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  • Vandals rob, contaminate city pool

    Thomas Garcia|Jul 18, 2018

    The recent vandalism and theft at the Tucumcari Public Pool has prompted concern from officials about interruptions to access by the public. "If it wasn't for the dedication of the life guards and city staff the pool would not have been open on Sunday," said city pool manager Bryan Dunlap. Dunlap said unknown parties threw two bottles containing oil and other sediments over the fence into the pool sometime late Saturday night. He said the contaminants seeped out into the water and created a...

  • City manager 'excited' about challenges of job

    Steve Hansen|Jul 18, 2018

    Without the challenge, it would not be fun. That's how Tucumcari's new city manager Britt Lusk feels about his new job of managing day-to-day operations of city government. Lusk has been on the job since June 1. "I'm excited," he said. "I see lots of challenges. The city has laid some good ground work and we need to keep up the momentum and figure out solutions." Immediate challenges, he said, include getting control of the city budget, making sure the city is a "good steward" in maintaining its...

  • Street upgrades get green light

    Steve Hansen|Jul 18, 2018

    The Tucumcari City Commission Thursday approved funding for the planning and design of improvements on Second Street from downtown Tucumcari to Historic Route 66. The commission approved $45,431 in funds, of which $11,358 will be in local tax funds, to be used in 2019 and 2020 to plan and design the resurfacing of Second Street from Main Street to Route 66, Ralph Lopez, a community development project manager, told the commission. The remaining $34,073 in the package will come from the New Mexico Department of Transportation. The project will...

  • Police department gets intercom system

    QCS Staff|Jul 18, 2018

    A new intercom system has opened up the lobby of the Tucumcari Police Department to residents for evening and nighttime requests for service. “Residents will no longer have to wait outside of the building while they wait to speak to an officer, report a crime,” said David Lathrom, Police Chief. The lobby of TPD had been locked after 5 p.m., for more than three years because there was no direct way for a resident to speak to the dispatcher, said Jaime Lauders, dispatch director. Lauders said after 5 p.m. there is no one to meet with a res...

  • Jail log - July 18

    Jul 18, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from July 10 - July 16: • Daniel Pruett, 36, warrant • Norma Corral, 19, warrant • Mark Donahue, 51, warrant • Toby Apodaca, 49, warrant • Gannon Lopez, 22, warrant • Gloria Osborne, 39, warrant • Justin French, 27, warrant • Gerald Martinez, 46, battery against a household member • Anthony Ramirez, 21, warrant • Raymond Urioste, 44, warrant • Devyn Sisneros, 25, time served • Mark Deeter, 60, warrant • Danny Kirby, 49, warrant • Jesus Lopez, 36, aggravated batte...

  • Menus - July 18

    Jul 18, 2018

    The following are the menus for the Tucumcari and Logan senior centers in Quay County for today through July 25: Senior centers Coffee, tea and milk served daily Logan Thursday: Italian chicken, broccoli salad, carrots, Italian cheesy bread, white cake with frosting Friday: Red chili beef with potatoes, pinto beans, flour tortilla, chocolate chip cookie Monday: Sour cream enchiladas, Spanish rice, squash with green chile, salsa, oatmeal cookie, banana pudding Tuesday: Glazed ham, baked sweet potato, Brussels sprouts, whole wheat roll, margarine...

  • God doesn't believe in atheists

    Gordan Runyan|Jul 18, 2018

    “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) Right off the bat, the existence of God is assumed in Scripture. It’s never explained, and no arguments are ever really made to seal the deal. God just is. The Lord said in another famous place, “I am that I am.” (Exodus 3:14) The Bible never argues the way we do when we try to convince skeptics. You’ve probably heard some of these arguments, like the Argument from Design, which says that the presence of observable...

  • Pages past - July 18

    Jul 18, 2018

    July 1960 • Six Tucumcari Boy Scouts attended the National Boy Scout Jamboree in Colorado Springs. They were: John Dunn, Billy Jackson, Allan Isbell, Terry Turner, John Funk and Larry Williams. • Evans Foodway advertised a two-pound package of Campfire bacon for 98 cents, rib steaks for 59 cents a pound, three dozen eggs for one dollar and 10 pounds of sugar for 98 cents. • Nita Re Parker and Leroy Howard, Quay County 4-Hers, were awarded a trip to California from the Talent Club of the Produ...

  • Calendar - July 18

    Jul 18, 2018

    Service clubs Wednesday • Altrusa Club of Tucumcari: Noon, first and third Wednesday of each month, Pow Wow Restaurant, 801 W. Route 66. Call 575-461-1377. Support groups • Alcoholics Anonymous unity group: 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays,1704 S. Fourth St. • Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous: 7 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays 1704 S. Fourth St. To list items in the calendar, email [email protected] or call 575- 461-1952. The deadline is 10 a.m. Monday....

  • Flag exhibit move stifles free speech

    Kansas City Star|Jul 18, 2018

    Last week’s decision by University of Kansas officials to move a flag-based art exhibit was made hastily under political pressure, and it reflects a betrayal of the university’s mission to promote learning and debate. A flag spotted with black paint was first raised on the campus July 5. It was part of a months-long arts project called “Pledges of Allegiance,” an exhibition that invites people to think about their flag and their nation. It doesn’t appear that the piece initially generated serious controversy among students or faculty....

  • Strzok the Oliver North of the Dems

    Steve Hansen|Jul 18, 2018

    On Thursday, Democrats found their Oliver North. North, we of a certain age will recall, was the U.S. Army colonel who apparently masterminded the Central Intelligence Agency’s Iran-Contra affair in the 1980s. He acted on behalf of the Republican Reagan administration as he sat at the controls of this sad affair in which proceeds of shady dealings with a hostile Iraq were used to finance the Contras, a rebel band trying to oust the Communist Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua. When it was all over, North faced down a Democratic majority in C...

  • State 4-H horse show starts Friday

    Thomas Garcia|Jul 18, 2018

    The 56th annual New Mexico State 4-H Horse Show will be held on Friday and Saturday at the Quay County Rodeo arena in Tucumcari. During this time the community has supported the event with donations toward prizes, many volunteer hours and great hospitality, said Quay County Extension Office Director Brenda Bishop. Bishop said there are 20 contestants who have signed up to take part in the event. The increase is a welcome change from last year's cancellation, Bishop said, since there was no...

  • Senior 4-Hers win championships

    Jul 18, 2018

    Senior members of the Quay County 4-H won three championships at the State Conference held July 9 – July 12 in Las Cruces. In addition to the contests, the 12 senior members participated in a variety of workshops. Team results: 1. Family Consumer Science Bowl Team: Tianna Peterson, Dyson Clark, Natalie Hayes, and Bailey Montoya. • The team has qualified for Nationals in January. Peterson was second high individual, Clark third high and Hayes was fourth. 1. Meats Team: Micah Lightfoot, Kyle Hamilton, and Jonathan Clark • Hamilton was the High...

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