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  • Case made for San Jon new school

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Oct 18, 2023

    SAN JON - About 50 residents attended a public forum last week to discuss a proposed bond issue that would lead to a $22 million state grant to build a new school and replace a deteriorating facility. San Jon Municipal Schools seeks an additional $250,000 in general-obligation bond debt in the Nov. 7 election. If voters approve it, the district would qualify for a match waiver and a $22 million grant from the New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority to build a new school. After a free lasag...

  • City gets nearly $400K to hire more cops

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Oct 18, 2023

    Tucumcari city commissioners on Thursday accepted a $393,750 state grant to hire more police officers, though the mayor and police chief expressed a mild difference of opinion on how it should be spent. The city received the money from the state’s Law Enforcement Recruitment Fund, which funds 100% of new officers’ salaries in the first year, 50% in the second year and 25% in the third year. It is part of a $58 million statewide initiative to help police departments hire more personnel. During a work session Thursday, Police Chief Patti Lop...

  • 'Great strides' made in talks over bridge

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Oct 18, 2023

    SAN JON — Quay County’s manager told the San Jon Municipal Schools board last week that “great strides” had been made between the contractor and architect on insurance talks regarding a washed-out bridge. Flash flooding in late May destroyed a $4 million low water bridge on Old Route 66 just days from completion. The contractor, Vital Consulting Group, claims its contract from architect Stantec Engineering did not require builder’s insurance. Stantec disputes that. The 1931 bridge still stood after the flood, but county manager Daniel Za...

  • Logan moves graduation date to June 15

    Staff report|Oct 18, 2023

    Citing concerns about insurance coverage and accountability during a senior trip to Alaska in June, the Logan Municipal Schools board voted unanimously last week to move the graduation ceremony from Memorial Day weekend to June 15. The board during its September meeting approved the June 5-12 senior class trip, though superintendent Dennis Roch noted the student handbook requires such trips be taken before graduation. The board had voted to waive that requirement. During the Oct. 9 meeting, Roch recommended moving the graduation date for...

  • Bible teaches peace is better

    Gordon Runyan, Religion columnist|Oct 18, 2023

    Do humans have an inherent right to self-defense, including the use of violence? What about Christ’s consistent ethic of non-violent resistance toward evil? The Bible mostly assumes that people have the right to defend themselves. There are places, though, where this right becomes plain and is dealt with openly. At the beginning of the Bible, God pronounces a death-penalty on murderers. Since humans are made in his image, to commit murder is to strike out at God and is rewarded with death. It would seem logical that, if human life is worth t...

  • Menus - Oct. 18

    Oct 18, 2023

    Tucumcari schools Wednesday — Breakfast; Sausage, egg and cheese burrito, blueberry and yogurt parfait, assorted cereal, graham crackers, fresh pineapple, apple juice, orange juice, 1%, skim, chocolate skim or strawberry skim milk; Lunch: Teriyaki chicken, brown rice, chef salad, Italian wrap, steamed broccoli, fresh baby carrots, buttermilk ranch dressing, mandarin oranges, 1%, skim, chocolate skim or strawberry skim milk. Thursday — Breakfast: Pork sausage biscuit sandwich, cherry frugal, assorted cereal, graham crackers, fruit cocktail, app...

  • Calendar - Oct. 18

    Oct 18, 2023

    • Friday — “The Hauntings of Alex Street: A History Alive Tour.” The $20 tickets for this walking tour at 6 p.m. at the Tucumcari Railroad Museum includes a snack and a ticket for a screening of “Killers of the Flower Moon” at the Odeon Theatre. Alex Street, a former Quay County sheriff and a founding father of Tucumcari, was a key investigator in the Osage murders in Oklahoma. For more, go to tucumcarimainstreet.org/walks. • Saturday — Altrusa International of Tucumcari’s Boo Bash Cash Party. This event will include a costume contest,...

  • Publisher's journal: Baseball friends best part of game

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Oct 18, 2023

    I remember the first time I met Jerry Seidenwurm. He told me the saddest baseball story I think I’ve ever heard. Jerry was maybe 10 years old, growing up a Giants fan in New York in the mid-1950s. His dad was drinking buddies with Giants Owner Horace Stoneham. When Jerry learned that his dad knew Stoneham, he made it his mission to speak with the team boss so he could ask him about a dream held by every baseball-obsessed young man: Could he be a batboy for the Giants? Stoneham sized him up and asked if he were serious, because a batboy had a l...

  • US racial situation in state of crisis

    Elwood Watson, Syndicated content|Oct 18, 2023

    More than a century ago in 1900, Black intellectual extraordinaire W.E.B. Du Bois stated the problem of the 20th century would be the problem of the color line. He was right on target. This prophetic message remains relevant today in the 21st century. If the past several years have taught us anything, it is as a country we’re in a perpetual state of crisis when it comes to the racial situation plaguing our nation. A Pew Research Center poll conducted in August asked more than 5,000 adults their views on the state of race relations in A...

  • Need to heal poisoning of youth

    Michael Reagan, Syndicated content|Oct 18, 2023

    It turns out that some of our smartest college kids aren’t just stupid about things like microaggressions and gender pronouns. The reaction on many campuses to the slaughter of innocent Israelis by Hamas terrorists showed that many students are just as a stupid about Israel and the rest of the world. It was shocking – and sad – to see American college students marching around, openly rooting for Palestine and celebrating Hamas’ “victory” over Israel. It proved how deeply and dangerously our country’s higher education system has been poisoned by...

