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Articles from the July 3, 2024 edition


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  • Retiring undersheriff receives medal

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Jul 3, 2024

    Recognition of retiring Quay County Undersheriff Russell Shafer was on the agenda for Thursday's county commission meeting, but he received an unexpected bonus. Sheriff Dennis Garcia also gave Shafer a medal of valor "for actions above and beyond the call of duty" during a May 14 fatal officer-involved shooting near the settlement of Quay. Shafer indicated surprise by the honor. Four deputies were dispatched to 77-year-old Aubrey Osteen's home near Quay after dispatchers received calls of him br...

  • City OKs pact with Tucumcari MainStreet

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Jul 3, 2024

    Tucumcari’s city commission approved a $60,000 contract with Tucumcari MainStreet, but not without hesitancy and additional conditions because of lingering uncertainty about city finances. After several minutes of discussion, commissioners approved the Tucumcari MainStreet contract that allocates $50,000 in Local Economic Development Act funds, plus another $10,000 in executive lodgers tax funds. The commission during a previous meeting tabled action on the pact after Mayor Mike Cherry questioned whether the city legally could use more than $...

  • Tucumcari, Logan, San Jon to host separate Independence Day events

    Staff report|Jul 3, 2024

    Tucumcari, Logan and San Jon each are organizing festivities this week to celebrate Independence Day that mostly won’t conflict with each other. On Thursday, July 4, Tucumcari will host an Independence Day parade starting at 10 a.m. The route will begin at Lake Street, go west on Route 66 and end at the Tucumcari Convention Center on the city’s west side. The Tucumcari / Quay County Chamber of Commerce is inviting those with floats, classic cars, car clubs, horse riders, motorcycles, ATVs, bicycles, walking groups of individuals to sign up on...

  • Pages past - July 3

    Jul 3, 2024

    On this date ... 1974: Area communities were preparing for the 198th birthday of the United States. The Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce was requesting donations to defray the $1,210 cost of the annual fireworks display. Tucumcari also was hosting a roping contest and a barbecue on July 4. The Tucumcari Recreation Department was sponsoring a teen dance at the recreation center on July 4 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. with the Young Raiders as the band. Logan was planning a parade, dinner, fireworks display and other activities. — Lahquanna Sto...

  • Calendar - July 3

    Jul 3, 2024

    Thursday - 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. Floats, cars, ATVs, motorcycles, bicycles, walking groups and individuals in the parade are encouraged. Entry forms are at the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce office or going online to shorter.at/WMgaG. The annual fireworks display over the Elks Lodge will be at dusk. Saturday - Red, White...

  • Menus - July 3

    Jul 3, 2024

    Tucumcari Senior Center Wednesday — Green chile chicken enchiladas with lettuce and tomato, Spanish rice, carrots, calabacitas, gelatin with mandarin oranges. Thursday — Closed for Independence Day. Friday — Pork chop, penne pasta, yellow squash with diced tomatoes, roll with margarine, tropical fruit. Monday — Chicken tenders, mashed potatoes with gravy, mixed vegetables, roll with margarine, pears. Tuesday — Beef tips, bell peppers with onions, noodles, winter blend vegetables, roll with margarine, peaches. Logan Senior Center Wednesday...

  • Latest rescue pup building herself collection in her crate

    Patti Dobson, Religion columnist|Jul 3, 2024

    Ruby, our latest rescue dog, is a hoarder. She has a kennel in the living room, a good-sized wire kennel. We set that up the evening we trapped her. We floofed blankets and I put a couple of my t-shirts in there for her. The first couple of nights, I slept in the living room, just to keep her company. She never made a peep. She loves that kennel. She can come and go as she pleases. She has blankets, toys and a giant tennis ball in there. And if we don’t watch her, she’ll have slippers, pillows, and anything else within teeth-range. She doe...

  • Style vs. substance at heart of the presidential debate

    Tom McDonald, Syndicated content|Jul 3, 2024

    Set aside for a moment Joe Biden’s haunting performance at the debate last week, there was something even more troubling that just took place. It’s not getting as much attention because we’re used to it. The debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump is an example of style versus substance. Trump won on style and Biden won, by default, on substance. Biden supporters blamed a head cold on their man’s hoarse voice and subdued manner, while Trump’s supporters declared Biden ready for the nursing home. Meanwhile, Trump used his arsenal of misinform...

  • Take time to do fireworks safely

    Walter Rubel, Syndicated content|Jul 3, 2024

    Several years ago, when I was covering state government from Santa Fe, I attended the annual briefing given to reporters prior to the upcoming wildfire season. After going over the current conditions and expectations for the coming months, the discussion turned to reporters’ safety. We were warned about the unpredictable nature of fire and the importance of following their directions at all times. At the end, they talked about worst-case scenarios. The instructor pulled out what looked like an aluminum-foil blanket and explained that when a...

