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  • Tucumcari considers bond issue for city pool

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|May 4, 2022

    A resident's complaint about the city's swimming pool remaining closed and a commissioner's response prompted the Tucumcari City Commission and its city manager to openly consider a bond issue to repair or replace the pool and possibly replace a leaky roof on the recreation center. The proposal was sparked by Lisa Montoya during the public comment portion of Thursday's meeting. She said she was disappointed to learn the Tucumcari City Pool would not open for a third straight summer. Montoya...

  • Wildfire threatens village of House

    Staff report|May 4, 2022

    A grass fire estimated at more than 5,000 acres burned to the edge of the southern Quay County village of House on Friday, causing numerous residents to flee and prompting the school to delay its prom that night. Quay County Fire Marshal Lucas Bugg said the fire, which he estimated was seven to eight miles long west of House, burned to Oak Street in the village and briefly crossed it before firefighters beat it back. “Luckily, on Oak Street, there weren’t any occupied structures,” Bugg said. Bugg said the fire started west of town short...

  • Rawhide still rollin'

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|May 4, 2022

    It was like Tucumcari Rawhide Days never went away. The annual festival that pays tribute to western lifestyles and the "Rawhide" television drama of the 1960s (starring a young Clint Eastwood) shot near Tucumcari was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the long break, crowds flocked back to Tucumcari over the weekend to see the traditional Texas longhorn cattle drive on Route 66 and view cowboy demonstrationsm, hear live music and eat vittles from chuckwagons at t...

  • Rockin' Route 66 canceled again

    Staff report|May 4, 2022

    The Rockin’ Route 66 festival in Tucumcari, usually scheduled in late June, has been canceled for a third straight year. The announcement of the cancellation was posted on the music festival’s social media account Thursday morning. “It is with heavy heart that we will be cancelling this year’s Rockin Route 66,” the post stated. “Due to the affects of Covid and recent city changes, we are unable to move forward with this year’s Rockin’ Route 66.” It added the festival organizers “will be working towards a healthy return of Rockin’ Route 66 in...

  • Pages past - May 4

    May 4, 2022

    On this date ... 1972: Two escaped prisoners from Kansas arrested in connection with the abduction and shooting of Quay County sheriff’s deputy Travis Haynes of Ragland were arraigned before Magistrate Judge Charles Magruder and held on $100,000 bond each on one charge of armed robbery. District Attorney Norman Runyan said more charges were likely. Haynes remained in critical condition in intensive care at a Lubbock, Texas, hospital. The suspects were captured near Carrizozo. They were accused of kidnapping Haynes, who later was found shot i...

  • Calendar - May 4

    May 4, 2022

    Note: Events subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. • Friday-Saturday — First Presbyterian Church Rummage Sale. The fellowship hall next to the church will be open for the sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days. The church collects thousands of clean, usable items ranging from clothes and accessories to furniture, antiques, electronics, appliances, sports equipment, décor, household goods and more. 306 E. Aber St., Tucumcari. • Saturday — Logan Big Bass Tournament at Ute Lake State Park in Logan. Fishing will begin during safe-day...

  • Menus - May 4

    May 4, 2022

    The Tucumcari Senior Center and Logan Senior Center also offer grab-and-go meals to those who qualify. Those interested should call the Tucumcari facility at 575-461-2307 or the Logan facility at 575-487-2287 for more information. Tucumcari schools Wednesday — Breakfast: Ham and egg breakfast bar, potato tri-tators, apple juice, skim or 1% milk; Lunch: Ham and cheese chef salad, teriyaki chicken, brown rice, Oriental vegetables, baby carrots, pear, skim, 1% or chocolate skim milk. Thursday — Breakfast: Mini cinnamon French toast, str...

  • Farmers Electric names new CEO

    Staff report|May 4, 2022

    The Farmers’ Electric Cooperative board of trustees recently selected Antonio Sanchez Jr. as the cooperative’s new CEO. Sanchez was selected from more than 30 candidates and will report to the cooperative’s headquarters in Clovis starting May 23. Sanchez holds experience in the electric cooperative industry, including being employed by Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative in Portales for more than 22 years. Sanchez served the Roosevelt cooperative membership as an engineering manager, general manager and executive vice president. He is a lic...

  • Socialism absent from book of Acts

    Gordon Runyan, Religion columnist|May 4, 2022

    “Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.” — Acts 4:32 Thus does our author, Luke the Troublemaker, begin a section of his story that makes modern Christians man the ramparts and get ready to fight. By this time in the book of Acts, the Christian church has grown to number in the thousands. It has become a society within the larger society, an alternate community. This passage gives us a glimpse into how t...