  • Rattlers' comeback against Huskies falls short

    Staff report|Oct 18, 2023

    Tucumcari’s inability to convert a two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference during a 22-20 district loss Saturday afternoon against Hope Christian at Nusenda Community Stadium in Albuquerque. Daymion Urioste scored two touchdowns — including a 99-yard pass reception — and totaled more than 200 yards of offense in a losing cause for Tucumcari. Kamren Apodaca also scored a rushing TD. The Rattlers fell to 3-4 overall and 1-1 in district play. The loss hurts Tucumcari’s chances of qualifying for the Class 3A play...

  • No. 1 Buffs trample Longhorns

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Oct 18, 2023

    LOGAN - The Buffs were just too tough. No. 1-ranked Melrose, scoring three touchdowns on its first five plays from the line of scrimmage, rolled to a 54-0 district victory over Logan during the Longhorns' Homecoming game in eight-man football action Friday night. The game ended midway through the third quarter due to the mercy rule. The Buffaloes (8-1, 3-0) came into the game known as a running team. But second-year coach Drew Hatley added a wrinkle by opening his squad's passing game. Melrose r...

  • Lady Rattlers run winning streak to seven

    Staff report|Oct 18, 2023

    Even without two starting players, Tucumcari's volleyball team took care of visiting non-district foe Clayton by a 25-18, 25-16, 25-14 score on Saturday. The Lady Rattlers (13-4), winners of seven in a row, dominated offensively, totaling 35 kills to Clayton's 10. Tucumcari also served 11 aces to Clayton's three. Haisley Huffman led Tucumcari with nine kills, and Kirksey Smith added seven kills and two service aces. July Lafferty totaled six kills, and Cambree Benavidez made five kills and four...

  • Two Mesalands athletes win titles at rodeos

    Staff report|Oct 18, 2023

    Two Mesalands Community College athletes captured titles during two Grand Canyon Region intercollegiate rodeos Friday and Saturday at the Quay County Fairgrounds arena in Tucumcari. The Stampede's Brady Schlesinger of Alberta, Canada, earned a 59 score on Friday and a 65 on Saturday during the bareback bronc riding competition to win the top-average title. In the bullriding competition on Saturday, Mesalands athlete Tyler Villarreal of North Dakota was the only entrant to log a successful ride,...

  • THS runner finishes 6th at Roswell meet

    Staff report|Oct 18, 2023

    Tucumcari’s Alex Bueno De La O finished sixth overall in the varsity boys race at the five-team Pecos Valley Invitational cross-country meet Saturday at Roswell High School. The junior finished the 5,000-meter course in a time of 19 minutes, 44 seconds, just a second behind New Mexico Military Institute rival Jacob Hayes. Other Tucumcari boys runners were Brayan Carreon Reyes (21st, 22:20), Julian Flores (22nd, 22:31), JT Turpin (24th, 23:23) and Paxton Smith (30th, 24:58). Rylan Sarracino of Roswell won the race in 18:05, beating runner-up G...

  • Irrigation district votes to not allocate water

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Oct 18, 2023

    The Arch Hurley Conservancy District board of trustees last week voted not to allocate water, which means local farmers and ranchers likely won’t receive any more until at least spring due to freezing weather fast approaching. Board member Larry Perkins said he’d received a few calls requesting more water, “but not enough to allocate more.” Board President Robert Lopez said by shutting off the canals now, he said farmers would be more likely to receive “a nice charge” of water in the spring. The board in July allocated 3 inches of water per a...

  • Man accused of sex acts with underage girl

    Staff report|Oct 18, 2023

    A Colorado man was arrested Thursday in Quay County on felony counts of criminal sex acts with a child that allegedly occurred in Logan and Clovis several years ago. Isaac F. Bibbs, 38, of Merino, Colorado, was charged with five counts of first-degree felony criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13 years old. The complaint gives prosecutors the option of charging him five counts third-degree criminal sexual contact with a child under 13 years old. The first-degree felony counts could lead up to a maximum sentence of life in prison, plus...

  • Jail log - Oct. 18

    Oct 18, 2023

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from Oct. 10 to Oct. 14: — Eric John Lopez, 25, Tucumcari, charge not listed. — Jacob Martinez, 30, address not listed, charge not listed. — Maria Chavez, 27, Shallowater, Texas, battery. — Earl D. Mondragon, 32, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — Joey J. Trujillo, 40, Tucumcari, probation violation. — Johnathan James Martinez, 30, Tucumcari, — Isaac Bibbs, 38, Merino, Colorado, six counts of criminal sexual penetration in the first degree (child under 13). — Teresa Childers...

  • Pages past - Oct. 18

    Oct 18, 2023

    On this date ... 1973: State Sen. Gladys Hansen of Dona Ana County and New Mexico Secretary of State Ernestine Evans were honored during a Quay County Democratic Women’s dinner at Del’s Restaurant. During the event, Hansen advocated voting for a constitutional amendment that would remove two-term limits for county officials. Evans, previously a state representative and an administrative secretary for the governor, was running for re-election. — A resident of north rural Tucumcari reported a break-in at his home where a TV set, tape playe...

  • Police blotter - Oct. 18

    Oct 18, 2023

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from Oct. 9 to Oct. 15: Monday — 10:06 a.m.: Reckless driving at milepost 331, U.S. 54, Logan. — 10:59 a.m.: Hit-and-run accident in 200 block of North U.S. 54, Logan. — 11:32 a.m.: Animal bite at West High and South Fourth streets, Tucumcari. — 1:39 p.m.: Found property at East Main and North Walter streets, Tucumcari. — 4:04 p.m.: Harassment in 2600 block of East Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari. — 4:59 p.m.: Accident with injuries at South First Street and...