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  • School five-year plan still has TMS on chopping block

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Jun 26, 2024

    Tucumcari Middle School remains on the chopping block as part of a proposed five-year strategic plan. However, skeptical Tucumcari Public Schools officials still are considering an option to renovate at least part of the middle school and were scheduled to present that idea to state officials as an alternative. Members of the school board last Monday heard by teleconference a final proposal for the five-year plan from Kerrianne Wolf, senior director of strategic consulting for Woolpert. The...

  • Five finalists named for MCC president

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Jun 26, 2024

    The Mesalands Community College board of trustees last Tuesday announced five finalists for president of the college, including its current interim president. The announcement came after a closed executive session of almost an hour. Allen Moss, appointed by the board as Mesalands’ temporary acting president in February 2023, was among the finalists. He previously was senior executive director of concurrent enrollment and academic outreach at Mesalands. The board appointed Moss as president after the departure of his predecessor, Gregg Busch, f...

  • Proposed sign designs for city unveiled

    Staff report|Jun 26, 2024

    Tucumcari residents and officials received their first look at a proposed wayfinding plan to help direct travelers in the city. About a dozen people at City Hall watched the presentation last Monday from Groundwork Studio of Albuquerque and Leighton Moon of Alamogordo, contractors for New Mexico MainStreet that will fund the proposal. Groundwork helped develop other signage for Santa Rosa, Raton, Lovington, Taos, Truth or Consequences, Corrales and Ruidoso. Leighton Moon designed the city's...

  • City consolidates bank reconciliations

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Jun 26, 2024

    The Tucumcari City Commission during a special meeting last Tuesday voted to consolidate its bank reconciliations so it could complete its fiscal year 2023 audit and not endanger capital outlay funds due from the state. The move came after the recommendation of Michael Steininger, a budget and finance analyst to the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration. Steininger said by videoconference that consolidating the city’s bank reconciliations “does have shortcomings.” But he said if the city’s audit for FY2023 were not complet...

  • Pages past - June 26

    Jun 26, 2024

    On this date ... 1974: A brown leather briefcase containing a grand jury’s basis for wanting to name President Richard Nixon an unindicted co-conspirator in the Watergate cover-up will be opened for the public by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. The committee voted to release 7,200 pages of impeachment evidence to the public, but the expletives deleted from the edited version of Nixon’s Watergate conservations may still stay out. The briefcase, which contains the testimony which led to the grand jury to its 19-0 vote, was driven to the com...

  • Calendar - June 26

    Jun 26, 2024

    Friday — Down at the Depot. This 6 p.m. event at the Tucumcari Historic Railroad Plaza will feature music by Bakersfield Twang, plus a variety of vendors. This is presented by Tucumcari MainStreet. July 4 — Tucumcari Fourth of July Parade. The Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce is organizing this event, set for 10 a.m. on Route 66 from Lake Street to the Tucumcari Convention Center. Entries are for floats, cars, ATVs, motorcycles, bicycles, walking groups and individuals. Entry forms are at the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Com...

  • Menus - June 26

    Jun 26, 2024

    Tucumcari Senior Center Wednesday — Chicken salad, mixed greens, wheat crackers, cherries in cobbler. Thursday — Lemon herb tilapia, tartar sauce, wild rice with mushrooms, California vegetables, coleslaw, cornbread, spiced apples. Friday — Green Chile chicken sandwich with lettuce, tomato and onion, Sun chips, peas and carrots, broccoli salad, strawberries. Monday — Chicken taco with lettuce, tomato and salsa, corn and red bell pepper, Spanish rice, fresh pear. Tuesday — Frito pie, pinto beans, vegetable medley, sliced apples. Logan Senior Ce...

  • Objection: Church is full of hypocrites

    Gordon Runyan, Religion columnist|Jun 26, 2024

    “Pastor, isn’t the church full of hypocrites?” That’s a common objection. There are people who don’t go to church at all, and they’ll tell you the reason is because of all the hypocrites. They don’t want to be like them. That’s a noble desire. But is the charge accurate? Is the church full of hypocrites? I’ve certainly known a few. That’s for sure. But they were hypocrites as they walked through the doors. The church didn’t make them that way. One consequence of freely inviting sinners to join you at church is that some of them take you up o...

  • Leftover deer licenses go on sale June 26

    Staff report|Jun 26, 2024

    A total of 630 deer licenses leftover from the 2024-2025 big-game draw will go on sale at 10 a.m. June 26 through the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish’s online license system. The first-come, first-served sale will only be open to New Mexico residents during the first 24 hours. If any licenses remain after the first 24 hours, the sale will be opened to non-residents at 10 a.m. June 27. Important note for youth hunters: Because these are draw licenses, purchasing a license will render youth hunters ineligible to purchase a youth encouragemen...

  • Quay County 4-Hers compete at district

    Staff report|Jun 26, 2024

    Quay County 4-H members traveled to Lea County to compete in the annual Southeast District Contest on June 17-19. Rebecca Madrid won a district title in the novice fashion review competition with her gathered skirt. Eight novice and junior members from Quay County spent the first two days competing in judging contests such as agronomy, horticulture, entomology, wildlife, horse and livestock judging and fashion review. On the third day, members competed in shooting sports disciplines such as air rifle, smallbore .22 rifle, and compound and recur...

