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  • City OKs measure for new TPD equipment

    Staff report|Jan 3, 2024

    City commissioners by a 3-1 vote on Thursday approved a resolution authorizing funding to purchase mobile data terminals for the Tucumcari Police Department. Commissioner Mike Cherry, who cast the only dissenting vote, said he wanted the TPD to have the technology improvements, but he questioned the legality of the resolution. Cherry said the city should wait until it has the bid for the improvements, estimated at $130,000, as part of the meeting agenda. Mayor Ralph Moya disagreed, saying such purchases had been discussed by the commission for...

  • Year in review: Change in the air

    Staff report|Jan 3, 2024

    The ouster of two Tucumcari city commissioners - including its mayor - during the November election signaled that voters wanted change. Commissioners Paul Villanueva and Mayor Ralph Moya - the latter a veteran of over 20 years in city government - fell to defeat to Jonathan Brito and Jerry Lopez, respectively. With the appointment or election of two additional commissioners, Tucumcari's governing body will have four new members in 2024. A severe storm that brought torrential rain and...

  • Officials saluted at final meeting

    Staff report|Jan 3, 2024

    Two Tucumcari city commissioners who lost re-election bids in November were given salutes during their final meeting Thursday. District 1 commissioner Ralph Moya, who also was mayor, and District 2 commissioner Paul Villanueva near the end of the regular city commission meeting were given plaques in appreciation of their work and dedication to the city. Moya, who served in city government for more than two decades, lost his re-election bid to challenger Jerry Lopez. Villanueva failed to gain a second four-year term after being defeated by Jonat...

  • Generations are flying by

    Leonard Lauriault, Religion columnist|Jan 3, 2024

    Well, another new year has begun! It seems the years are flying by and, now, even generations, because I can recall my childhood and also have over 10 grandchildren. I remember during high school that teachers having their first child looked old, but now, even some teachers whose children are grown look like kids to me. A generation is considered to be 20-30 years, the average time from birth to child-bearing. But that doesn’t fit Bible times because Abraham was 100 years when Isaac was born, and Isaac was 60 when Esau and Jacob were born (...

  • Pages past - Jan. 3

    Jan 3, 2024

    On this date ... 1974: Gasoline prices today rose to more than 50 cents per gallon in many parts of the country. That drove the cost of premium gasoline at the pump to 56.8 cents per gallon in Chicago and 57.9 cents at some stations in Washington, D.C. The increases were being caused by widespread fuel shortages. Meanwhile, the Internal Revenue Service was investigating reports of price-gouging nationwide, including a Chicago gas station operator who saw his license suspended for the alleged offense. — The state highway department stated it w...

  • Menus - Jan. 3

    Jan 3, 2024

    Tucumcari Senior Center Wednesday — Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes with white gravy, corn, whole-wheat roll with margarine, cherry cobbler. Thursday — Spaghetti with meat sauce, Italian vegetables, garden salad with dressing, breadstick, diced peaches. Friday — Chili beans, spinach salad, cornbread, sugar cookie, fruit cocktail. Monday — Chicken stir fry, brown rice, chow mien vegetables, mandarin oranges. Tuesday — Shepherd’s pie, carrot raisin salad, whole-wheat roll with margarine, oatmeal raisin cookie. Logan Senior Center Wedn...

  • Health office offers COVID, flu shots

    Staff report|Jan 3, 2024

    The Quay County Public Health Office is offering COVID-19 boosters and influenza vaccinations. Hours for the shots are from 8 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Walk-ins are welcome. The health office is at 310 S. Second St. in Tucumcari. The health office is offering the latest Moderna booster. For more information, call the office at (575) 461-2610. RSV shots also are available by appointment on Tuesdays and Fridays at the Mesa Winds Healthmart Pharmacy at 1923 S. First St. in Tucumcari. Call (575) 461-2784 for make...

  • Lawsuit: Tucumcari motel had bedbug infestation

    Staff report|Jan 3, 2024

    Three California residents filed a personal injury complaint against the Americana Motel in Tucumcari after they said they sustained dozens of bites from bedbugs during a stay in October. Danielle Rangel, Ernie Cordero and juvenile Enzo Rangel of California on Dec. 29 filed the complaint for personal injury and punitive damages in Tucumcari district court against Ashjiv LLC, dba Americana Motel. According to the complaint, the three arrived at the motel at 406 E. Route 66 Blvd. and checked into a room in the early morning hours of Oct. 13....

