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  • Cannabis could work in Tucumcari's favor

    Steve Hansen, QCS correspondent|Apr 14, 2021

    Tucumcari could be poised to prosper from newly legalized marijuana, at least one city commissioner and City Manager Mark Martinez agree. Two factors work in Tucumcari’s favor, District 1 Commissioner Ralph Moya said Thursday during a regular Tucumcari City Commission meeting. One is Tucumcari’s location near the Texas border. The other is its convenience to Interstate 40, Moya said. As an owner of property on historic Route 66, Moya said he has received inquiries about possible retail locations for the sale of legalized cannabis. He said loc...

  • Logan closes schools after COVID-19 case

    Staff report|Apr 14, 2021

    Logan Municipal Schools is closing its campus for two weeks after at least one employee or student tested positive for COVID-19. “Because of the possibility of widespread exposure, our district is taking action to prevent further spread of the virus by CLOSING CAMPUS for the next two (2) weeks, requiring students and instructional staff to transition to a period of remote instruction,” superintendent Dennis Roch wrote in a letter posted today on the district’s website. The school district also sent out a text about noon today, stating all l...

  • Colorado mayor offers cannabis advice

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|Apr 14, 2021

    Legalized recreational marijuana likely is coming to Tucumcari and Quay County. The mayor of Trinidad, Colorado, passed along some advice to the region after the experiencing the effects of legal weed in his community. “Be very careful how many (marijuana dispensaries) you allow in your community,” Trinidad Mayor Phil Rico said in a telephone interview last week. “Be careful how close you put them to educational facilities. Be very careful if you have a historic district and how you control that. Be careful with your application process and m...

  • Magistrate judge resigns

    Staff report|Apr 14, 2021

    Tucumcari Magistrate Judge Timothy O'Quinn resigned Thursday after serving on the bench for about 4 1/2 years. Marion Payton, CEO of the 10th Judicial District Court, said O'Quinn resigned by email Thursday night, effective immediately. She said he did not give a reason for his departure. District Judge Albert Mitchell Jr. said Monday morning between court cases at the Quay County courthouse in Tucumcari that O'Quinn had not discussed to him his reason for resigning. "Judge O'Quinn has been a...

  • County lobbyists frustrated

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|Apr 14, 2021

    Quay County's lobbyists expressed frustration to commissioners with the format and results of the recently completed New Mexico Legislature session, especially with a new law that removes qualified immunity for law enforcement and other governmental entities. Monday's meeting also proved to be the finale for county manager Richard Primrose, who is retiring Friday after 14 years at the helm. Former state senator Clinton Harden, a principal of the Clinton D. Harden and Associates in Clovis, said...

  • Jury duty rules change for seniors

    Staff report|Apr 14, 2021

    A new state law will make it easier for senior citizens to permanently excuse themselves from jury service. The new law applies to residents age 75 and older who have been summoned to jury duty. They no longer will be required to submit an affidavit if they want to be excused from jury service. Starting June 18, those qualifying residents can request an excusal online through the state court system’s jury website at https://nmcourts.jpjuroraccess.com/login. Another option is to call a local court for more information. “New Mexico courts sou...

  • Calendar - April 14

    Apr 14, 2021

    Note: Events subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. • Sept. 25 — Fired Up Festival. A variety of booths, live entertainment and a fireworks show are on tap at the Historic Railroad Depot Plaza area of downtown Tucumcari. More details about the festival will be announced later. • Sept. 25 — Wheels on Fire 100. Cyclists take on 50-mile, 100-kilometer and 100-mile courses along Route 66, Highway 469 and Highway 209 in Quay County. Two of the races include cash and prizes. Register at www.bikereg.com/wheels-on-fire-100. To submit items f...

  • Menus - April 14

    Apr 14, 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 — Lunch: Turkey and cheese sandwich, lettuce salad, fresh tomatoes, dill pickle chip, mustard, cauliflower, fat-free ranch dressing, applesauce cup, chocolate skim milk. Thursday — Lunch: Ham and cheese wrap, fresh broccoli, baby carrots, fat...

  • What's in your hands?

    Leonard Lauriault, Religion columnist|Apr 14, 2021

    We worshiped out of town on Easter Sunday and, although the Jesus’ resurrection wasn’t the focus of the sermon, that’s always the basis for gatherings of Christians on every first day of the week (Act 20:7; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; 11:23-26; Galatians 3:1). Nonetheless, as I contemplated the points of that particular sermon, a direct connection to Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins occurred to me (1 Peter 1:18-21; 2:24-25). The sermon was about our talents/abilities and how God can use whatever is in our hands to accomplish his will. The preacher began...

