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  • Three districts have tax questions

    Staff report|Oct 20, 2021

    The Logan, San Jon and House school districts each will have similar property tax renewal questions on the ballot for the Nov. 2 election. All three districts are requesting a two-mill tax, or $2 per each $1,000 of taxable net value of property, through the property tax years of 2027 for capital improvements. Because each vote is a renewal of an existing tax, no increase in property taxes would result from its approval, the districts’ superintendents said. San Jon Municipal Schools superintendent Janet Gladu said her district’s tax ren...

  • Boards petition to pause update

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|Oct 20, 2021

    The San Jon and Logan school boards, wary of the influence of critical race theory and other concerns, each voted on the same night to petition the state’s education department to “pause” or slow a planned update of social studies standards. San Jon superintendent Janet Gladu during the board’s Oct. 11 meeting voiced misgivings about the New Mexico Public Education Department’s planned update of social studies standards by the start of the 2022-2023 school year. Gladu said those standards hadn’t changed since 2009 and that an update was overdue...

  • City approves cannabis rules

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|Oct 20, 2021

    The Tucumcari City Commission on Thursday unanimously approved a final version of its cannabis regulation ordinance after minor changes regarding outdoor cultivation of the plants. New Mexico legalized the use and sale of recreational marijuana last spring. The first licensed sales are expected by early April 2022. Thursday’s decision was a culmination of months of discussion over Tucumcari’s zoning and regulation of weed shops. Commissioners voiced little dissension over Ordinance 1160 except Ralph Moya, who noted a prohibition to outdoor cult...

  • Real life never free of risk

    Gordan Runyan, Religion columnist|Oct 20, 2021

    God commands me to love my neighbor. I am not, however, commanded to put any effort into making my neighbor's life risk-free. Biblical love does not equal safety; much less does it equal the comforting illusion of it. If I'm not breaking any of God's commandments in my relationship with you, then I am acting in love toward you, as defined in Romans 13:8-10. However, none of those commandments are about the elimination of risk. Of the 613 commandments found in the law of God, only three of them...

  • Logan joins class-action suit

    Staff report|Oct 20, 2021

    The Logan Municipal Schools board last week unanimously voted to join in a class-action lawsuit against two e-cigarette-affiliated companies because of the costs and effects of underage use of those products. The board took the action during its Oct. 11 meeting after a closed executive session to discuss possible litigation. The lawsuit is against Juul Labs and Altria Group. Superintendent Dennis Roch wrote in an email after the meeting the Logan district seeks “to recover both previous expenditures and prospective costs involved in preventing,...

  • San Jon talks virus, overnight lodging

    Staff report|Oct 20, 2021

    SAN JON — The San Jon Municipal Schools board last week discussed state COVID-19 regulations regarding overnight lodging for extracurricular activities. Superintendent Janet Gladu said unvaccinated student-athletes are required to each be in separate hotel rooms during overnight stays, per New Mexico Public Education Department guidelines. If San Jon High School’s volleyball team qualifies for the state tournament, she said that would require 11 rooms — a much bigger-than-expected expense for the district. San Jon sports a winning recor...

  • Motorcyclist dies in one-vehicle crash

    Staff report|Oct 20, 2021

    A Texas motorcyclist died on Highway 209 south of Tucumcari after his vehicle apparently was thrown out of control by a gust of wind, then crashed. Dead was Michael Jay Hair, 63, of Post, Texas, who was driving a 2019 Harley-Davidson motorcycle north on the highway. According to a news release Wednesday from New Mexico State Police, the accident occurred about 12:30 p.m. Oct. 9 around milepost 80 of Highway 209. “A gust of wind is believed to have caused the motorcycle to leave the roadway. The motorcycle crashed in the dirt shoulder and H...

  • Calendar - Oct. 20

    Oct 20, 2021

    Note: Events are subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. • Friday, Saturday: Mayhem, Mystery and Murder: Main Street Haunted Walking Tours. The Tucumcari ghost tour will meet at 6 p.m. at the Tucumcari Railroad Depot, where your guide will take you on a twilight stroll of the city’s historic district. Listen to stories of mysterious fires, murders and ghosts as you stroll the dark streets. The tour will last about 1 1/2 hours and will end at the departure point. Limited to 15 participants nightly. $20 per ticket. Begins at 100 W. Railro...