  • Airport gets $1.3M grant

    Staff report|May 4, 2022

    Tucumcari Municipal Airport will receive a $1.3 million grant from the state Department of Transportation to increase its refueling capacity for airplanes. The funds will be used to build new fuel farms at the airport. The money comes from federal American Rescue Act Plan funds for COVID-19 relief....

  • Best to face bad economic news, not ignore it

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Syndicated content|May 4, 2022

    U.S. gross domestic product shrank 1.4% in the first quarter at the same time inflation continued to soar. For older Americans, that combination conjures memories of 1970s stagflation, a nightmarish combination of double-digit inflation, double-digit interest rates, soaring gasoline prices and persistently high unemployment. The entire economic mess got dumped on President Jimmy Carter’s lap after the 1976 election, even though it was neither his fault nor the fault of his predecessors, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon. Sometimes, global economic...

  • Musk may help end liberal narrative

    Kent McManigal, Local columnist|May 4, 2022

    My Twitter account was shut down during the dark days of censorship, but I made a new account a month or so ago. Just in time to see all the fun and drama over Elon Musk’s buyout of the platform. The celebrations on multiple sides, and the meltdowns on one side, were entertaining. The melodramatic handwringing -- over fears of Musk doing to “their side” what they’ve supported doing to everyone else for years -- was great comedy. Elon Musk became their new Donald Trump. Modern so-called liberals have turned on one of their own because he stil...

  • Musk unlikely to mend political divide

    Tom McDonald, Syndicated content|May 4, 2022

    If Elon Musk is going to take over Twitter, I hope he reads a recent article in The Atlantic magazine by Jonathan Haidt, about the impact social media is having on our democracy and what we can do about it. Of course, the richest man in America isn’t likely to listen to a peon like me, which is why I also recommend this article to you. As Haidt points, we can’t really rely on anyone but ourselves to address this problem. Haidt is a social psychologist at the New York University School of Business. A fairly prolific author and self-described pol...

  • 13 Logan entrants win district titles

    Staff report|May 4, 2022

    Logan’s track teams captured 13 district titles and qualified 27 athletes to this week’s state meet at the District 6/A meet Saturday at Fort Sumner. Melrose took home both boys and girls team titles at Fort Sumner and appear to be the favorite for this week’s Class 1A championships. Both Logan teams finished runner-up. Logan coach Robert Young didn’t seem too disappointed his teams finished behind the rival Buffs. “We got a lot of kids in we needed to for state,” he said. “We did about as good as we could do there. We just didn’t have t...

  • Tucumcari track boasts 7 district champs

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|May 4, 2022

    Tucumcari High School's track teams crowned seven district champions during the District 4AAA championships in Tucumcari, including one notable double-winner. Senior Khobie Salvador, apparently recovered from a bout with pneumonia several weeks ago, took home two district medals by winning the discus throw and the shot put. His hurl of 132 feet, 3 ½ inches in the discus was nearly 30 feet longer than the second-place finisher and was a personal-best for him this season. His effort was...

  • Second-grader finishes 8th at Hoop Shoot finals

    Staff report|May 4, 2022

    A Tucumcari second-grader finished eighth in her age bracket at the national finals of the Elks Hoop Shoot contest in Chicago. Trinity Gonzales, sponsored by Tucumcari Elks Lodge 1172, made 17 of 25 shots in the age 8-9 girls division finals Saturday at Wintrust Arena, home to the WNBA’s Chicago Sky and the NCAA’s DePaul Blue Demons basketball teams. Emersyn Hess, sponsored by an Elks lodge in Vincennes, Indiana, won that age division by making 24 of 25 shots – two more than the runner-up. Only one competitor went a perfect 25-of-25 at the f...

  • Lack of clutch hitting hurts Lady Rattlers

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|May 4, 2022

    Because of a lack of hitting in the bottom half of the order, a winnable district softball game for Tucumcari against Dexter was lost last Tuesday. The Lady Rattlers left 10 runners on base during a 6-2 loss on April 26 against the Lady Demons, including the bases loaded once and runners on second and third in another inning. The top half of the Tucumcari's batting order is robust, including shortstop Alexus Lafferty hitting more than .600 going into the doubleheader. But coach CJ Oglesby said...