  • Pets may be costly, but they give back

    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Syndicated content|Jan 3, 2024

    Here’s a great New Year’s resolution: get a pet. As we wrap up a very inflationary 2023, pet shelters across the country are at maximum capacity and they don’t have room to house the pets people are turning in. ABC News reports that animals entering shelters began to climb in 2021. During the COVID pandemic, you see, many people adopted pets, but as they began to go back to the workplace, some decided they no longer wanted to care for a pet, so they turned them back in. The past year was significantly worse for pets because adoptions are falli...

  • Give Gen X chance to be acknowledged

    Elwood Watson, Syndicated content|Jan 3, 2024

    Latchkey kids. Slackers. Caffeine lovers. Grunge. That’s how a lot of people have referred to Generation X, the 46 million Americans, like myself, who were born between 1965 and 1980. We were a generation that has been perennially pegged as cynical, self-indulgent, aimless, contrarian, and often peripheral when it comes to life and other everyday matters. But if we’re being honest, there are a lot of good reasons why many of us are cynical and disillusioned with life. Turmoil and instability have been major factors in some of our lives. Gen...

  • New year won't be easy for California

    Michael Reagan, Syndicated content|Jan 3, 2024

    Having a happy New Year this year won’t be easy in California. The state is a fiscal, social and economic train wreck that just keeps on wrecking. As we roll into 2024, we’ve learned we’re looking at a projected budget deficit of $68 billion. The Los Angeles Times explained the cause of California’s huge shortfall last week in its usual biased way – without pinning blame on the Democrats in Sacramento whose policies are responsible for it. The deficit is not just because the state’s tech economy has cooled, unemployment is up and state incom...

  • Lady Rattlers nab improbable win

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Jan 3, 2024

    The Lady Rattlers never gave up. The Tucumcari girls basketball team, outplayed for much of the game, overcame a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to edge Thoreau 45-44 on Saturday in the championship game of the second annual Lady Rattler Invitational. July Lafferty, named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, scored after an offensive rebound with 1 minute, 19 seconds left to give her team the winning margin. Lafferty scored a total of 62 points during the tournament's three games....

  • San Jon's basketball teams fall to Floyd

    the Staff of The News|Jan 3, 2024

    FLOYD – Nevaeha Brown and Jona Baros combined for 32 points on Friday night as Floyd's girls basketball team picked up its first win of the season with a 41-38 triumph over San Jon. Senior Sarah Archuleta led the Lady Coyotes (1-5) with 15 points. Brown scored 17 points and Baros added 15 for the Lady Broncos (1-6), who erased a seven-point halftime deficit with a 16-9 surge in the third frame. In the boys' half of the twinbill, the Floyd boys basketball team overwhelmed the Coyotes from the s...

  • Hope we can counter darkness with light in new year

    Patti Dobson, Religion columnist|Jan 3, 2024

    So 2023 is in the rearview, a little tattered and torn, thoughtfully packed away with all the bits and pieces tucked into their proper spaces. It’s hard to jump into the new year with old business cluttering the path. It’s also hard to reach for something new when our hands are filled with baggage from the past. Change is hard for most of us. Sometimes, it’s easier to keep holding on to something that no longer serves us than it is to find something new that fits. While wearing the expectations and opinions of other people can weigh us down,...

  • Police blotter - Jan. 3

    Jan 3, 2024

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from Dec. 18 to Dec. 30: Dec. 18 — 12:29 a.m.: Disturbance in 1900 block of South Mountain Road, Tucumcari. — 8:03 a.m.: Juvenile problem in 1100 block of South Monroe Street, Tucumcari. — 10:06 a.m.: Domestic disturbance in 700 block of West Sunset Avenue, Tucumcari. — 5:42 p.m.: Trespassing in 1000 block of East McGee Avenue, Tucumcari. — 8:34 p.m.: Fraud in 600 block of East Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari. Dec. 19 — 1:20 a.m.: Disturbance in 1400 block...

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