  • Menus - Oct. 20

    Oct 20, 2021

    The Tucumcari Senior Center and Logan Senior Center also offer grab-and-go meals to those who qualify. Those interested should call the Tucumcari facility at 461-2307 or the Logan facility at 487-2287 for more information. Tucumcari schools Wednesday — Breakfast: Whole-grain donut ring, skim or 1% milk; Lunch: No information available. Thursday — Breakfast: Breakfast bento box, skim or 1% milk; Lunch: Ham and cheese chef salad, cheeseburger, tater tots, romaine lettuce, fresh tomatoes, dill pickle chip, diced peaches, skim, 1% or chocolate skim...

  • Two more virus deaths reported in Quay

    Staff report|Oct 20, 2021

    New Mexico health officials reported two more confirmed deaths of COVID-19 in Quay County last week, raising the total to 19 since the pandemic began last spring. The state Department of Health reported these coronavirus deaths in the county: • A man in his 60s who had been hospitalized and had underlying conditions; • A woman in her 90s who had underlying conditions. The number of deaths in Quay County has more than doubled since late May. Quay County experienced 17 more confirmed cases of coronavirus last week, including three cases rep...

  • Arch Hurley board looks toward 2022

    Staff report|Oct 20, 2021

    With growing season coming to an end, the Arch Hurley Conservancy District’s board of directors last week essentially ended 2021 without allocating any water for the year and looked forward to 2022 instead. With frost typically occurring in late October, the possible allocation of water wasn’t even on the board’s agenda during its Oct. 12 meeting. The lack of water this year in the Arch Hurley irrigation system was the first time it had happened since 2017. District manager Franklin McCasland reported the level of Conchas Lake, which feeds...

  • Pages past - Oct. 20

    Oct 20, 2021

    On this date ... 1971: Pat Burns, technical engineer for the New Mexico Highway Department, informed Tucumcari Mayor Kenneth Schlientz that bids will be let in December for a four-lane highway project about 1 1/2 miles east of the Holiday Inn. Burns will come to Tucumcari next week to meet with city commissioners about the lighting of the four-lane. • Judge Charles Magruder bound over Raymond Valdez for district court after a preliminary hearing regarding his being charged with homicide by vehicle. Paul Whitmore, 43, and Dottie Whitmore, 44, d...

  • Letter to the editor - Oct. 20

    Oct 20, 2021

    Governor should join in making proclamation Since 1955, U.S. presidents have proclaimed Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week, a time to remind all Americans of the important part the Constitution plays in our daily lives. It is a week set aside to read, study and learn about our Constitution that millions have taken the oath to defend. It is also requested that governors of all 50 states issue a state proclamation in support of the Constitution. In 2020, a request was made for a proclamation from New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The...

  • Facts-based journalism still has value

    Dallas Morning News, Syndicated content|Oct 20, 2021

    Journalism is a high calling. We’re not too meek to proclaim that. And our profession’s current chapter of disruption and misinformation hasn’t changed that truth. That’s why we’re celebrating journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for the courageous work that brought them a Nobel Peace Prize. Announcing the prize on Oct. 8, Norwegian Nobel Committee Chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen praised the journalists “for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.” Ressa, 58, is founder of...

  • Elected officials exploiting death

    Rube Render, Local columnist|Oct 20, 2021

    In less than three months, Jan. 6 will be upon us again. You remember Jan. 6, the day the news media report as the deadliest insurrection since the Civil War, don’t you? The insurrection that resulted in the arrest of hundreds of protesters to be charged with attempting to overthrow the government. The same insurrection that resulted in the death of five people. If you Google, “How many protesters from Jan. 6 are being charged with insurrection?” you will be rewarded with the fact that 671 p...

  • NM celebrates multiculturalism

    Tom McDonald, Syndicated content|Oct 20, 2021

    In 2020, the frontline in “the battle for the soul of America” was the election between Joe Biden, who spoke of that battle many times, and Donald Trump, who spoke about how it was all rigged. Now, that battle seems best viewed through the prism of two big and powerful states: Texas and California. On the surface, it looks like Texas is winning. The 2020 Census shows its population grew enough for two additional congressional seats, while California lost a seat for the first time in, well, forever. But politically, California is solidly Dem...

