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Articles from the May 17, 2023 edition


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  • City manager hopeful in reopening pool soon

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|May 17, 2023

    Tucumcari city manager Paula Chacon said repairs on the city’s closed municipal pool were continuing and didn’t dismiss the possibility it would reopen in time for its traditional Memorial Day weekend start. Chacon said during her report to the city commission Thursday a plumber still was working on issues at the pool and that Nick Griego & Sons Construction of Clovis would perform plastering work to remedy leaks there. She said she and other city officials were working with the state’s purchasing cooperative to expedite work at the pool....

  • Former employees sue MCC

    Staff report|May 17, 2023

    Four former employees of Mesalands Community College filed lawsuits last week against the college’s board of trustees after they said they were fired from their positions. Natalie Gillard, former vice president of academic affairs, and Milan Rasic, former director of athletics, health and wellness, each filed the suits on May 9 in Tucumcari district court. One day later, Rose Brito, a former administrative assistant for Gillard, and Donna Garcia, a former professor of sociology and social work, filed their lawsuits. The Gilpin Law Firm in A...

  • $2-an-hour raises suggested for deputies, road workers

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|May 17, 2023

    Quay County’s manager suggested $1-an-hour raises for most employees and $2-an-hour pay hikes for sheriff’s deputies and road workers during a budget work session Monday for the forthcoming fiscal year. Daniel Zamora recommended the bigger raises for the county’s highway department, which has been struggling to fill positions for months, to make its pay more competitive. That would bring the pay for workers with commercial driver’s licenses to $16 an hour. The pay could be as much as $19 an hour for a mechanic’s position. Commissio...

  • Second dog-attack suspect bound over for trial

    Staff report|May 17, 2023

    The second suspect charged in a fatal dog attack in Tucumcari recently waived his right to a preliminary hearing last week and was bound over for trial. Kristopher Jaquaris Morris, 27, of Tucumcari, on May 4 waived his right for a preliminary hearing scheduled for Thursday. He is being represented by public defender Brett Phelps of Las Vegas. After the filing of the waiver, Magistrate Judge Noreen Hendrickson transferred Morris’ case to district court, according to online court documents. Phelps and District Attorney Timothy Rose also filed a...

  • Pastor: Gender theory illogical

    Gordon Runyan, Religion columnist|May 17, 2023

    I’m continuing from my last column, examining modern transgender ideology. At the outset, let me stress that I’m not attacking individuals. As far as I’m concerned, you do you. I wish you the best. I’m critiquing the ideology that encourages so-called “transitioning” for children. I wrote that the modern movement is based on a neo-platonic idea that the physical world we live in does not define “reality.” It’s what you feel in your heart or choose to believe. That’s what’s really real. This is true even when the idea in your head is flatly c...

  • Pages past - May 17

    May 17, 2023

    On this date ... 1973: Tucumcari Mayor King Aitken declared May 18 as Miss Bertha Parker Day in commemoration for her 40 years of teaching in the Tucumcari School System. Parker was nominated as Teacher of the Year last year, and she never considered another profession. She was born on a ranch in Dodson when it still had a post office and “is probably the only Quay County woman to literally grow up and remain in area schools.” Parker has been a teacher since 1932 and estimated she taught more than 4,000 children during that time, including man...

  • Calendar - May 17

    May 17, 2023

    • June 16-18 — Tucumcari Rawhide Days. The annual event that salutes the “Rawhide” TV show will feature roping events, rodeos, gun show and target-shoot competition, stickhorse races, mutton busting, arts and crafts show, a car show, a parade, fishing derby, a 5K and 10K run, cowboy church and a dance. More information can be found at tucumcarirawhidedays.com. • June 24 — Down at the Depot. Bring your lawn chairs and join Tucumcari MainStreet for live music, food, shopping and family fun at these monthly summer events. Steven Blea will provid...

  • Menus - May 17

    May 17, 2023

    Tucumcari Senior Center Wednesday — Meat loaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, carrots, whole-wheat roll with margarine, cherry cobbler. Thursday — Pork carnitas with lettuce and tomatoes, Capri vegetables, Mexican fiesta rice, tortilla chips, salsa, sorbet. Friday — Turkey and cheese sliders, cucumber and tomato salad, Sun chips, granola bar, honeydew and strawberries. Monday — Beans and cheese burrito, beets, corn, mixed fruit. Tuesday — Red beef enchiladas, Spanish rice, calabacitas with corn, sugar cookie. Logan schools Wednesday — Breakfast:...

