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Articles from the October 16, 2019 edition


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  • County looks ahead to road study

    Ron Warnick|Oct 16, 2019

    The Quay County board of commissioners on Monday unanimously approved a motion to a place a resolution on a future meeting agenda to give $10,000 to help pay for an engineering study for a proposed 2-mile road from Mine Canyon Road to U.S. 54 south of Logan. The donation would be contingent on the Village of Logan also giving $10,000 to help cover the study during a village board meeting next week. The total cost of the study would be $45,000. The county recently received a $25,000 state grant to help cover part of the cost. County attorney...

  • Improvements on way

    Steve Hansen|Oct 16, 2019

    The way has been paved for the Tucumcari Senior Citizens Center to receive long-awaited improvements to its kitchen, electrical system, service entrance and driveway. The Tucumcari City Commission on Thursday officially accepted a $207,800 grant from the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department in a unanimous vote. Those improvements include a new enclosure for the senior center’s walk-in freezer, a new waterproof floor for the kitchen, replacement of cabinets, adjustments to convert a back room into a pantry, electrical system i...

  • Paranormal experience

    Ron Warnick|Oct 16, 2019

    Several paying guests and members of a paranormal team experienced something peculiar during their visits Saturday night at the Tucumcari Historical Museum. Whether it was a ghost probably never will be known. Regardless, the event wound up being a successful and fun - when they weren't creeped out - fundraiser to restore the museum's retired F-100 fighter jet. About 40 people paid to spend four hours at the night-darkened museum, formerly Tucumcari's Central School, while eight members of the...

  • Yesway to acquire Allsup's

    Kevin Wilson|Oct 16, 2019

    CLOVIS — After months of rumors, Allsup’s Convenience Stores Inc. told its employees Oct. 8 an equity firm that operates Iowa-based convenience store chain Yesway is acquiring it. The deal for 304 locations, announced via a Yesway news release that morning, is subject to regulatory approval and closing conditions. Allsup’s has stores in Tucumcari and Logan in Quay County, while Yesway operates a store in San Jon it acquired in September 2018. “We are very excited to have selected Yesway as the acquirer of our company and the future custodi...

  • Jail log - Oct. 16

    Oct 16, 2019

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from Oct. 8 to Oct. 12: • Paul James Mead, 50, Tucumcari, driving under the influence of liquor (impaired; first offense) and careless driving. • Elena Apodaca, 20, Amarillo,, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, aggravated battery (no great bodily harm) and criminal trespass (unposted). • Christopher Jacob Cordova, 19, Tucumcari, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer during an arrest and tampering with evide...

  • Calendar - Oct. 16

    Oct 16, 2019

    • Wednesday — New Mexico MainStreet Leadership Network Meeting. The meeting from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. will focus on Economic Vitality — the “Roadmap to Revitalization” of the Main Street Four-Point Approach. You will learn tricks and tips for creating a supportive environment for entrepreneurs and innovators that drive local economies. Tucumcari MainStreet, 100 W. Railroad Ave., Tucumcari. • Thursday — “Almost Ghosts” screening. See a 7 p.m. screening of “Almost Ghosts,” a documentary from Spain that explores near-ghost towns of Route 66. Th...

  • Menus - Oct. 16

    Oct 16, 2019

    Tucumcari schools Wednesday — Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with ham and 6-inch whole-grain tortilla, jalapeno fire-roasted salsa, fruit, juice, milk; Lunch: Teriyaki chicken with brown rice, egg and cheese chef salad with whole-grain crackers, steamed broccoli, baby carrots, fruit, milk. Thursday — Breakfast: Pancake sausage on a stick, ultimate breakfast round, fruit, juice, milk; Lunch: Cheeseburger, French fries, romaine lettuce, fresh tomato slice, pickle slices, fruit, milk. Monday — Breakfast: French toast sticks with maple syrup, granola wi...

  • Pages past - Oct. 16

    Oct 16, 2019

    25: The Future Homemakers of America recently held its District IX Convention at San Jon High School. A total of 160 members and advisers from Tucumcari, San Jon, Logan, Grady, Fort Sumner, Melrose and Santa Rosa attended. These officers were elected: president, Judy Martinez of Tucumcari; vice president, Bobby Thrasher, San Jon; treasurer, Debby Widner, Melrose; secretary, Lydia Lopez, Santa Rosa; reporter, Wanda Horton, Tucumcari junior high; historian, Lavonda Nutt, Fort Sumner; parliamentarian, Vickie Helker, Grady; and vice president of...

  • Pecan production forecast high

    Staff report|Oct 16, 2019

    Pecan production in New Mexico is forecast at a record-high 97 million pounds, a 6% increase from 2018. The forecast was included in the October 2019 Crop Production Report released by the United States Department of Agriculture-National Agricultural Statistics Service last week. Georgia’s forecast is second in the nation at 76 million pounds, followed by Texas at 47 million pounds. New Mexico produced 91.1 million pounds of pecans in 2018. It would be the second straight year New Mexico surpassed Georgia in pecan production. Pecan p...

