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  • City delays action on meeting-time change

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|Jul 6, 2022

    Tucumcari City commissioners last week tabled a first reading on an ordinance that would change its regular meeting schedule for the first time in more than two decades. Commissioners voted 4-1, with Mike Cherry casting the only dissenting vote, to delay action on the measure during a special meeting June 27. Most commissioners said they want to hear more opinions from the public about the proposed change. Commissioners during earlier work sessions had discussed changing its meeting time from the current 6 p.m. twice a month on Thursdays. The...

  • Coronavirus cases in county glide to low level

    Staff report|Jul 6, 2022

    New coronavirus cases in Quay County continued to glide downward to a relatively low level. A total of seven confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported in the county last week — a decrease from 10 recorded the previous week. One week in early in June, the county saw a one-week spike of 43 cases. Save for that one outlier, Quay County’s case numbers have remained at 10 or below weekly. The total number of coronavirus cases in the county since the pandemic began in spring 2020 rose to 2,100. The breakdown of total COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Quay C...

  • Tucumcari Farmers Market opens Saturday

    Staff report|Jul 6, 2022

    The Tucumcari Farmers Market will ring the opening bell of its season at 10 a.m. Saturday at Wailes Park. The market now will meet twice a week at the east-side park at South Date Street and East Tucumcari Boulevard through mid-October — from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Market manager Sandra Groves said customers probably shouldn’t arrive late, as many vendors sell out of items within the first hour. Opening day typically draws hundreds of people. Groves said the market’s opening day will have a new twist....

  • Learning to serve through 4-H

    Leonard Lauriault, Religion columnist|Jul 6, 2022

    Quay County 4-H was well-represented at the Eastern District Contests in Alamogordo recently. Contests included a broad range of topics; see aces.nmsu.edu/4h/contests/sedistrict/index.html for more information. Our youth did well as individuals and teams, as reported in today’s Quay County Sun. I think they had a good time at the contests, as well as swimming and visiting White Sands National Park. While they were well-prepared for their contests, I suspect some (well, at least one) did less than their best in some contests for various r...

  • Ailing dog keeps living in the present

    Patti Dobson, Religion columnist|Jul 6, 2022

    Patchie, a beautiful white and black heeler, is our resident grouch. We’ve had her almost 10 years and she was probably about 2, give or take, when we found each other. Like so many past and present residents of Head Acres, she came to us through no fault of her own. She was abandoned and fending for herself on a trash pile in the fields behind the house. I found her while taking a walk in December 2013. She was a mess. Skeletal with open wounds. Fearful. Starving. Shivering. Because of her condition, we knew we had to get her as quickly as p...

  • Pages past - July 6

    Jul 6, 2022

    On this date ... 1972: Tucumcari’s Independence Day fireworks display originally scheduled for July 3 was postponed because of rain. It was rescheduled to 9:30 p.m. July 5, but the Burkett Fireworks Company of Enid, Oklahoma, began the show an hour early because of falling rain and the fear of heavier precipitation later. The show lasted about 40 minutes. • Lawrence Ingram, chairman of the Tucumcari Industrial Commission, called a special meeting to discuss the possibility of opening a market for local handicrafts in Tucumcari. An official wit...

  • Calendar - July 6

    Jul 6, 2022

    Note: Events subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. • July 29-30 — Quay County 4-H Rodeo. Events start each day at 5 p.m. at the Quay County Fairgrounds arena in Tucumcari. Concessions will be available. • July 30 — Down at the Depot. This event will feature live music, food trucks and arts and crafts booths in the Tucumcari Historic Railroad Depot near Second and Main streets. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. • Aug. 4-7 — Tucumcari Rattler Reunion. This annual event for all Rattler alumni primarily will take place at the Tucumcari C...

  • Menus - July 6

    Jul 6, 2022

    The Tucumcari Senior Center and Logan Senior Center also offer grab-and-go meals to those who qualify. Those interested should call the Tucumcari facility at 575-461-2307 or the Logan facility at 575-487-2287 for more information. Tucumcari Senior Center Wednesday — Barbecued chicken, macaroni and cheese, creamy coleslaw, dinner roll with margarine, zucchini bread, mandarin orange. Thursday — Cheeseburger, steak fries, ranch-style beans, sorbet cup. Friday — French dip sandwich, sweet potato fries, broccoli salad, chocolate chip cookie. Monday...

  • San Jon resident makes UCO's honor roll

    Staff report|Jul 6, 2022

    San Jon resident Robyn Haylea Evans was named to the Dean’s Honor Roll at the University of Central Oklahoma during the spring semester. To make the honor roll, a student must record a 3.5 grade-point average or higher for the semester and no grade lower than a B for his or her work in qualifying classes. Founded in 1890, UCO has 119 undergraduate areas of study and 80 graduate majors at its main campus in Edmond and facilities throughout the Oklahoma City area....