  • Man files malpractice suit against Trigg, PRMC

    Staff report|May 17, 2023

    A Tucumcari man filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a Clovis hospital and Dr. Daniel C. Trigg Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari after he suffered two hip injuries. Mario Barreras filed the suit on May 3 in Tucumcari district court against Trigg Hospital and Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, both which are managed by Presbyterian Healthcare Services. Also listed as defendants are Trigg registered nurse Monique Smith and several “John and Jane Does.” Albuquerque lawyer Erika Anderson filed the lawsuit on Barreras’ behalf. The complai...

  • Tucumcari MainStreet earns national accreditation

    Staff report|May 17, 2023

    Tucumcari MainStreet recently was designated as an accredited Main Street America program for meeting rigorous performance standards. Tucumcari MainStreet Executive Director Connie Loveland also laid out some of the nonprofit organization’s activities during a city commission work session Thursday. Each year, Main Street America and its partners announce the list of accredited programs to recognize their commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach. Tucumcari M...

  • Publisher's journal: Grid coach, lawyer will be remembered as fierce competitor

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|May 17, 2023

    We lost a legend last week. Bill Kelly, one of our region’s best offensive-minded college football coaches of all time, died Saturday. The Amarillo Globe-News reported Kelly, 75, died in Amarillo after an extended bout with pneumonia. The North Carolina native will be most remembered by many for his three seasons coaching at then-West Texas State University, from 1985 to 1987. His Buffs went 18-13-1 before Kelly stunned many in the sports world by switching careers at age 40. He spent his last four decades as a criminal defense attorney. I...

  • Letter to the editor - May 17

    May 17, 2023

    Ute Pipeline not a long-term solution I have analyzed the effects that the Ute Lake pipeline would have had on the water available in Ute Lake using the actual historical daily United States Geological Survey data from the year 2007 to 2023. I am a Texas certified public accountant with many, many years of data analysis experience. The ENMWUA proposes to draw 16,415-acre feet through the pipeline each year. Using the 16,415-acre feet a year is equivalent to 44.97-acre feet per day. I simply calculated what each day’s lake reading would have bee...

  • Climate activists have too much power

    Michael Reagan, Syndicated content|May 17, 2023

    AOC and her Green New Deal buddies in the Biden government are not just winning their crusade against fossil fuels. They’re also wrecking the country – appliance by appliance. Our washing machines, refrigerators and microwaves have already been made less efficient and more expensive because of new federal standards pushed by fanatical environmentalists who think like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Not long ago, government regulators were caught planning to outlaw gas kitchen stoves in new homes and apartments because they make climate change wor...

  • Logan board OKs priorities in facility master plan

    Staff report|May 17, 2023

    The Logan school board approved lightly modified list of priorities for the district’s five-year facility master plan, with security upgrades as the most important. According to the document ratified by the board during its May 8 meeting, the top priorities, in order, are security upgrades to the main entrance, internal passageway construction to the family and consumer sciences and vocational agriculture area, security fencing district-wide, sidewalk repairs district-wide and replacement, playing surface renovations and door and lock r...

  • Conchas Lake levels rise only slightly

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|May 17, 2023

    Conchas Lake saw a mild increase in its levels during the past month, but not enough for the Arch Hurley Conservancy District’s board of directors to allocate water. District manager Franklin McCasland reported during the board’s May 9 meeting the elevation of Conchas Lake reached 4,162.7 feet that morning, nearly a foot higher than the previous month. The district typically needs the lake to reach 4,174 feet before it can release water from the lake into its canals. The lake received 3,246 acre-feet of inflow during April, with 2,224 acr...

  • 4-H hunting team finishes runner-up in state

    Staff report|May 17, 2023

    Quay County 4-H teams finished second in hunting and fourth in archery at the New Mexico Shooting Sports Championship in Raton earlier this month. The event hosted 400 youths from across the state on May 4-6 in small bore rifle, archery, air rifle, air pistol, shotgun, hunting, muzzleloader and small-bore pistol shooting disciplines. The Quay County hunting team of Payton Oliver, Ashton Smith, Aubrey Oliver and Paxton Smith finished second overall, with Payton Oliver being the No. 2 high...