  • Tucumcari WT student honored

    Staff report|Oct 20, 2021

    A Tucumcari student was one of 52 attending West Texas A&M University students honored Thursday with a special lunch with the university’s president, Walter V. Wendler. Among the attendees honored was Kassidee Glover, a freshman agriculture major from Tucumcari. The Top Scholars Luncheon recognized WT students for their high school achievements and rank, as well as their merit scholarship award level. These students were recruited to attend WT on the basis of their high school record, said Jeffrey Baylor, WT associate vice president of s...

  • Gas company warns of scam

    Staff report|Oct 20, 2021

    New Mexico Gas Co., which serves the Tucumcari area, is warning customers about a scheme where someone calls customers to demand payment within 30 minutes and threatens to disconnect their natural gas service. In many cases, identification on the customer’s phone may make it appear the call is from New Mexico Gas Co. Any customer who receives this kind of call that asks for payment this quickly should hang up and call the company at 1-888-664-2726 to verify it. New Mexico Gas stated that customers that are actually behind on their bills will b...

  • Police blotter - Oct. 20

    Oct 20, 2021

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from Oct. 11 to Oct. 17: Monday • 9:45 a.m.: Scam in 1700 block of South First Street, Tucumcari. • 10:34 a.m.: Shots fired in 1800 block of South Jackson Street, Tucumcari. • 10:54 a.m.: Trespassing in 100 block of West Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari. • 1:35 p.m.: Accident in 200 block of East Center Street, Tucumcari. • 2:05 p.m.: Reckless driving in 33100 block of U.S. 54, Logan. • 5:30 p.m.: Fight in 1900 block of South Mountain Road, Tucumcari....

  • Jail log - Oct. 20

    Oct 20, 2021

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from Oct. 12 to Oct. 18: • William Fugett, 51, Tucumcari, warrant from other counties or states. • Angelo F. Galvan, 25, Tucumcari, aggravated indecent exposure (committing assault) and criminal trespass (posted). • Patrick Anthony Quintana, 36, Tucumcari, contempt of court. • Joey J. Trujillo, 38, Tucumcari, contempt of court and criminal trespass (unposted). • Jaime Angel Rivas, 23, Tucumcari, probation violation and larceny (over $500 not more than $2,500). • Jordan Sala...

  • Hope Christian routs Rattlers

    Staff report|Oct 20, 2021

    Hope Christian stormed to a 42-0 halftime lead en route to a 48-14 victory over visiting Tucumcari in both teams’ district opener on Saturday afternoon. The Rattlers (1-7) didn’t have an answer during the first half against Hope Christian passer James Jenkins, who scored three rushing touchdowns and passed for another. He also blocked a punt. “We struggled defensively pretty bad in the first half,” Tucumcari coach Wayne Ferguson said in a phone interview. “They have a very dynamic quarterback who’s going to play football at Colorado St...

  • Melrose stays undefeated

    Staff report|Oct 20, 2021

    Melrose was undefeated going into Saturday’s home match against Logan, and it made sure it stayed that way with a 25-14, 25-16, 25-8 district victory. The Lady Buffaloes, ranked No. 1 in Class 1A, improved to 15-0 overall and 5-0 in District 6. Melrose is tied for first place with Fort Sumner in the district standings. Logan fell to 11-6 overall and 2-3 in the district. Lady Longhorns coach Robert Young was asked what his team will need to improve on in its next matchup at home against Melrose on Nov. 6. “We will need to pass better,” he said....

  • Lady Rattlers take home victory

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|Oct 20, 2021

    If the Lady Rattlers needed a match to toughen up before they begin district play this week, they got one in a 25-16, 23-25, 25-15, 24-26, 15-6 non-district home victory Saturday over Elida that took about two hours to complete. Tucumcari senior Amber Owen, who leads New Mexico's Class 3A in average kills per set, kept coming up with crucial spikes among the 22 she totaled, along with five serving aces. "We're going to keep giving her the ball. She's having a phenomenal year," Tucumcari coach Da...

  • Tatum takes decisive victory over Longhorns

    Ron Warnick, QCS Senior Writer|Oct 20, 2021

    LOGAN - Longhorn turnovers turned what might have been a close district game into a decisive 34-8 victory Friday for No. 1-ranked Tatum in eight-man football action. Logan (7-2) committed three turnovers during the game, including one near Tatum's red zone that was converted into a touchdown. The Longhorns also committed a key penalty that kept a Tatum scoring drive alive. "When you give a good team the ball inside the 20 or 30, they're probably going to score. We did that twice, and we just...

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