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  • No apparent COVID-19 cases reported in county

    Staff report|May 4, 2022

    No apparent cases of COVID-19 were reported in Quay County last week – the first time that had happened in many months. The total number in the county since the pandemic began in spring 2020 stood at 2,003, one fewer than the previous week. No explanation was given for the New Mexico Department of Health’s apparent lowering of total cases by one. According to state epidemiology reports, Quay County’s COVID-19 case rate dropped to 3.3 new cases per 100,000 people from April 13 to April 25, compared to 3.4 during the previous period. The county r...

  • NMDOT chief retires after 27 years

    the Staff of The News|May 4, 2022

    New Mexico Department of Transportation chief Michael Sandoval retired effective Sunday after 27 years in state government, according to a news release last week from the agency. Under his leadership, NMDOT implemented more than $3 billion in construction programs over the last 3 1/2 years. Before his appointment as cabinet secretary, he served as executive manager of the department’s Modal Divisions, in which he oversaw hundreds of contracts, the state’s 12 ports of entry and major transportation projects including the Rail Runner, com...

  • MainStreet receives $7,000 grant

    Staff report|May 4, 2022

    Tucumcari MainStreet last week received a $7,000 grant from the Resilient Communities Fund of the state MainStreet organization. Tucumcari’s grant will be used for the business microloan program, Tucumcari MainStreet executive director Connie Loveland said. She said the Tucumcari program has helped 11 small businesses with small, low-interest loans to help them open or expand their operations. Tucumcari MainStreet was among 16 MainStreet-affiliated communities that received grants totaling more than $415,000, according to a news release from N...

  • Robotics teams do well in tourney

    Staff report|May 4, 2022

    Five teams from Tucumcari Diamondback STEM robotics program recently competed at the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics’ botball tournament in Los Lunas, and all have been invited to the international contest in Oklahoma this summer. In botball, students design and build robots to accomplish varying challenges during the competition. Team 806, which consisted of Caden Thomas, MiKayla Klinger and Bryson Klinger, won first place overall and first place in documentation and presentation. Team 805, consisting of Aaron Chand, Justin Keith, N...

  • Jail log - May 4

    May 4, 2022

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from April 25 to May 1: — David Sandoval Jr., 43, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — John Seek, 29, Tucumcari, felony contempt of court. — Billy Jack Baca, 43, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — Cassandra Lynelle Duran, 43, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — Samuel Emme Nixon, 52, San Jon, four counts of unlawful use of an ATM card (conspiracy). — Jeffrey Allan Peck, 60, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, two counts of criminal damage to property (over $1,000), leaving the scene of an accident (p...

  • Police blotter - May 4

    May 4, 2022

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from April 25 to May 1: Monday — 10:48 a.m.: Arrest warrant in 300 block of South Third Street, Tucumcari. — 3:22 p.m.: Domestic disturbance at East Tucumcari Boulevard and Quay Road 63, Tucumcari. — 4:46 p.m.: Noise complaint at Second Street and Dehoney Avenue, Tucumcari. — 5:10 p.m.: Fight in 1200 block of East Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari. — 5:53 p.m.: Theft in 1000 block of East Rankin Avenue, Tucumcari. — 6:25 p.m.: Vehicle theft in 1600 block of Ea...