  • Pages past - April 14

    Apr 14, 2021

    On this date ... 1971: Cliff Copeland of Nara Visa, who goes to Amistad schools, was named the New Mexico Junior Cattleman of the Year at the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association convention in Santa Fe. He has raised registered Herefords for five years and consistently places high at regional and state fairs. Cliff owns 10 cows, two bulls and two yearlings. • The local Safeway market was advertising sliced bacon for 79 cents a pound, whole fryers for 29 cents a pound, round steak for $1.09 a pound, chuck roast for 58 cents a pound and e...

  • Let's play ball, and keep game free from politics

    David Stevens, Publisher|Apr 14, 2021

    Major League Baseball has decided it won’t play its annual all-star game in Atlanta this summer. That’s because, it alleges, Georgia lawmakers are engaged in voter suppression. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott planned to throw out a ceremonial first pitch last week, but changed his mind when he heard the news. “I was looking forward to throwing out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers’ home opening game until @MLB adopted what has turned out to be a false narrative about Georgia’s election law reforms,” Abbott tweeted. “It is shameful that America’s pas...

  • Hope wiser heads lead GOP again

    Steve Hansen, QCS correspondent|Apr 14, 2021

    Ex-president Donald Trump’s influence over the disturbing 70-plus million people who voted for him is still powerful. It is disturbing because the party Trump hijacked, the Republicans, now indulges in Trump’s brand of re-inventing the world for their convenience, regardless of demonstrable facts. Currently, the biggest lie the Trump Republicans are perpetuating is that President Joe Biden’s policies alone have caused the current immigration surge on U.S. southern borders. It’s convenient to say that, because it may decrease Biden’s popularit...

  • Georgia voting laws no 'Jim Crow'

    Michael Reagan, Syndicated content|Apr 14, 2021

    Will someone please lend President Biden a history book? He thinks Georgia’s new voting integrity law is “Jim Crow on steroids.” And Georgia’s pretend ex-governor Stacey Abrams says it’s “Jim Crow redux in a suit and tie.” Really? Come on, you guys. You’ve been watching too much CNN and MSNBC. The crimes against equal voting rights that are allegedly being committed by Republican state lawmakers in Georgia and other Red states to suppress black votes are nothing like what occurred in the “Old Jim Crow.” It doesn’t matter how many times it’s rep...

  • Rattlers fall behind Longhorns

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|Apr 14, 2021

    Logan's basketball team found its shooting touch, and Tucumcari is trying to find its primary point guard. That summarizes the Longhorns' 71-36 victory Thursday night over the Rattlers in Tucumcari's home opener at the Snake Pit. Without someone stepping up to run the offense, the Rattlers fell behind by a double digits in the first quarter and trailed 39-15 at intermission. Tucumcari showed life offensively with 18 points in the fourth quarter, but they came primarily against Logan's...

  • Logan girls take loss

    Staff report|Apr 14, 2021

    A shooting slump by the Logan girls basketball proved fatal during a 43-30 district loss Saturday at Fort Sumner. “We went dry in the second half,” Logan coach Glynna Strand said. “Couldn’t buy a bucket.” Karli Cantrell led the Lady Longhorns with 11 points. Logan fell to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the district. The Vixens improved to 2-0. Logan 52, Grady 50 The Lady Longhorns fended off a stiff challenge April 6 from district foe Grady during a 52-50 victory. Grady seized a 14-3 lead early, but Logan clawed back to make it close the rest of the wa...

  • Lady Rattlers fall 60-14 to Logan

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|Apr 14, 2021

    One thing is for sure: The Tucumcari girls basketball team will gain a lot of experience against full-court presses this season. The Lady Rattlers got another bitter taste of that defense Thursday during a 60-14 loss against area rival Logan during Tucumcari's home opener at the Snake Pit. Tucumcari fell behind 15-0 in the first quarter and trailed by more than 20 midway through the second period. The Lady Rattlers committed scores of turnovers and struggled to move the ball past the halfcourt l...

  • Quay cases increase but county remains turquoise

    Staff report|Apr 14, 2021

    Quay County remained in the coveted turquoise zone again after COVID-19 risk assessments were announced Wednesday afternoon by the state’s Department of Health. The county saw a small increase in the per-capita number of coronavirus cases from March 23 to April 5 compared to the previous two-week period. Quay County’s daily cases per 100,000 people was 2.6, compared to the previous period’s 1.7. The benchmark is 8 daily cases per 100,000. The county’s test-positivity rate also rose to 2.31%, compared to the previous two-week period’s 1.1%. It...