  • Debate hung Joe Biden out to dry

    Michael Reagan, Syndicated content|Jul 3, 2024

    Going into Joe Biden’s debate with Donald Trump on CNN, the big question was whether Biden could last 90 minutes. We found out he couldn’t last 90 seconds. On Thursday night everyone saw what’s left of the president’s brain and body – and it was not just a disastrous political moment for Joe Biden, it was a sad one. It wasn’t just that his voice was hoarse at the start. It wasn’t because of his confused and muddled answers or his five-second freeze about 13 minutes in, which he ended by uttering the mysterious words “we beat Medicare.” It w...

  • MCC interviews two candidates

    Staff report|Jul 3, 2024

    The Mesalands Community College board of trustees met for about two hours behind closed doors on Thursday to interview two candidates for president of the college. The board took no action when open session resumed. Board Chairman Richard Primrose said after the meeting he anticipates a president will be hired during the board’s next scheduled meeting on July 16. Primrose declined to identify the two candidates interviewed Thursday, but he said he would reveal them during the board’s July 16 meeting. Primrose said before the meeting he wan...

  • Official: Eight months to restore EDC's nonprofit

    Staff report|Jul 3, 2024

    It appears the Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corp. won’t have its lapsed federal nonprofit status restored until sometime in early 2025. The EDC’s interim director, Kristine Olsen, told board members last Tuesday there is an eight-month backlog for the Internal Revenue Service to act on nonprofit requests. That would put the EDC’s federal nonprofit reinstatement in early 2025. The IRS revoked the organization’s nonprofit status in 2016 after it had failed to file the required documents since 2012. Olsen said she decided against a reins...

  • Lawsuit settlement reached over teen's death

    Staff report|Jul 3, 2024

    The City of Tucumcari and eight other defendants have settled a lawsuit involving a local teenager who died in an SUV accident in January 2023 at Five Mile Park. Tucumcari High School freshman Jayden Gloms, 15, died in the accident. His father, Steven Gloms, filed the wrongful death and negligence lawsuit in Quay County District Court about six months later. The Quay County Sun is not naming many of the defendants in the lawsuit because they identify juveniles at the crash scene. Former...

  • Infrastructure concerns dominate Sen. Lujan meeting

    Staff report|Jul 3, 2024

    Infrastructure needs and funding for a new hospital were the primary concerns from city and county officials in a discussion session last Tuesday with U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Lujan and two of his staff members at Tucumcari City Hall. City manager Paula Chacon said a developer wants to do something with the long-closed Tucumcari Truck Terminal site on the city's west side, but it will need several miles of new sewer pipe and lift stations to replace those that have gone bad from disuse. Chacon also...

  • Happy Independence Day Eve

    Leonard Lauriault, Religion columnist|Jul 3, 2024

    Last year, my Independence Day article was published in the Quay County Sun on July 5. I lamented in that article the holiday is now commonly called July 4th by those who may not be as concerned about the history and meaning of the holiday as they are about having another day off from work and doing fun things such as fireworks. I recognize that many, including myself, also call it July 4th out of convenience, but the origin still has great meaning to us. Generally, dates move backward one weekday from year to year, but because 2024 is a leap...

  • Two local FFA members attain high positions

    Staff report|Jul 3, 2024

    Two local students recently attained positions in the higher echelons of FFA. Maddie Kenyon, who will be a junior this fall at House High School, learned last week she will be an FFA in the USA reporter for the national organization. Also, MiKayla Klinger, who will be a senior at Tucumcari, was elected vice president of New Mexico FFA and president of its District II, which includes much of the northeast part of the state. Kenyon will begin training for the FFA in the USA reporter position in mid-July, after which she will submit a minimum of...

  • Melrose man dies in motorcycle crash near San Jon

    Staff report|Jul 3, 2024

    A Melrose man died during a motorcycle crash near San Jon. Dustin Vineyard, 51, was traveling south on Highway 469 near milepost 17 the afternoon of June 23. “For an unknown reason, the motorcycle left the roadway and hit a highway sign,” New Mexico State Police public information officer Silver Wilson said. “Vineyard was thrown from the motorcycle and was pronounced dead on the scene by the Office of the Medical Examiner.” Wilson said Vineyard did not wear a helmet at the time of the crash. According to dispatcher call logs, the acciden...

  • Jail log - July 3

    Jul 3, 2024

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from June 25 to June 30: — Nathan Donald Sims, 39, Tucumcari, two counts of contempt of court. — Daniel Edward Lott, 58, Tucumcari, two counts of contempt of court. — Jose David Urioste, 35, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — Timothy Lloyd Clem, 34, Wichita, Kansas, contempt of court. — Pete Eric Baca, 60, Tucumcari, assault (unlawful acts, threats or conduct). — Marc Hazelton, 44, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — Loren Neztsosie, 50, Ganado, Arizona, aggravated driving while...

  • Police blotter - July 3

    Jul 3, 2024

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from June 24 to June 30: June 24 — 5:31 a.m.: Accident at milepost 370, Interstate 40, Bard. — 6:44 a.m.: Breaking and entering in 700 block of South First Street, Tucumcari. — 9:35 a.m.: Theft in 400 block of South Second Street, Tucumcari. — 10:16 a.m.: Trespassing in 600 block of East Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari. — 11:56 a.m.: Order of protection in 700 block of Martinez Street, Logan. — 12:29 p.m.: Assault and battery in 300 block of East Miel de Lun...

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