  • Lake proposal met with skepticism

    Ron Warnick|Oct 16, 2019

    The state wants to partner with Ducks Unlimited to refill Tucumcari Lake with water and revitalize it as a refuge for ducks and other wildlife. However, a couple of officials with the Arch Hurley Conservation District voiced skepticism about the idea. The Arch Hurley board of directors during its Oct. 8 meeting discussed a letter from Alan Hamilton of the Rio Grande Return conservation group that proposes putting Arch Hurley’s reclamation irrigation water into Tucumcari Lake. Ducks Unlimited, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the p...

  • Crews begin work on Mountain Road

    Staff report|Oct 16, 2019

    Crews began Monday the reconstruction of the right line of Interstate 40’s westbound off-ramp at Tucumcari’s Mountain Road in a project that will last through mid- to late November. Crews are reconstructing the right lane off the off-ramp at U.S. 54, also known as Mountain Road. During the work, traffic will be shifted to the left side of the off-ramp. The work is part of an overall project to reconstruct about one mile of Mountain Road from I-40 to Tucumcari Boulevard. The project will last through at least winter 2020. Motorists should exp...

  • Lady Longhorns victorious over Grady/San Jon

    Ron Warnick|Oct 16, 2019

    LOGAN - The Lady Longhorns volleyball team kept its hopes alive for a regular-season district title with 25-12, 25-11, 25-12 victory Thursday over Grady/San Jon. Meanwhile, the visiting Lady Bronchos saw their chances for a district crown dim markedly with their second straight league loss. Grady/San Jon fell to 6-8 overall, 0-2 in the district. Both are chasing No. 1-ranked Melrose, who improved to 13-0 overall and 4-0 in district play by week's end. Logan, ranked No. 2 in Class 1A by...

  • Mesalands out in cold

    Ron Warnick|Oct 16, 2019

    The host team was left out in the cold for championship buckles during the 12th annual Mesalands Community College Grand Canyon Region Intercollegiate Rodeo. Several athletes with the host Stampede squad finished runner-up overall Saturday night at the Quay County Fairgrounds arena. Among those Mesalands athletes finishing second were Bonner Voss in the saddle bronc riding, Jesse Hay in bareback bronc riding and Wyatt Wells in bull riding. AJ Kee finished third in the bareback and Vinell...

  • Logan defeats Mesilla Valley

    Staff report|Oct 16, 2019

    A visiting Logan squad manhandled Mesilla Valley 50-0 in an eight-man football game that ended at halftime Friday because of the mercy rule. The Longhorns led 20-0 after the first quarter. Logan, ranked fifth in the state, improved to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in District 3. The SonBlazers, who have scored only three touchdowns all season, fell to 0-7, 0-3. Logan travels to Tatum (6-1) at 7 p.m. Friday. Tatum, a 50-0 winner over Gateway Christian on Friday, defeated previously unbeaten Melrose 32-14 on Oct. 4 to seize first place in the district...

  • Encinias top runner for Tucumcari

    Staff report|Oct 16, 2019

    Erin Encinias was the top runner for Tucumcari's cross-country teams during Saturday's Pecos Valley Invitational at Roswell in their regular-season finale. Encinias finished 16th in the girls race with a time of 19 minutes, 11 seconds over what coach Gary Hittson described as a “very fast” 3-mile course. “The teams ran their fastest times of the year,” Hittson said. Other Lady Rattlers at the meet were Ashley Shipley (43rd, 22:12), Lizet Castillo (45th, 22:19) and Leslie Navarette (59th, 24:22). The top boys finisher for Tucumcari was Manny H...

  • Stay focused on God's word

    Leonard Lauriault|Oct 16, 2019

    Oct. 12 historically was celebrated as Columbus Day in most of the USA because on that date in 1492, Christopher Columbus landed on one of the Bahama Islands. This event’s celebration was made a Monday holiday, like many others, being celebrated this past Monday. I see several points of interest about Columbus and the day celebrating his “discovery” of America. First, the Vikings were in the Western Hemisphere centuries before Columbus, but they didn’t colonize it like the more southern Europeans who followed Columbus. Besides that, those w...

  • Police blotter - Oct. 16

    Oct 16, 2019

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from Oct. 7 to Oct. 13: Monday • 12:20 a.m.: Disturbance at North Sixth Street and Turner Avenue, Tucumcari. • 12:43 a.m.: Noise complaint in 800 block of West Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari. • 12:45 a.m.: Hit-and-run with property damage in 2000 block of South Mountain Road, Tucumcari. • 12:53 a.m.: Harassment in 1100 block of South First Street, Tucumcari. • 4:14 a.m.: Harassment in 1100 block of South First Street, Tucumcari. • 9:13 a.m.: Unattended...

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