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  • Rush, Lopez take primaries

    Ron Warnick|Jun 10, 2020

    Jerri Rush and Robert Lopez easily captured their respective Republican and Democratic primary nominations for open Quay County Commission seats during the June 2 election amid stronger-than-usual turnout fueled by a record number of absentee ballots. Rush, 49, a rancher, farmer and substitute teacher in Forrest, defeated Todd Duplantis, 52, a business owner and Tucumcari city commissioner, by nearly a 2-to-1 margin in the Republican race for District 2 that encompasses the southwest part of the...

  • 'Normal as possible' fair hopes expressed

    Ron Warnick|Jun 10, 2020

    The Quay County Fair board chairman expressed hope Monday to county commissioners it would hold an “as normal as possible fair” in August despite coronavirus restrictions, but a carnival would not be among its offerings. Fair Chairman Justin Knight said during the commission’s meeting the board decided June 1 to cancel its contract with the carnival vendor because of uncertainty caused by the state’s current and indefinite ban on public gatherings. Knight said the fair’s horse show also was canceled because of light participation in previous ye...

  • City votes to accept $1.8 million construction bid

    Steve Hansen|Jun 10, 2020

    The Second Street improvement project in downtown Tucumcari is a contract signing from the start of construction after the city commission voted unanimously Thursday during a special meeting to accept a nearly $1.8 million construction bid for the project. An Albuquerque construction firm, J&H Services, submitted the winning bid, beating another firm, Lone Mountain Contracting Inc., to win the contract. In accepting the bid, the commission followed the recommendation of Bohannon Huston, the project’s engineers. The commissioners are expected t...

  • Calendar - June 10

    Jun 10, 2020

    • June 18-20 — Asavet Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic. Cost for each surgery is $40. Applications are available at Best Care Pharmacy, Tucumcari Subway, Logan Subway and the Paws and Clubs Animal Rescue of Quay County website at pawsandclawsanimalrescueofquaycounty.com. Applicants will be notified one week before the event. • June 20 — Rotary Club Drive-Up Lobster Cook-Up. Preorders are being taken for lobster starting at $20 for one up to $300 for a case of 16. Cash only. Call Ronny at (575) 461-2710 or Garrett at (575)461-1100 to place orders. Cu...

  • Pages past - June 10

    Jun 10, 2020

    On this date ... 1970: Ben Romero is setting up softball teams for men of all ages. The first game will be tonight and feature Dennis Dominguez’s team versus Les Darnelli’s team. Both teams haven’t chosen a nickname yet. Romero said he has extended invitations to Logan and San Jon to organize their own teams and play against the Tucumcari squads. • Vickie Helker of Grady was named All-Around Cowgirl at the 23rd annual New Mexico High School Championship Rodeo in Santa Rosa. Helker, 16, finished first in the barrel racing and pole bending...

  • Menus - June 10

    Jun 10, 2020

    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 Senior Center Wednesday — Pepper steak, baked potato with margarine, California vegetables, roll, Jell-O with fruit. Thursday — Pork ribs, macaroni and cheese, spinach, bread, ice cream. Friday — Chalupa with onions, chili and salsa, Spanish rice, green beans...

  • Sowing the seed of the kingdom

    Leonard Lauriault|Jun 10, 2020

    Spring usually is considered planting time, and we’re almost finished with spring planting. But in this area, planting takes place somewhere almost year-round. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 states there’s a time for every activity under the sun, including planting. While harvesting isn’t mentioned in that passage, Genesis 8:22 states harvesting comes after planting, and it’s certain that no harvest can happen if the seeding wasn’t done. The lazy, worthless, wicked servant of Matthew 25:14-30 learned when you’ve been blessed, as we’ve all been, we’re expec...

  • June 2 primary election results

    Jun 10, 2020

    June 2 primary election results in Quay County *Indicates declared winner Republican Party President *Donald Trump - 1,245 Uncommitted - 49 U.S. senator Elisa Maria Martinez - 478 *Mark Ronchetti - 541 Gavin Clarkson - 247 U.S. representative, District 1 Harry Montoya - 350 Karen Evette Bedonie - 390 *Alexis Johnson - 437 State senator, District 7 *Pat Woods - 669 State senator, District 8 *Melissa Kay Fryzel - 382 State representative, District 67 *Jackey Chatfield - 1,148 Justice of Supreme Court, Position 1 *Ned Fuller - 1,057 Justice of...

  • Man given credit for time served

    Staff report|Jun 10, 2020

    A Tucumcari man will serve two months in the county jail with credit for time served plus 4 1/2 years of the rest of his incarceration suspended in a sexual assault case. Lamar Eugene French, 32, pleaded guilty in district court May 27 to third-degree criminal sexual penetration and pleaded no contest to misdemeanor aggravated battery and felony tampering with evidence in a plea deal. The sexual-assault count, the most serious charge, was a third-degree felony that could have led up to three years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine. According...

  • Quay students make Dean's List

    Staff report|Jun 10, 2020

    Seventeen Quay County students recently were named to the Eastern New Mexico University Dean's List for the spring 2020 semester. To be eligible for the dean's list, a student must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours with a grade-point average of 3.25 or higher. These honored students are listed by their hometowns: Tucumcari: Reagan Runyan, Nicholas Andrada, Rebecca Darrup, Angelina Arellano, Melina Encinias, Alyssa Kirsch, Kamelia Lamm, Nadia-Ranae Lujan, Brittany Pulcini, Ethan Rogers and Jose Sandoval. San Jon: Alexis Quintana and April...

