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Articles from the July 25, 2018 edition


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  • Loss of longtime public servant 'deeply felt'

    Thomas Garcia|Jul 25, 2018

    TUCUMCARI - Longtime resident, former educator, Marine veteran and Tucumcari Mayor pro-tem Robert Lumpkin has passed away following an extended illness at his home in Tucumcari. Lumpkin, 71, passed away on July 17, at his residence, said Bobbi Sandoval, Lumpkin's daughter. Lumpkin was serving as the District 4 City Commissioner and mayor pro-tem (2018-2022). He had also served as Mayor (2014-2016). Robert Lumpkin had served as a city commissioner since Oct. 2007, said Angelica Gray, City Clerk....

  • Water group OKs budget

    Jamie Cushman, Eastern New Mexico News|Jul 25, 2018

    TEXICO — The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority unanimously approved its final budget for fiscal year 2019 at Thursday’s meeting. ENMWUA Administrator Orlando Ortega said the authority receives funding primarily from three sources: the local communities’ membership contributions, state funding in the form of grants/loans from the Water Trust Board and federal funding in the form of grants from the Bureau of Reclamation. The ENMWUA budgeted $21,053,187 in revenues for fiscal year 2019. Members Jim Lucero and Josh Scioli were not...

  • Nuisance enforcement bothers locals

    Thomas Garcia|Jul 25, 2018

    TUCUMCARI - More than 20 residents shared their concerns and suggestions to city officials Thursday at the Del Norte Center regarding the city's nuisance ordinance. City Manager Britt Lusk and commissioner Ralph Moya officiated the town hall to give residents a forum to discuss the ordinance. "It seems as if the enforcement staff is nitpicking when it comes to the issuance of tickets for ordinance violations," said Larry Perkins, Tucumcari resident. Perkins said he had to remove mesquite from a...

  • Preservation group stops in town

    Thomas Garcia|Jul 25, 2018

    TUCUMCARI — Members of a cross country road trip to promote the addition of U.S. Route 66 as a National Historic Trail stopped Thursday in Tucumcari. An Airstream camper promoting the efforts of the National Trust for Historic Preservation was parked at the Blue Swallow Motel with members handing out information and gifts to visitors and residents. “It’s all about getting out and speaking with the people who have their own special connection to Route 66,” said Grant Stevens, NTHP member. Stevens said while they are on the road trip...

  • Breaking up best thing I ever did

    Ryn Gargulinski, Guest columnist|Jul 25, 2018

    Dear Alcohol, It's been 19 years (July 23, 1999) since we broke up. I would say our time together had been fun, but it really wasn't. Sure, we may have hit it off at first - you wooing me with the promises of what you could give me. Confidence. Euphoria. Escape. But whatever you had initially provided, you eventually took away - and then some. You also did it all with a few black eyes, broken windows and a burnt laundry hamper in the process. Past photos of our time together show you in just...

  • Jail logs - July 25

    Jul 25, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from July 17 - July 23: • Bonita Aughtman, 29, criminal trespass • Fred Chavez, 55, warrant • Joel Garcia, 22, warrant • Jade Terrell, 25, warrant • Dustin Whisenant, 34, warrant • Amanda Romero, 35, warrant • Robin Shankles, 28, probation violation • Adam Smith, 38, distribution of a controlled substance • Bobby Vandiver, 31, driving while license suspended or revoked • Johnny Dominguez, 34, battery against a household member • Kaycee Langston,...

  • Pages past - July 25

    Jul 25, 2018

    July 1967 • Royce C McCauley of Tucumcari was appointed by the Farmers Home Administration State Director Drew Cloud as a member of the three-man Quay County FHA Committee. • Mrs. Phillip Bidegain of Montoya broke a bottle of New Mexico water over the hull of the U.S. Navy's new hydrofoil gunboat, the USS Tucumcari, when it was christened in Seattle, Washington. • The 1967 officers of the annual Bell Ranch reunion saw another year in office as all were re-elected. Elected to serve during...

  • Menus - July 25

    Jul 25, 2018

    The following are the menus for the Tucumcari and Logan senior centers in Quay County for today through July 31: Senior centers Coffee, tea and milk served daily Logan Thursday: Pork burrito supreme, Spanish rice, salad with dressing, apricots Friday: Chili dog, baked potato wedges, mixed vegetables, almond cookie Monday: Hamburger, pork and beans, watermelon Tuesday: Meatloaf, au gratin potatoes, cabbage, roll, margarine, applesauce Tucumcari Thursday: Chicken strips, mashed potatoes with gravy, honey mustard, green beans, whole wheat roll,...

  • City to get grant for wastewater system improvements

    Thomas Garcia|Jul 25, 2018

    TUCUMCARI — The City of Tucumcari has been earmarked to receive more than $5 million dollars in a loan/grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be used for wastewater systems improvements. The Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development today announced the USDA is investing $267 million in 103 infrastructure projects to upgrade water and wastewater systems in rural communities. “Robust, modern infrastructure is foundational for quality of life and economic opportunity – no matter what zip code you live in,” Anne Hazlett...

  • Seemingly minor details often significant

    Leonard Lauriault|Jul 25, 2018

    I was checking my grandson’s math homework one evening last school year. For several exercises, the student was to find the incorrect number in a sequence, mark it, and write the correct number on a line at the end of the sequence. Then, they were to make up their own number sequence with an incorrect number and mark that number, again showing the correct one on a line at the end. I forgot that last part of the instructions and told my grandson he’d done the exercise incorrectly. After some discussion, including, “Don’t argue with me,...

  • Abusive airport screeners not above the law

    Los Angeles Times|Jul 25, 2018

    Most Americans are far likelier to be searched by an agent of the Transportation Security Administration than by an FBI agent. But according to a federal appeals court, if an FBI agent violates your rights you can file a lawsuit. If you’re manhandled by a TSA employee you’re out of luck. By a 2-1 vote, the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has ruled against Nadine Pellegrino, a business consultant from Boca Raton, Florida, who claimed that a search of her belongings at Philadelphia International Airport in 2006 was too...

  • Lumpkin was loyal public servant

    Steve Hansen|Jul 25, 2018

    Robert Lumpkin’s persistent Oklahoma drawl echoed in Tucumcari City Council chambers for a dozen years and in the halls of public service for many more. That voice has been silenced. Lumpkin died last week, succumbing to cancer. It wasn’t that long ago, in fact last fall, when I joined Lumpkin and others to help clean up the city’s new disc golf course, a project he championed for months before it became reality. He seemed healthy then, doing his share and more in the cleanup effort. And he was putting his time, effort and money into...

  • 4-H horseshow draws 19 from across state

    Jul 25, 2018

    Nineteen 4-Hers from across the state competed Friday and Saturday during the 56th annual 4-H Horseshow at the Quay County Rodeo Arena in Tucumcari. Class winners received $20 and a 50 pound bag of feed. Second place in each class received a 50 pound bag of feed. Prizes were provided by donations from area businesses. Results: Class 1 – Senior Trail 1. Kansas Haddock on Saint Zip 2. Jenna Marek on Zippin On Noonshine 3. Brynn Dils on A Gracious Impulse 4. Kaylee Madewell on Rock This Chic 5....

  • ENMU's Strand named to 2018 Good Works Team

    Eastern New Mexico News|Jul 25, 2018

    Eastern New Mexico News PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico redshirt junior quarterback Wyatt Strand was named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for 2018. The prestigious off-the-field college football honor is for players that are actively involved with a charitable organization or service group, while maintaining a strong academic standing. This year, Allstate and the AFCA nominated 169 NCAA football players across all divisions. The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players...