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Articles from the October 25, 2023 edition


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  • Chamber, EDC mulls sharing a manager

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Oct 25, 2023

    The boards of the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corporation are considering hiring of one manager to oversee both organizations. Robert Hockaday, president of the EDC board, informed Quay County commissioners of the proposal during their regular meeting on Monday. Both organizations lost their leaders this summer. Chamber director Scott Crotzer resigned in July to take another position in Georgia. EDC director Pat Vanderpool resigned June 1 to take another position with the Regional Dev...

  • Board action on gender, reproductive policies tabled

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Oct 25, 2023

    The Tucumcari Public Schools board unanimously tabled the final reading of policy advisories regarding gender identity and reproductive or gender-affirming care after hearing opposition to them from seven residents. Board member Jerry Lopez made the motions during the Oct. 16 meeting to table both items until near the end of the calendar year, when lawyers or state lawmakers might provide more clarity on what to do about those issues. The advisories were written by lawyers with the New Mexico School Boards Association. Both were one-sentence...

  • MCC buildings remain unrepaired

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Oct 25, 2023

    Nearly five months after a severe hailstorm, numerous buildings at Mesalands Community College still are awaiting repairs. That frustrated board of trustees member Phillip Box, a local insurance agent. “It concerns me that it’s dragged on so long,” he said during the board’s Oct. 17 meeting. “We should have had the claims taken care of by then. … We’ve not getting the service we pay for.” Mark Martinez, the college’s executive director of operations and procurement, said its insurance comes through the New Mexico Public School...

  • Reactivated Legion Post to host event Saturday

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Oct 25, 2023

    The reactivated American Legion Post 20 of Tucumcari will host a trunk-or-treat event and an open house from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at its new headquarters in the renovated Hardee’s building. The event also will sign up area veterans as new members of the post. John Pacheco, the owner of the building and vice commander of Post 20, said in a phone interview last week he had nearly 20 members already signed up. “Our goal is to be a fully activated post, which allows us to have the bar and bingo facility,” he said during a telephone...

  • Nursery rhymes and scary stuff

    Leonard Lauriault, Religion columnist|Oct 25, 2023

    Many people have put up decorations, told creepy stories, watched spooky movies and selected costumes during this Halloween season. Although not particularly Halloween-related, while going to church recently, one of our 3-year-old granddaughters sang the “Itsy, Bitsy Spider” nursery rhyme song. You’ve probably heard it, “The itsy bitsy spider crawled up the water spout. Down came the rain, and washed the spider out. Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain, and the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.” Often, children repeat...

  • Calendar - Oct. 25

    Oct 25, 2023

    • Saturday — Spooktacular Block Party. Tucumcari MainStreet is planning a downtown Halloween-themed block party with trick-or-treat booths, food trucks and games from 4 to 7 p.m. The event will be on South Second Street from Main to Aber streets. • Saturday — Pumpkin Crawl and Carving Contest. The Tucumcari Historical Museum and the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce are hosting this event, with cash prizes, starting at 7 p.m. Participants can choose from a range of categories, including Tiny Terrors (age 0-5), Junior...

  • Jail log - Oct. 25

    Oct 25, 2023

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from Oct. 16 to Oct. 20: — Gary Baxter, 76, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — Nicaso P. Garcia, 42, Tucumcari, operating a vehicle not equipped with ignition interlock. — Danny Martinez, 60, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — Dominick Michael Ortiz, 29, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — Eugene A. Gonzales, 58, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — Dominique Gonzales, 36, Tucumcari, contempt of court. These individuals were released from the Quay County Detention Center from...

  • Pages past - Oct. 25

    Oct 25, 2023

    On this date ... 1973: In Charlene Reid’s column, she told of the late Mattie L. McKinnon, who before 1915 made a quilt from dozens of small flannel flags representing states and countries around the world. Each flannel was stitched together by McKinnon when she was a seamstress. Reid said the quilt, backed with red plaid flannel, is so thick it would “eliminate the use of two or three blankets nowadays.” She said the quilt was a collector’s item. Carefully folded and put away, the quilt was stored in the home for many years of C.P....

  • Menus - Oct. 25

    Oct 25, 2023

    Tucumcari schools Wednesday — Breakfast: Pancake sausage on a stick, Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, apple cinnamon muffin, fresh banana, apple juice, 1%, skim or strawberry skim milk; Lunch: Hot dog, ham and egg chef salad, ranch potato wedges, seasoned peas, fresh broccoli, buttermilk ranch dressing, fruit cocktail, 1%, skim, chocolate skim or strawberry skim milk. Thursday — Breakfast: Whole-grain doughnut ring, Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, cinnamon graham cracker, mandarin orange, orange juice, 1%, skim or strawberry skim milk; Lunch: Pe...

  • Letter to the editor - Oct. 25

    Oct 25, 2023

    Portales judge failed to stand up for justice Editor’s note: Portales District Judge Donna Mowrer on Sept. 7 declined to hear arguments in private citizens’ efforts to force a referendum on bills passed this year by the state Legislature. Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has said the bills are not subject to referendum. Mowrer told petitioners she was declining to exercise jurisdiction since petitioners had also asked the state’s Supreme Court to exercise jurisdiction. I sat in the courtroom of Judge Mowrer in Portales,...