  • Police step up presence after social media threat

    Staff report|May 17, 2023

    Tucumcari’s police chief requested more law-enforcement presence last week in the wake of a social-media threat that targeted numerous schools in New Mexico, including Tucumcari’s. Chief Patti Lopez said the threat, which identified no specific school, came from Facebook and Snapchat. She provided to the Quay County Sun a screen-capped image of the threat. It stated a school and an Albertsons Market “would get shot by me and 17 other people” at 2:30 on May 10. It also stated a bomb would go off on that day at 6:00. “… So stay away from the sc...

  • Melrose stuns Logan in title game

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|May 17, 2023

    ALBUQUERQUE - For once, it wasn't the Longhorns' day. District rival Melrose - especially starting pitcher Dathan Yeary - dashed Logan's dreams for a third straight Class 1A baseball title and an undefeated season by seizing a 10-run lead at one point during a 13-7 victory Saturday at the Jennifer Riordan Spark Kindness Sports Complex. The victory was especially sweet for the Buffaloes (12-5), the No. 3 seed in the tournament, after the top-seeded Longhorns conquered them three previous times du...

  • Lady Dons oust Lady Rattlers from 3A playoffs

    Staff report|May 17, 2023

    RIO RANCHO — West Las Vegas made the Tucumcari softball team’s postseason a short one during the Lady Ratters’ 15-0 loss on Wednesday. The ninth-seeded Lady Rattlers faced the eighth-seeded Lady Dons in a single-elimination play-in game at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho as part of the Class 3A playoffs. West Las Vegas scored early and often, tallying four runs each in the first and second innings and seven in the third to end the game via the mercy rule. “We just didn’t start off hitting,” Tucumcari coach CJ Oglesby said. “Against go...

  • Three Lady Rattlers earn all-district

    Staff report|May 17, 2023

    Three members of Tucumcari's softball team earned all-district honors during voting results announced after the state tournament this past weekend. Earning top honors in District 3A-4 for the Lady Rattlers were senior shortstop Alexus Lafferty, senior pitcher Juli Rivera and junior outfielder and first baseman Alexis Ramirez. During district play, Rivera hit .545 with a slugging average of 1.091, both of them team-highs. Lafferty hit .400 with a .560 slugging average during district play while...

  • Logan's Stoner voted district Player of Year

    Staff report|May 17, 2023

    Logan's Class 1A runner-up baseball team boasted six all-district players this season, including the Player of the Year. Longhorns junior pitcher and shortstop Kaeden Stoner received District 1A-3's top honor. He sported a 5-1 record with an 0.95 ERA with 86 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings. As a hitter, Stoner batted .455 with 19 RBI and a team-high 44 runs scored. Other first-team honorees for Logan were: - Senior catcher and pitcher Park Strong, who hit .565 and drove in runs. As a pitcher, he...

  • THS senior 30th at state golf tourney

    Staff report|May 17, 2023

    Jade Duplantis was the lone Tucumcari representative at last week's Class A-3A girls state golf championships. Duplantis, a senior, shot a total of 271 over two rounds, finishing 30th overall. She shot a 137 on the first day, then a 134 on the second day at the Canyon Club at Four Hills in Albuquerque. "It was a par-72 course, but the course alone looked challenging," Tucumcari coach Justin Garcia said. "It was a great accomplishment for her to be selected for the tournament, especially since...

  • Police blotter - May 17

    May 17, 2023

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from May 8 to May 14: Monday — 4:30 a.m.: Disturbance at North Fifth Street and West Turner Avenue, Tucumcari. — 7:19 a.m.: Domestic disturbance in 200 block of North Fifth Street, Tucumcari. — 9:20 a.m.: Harassment in 4300 block of Quay Road AS, Tucumcari. — 10:16 a.m.: Theft in 300 block of South First Street, Tucumcari. — 1:29 p.m.: Missing person reported in 2000 block of South Mountain Road, Tucumcari. — 3:33 p.m.: Found property in 1300 block of East Tuc...

  • Jail log - May 17

    May 17, 2023

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from May 9 to May 12: — Tiffany R. Uresti, 29, Tucumcari, warrant from other counties or states. — Danny Joe Gutierrez, 64, Tucumcari, indecent exposure and two counts of aggravated battery (deadly weapon). — Arthur Robert Wilson, 42, Tucumcari, driving while license suspended or revoked. These individuals were released from the Quay County Detention Center from May 9 to May 12: — Sylvia DeLuca, 40, Tucumcari, appearance bond. — Tina Molina, 26, Tucumcari, transfer to Depart...

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