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Articles from the September 23, 2020 edition


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  • County preps for CARES Act disbursement

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|Sep 23, 2020

    Quay County businesses, nonprofit organizations and civic groups should know by Friday how to apply for reimbursement of their COVID-19 expenses. The county recently was authorized to receive to $372,750 from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act to cover those entities’ expenses during coronavirus pandemic. County manager Richard Primrose and other officials throughout the state watched a videoconference Wednesday hosted by the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration that clarified some details about d...

  • MCC likely to enter horse partnership

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|Sep 23, 2020

    Mesalands Community College likely will enter into a partnership with Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico to foster wild horses for adoption and use them to help bolster the college's farrier and animal science programs. Acting college president Natalie Gillard talked about the imminent pact during a regular board of trustees meeting Sept. 15. She said Mesalands had been talking about fostering wild horses for years and indicated she would present a finalized agreement to the board as...

  • Quay numbers improve, but not enough

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|Sep 23, 2020

    Quay County's coronavirus numbers improved during the first half of September, but not enough to expand in-person classes in the region's public schools this week. It was the second time the county failed to meet state benchmarks. Quay County improved from the red zone in the latter half of August to yellow this month — short of the desired green zone. To be in the green zone, the county needed its daily COVID-19 cases to drop below 8 per 100,000 people and below a 5% test-positivity rate from Sept. 2 to Sept. 15. Quay County met the c...

  • New guidelines concern Logan officials

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|Sep 23, 2020

    The superintendent and board of education for Logan Municipal Schools voiced consternation for the state’s new COVID-19 guidelines about face coverings, class sizes, random testing and climate-control air filters announced days before the start of the school year. The Public Education Department issued new school re-entry guidelines and a COVID-19 Toolkit Assurance plan Sept. 3, just before Logan was scheduled to begin school Sept. 8, said superintendent Dennis Roch at the board’s regular meeting last week. Logan schools delayed the start of th...

  • Pages past - Sept. 23

    Sep 23, 2020

    On this date ... 1970: The San Jon Future Teachers of America will host the annual Miss San Jon Pageant on Saturday in the San Jon Sportatorium. Contestants are Angie Wooten, Bobbye Thrasher, Vicki Parvin, Rayma Terry, Linda Irving, Janice Paris, Mary Ann Cordova, Mary Ann Malone and Ann Reed. Laura Fox, the reigning Miss San Jon, will crown the winner. Emceeing the event will be Norm Stratton of KICA in Clovis. • An 8-year-old girl was struck and injured by a car as she was riding a bicycle a...

  • Calendar - Sept. 23

    Sep 23, 2020

    Note: Events subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. • Saturday — Altrusa International COVID Cash Drawing. This year’s reverse raffle from 3 to 6 p.m. will be conducted via a Facebook live event at https://vimeo.com/event/314656. Tickets are $100 for the chance to take home the grand prize of $15,000. Additional cash prizes will be awarded throughout the evening. Proceeds of the event benefit Altrusa’s community service projects. More information will be available soon. To buy tickets, contact any member of Altrusa Interna...

  • Menus - Sept. 23

    Sep 23, 2020

    The Tucumcari Senior Center and Logan Senior Center remain closed to the public indefinitely but will deliver meals to those who qualify. Those interested in meal deliveries should call the Tucumcari facility at 461-2307 and the Logan facility at 487-2287 for more information. Area schools are using a hybrid model of online and/or in-person teaching. Tucumcari schools Wednesday — Breakfast: Strawberry banana yogurt, granola, red grapes, milk; Lunch: Italian wrap, celery and carrot sticks, fat-free ranch dressing, Capri Sun juice, applesauce c...

  • San Jon not charging for home games

    Staff report|Sep 23, 2020

    Mindful of COVID-19 public health regulations, San Jon Municipal Schools won’t charge admission for at least the first few home volleyball games. The district’s school board decided during its Sept. 14 meeting to use an “in-kind” donation system for all athletic events and not charge money at the gate. The New Mexico Public Education Department is discouraging the “exchange of monies” because of the pandemic. Superintendent Janet Gladu said donations would be taken in a jar or bucket. Donations would be taken near the same area where tempe...

  • Census count totals improving

    Staff report|Sep 23, 2020

    New Mexico’s count totals for the U.S. Census have improved in recent weeks, but state officials implored residents to make sure their friends, family and neighbors have been counted before the end of the month. Pamela Coleman, director of state personnel, said Thursday during a governor’s briefing that 88.6% of New Mexicans have been counted in the decennial census through Sept. 16. She said 57.1% of that total is self-reported, and another 31.5% were reported by census workers. Barely half of New Mexico residents had completed the census by...

  • Ginsburg's loss a double blow in 2020

    Bloomberg News|Sep 23, 2020

    The loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a double blow. It will be felt as a personal loss by millions of Americans, and it will stress America's politics at a moment when its fabric is already threatening to come apart. Consider this a measure of the country's current plight: What could be sadder than to fear that the death of a selfless and extraordinary public servant is more likely in the coming weeks to divide the nation than unite it? Justice Ginsburg taught many lessons over the course of her career in the law. One of the most important will...

  • More to blame than just Trump

    Steve Hansen, QCS correspondent|Sep 23, 2020

    Ross Douthat is a New York Times columnist who occasionally throws cold water onto the Times' generally red-hot liberal editorial opinions. Douthat's Sept.12 column, to me, was one of his most thoughtful and disturbing to those who, like me, tend to think President Donald Trump's response to the COVID-19 pandemic was an unprecedented, world-class disaster. After reading Douthat and probing a little more, I have to conclude that while Trump's response certainly made our COVID-19 response worse than it could have been, we should consider...

