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Articles from the May 31, 2023 edition


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  • Dog attack victim died from blood loss

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|May 31, 2023

    TUCUMCARI -- A jogger encountered the pack of five dogs shortly before they fatally mauled a Tucumcari man in February, and two men approached the bloody scene when the victim still was alive. That’s according to a state police report, which also showed the victim died of blood loss after the attack. The 21-page report was issued by New Mexico State Police agent Eric Fouratt. The Quay County Sun obtained the report last week through a public-records request submitted shortly after the Feb. 1 attack near 11th Street and Gamble Avenue. Mary O...

  • Flooding, hailstones wreak havoc

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|May 31, 2023

    Quay County's manager said he might request a state disaster declaration after flooding Thursday night and Friday damaged roads and destroyed a multimillion-dollar bridge days from its completion. In Tucumcari, a severe hailstorm that night damaged innumerable vehicles and roofs, and the torrential rain that came with the storm caused widespread flooding. Several buildings closed at least temporarily due to large hailstones tearing through roofs, allowing rainwater to pour inside. Sinkholes and...

  • City OKs motel-tax aid for events

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|May 31, 2023

    The Tucumcari City Commission approved lodgers tax funding aid requests for events in the next fiscal year but declined to act on whether to allocate funds for the main operation of the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce, citing the lack of a recommendation from the city’s lodgers tax board. Commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved these promotional fund requests as recommended by the lodgers tax advisory board: — Fired Up festival, $6,900; — Chamber of commerce events, $7,500; — Wheels on Fire, $10,500; — Rattler Reunion,...

  • Tucumcari area loses power for nearly a day

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|May 31, 2023

    An Xcel Energy crew and a sporadically used power generator on the city’s north side on Thursday afternoon effectively ended Tucumcari’s power outage after about 19 hours. Shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday, a severe storm 17 miles north-northwest of Clovis in Curry County knocked out 20 H-shaped structures that carried a main electrical line from Clovis to Tucumcari, reported Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for that area shortly before the outage. Flooding in the afflicted area hampered Xcel workers...

  • Individual callings should be valued

    Gordon Runyan, Religion columnist|May 31, 2023

    Is there a calling on your life? In my own denominational setting, that question is about two things specifically. Do you feel drawn in some way to pastoral ministry, or do you sense that God is calling you to be a foreign missionary? When Southern Baptists talk about being “called” that’s generally what we mean, and I wish we’d stop it. I wish we’d expand our vision. Full time Gospel ministry is a thing that God calls people to. But that’s uncommon. What about all the rest of the folks? Has God not called them? Of course. But here’s the...

  • One dog-attack suspect enters not-guilty plea

    Staff report|May 31, 2023

    One of the two suspects in a fatal dog-mauling case in Tucumcari pleaded not guilty to two felony charges in district court Wednesday. Mary Olimpia Montoya, 51, appeared by phone in front of District Judge Albert Mitchell Jr. during an arraignment by videoconference. Montoya’s public defender, Anna Aragon of Las Vegas, entered a plea of not guilty on her behalf. Aragon said she had spoken with District Attorney Tim Rose and that she was not ready to contemplate a plea deal. Mitchell scheduled status hearings for July 25 and Aug. 22 in the c...

  • Forrest women's club makes quilt for local airman

    Staff report|May 31, 2023

    A group of women based in Forrest recently gave a Quilt of Valor to a San Jon native for his long service in the U.S. Air Force. The Forrest Everybody's Club, affiliated with the Quay County Extension Service, is a group of woman that has been meeting continually since the 1930s. This year, they made a Quilt of Valor for Col. J. Corey Reed, who grew up in San Jon and graduated from New Mexico State University. Quilts of Valor is a national organization that presents quilts, usually in a...

  • Pages past - May 31

    May 31, 2023

    On this date ... 1973: The newspaper interviewed two men who are believed to be the last blacksmiths in Quay County. Reporter Darrell Roberts talked to John Mansfield, 80, and Art Blakely, 75, who still perform blacksmithing work at Quay County Farm Center on Lake Street for customers from as far away as Las Vegas. Mansfield, a Texas native, previously was a blacksmith in a McAlister shop before working for 27 years with the highway department. Blakely, an Arkansas native, once worked in the coal mines in Dawson before taking up the...

  • Calendar - May 31

    May 31, 2023

    • June 16-18 — Tucumcari Rawhide Days. The annual event that salutes the “Rawhide” TV show will feature roping events, rodeos, gun show, 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 17 — Spring Community Dance, Nara Visa Community Center. Come join us to mark the end of branding season. Limited snacks and drinks will be provided, but feel free to bring your...

  • Menus - May 31

    May 31, 2023

    Tucumcari Senior Center Wednesday — Chicken spaghetti, corn, green beans, garlic bread, Jell-O with orange. Thursday — Frito pie, Mexican slaw, light vanilla ice cream. Friday — Baked chicken nuggets, country gravy, baked French fries, cucumber and tomato salad, cornbread, applesauce. Monday — Chicken pot pie, tossed salad with dressing, whole-wheat roll with margarine, peaches. Tuesday — Lemon pepper fish, tartar sauce, wild rice, California blend vegetables, canned pears. Logan Senior Center Wednesday — Meatloaf, garden salad with dressi...