  • Right-wing lunatics running asylum

    Elwood Watson, Syndicated content|Oct 25, 2023

    The nation and much of the world is reeling from the horrific and unsettling events that have occurred between Israel and Hamas. There’s also a war still going on in Ukraine, and looming overhead is the possibility the federal government may shut down in about a month. Amid it all, the House Republican majority is making a mockery of effective governance. As I’m writing this column, two weeks out from the removal of Kevin McCarthy, Republicans have yet to elect speaker to succeed him. Clown show doesn’t even seem the perfect term to...

  • Some hope for Republican future

    Michael Reagan, Syndicated content|Oct 25, 2023

    The world is going to hell and taking America’s wealth, military power and geopolitical influence with it. Thanks to the terrorists of Hamas, we’re slowly being pulled deeper into a war in Israel that could set the whole Middle East on fire. And remember the bloody war in Ukraine? It’s been blasted off the front page, but after 20 months it’s still an ongoing slaughter, despite more than $100 billion from U.S. taxpayers to help Ukraine defend itself against Russia. It would be fair to argue that if Donald Trump or any random Republican...

  • THS boys hoops coach sitting out a season

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Oct 25, 2023

    Longtime Tucumcari High School boys basketball coach John Span is temporarily stepping down from his post this coming season because he's recovering from major cancer surgery in August. During a school board meeting Oct. 16, athletic director Wayne Ferguson said Span would not coach the team this season because he is not yet able to handle the rigors of those duties. It would have been Span's 21st season. Span had been listed as the Rattlers' head coach on their schedule just a few weeks ago....

  • Lady Rattlers win eighth in a row

    Staff report|Oct 25, 2023

    After spotting Ruidoso a first-set victory, Tucumcari’s volleyball team captured the next three Saturday to win its district opener. The Lady Rattlers prevailed 20-25, 25-14, 25-23, 25-20 against the host Warriors. Tucumcari (14-4) won its eighth in a row. Cambree Benavidez led the Lady Rattlers with 13 kills, and July Lafferty added eight kills. Caylee Benavidez totaled 27 assists. Kirksey Smith totaled five aces. “Our back row had amazing plays and played great defense, led by Alexis Ramirez and Haisley Huffman,” Tucumcari coach Dana...

  • Demons down banged-up Rattlers

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Oct 25, 2023

    Both Tucumcari and Dexter were walking wounded during their district game at Rattler Stadium on Friday, but the Demons showed how strong their depth was during a 62-7 victory. Tucumcari (3-5, 1-2) lost starting safety and slotback Kamren Apodaca due to a concussion during the previous week's Hope Christian game. That forced coach Tarik Embrack to start a freshman or eighth-grader in the secondary. Dexter exploited that repeatedly during the game. "I wasn't surprised" by the outcome, Embrack...

  • Logan blasts Tatum 50-12 in regular season finale

    Staff report|Oct 25, 2023

    After spotting Tatum an early 6-0 lead, host Logan responded with seven unanswered touchdowns en route to a 50-12 district victory on Friday in the regular-season finale in eight-man football. The Longhorns (7-3) led 24-6 at halftime and 38-6 after three quarters. They held a 44-6 advantage before the Coyotes (5-5) scored again. “The defense played really well all night,” Logan coach Dwayne Roberts said. Logan quarterback Brock Burns is known for his passing, but he made his presence felt with his legs, as well. In addition to his three...

  • Logan again faces Fort Sumner in playoffs

    Staff report|Oct 25, 2023

    Logan faces a rematch against Fort Sumner during the first round of the eight-man football playoffs. The Longhorns (7-3), seeded fourth in the state tournament, have a home game against the defending state champion Foxes (5-2), seeded fifth, at 7 p.m. Friday. Logan overcame a three-touchdown deficit to defeat host Fort Sumner 38-34 during a district clash on Oct. 6. Logan coach Dwayne Roberts said because of Fort Sumner’s big line, he’ll be developing plays to try to counter that. “It’ll be a good game,” he said. “It’ll be excitin...

  • Two area providers receive rural healthcare grants

    Staff report|Oct 25, 2023

    Two healthcare providers that operate in Quay County received funding last week from the New Mexico Rural Health Care Delivery Fund. Sunrise Clinics, which operates a facility in Tucumcari, will use the funding to increase primary care and behavioral health services for youth. Sunrise also operates clinics in Guadalupe, Harding, Colfax, Mora, Taos and Torrance counties. Sunrise plans to add kiosks to each school in its region. “Each site will have a community health worker,” Brown said. “It will be someone from the community who will be...

  • Police blotter - Oct. 25

    Oct 25, 2023

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from Oct. 16 to Oct. 22: Monday — 12:13 a.m.: Unattended death in 1400 block of East Heman Avenue, Tucumcari. — 9:04 a.m.: Threat in 1300 block of West Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari. — 10:23 a.m.: Property damage in 900 block of West Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari. — 11:01 a.m.: Arrest warrant at East Tucumcari Boulevard and South Date Street, Tucumcari. — 12:48 p.m.: Fraud in 2500 block of South Adams Street, Tucumcari. — 1:02 p.m.: Accident with...

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