  • Clayton edges hot-hitting Lady Longhorns

    Staff report|May 4, 2022

    The Logan softball team got its bats going, but it still was searching for its first win of the season after a 16-11 non-district loss Friday at Clayton. Marilyn Cortez Moreno blasted a three-run homer and a double, driving in four runs for the Lady Longhorns. Camryn Cantrell also went 2-for-2 and reached base a third time when she was hit by a pitch. She stole four bases and scored a run. Logan, which is rebuilding its program after a two-year hiatus during the coronavirus pandemic, fell to 0-17 overall. Clayton improved to...

  • Sandia Prep stifles Tucumcari 7-1

    Staff report|May 4, 2022

    The state-ranked Sandia Prep baseball team appeared to sew up a district title with a 7-1 victory Thursday over visiting Tucumcari. The Sundevils, ranked second in the latest Class 3A ratings by MaxPreps.com, improved to 11-1 in District 4/5 and 18-5 overall. Sandia Prep had a three-game lead in the district standings through the weekend. The Rattlers (1-19, 0-12) didn’t make it easy, though. Tucumcari coach George Montano said Josh Griego “pitched the best game of the year.” “He stepped up and went after every batter that stepped into the box,...

  • Logan, Melrose split district twinbill

    Staff report|May 4, 2022

    The Logan baseball team split a doubleheader Friday and suffered its first district loss of the season against visiting Melrose. The Longhorns fell to 14-3 overall but remained in first place in District 3 with a 5-1 mark. The second-place Buffaloes improved to 9-7, 5-3. In the first game, Melrose rallied for six runs in the sixth inning and four in the seventh to break open what had been a close game. The Buffaloes prevailed 12-3. Walks hurt the Longhorns, with pitchers Kaeden Stoner, Aydin Kotara and Burns issuing a total of nine free passes...

  • Man accused of fleeing police at 90 mph on streets

    Staff report|May 4, 2022

    A Tucumcari man stands accused of leading police on a chase at speeds of over 90 mph on city streets and striking a parked vehicle before he was arrested at gunpoint by city police. Adam Manuel Apodaca, 24, is charged with 12 counts of failure to yield, speeding 36 mph and over, reckless driving, failure to stop upon striking an unattended vehicle and aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer. The fleeing count is a fourth-degree felony that could lead up to 18 months in prison or a $5,000 fine. The other counts are misdemeanors. According...

  • K-Bob's making return to Tucumcari

    Staff report|May 4, 2022

    K-Bob’s Steakhouse is returning to its old location in Tucumcari after a three-year absence. K-Bob’s conducted a job fair Thursday at the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce office. John Rink, vice president of operations at K-Bob’s in Clovis, said its restaurants typically employ 30 to 40 full- and part-time workers. Rink said if he found a local general manager quickly for its Tucumcari restaurant, it could be remodeled and reopened by mid- to late summer. Rink said Sid Strebeck purchased the Tucumcari building shortly after K-Bob’s Hou...

  • MCC chief to pursue a Union County Learning Center

    Staff report|May 4, 2022

    The Mesalands Community College board of directors on Thursday authorized its president, Gregg Busch, to collaborate with Clayton-area officials to establish a college-level Union County Learning Center there. The agenda during the Mesalands special meeting stated the board would authorize Busch to work with Clayton “to provide services, programs and workforce training opportunities” with that city. The board during its special meeting also voted to accept resolutions from the Union County Commission, Clayton Municipal Schools board of edu...

  • Tuesday is deadline to register to vote for primary

    Staff report|May 4, 2022

    Next Tuesday is the deadline for New Mexico residents to register to vote for the June 7 primary election. That also is the day that early voting begins for the primary, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Early voting will be held Monday through Thursday at the clerk’s office through June 4. The office will be open for early voting one Friday only, on June 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Quay County Clerk’s Office stated voter-registration forms are available there in the Quay County Courthouse at 300 S. Third St. in Tucumcari at or online at NMVote.org. Tho...

  • State approves cloud seeding in region

    New Mexico Political Report, Syndicated content|May 4, 2022

    As all of New Mexico is experiencing some level of drought, cloud seeding may help bring water to Quay County and other areas of the eastern part of the state. The Interstate Stream Commission approved a weather modification application during its monthly meeting on April 21. The cloud seeding is expected to occur during the summer and will affect Chaves, Curry, De Baca, Lea, Quay and Roosevelt counties. All those counties are experiencing extreme or exceptional drought conditions, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor map. Texas-based...

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