  • Fire season regular feature of California

    Michael Reagan, Syndicated columnist|Sep 23, 2020

    Lots of people in politics and the media out here in California are blaming global warming for the 26 major wildfires that have killed at least 24, burned more than 3 million acres and destroyed thousands of homes. But let’s get real. This state has been plagued by wildfires long before baby left-wingers like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez decided that they’re caused by humans heating up the planet by burning fossil fuels. I grew up in Los Angeles in the 1950s. We didn’t have as many people, cars or smokestacks in those days, but we had plenty of 11...

  • Two new coronavirus cases reported in Quay

    Staff report|Sep 23, 2020

    Two new coronavirus cases also were reported Sunday in the Tucumcari ZIP code. The latest coronavirus cases in Quay County reported were a male and a female each age 50 to 59 in the Tucumcari ZIP code, according to the DOH website. The breakdown by ZIP codes in the county is 36 cases each in Tucumcari, 33 Logan and five in San Jon. Four new cases have been reported in Quay County in four days. A total of 73 cases have been reported in the county since the pandemic began, with two deaths. The total by ZIP code is 74. David Morgan, spokesman for...

  • Self government is biblical government

    Gordan Runyan, Religion columnist|Sep 23, 2020

    “Pastor, God never instituted a particular form of government in the Bible!” Actually, he did. When God took ownership of the nation of Israel, the form of government that appeared in his law was radically minimal. In fact, it was founded upon individual self-government, in accordance with divine, moral instruction. When that self-government failed, causing actual monetary or physical damage to a neighbor, then there was a system of appeals courts that could hear cases and pronounce ver...

  • Free drive-through flu shots to be offered

    Staff report|Sep 23, 2020

    Free drive-through flu shots will be offered the morning of Oct. 3 in Tucumcari and Logan. The Tucumcari drive-through immunization clinic will be from 8 a.m. to noon at the Quay County fairgrounds at 2000 Camino de Coronado Road. Participants should enter through the west gate and will exit through the north gate near the Tucumcari Convention Center. The Logan drive-through clinic will be from 8 a.m. to noon at PMG Family Medicine at 600 Gallegos St. Presbyterian Health Services, which is administering the shots, said participants should plan...

  • Bookmobiles back on road

    Staff report|Sep 23, 2020

    New Mexico State Library’s three bookmobiles, based in Tucumcari, Los Lunas and Cimarron, are back on the road with limited services. The bookmobiles will support the 2020 Census count efforts as well as provide pickup and drop off services for books ordered online or over the phone. Following COVID-safe practices, patrons will be unable to browse inside the bookmobiles for the time being, but bookmobile staff will prepare bags of books for no-contact drop-offs at select bookmobile stops. Routes will be limited until it is safe to travel to a...

  • Partnership formed to protect seniors at nursing homes

    Staff report|Sep 23, 2020

    The state of New Mexico has created a new partnership between the state’s attorney general, auditor and ombudsman to protect seniors and specialized-care individuals at nursing homes and long-term care facilities from poor or abusive treatment. The ombudsman also would partner with the Department of Health and Adult Protective Services to review data and elevate complaints to executive departments that have the power to investigate, issue civil penalties and prosecute if needed. The creation of the partnership follows a request by Gov. M...

  • Camping, practices will be permitted

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|Sep 23, 2020

    Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced during a Thursday health briefing that overnight camping would be allowed for New Mexico residents in state parks starting Oct. 1 and that youth sports practices in groups of 10 athletes or fewer would be permitted. Lujan Grisham unveiled the new guidelines to the public health order that would remain in effect until mid-October. They are: • Youth sports conditioning and skills development, with no more than 10 people in any one group, in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices, will be permitted. Competitive...

  • Former daycare owners granted release pending case appeal

    Kevin Wilson, Editor|Sep 23, 2020

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court, in a 3-1 decision, ordered two former Portales daycare owners be granted release from prison pending an appeal on their 2019 convictions. Sandi and Mary Taylor, former owners of the Taylor Tots Daycare, were sentenced to 30 and 36 years, respectively, for reckless child abuse. The charges were in connection to the death of 22-month-old Maliyah Jones and injuries to then 2-year-old Aubri Loya. Prosecutors believe the two girls were left in a hot car for about 2 hours, 40 minutes while under the care of t...

  • Jail log - Sept. 23

    Sep 23, 2020

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from Sept. 14 to Sept. 21: • Ignacio George Armijo Jr., 61, Tucumcari, public nuisance. • Christopher Allen Clark, 37, Tucumcari, aggravated battery against a household member (third offense) and battery against a household member. • David Manning Jr., 59, McDonough, Georgia, driving under the influence of drugs (first offense), speeding (16 to 20 mph over) and child not properly restrained. • Frankie Martinez, 23, Tucumcari, two counts of contempt of court. • Axel Zamarron,...

  • Police blotter - Sept. 23

    Sep 23, 2020

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from Sept. 14 to Sept. 20: Monday • 6:02 a.m.: Recovered property in 10100 block of Highway 104, Tucumcari. • 10:31 a.m.: Burglary in 100 block of U.S. 54, Logan. • 10:46 a.m.: Found property in 2400 block of South First Street, Tucumcari. • 12:24 p.m.: Unattended death in 800 block of West Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari. • 3:34 p.m.: Found property in 400 block of West Mesa Vista Avenue, Tucumcari. • 3:44 p.m.: Arrest warrant in 100 block of West Main Street...

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