  • US strengthens China through WHO defunding

    Jun 10, 2020

    “Hide our strength, bide our time,” said Deng Xiaoping, China’s former leader. Xi Jinping, China’s current president, seems to believe the opposite. Shaking off his failures that let an outbreak in Wuhan become a global coronavirus pandemic, Xi is quickening the crackdown on Hong Kong by championing a new national security law that would allow China to severely limit the freedoms of speech, press and assembly, as well as judicial independence, that were guaranteed when the United Kingdom handed Hong Kong over in 1997. The rules were part of...

  • Police work still difficult, dangerous

    Steve Hansen|Jun 10, 2020

    Four Minneapolis police officers are justifiably facing murder or aiding and abetting charges in the death of George Floyd, an African-American man who died after enduring nearly nine minutes of Officer Derek Chauvin’s knee on his neck as he lay on the ground. The protests — non-violent, destructive and even deadly — that have followed across the nation have received ample coverage in all media. Media reports also signal a new period of introspection as the nation again confronts racism and again reaches out for ways to end it. I think we are c...

  • Dems have failed to police the police

    Michael Reagan|Jun 10, 2020

    OK, protesters, we get it. You were angry, sickened and sad about the cold-blooded killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Who do you know who wasn’t? Tens of thousands of you have marched in dozens of cities demanding that Chauvin and the three cops who helped him press Floyd’s body to the street until he died be charged with murder. On Wednesday the state of Minnesota finally agreed with you. The charges against Chauvin were upgraded to second-degree murder and the other officers were charged with aiding and abe...

  • Official waiting for more data before further reopening

    Staff report|Jun 10, 2020

    Despite declaring “the curve has flattened” in coronavirus cases, New Mexico’s Human Services secretary said Friday he wouldn’t feel comfortable lifting more restrictions until he received about three weeks’ worth of data this month. David Scrase said during a webinar the decision whether to loosen restrictions on businesses and other activities in New Mexico ultimately would come from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. She amended the state’s public health order June 1 to allow dine-in eating at restaurants, higher occupancy at lodging establishme...

  • Tax board approves $15,000 in reimbursements for festival

    Ron Warnick|Jun 10, 2020

    The Tucumcari Lodgers Tax Advisory Board with some reluctance Wednesday approved $15,000 in reimbursements for costs incurred by the Rockin’ Route 66 festival that was scheduled for this month but cancelled because of coronavirus-related restrictions. The promoter of the roots-rock festival also announced during a conference call with board members he plans an internet livestream of four musical acts starting at 4:15 p.m. June 27, with the possibility it also would be shown at the Odeon Theatre in Tucumcari that day if restrictions on the v...

  • Four fire districts help battle large fire north of Mosquero

    Staff report|Jun 10, 2020

    Four rural fire districts in Quay County helped battle a massive brush fire north of Mosquero that jumped Highway 39 and burned at least 12,000 acres over the weekend. Quay County fire marshal Lucas Bugg said Monday that departments from Porter and Rural Districts 2 and 3 in the county helped battle the Farm Camp Fire west of Mosquero on Sunday. Bugg said the fire, which began Saturday evening because of a lightning strike near the San Miguel-Harding county line, was exacerbated Sunday by wind...

  • Good Samaritans aid driver following wreck

    Ron Warnick|Jun 10, 2020

    After a big truck ran off the road Friday and wrecked west of Tucumcari, nearly a dozen Good Samaritans lifted the mangled cab off the driver, gave him first aid and comfort, then cleared a path through the debris so first responders could airlift the injured man to a hospital. Quay County sheriff's deputy Clay Huffman recounted the "heart warming acts of humanity" in a post Friday evening on Facebook, which was shared more than 1,600 times and drew nearly 350 comments by Monday morning. Other...

  • Quay initial unemployment claims jump in first quarter

    Staff report|Jun 10, 2020

    Quay County saw a huge increase in initial unemployment claims during the January-to-March quarter, a reflection of the beginnings of the COVID-19 outbreak and state-mandated closures of many businesses in response to the outbreak. A recent report by New Mexico Economic Development Department showed the number of jobless claims in Quay County rose from fewer than 20 during the second quarter of fiscal year 2020 from October to December to more than 100 in the fiscal year’s quarter — an increase of more than 500% — from January to March. The r...

  • Logan cancels fireworks

    Staff report|Jun 10, 2020

    The village of Logan won’t hold its annual fireworks display or street dance on the Fourth of July because of coronavirus restrictions. Officials there are holding out hope the village still can hold its parade and watermelon crawl on that date. The Logan-Ute Lake Chamber of Commerce announced Friday on social media the annual fireworks at the lake’s Windy Point area and the street dance downtown were canceled. “This is disappointing for us as it is for all of you but hopefully next year’s 4th of July Festivities will resume,” it stated. T...

  • Police blotter - June 10

    Jun 10, 2020

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center June 1-7: Monday • 2:48 a.m.: Domestic disturbance in 2900 block of East Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari. • 6:32 a.m.: Disturbance at milepost 370, Interstate 40, Endee. • 11:35 a.m.: Vandalism in 300 block of South First Street, Tucumcari. • 11:38 a.m.: Arrest warrant in 300 block of South Third Street, Tucumcari. • 12:13 p.m.: Burglary from vehicle in 200 block of East Center Street, Tucumcari. • 12:24 p.m.: Hit-and-run accident in 200 block of West Tucumcari...

  • Jail log - June 10

    Jun 10, 2020

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from June 3 to June 8: • Kristena B. Carmichael, 20, Tucumcari, contempt of court. • Lora Cowlishan, 28, Tucumcari, battery, battery against a household member and contempt of court. • Sixto Mario Cordova, 66, Tucumcari, charge not listed. • James Gutierrez Jr., 27, Amarillo, contempt of court. • Fatima Rivas, 43, Tucumcari, contempt of court. • George Cosme, 38, Tucumcari, three counts of first-degree criminal sexual penetration. • Rogelio Ezqueda, 35, Clovis, probation violat...

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