2020

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from Feb. 3 to Feb. 9: Monday • 8:22 a.m.: Breaking and entering in 400 block of South Eighth Street, Tucumcari. • 9:16 a.m.: Disturbance in 100 block of East Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari. • 10:59 a.m.: Arrest warrant in 200 block of East Center Street, Tucumcari. • 11:03 a.m.: Shoplifting in 100 block of West Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari. • 2:24 p.m.: Domestic disturbance in 600 block of South Sixth Street, Tucumcari. • 3:52 p.m.: Theft in 400 block of Eas...

  • Jail log - Feb. 12

    Feb 12, 2020

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from Jan. 27 to Feb. 9: • David Moses Garcia, 29, Tucumcari, charge not listed. • Ruben D. Hobby, 26, Roswell, driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug (0.08 or above), no driver’s license, open container (possession), evidence of registration and no proof of insurance. • Adrian Julian Rivas, 20, Tucumcari, residential burglary, conspiracy to commit residential burglary, larceny, injuring or tampering with a motor vehicle and four courts of contrib...

  • Tularosa takes victory at Snake Pit

    Ron Warnick|Feb 12, 2020

    The Tucumcari boys basketball team's chances for a come-from-behind district victory Friday against Tularosa essentially evaporated when the Rattlers' leading scorer, Jesus Ramos, fouled out late in the third quarter. The visiting Wildcats went on a 16-2 run after that, sealing a 76-57 victory at the Snake Pit. Ramos, a sophomore guard, scored a team-high 19 points despite sitting the entire fourth period. "With him out, we're a very different team," Tucumcari coach John Span said. Tularosa...

  • Lady Rattlers fall 46-45 to Tularosa

    Staff report|Feb 12, 2020

    Shaky free-throw shooting, foul trouble and a scoring drought in the second half kept the Tucumcari girls basketball team from notching an upset as it fell 46-45 at No. 2-ranked Tularosa on Saturday. The game was the Class 3A-District 4 opener for both teams. Tucumcari, ranked ninth in last week’s coaches poll, fell to 13-8 overall and has lost three in a row — all against Top 10 teams. Tularosa, ranked second in the coaches poll and No. 3 by MaxPreps.com, improved to 18-3. Ashley Shipley led the Lady Rattlers with 14 points. Jasmine Jones adde...

  • Melrose triumphs over Logan

    Kevin Wilson - Staff|Feb 12, 2020

    MELROSE - Making the ordinary plays was what got the Melrose Buffaloes an early lead against Logan on Thursday night. Hot shooting and hustle for extraordinary plays turned it into a blowout. Melrose led by double digits for the final 18 minutes and by as much as 34 in the second half, giving the family of Buffs coach Kevin Lackey plenty of time to fill his office with 200 balloons to celebrate that many wins over nine seasons with Dora and Melrose. "That just means I've coached a bunch of...

  • Lady Longhorns rally to claim 51-49 victory

    Kevin Wilson - Staff|Feb 12, 2020

    MELROSE - The Melrose and Logan girls basketball teams expect to see each other multiple times between Thursday and the conclusion of the season, and possibly for the Class 1A championship. But as much as both teams appreciate and respect the other, they're admittedly tired of seeing each other, and crossing one potential meeting off the list was a victory in itself. With a big fourth quarter from Karli Webb, the visiting Longhorns rallied to claim a 51-49 victory and eliminate any chance of a...

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