  • Police blotter - July 6

    Jul 6, 2022

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from June 27 to July 3: Monday — 9:13 a.m.: Property damage at milepost 327, U.S. 54, Logan. — 11:47 a.m.: Property damage in 400 block of West High Street, Tucumcari. — 12:25 p.m.: Threat in 1400 block of East Turner Avenue, Tucumcari. — 12:28 p.m.: Property damage in 1500 block of South Rock Island Street, Tucumcari. — 4:35 p.m.: Suicide attempt in 2300 block of South Second Street, Tucumcari. — 4:51 p.m.: Threat in 400 block of West Mesa Vista Avenue, Tuc...

  • Jail log - July 6

    Jul 6, 2022

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from June 29 to July 1: — Laura Duffy, 74, Woodstock, New York, contempt of court. — Frances Sena, 49, Las Vegas, felony contempt of court. — Justin L. French, 31, Tucumcari, two counts of aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, careless driving, driving the wrong way (one-way roadways) and no proof of insurance. — Eugene A. Gonzales, 57, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — Jesse Villasenor, 39, Albuquerque, embezzlement (over $250). — James Tennent, 40, Albuquerque...

  • Inequity in state system for elk license allocation

    Albuquerque Journal, Syndicated content|Jul 6, 2022

    Before she was elected governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham acknowledged the state’s system of allocating elk licenses was unfair to N.M.’s resident hunters. But instead of empowering the New Mexico State Game Commission to implement a more equitable system, Lujan Grisham has fallen back on a tired tradition of using unchecked gubernatorial power to preserve the status quo, a system that makes New Mexicans an afterthought in harvesting — and protecting — the wildlife that belongs to them. This isn’t a new criticism, nor exclusively a Lujan Gri...

  • Preparation can ease your anxiety

    Kent McManigal, Local columnist|Jul 6, 2022

    If you are worried about the next few years, I can relate. Supply chain problems, inflation, the ongoing drought, and the possibility of political violence seem like they are closing in on us. An effective way to defeat the worry is to take charge of your life. Be responsible for your own well-being. Don’t wait to be rescued. You’ll always feel worse about things you think you can’t control. So, take control and do what you can, and you’ll put your energy to better use than you would by worrying. Stock up on things you’ll need later, now, befo...

  • Need more inclusive Christianity

    Tom McDonald, Syndicated content|Jul 6, 2022

    It’s being declared often these days. There’s even a book pushing the notion in its title: “America is a Christian nation.” To which I ask: Which Christian? Which version of Christianity are we talking about, the conservative Christian nationalists or the liberal Christian internationalists? They may share the “Christian” moniker, but they are, in reality, two separate religions. In some Christian churches, there’s a civil war going on. New Mexico’s largest Christian denomination, the Catholic church, is becoming more deeply divided each da...

  • Youth rodeo team advances to world finals

    Staff report|Jul 6, 2022

    Five area children associated with Rim Rock Ranch near House recently won the Working Ranch Cowboy Association's Youth Ranch Rodeo in Colorado and will advance to the world finals in November. Rim Rock Ranch, owned by Bill Angell, is represented by team members Stoney Price, 16; Haize Price, 12; Karlee Elliott, 16; Chantzee Elliott, 14; and Maryann Estrada, 6. They competed at a WRCA Youth Ranch Rodeo in Hugo, Colorado. Stoney and Haize live at Rim Rock and are the sons of foreman Chris Price...

  • MCC board OKs student aid platform

    Staff report|Jul 6, 2022

    The Mesalands Community College board of trustees approved the college’s use of an online platform it hopes will improve enrollment, student retention and satisfaction. The board approved Mesalands President Gregg Busch’s request of authorizing the first payment of about $47,000 in a three-year deal with the Navigate student-success platform owned by EAB, which has offices in Washington, D.C.; Birmingham, Alabama; Richmond, Virginia; and Minneapolis. EAB formerly was known as Education Advisory Board, but it changed its name to EAB in 201...

  • Local 4-H archery, agronomy teams win district titles

    Staff report|Jul 6, 2022

    Quay County 4-H members recently traveled to Alamogordo to participate in three days of Southeast District competitions hosted by the Otero County 4-H Program and attended by nine counties, and two teams won titles. Novice 4-H members are 9 to 11 years old, and juniors are 12 to 13 years old. Here are the top Quay County 4-H participants: • The junior archery team won the competition, with Logan Lafferty as a second-place Individual and Brandon Gonzales finishing fourth. • The junior agr...

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