  • Vaccine events get shots to nearly 270

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|Apr 14, 2021

    Two events in Tucumcari last week helped get COVID-19 vaccines into the arms of nearly 270 residents as more than one-third of New Mexicans were fully vaccinated against the disease. In addition to the weekly vaccination event each Wednesday hosted by the Quay County Public Health Office, the Quay County Family Health Center also held its own vaccination event Friday, also at the Tucumcari Convention Center. Dozens of people had lined up for a Moderna shot well before the convention center's...

  • Video producer asks for funding assistance

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|Apr 14, 2021

    Another video producer asked for funding assistance from the Tucumcari Lodgers Tax Advisory Board for a proposed travel show during the board’s meeting Wednesday. Santa Fe-based musician and actor Carlos Medina, who performed in the lodgers tax-aided “Bands of Enchantment” music show and played a recent concert at the Tucumcari Zia Club, said he wanted to shoot footage in Tucumcari for a bilingual scripted show, “El Barrio,” that would consist of two or three episodes, including a 47-minute pilot. Medina, who will co-star with Albuquerq...

  • First Christian Church pastor departs

    Staff report|Apr 14, 2021

    The pastor at First Christian Church in Tucumcari known for his motorcycle gang past has departed barely two months after being chosen to lead that congregation. Stephen Mason, who began pastoring the church at 1701 S. Fourth St. in early February, wrote Sunday on Facebook that “I have removed myself through God's Grace from First Christian Church in Tucumcari.” Mason also stated Sunday he had been offered another pastor’s position with John 3:16 Ministries in Tucumcari. The announcement came a few days after several upcoming church event...

  • Health council hosting suicide prevention presentation

    Staff report|Apr 14, 2021

    The Quay County Health Council is hosting an online community presentation about suicide prevention at 6 p.m. Thursday. Presenters from the New Mexico Department of Health’s Office of Injury Prevention will give 2019 data and preliminary 2020 data to help residents understand what it means for the region. Feelings of hopelessness, especially among youth, were high before the pandemic and continues to be elevated. The second part of the workshop will be a presentation of a free tool kit available and things residents can do at a variety of l...

  • Officials investigating vehicle crash

    Staff report|Apr 14, 2021

    Texas Department of Public Safety officials are investigating a vehicle crash on U.S. 385 just south of Vega that killed a Tucumcari woman on April 6. Theresa Clark, 72, was driving west in a sport-utility vehicle on an Interstate 40 access road about 11:40 a.m. when she failed to yield at a stop sign, according to the agency. Clark pulled her vehicle in front of a northbound semi-tractor trailer on U.S. 385 driven by David Reyes Jr. of Dimmitt, Texas, and was struck on the driver’s side door. Clark was pronounced dead at the scene by an O...

  • Coronavirus case confirmed in county

    Staff report|Apr 14, 2021

    Quay County on Friday recorded its first confirmed coronavirus case since March 26, continuing a low ebb of the disease. The breakdown of COVID-19 cases by ZIP code was 329 in Tucumcari, 61 in Logan, 10 in House, nine in McAlister, eight in San Jon, four in Nara Visa, four in Grady (part of which extends into Quay County), and three in Bard. A total of 409 people in Quay County have been deemed to have recovered from the virus through Friday. No COVID-19 rapid responses were reported in the county in the past week. In New Mexico, a total of...

  • Jail log - April 14

    Apr 14, 2021

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from April 5 to April 9: • Mark A. Beckham, 38, Tucumcari, criminal damage to property (under $1,000). • Naomi D. Eschete, 43, Tucumcari, assault against a household member. • Alicia Dawn Ruiz, 43, Tucumcari, charge not listed. • Tina Molina, 24, Tucumcari, contempt of court. • Toby Jarmillo, 64, Tucumcari, contempt of court. • Anthony D. Montano, 25, Tucumcari, battery against a household member. • Daniel Lee Curtis, 21, Tucumcari, aggravated driving while under the influence...

  • Police blotter - April 14

    Apr 14, 2021

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from April 5 to April 11: Monday • 1:32 p.m.: Disturbance in 100 block of East Main Street, Tucumcari. • 1:57 p.m.: Domestic disturbance in 1800 block of East Hines Avenue, Tucumcari. • 3:29 p.m.: Reckless driving at milepost 370, Interstate 40, Bard. • 6:49 p.m.: Vandalism in 1300 block of South First Street, Tucumcari. • 9:35 p.m.: Civil dispute in 1900 block of South Second Street, Tucumcari. Tuesday • 1:43 a.m.: Accident in 600 block of South Seventh Str...

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