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Articles from the July 12, 2023 edition


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  • Manager: State assures disaster declaration for county

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|Jul 12, 2023

    Quay County’s manager said Monday that state officials have assured him the county would qualify for a state disaster declaration due to May’s flood damage to numerous roads, including the destruction of a multimillion-dollar bridge. However, county manager Daniel Zamora told county commissioners that he and state officials remain hopeful the county instead would qualify for a federal disaster declaration. A federal declaration would reduce the county’s cost share from 25% to 12.5%. The county has until July 25 to submit damage claims to the s...

  • Officials: COVID-19 diminished but not gone

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Jul 12, 2023

    It has been over three years since COVID-19 shut down the world, and Quay and Roosevelt County health officials believe while COVID isn’t necessarily gone, positive cases in the area have gone down significantly. “There continue to be cases across the country and in the Clovis area,” said Jason Mitchell, chief medical and clinical transformation officer with Presbyterian Health Services. “We are seeing very few COVID-19 patients hospitalized at this time.” Mitchell said, however, hospital staff are anticipating an increase in cases this fall...

  • County joins lawsuit against unexpected health bill

    Staff report|Jul 12, 2023

    The Quay County Commission is among 24 counties suing a member of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration, accusing the state of illegally billing them hefty amounts to cover a deficit in a state health benefits fund. The petition for declaratory judgment was filed on June 30 in the 7th Judicial District Court in Socorro County. Attorneys for the New Mexico Association of Counties filed the 29-page lawsuit on the counties’ behalf. The defendant is Robert Doucette Jr., who is Cabinet secretary of New Mexico’s General Services Depar...

  • Pages past - July 12

    Jul 12, 2023

    On this date ... 1973: Dessie Leach was stabbed to death during a robbery of the State Line Bar that she and her husband Kenneth operated along old Route 66 in the Texas border town of Glenrio, New Mexico. John Wayne Lee, 31, of Tennessee later was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery and murder by officers in Vega, Texas. He was jailed on $50,000 bond. Leach, 58, was alone during the robbery and attack. Lee later was convicted of murder, and the bar closed not long after the killing. The bar building later housed the village’s post o...

  • Calendar - July 12

    Jul 12, 2023

    • Friday — Down at the Depot. Bring your lawn chairs and join Tucumcari MainStreet for live music, food, shopping and family fun at these monthly summer events. National Park Radio is making a return appearance in Tucumcari to perform its music. The event will salute the area’s first responders. • July 28-29 — Quay County Rodeo. 4-H youth from all over the county will test their rodeo skills at the Quay County Fairgrounds rodeo arena in Tucumcari. • Aug. 3-6 — Rattler Reunion. The annual gathering of Tucumcari High School alumni will include...

  • Menus - July 12

    Jul 12, 2023

    Tucumcari Senior Center Wednesday — Barbecued pulled pork, baked beans, spring vegetable saute, biscuit, sweet dark cherries with Cool Whip. Thursday — Philly cheesesteak sandwich, french fries, tossed salad with dressing, cantaloupe and grapes. Friday — Grilled chicken, cranberry apple salad, crackers, strawberry ice cream. Monday — Chicken stir fry, brown rice, chow mien noodles, mandarin oranges. Tuesday — Shepherd’s pie, carrot raisin salad, whole-wheat roll with margarine, oatmeal raisin cookie. Logan Senior Center Wednesday — Pulled po...

  • Purity culture opposes the Gospel

    Gordon Runyan, Religion columnist|Jul 12, 2023

    Within American Christianity, we’ve seen the rise of “purity culture” in the last generation. At the heart of this movement are the best intentions. The goal was to keep our children from the devastation that results from sexual sin, including unwanted pregnancy and disease. Purity culture places a lot of emphasis on sexual abstinence until marriage. As a father who raised daughters, I did the same. One of my goals for them was to make sure they didn’t fall prey to charming scoundrels. Y’know, young men who are just like I was. Purity cu...

  • Two Tucumcari STEM team members honored

    Staff report|Jul 12, 2023

    Two members of the Tucumcari High School STEM team recently received awards for excellence in their field. Aaron Chand was one of just two high-school students who earned a New Mexico Excellence in STEM Award during a ceremony last month at Q Station in Albuquerque. Also, Sariah Mardo was a central and northern New Mexico winner for the National Center for Women & Information Technology's Aspirations in Computing Award. The annual New Mexico Excellence in STEM Awards laud students, teaches and v...