  • Storms rack up millions in losses across our region

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|May 31, 2023

    I almost forgot cattle could swim until I saw their feed lot under water in Hereford last weekend. They weren't the only ones surprised to see so much water. We were all reminded why Running Water Draw northwest of Clovis has that name. And why Ned Houk Park needs a dam. And if you really want to see the power Mother Nature unleashed on us, take a look at the video on the Quay County Sun's Facebook page -- a bridge under construction between San Jon and Endee was destroyed by flash flooding...

  • Greene fear-mongering offensive

    Elwood Watson, Syndicated content|May 31, 2023

    The Jezebel of the Republican Party is at it again. Just when you thought she could not get any more disingenuous and despicable, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene engaged in some wild intellectual dishonesty by accusing New York Democratic Rep. Jamaal Bowman of calling her the equivalent of the N-word. She also accused him of being “physically threatening” and deviously concocted an entire slew of falsehoods. For those of who are unaware, this month both Bowman and Greene engaged in what could be most aptly described as a verbal political spi...

  • Scott treatment plain old racism

    Michael Reagan, Syndicated content|May 31, 2023

    What did you do to celebrate Memorial Day? How did you honor the soldiers, sailors and airmen who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep America safe, free and great for more than 240 years? My son Cameron, as usual, planned to take his daughters to a military cemetery and remind them who those fallen soldiers were and why America was worth fighting and dying for. Cameron’s kids – my grandkids – will be taught what I taught him and my daughter Ashley and what my father drilled into me. I remember how I first learned about the greatness of Ameri...

  • Police blotter - May 31

    May 31, 2023

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from May 22 to May 28: Monday — 9:47 a.m.: Disturbance in 400 block of East Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari. — 10:41 a.m.: Shots fired in 100 block of Yuma Street, Logan. — 12:27 p.m.: Disturbance in 2000 block of South Mountain Road, Tucumcari. — 1 p.m.: Child abuse at East Main and North Monroe streets, Tucumcari. — 2:32 p.m.: Shots fired in 100 block of Yuma Street, Logan. — 3:37 p.m.: Theft in 500 block of South College Street, Tucumcari. — 5:01 p.m.: Ar...

  • Jail log - May 31

    May 31, 2023

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from May 22 to May 25: — Victor Gregory, 52, no address listed, criminal trespass (unposted), resisting, evading or obstructing an officer (arrest), public nuisance, assault (battery) and littering (private property). — Joe Ray Montano, 48, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — Damien Robles, 23, Albuquerque, receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle, aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, tampering with evidence (third- or fourth-degree felony) and injuring or tampe...

  • Mesalands delays action on FY23 budget

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|May 31, 2023

    Mesalands Community College delayed approving its 2023-2024 fiscal year budget and latest budget-adjustment requests on request of its interim president. Allen Moss was granted a special board of trustees meeting for 5:30 p.m. May 31 to approve those items. He said there “still is a little work to be done” with Mesalands chief financial officer Blanca Pauliukevicius on next year’s budget and budget adjustments before they are approved. Moss stated in his written report about the budget: “We will have the best we can manage at his point with he...

  • Man accused of car theft, fleeing police

    Staff report|May 31, 2023

    An Albuquerque man was detained last week after being accused of stealing a vehicle from a Logan store and trying to flee from Tucumcari police and other law enforcement personnel. Damien Robles, 23, was charged with receiving or transferring stolen vehicle or motor vehicle (first offense), aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, tampering with evidence (third- or fourth-degree felony) and injuring or tampering with a vehicle (scratching or damaging). Three of the charges are fourth-degree felonies, which can lead up to 18 months in...

  • State Supreme Court issues new guidance on pretrial detention

    Staff report|May 31, 2023

    The New Mexico Supreme Court, in the wake of a case involving an Albuquerque man accused of murder, issued an opinion last week that provides guidance to district courts in deciding pretrial detention requests from prosecutors. The justices clarified the analysis that courts should follow in determining whether legal requirements have been met for a person charged with a felony should be held in jail while awaiting trial. Under state law, a felony defendant may be detained if prosecutors file a motion and prove in district court the suspect is...

  • Hobbs man dies in crash near Logan

    Staff report|May 31, 2023

    A Hobbs man died and five others were injured in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday on Highway 39 near Logan. According to a release from New Mexico State Police, the deceased was identified as Cesar Gomez Lucio, 35. The crash occurred about 1 a.m. on milepost 32 of the highway, northwest of Logan. “The initial investigation indicated that a 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe (driven by Lucio) was traveling south on State Road 39,” the release stated. “For unknown reasons, the Tahoe crossed the center line into opposing traffic and collided head-on with a 2014...

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