  • Jail log - June 26

    Jun 26, 2024

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from June 17 to June 23: — Dvine Joshua Nubine, 25, Albuquerque, criminal trespass (unposted), concealing identity and felony contempt of court. — Joseph James Aragon, 38, Tucumcari, battery upon a household member (third offense). — Bobbie Ann Dimas, 39, Tucumcari, battery. — Bernice Eskeets, 44, Tucumcari, battery. — Timothy Lloyd Clem, 34, Wichita, Kansas, contempt of court. — Ricardo Chavez, 46, Tucumcari, adult probation sanction order. — Yoandri Farías-Vaya,...

  • State needs to face climate change head on

    Tom McDonald, Syndicated content|Jun 26, 2024

    Stifling heat, brutal winds and massive wildfires. Extreme storms, flooding and still a years-long drought. Welcome to New Mexico’s summer of 2024. Before the summer solstice even arrived, much of our state was experiencing 100-degree temperatures. Then “fire season” blew up with a pair of wildfires in the Ruidoso area, while the 2-year-old Hermit’s Peak burn scar led to flooding in Las Vegas as the Gallinas River overflowed its banks. No corner of the state is immune from what’s to come, which is probably going to be more extreme than in s...

  • NM needs more reliable partners

    Walter Rubel, Syndicated content|Jun 26, 2024

    Expectations were sky-high in 2005 when British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson inked a 20-year lease on a new spaceport that had yet to be built in southern New Mexico. The lease called for Virgin Galactic to pay $1 million a year for the first five years, with payments after that dependent on the company’s success in developing an industry for space tourism. There was no reason to believe that the venture would not be a huge success. Virgin Galactic reported that 38,000 people from 126 countries had already registered for the opportunity t...

  • Attacks on Trump only strengthen him

    Michael Reagan, Syndicated content|Jun 26, 2024

    Who do the liberal ladies of “The View” think they’re kidding? Last week Joy Behar and her ragged troop of pretend political pundits were again acting terrified by the specter of Donald Trump – aka, Adolf Hitler 2.0 – returning to power this fall. Behar, who used to be a comedian, was as serious as an insurrection. She and her Tuesday show’s special guest, none other than MSNBC’s insufferable St. Rachel Maddow, worried that if Trump is elected again he would take revenge on them and take their shows off the air. Or sic the IRS on them. Or wors...

  • City sends 200 cots for Ruidoso fire relief

    Staff report|Jun 26, 2024

    The City of Tucumcari last Tuesday sent a trailer containing 200 cots and blankets to Roswell to help Ruidoso-area residents displaced by wildfires. City manager Paula Chacon said the cots and blankets will stay in Roswell until they’re no longer needed. The cots and blankets typically are kept in storage by the Tucumcari Fire & Rescue Department. They typically are deployed for motorists stranded in Tucumcari during blizzards that close Interstate 40. Chacon said dispatching the aid trailer to evacuation stations in Roswell was a joint e...

  • State parks proposes a revamped fee schedule

    Staff report|Jun 26, 2024

    New Mexico State Parks presented a revised proposed fee schedule after receiving pushback from an earlier plan in the spring. An earlier proposal to eliminate the day-use fee of $5 per vehicle has been placed under review by the state. Also, an earlier proposal to eliminate fees for annual passes was changed. The new plan would impose substantial increases for those passes: — Annual day-use passes for New Mexico residents would be $75 (up from the current $40); — Annual day-use passes for non-residents would be $150 (up from the current $40...

  • Acclaimed singer to raise funds for Amistad gym

    Staff report|Jun 26, 2024

    Award-winning cowboy singer and songwriter R.W. Hampton will bring his music to Amistad at 7 p.m. MST July 20 to raise funds to help preserve the historic Amistad Gymnasium. The benefit is being organized by Circle The Wagons, an offshoot of the nonprofit Amistad Association, and it will take place inside the gym. While the concert is not a ticketed event, organizers hope to raise funds for the gym's repairs through donations. Hampton in 2013 was named among the "Top 50 Best Singers of Country a...

  • Little League team finishes second in district tourney

    Staff report|Jun 26, 2024

    Quay County Little League’s age 8-10 team finished an unexpected second place Sunday in the District 4 Tournament at Raton. Quay County defeated all comers in the tournament except for Taos, which notched two wins, including in the championship game. Quay County started the three-day tournament with an 18-3 victory over Mora, then conquered (Las Vegas) Robertson 13-5 in the second round. In its first tournament matchup against Taos, coach Villanueva said his team was leading 15-5 in the fourth inning, but ran out of pitchers. That enabled T...

  • Police blotter - June 26

    Jun 26, 2024

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from June 17 to June 23: June 17 — 5:12 a.m.: Disturbance in 500 block of East Aber Street, Tucumcari. — 8:33 a.m.: Accident in 2600 block of South First Street, Tucumcari. — 12:05 p.m.: Fight in 500 block of East Aber Street, Tucumcari. — 12:29 p.m.: Disturbance in 300 block of South Third Street, Tucumcari. — 3:22 p.m.: Disturbance in 500 block of East Aber Street, Tucumcari. — 4 p.m.: Theft in 200 block of West McGee Avenue, Tucumcari. — 4:05 p.m.: Found pro...

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