  • Publisher's journal: How's the weather out there? Trivial

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Jul 12, 2023

    Did you know the region’s average high temperature was 95.3 degrees from June 18 through June 30? We exceeded 100 degrees twice in that spell, and hit 90 degrees or more on 12 consecutive days. Those are the numbers recorded at the Agricultural Science Center north of Clovis anyway. Halfway through our weather year, here’s a quiz: What’s the hottest temperature recorded this year at the Clovis ag center? a. 108 b. 103 c. 100 How many times has the temperature reached 100 degrees or more this year at the Tucumcari ag center? a. 3 b. 4 c. 6 Wha...

  • Opinion: Moms for Liberty not aberration

    Elwood Watson, Syndicated content|Jul 12, 2023

    Last month, an Indiana chapter of Moms for Liberty, a nonprofit organization that advocates for “parental rights” in education, ended up apologizing and condemning Adolf Hitler after previously using a quote from the racist and anti-Semitic Nazi leader in its newsletter. “We condemn Adolf Hitler’s actions and his dark place in human history,” read a statement from chapter chair Paige Miller on the cover of the revised newsletter. “We should not have quoted him in our newsletter and express our deepest apology.” The group was recently labe...

  • Opinion: Lawmakers should travel overseas more

    Michael Reagan, Syndicated content|Jul 12, 2023

    What a welcome home. A topless trans person proudly flashing a party on the White House lawn. A mysterious bag of cocaine turning up in the West Wing. A news report saying that Hunter Biden was being investigated by the Justice Department for violating the Mann Act by transporting prostitutes across state lines – and being investigated by the IRS for writing off the costs on his taxes. Thanks to my wife’s job as a travel agent, I missed these latest national embarrassments by spending most of the last two weeks in sunny Egypt. Instead of wat...

  • Back-to-school immunization clinics go through Aug. 31

    Staff report|Jul 12, 2023

    The annual “Got Shots?” immunization campaign is back to help parents get children ready for school. Participating clinics and medical practices will provide no-cost, back-to-school immunizations through Aug. 31 for all children age 18 and younger regardless of whether they have insurance. “I can’t say enough how successful vaccines have been over decades in greatly reducing once-devastating diseases in the U.S.,” New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Patrick Allen said in a news release last week. “The ‘Got Shots?’ campaign provid...

  • Clovis mayor lambasts no-show commissioner

    Grant McGee, The Staff of The News|Jul 12, 2023

    CLOVIS — Clovis Mayor Mike Morris on Thursday again called on City Commissioner David Bryant to resign amid allegations he failed to attend a training session the city paid for him to attend. Morris first made the allegation public on June 23 and promised to bring it up again the next time commissioners met, which was Thursday. Morris claims Bryant engaged in a “misuse of public funds” since he stayed in a hotel at city expense where the training was held. Bryant was absent from Thursday’s meeting. He offered no explanation for his absence...

  • Motel Safari, Odeon Theatre go on market

    Staff report|Jul 12, 2023

    Two historic businesses in Tucumcari recently went on the market within a week of each other. The owner of the Motel Safari announced on social he soon would list his property after six years of running the Route 66 landmark. Meanwhile, the owners of the Odeon Theatre in downtown said they were advertising the venue being for sale. Both properties will continue to operate while they're on the market. Larry Smith, owner of the Motel Safari at 722 E. Tucumcari Blvd., purchased the property from...

  • Court issues order in gerrymandering case

    the Staff of The News|Jul 12, 2023

    The New Mexico Supreme Court on Wednesday issued an order providing guidance to the 5th Judicial District Court for resolving a partisan gerrymandering claim in a legal challenge to the state’s congressional district map. According to Barry Massey, public information officer with the state Administrative Office of the Courts, the court also issued a writ of superintending control that directed the district court to proceed in the redistricting litigation in accordance with Wednesday’s order. The state Supreme Court also gave the 5th Jud...

  • Police blotter - July 12

    Jul 12, 2023

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from July 2 to July 9: July 2 — 1:17 a.m.: Domestic disturbance in 400 block of Cheyenne Road, Logan. — 2:54 a.m.: Disturbance in 3700 block of East Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari. — 12:24 p.m.: Missing person reported at Ute Lake State Park Marina, Logan. — 12:32 p.m.: Breaking and entering in 500 block of South First Street, Tucumcari. — 12:56 p.m.: Found property in 200 block of East Estrella Avenue, Tucumcari. — 8:55 p.m.: Arrest warrant in 200 block of Ea...

  • Jail log - July 12

    Jul 12, 2023

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from July 2 to July 8: — Kimberly M. Romero, 37, no address listed, battery on a household member (fourth or subsequent offense). — James H. Taylor, 53, no address listed, contempt of court. — Federico Perez, 66, Tucumcari, driving while license suspended or revoked and careless driving (careless, inattentive or imprudent). — Adrianna M. Apodaca, 32, Logan, contempt of court. — Miles Robbins, 38, Friona, Texas, aggravated battery against a household member (no great bodily ha...

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