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  • Lea County supports Quay for racino

    Ron Warnick|Nov 7, 2018

    Lea County commissioners unanimously passed a resolution Thursday that favors Tucumcari in its bid to land a horse-racing license from the New Mexico Racing Commission. Lea County commissioners stated in the resolution the opening of a proposed racetrack in Clovis would hurt the Zia Park Casino Hotel & Racetrack in Hobbs. “... A new casino in Clovis will simply shift jobs and revenue from Lea County to our neighbors to the north, risk any development in our community and result in an even more saturated casino market in the state’s sou...

  • Police seek two more in home invasion

    Ron Warnick|Nov 7, 2018

    More details emerged last week about a violent home invasion in Tucumcari in early October as law enforcement continued to look for at least two more suspects involved in the case. Suspects Setheria Paul Kolyer, 18, and Riley J. Severeid, 18, both of Tucumcari, continue to be held in the Quay County Detention Center this week after being detailed by sheriff’s deputies Oct. 27. Both also had additional complaints filed against them last week. The complaint filings also revealed at least two subjects from Albuquerque — apparently still at lar...

  • Early voting numbers break record in state

    Ron Warnick|Nov 7, 2018

    "Vote early; vote often." That old saying about allegedly corrupt Chicago politics also applies in a more benign way to New Mexico - the state's early voting numbers broke a record this election with several days to spare. According to a news release Sunday from the New Mexico Secretary of State's office, a total of 430,796 people voted early for the midterm general election through Saturday. "Early voting around the country this year has produced record-breaking results, and New Mexico is no...

  • Love for God more than a feeling

    Gordan Runyan|Nov 7, 2018

    Jesus was once asked what the greatest commandment was, from the whole law of God. He answered that the first and great command (primo and mega in the Greek) was to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. He went on to give a bonus answer, by supplying a second great commandment, which is that you should love your neighbor as yourself. He claimed that all the law flowed from these two. (Matthew 22:35-40) These have been popularized in our day by the Duck Dynasty television...

  • Calendar - Nov. 7

    Nov 7, 2018

    • Friday-Saturday — Christmas Craft Fair. Do your Christmas shopping locally. There will be a children's ornament contest and a raffle for new tablet. For vendor opportunities, contact Debi Zaida at 575-709-0389 or email [email protected]. Quay County Fairgrounds barn, Tucumcari. • Monday — Veterans Day Memorial Service. The annual tribute to military veterans will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Veterans Park at Third and Main streets in Tucumcari. A meal will follow at VFW Post 2528 at 105 E. Main St., Tucumcari. American flags will be installed at...

  • Menus - Oct. 7

    Nov 7, 2018

    Tucumcari schools Wednesday — Breakfast: Egg and cheese muffinwich, cereal choice with cinnamon goldfish graham cracker, fruit, juice, milk; Lunch: Thanksgiving meal for afternoon prekindergarten classes and second grade and sack lunch for all other grades, fruit, milk. Thursday — Breakfast: Sausage breakfast pizza, cereal choice with cinnamon goldfish graham cracker, fruit, juice, milk; Lunch: Cheese pizza, garden salad, baby carrots, fruit, juice. Monday — Breakfast: Blueberry muffin and string cheese, cereal choice with cinnamon goldf...

  • City liability insurance jumps

    Steve Hansen|Nov 7, 2018

    The city of Tucumcari’s liability insurance rates jumped 20 percent this year, City Manager Britt Lusk told the Tucumcari City Commission on Oct. 30, and the budget-stressed city will cover the additional cost with contingency funds. Lusk announced the rate increase at a special public work session of the commission, and commissioners went along with the rate increase with minimal discussion. The increase amounts to about $60,000, he said, as the city’s liability insurance rate increased from about $110,000 to about $170,000. Lusk said the mai...

  • Logan FFA team earns silver

    Staff report|Nov 7, 2018

    The parliamentary procedure team from the Logan FFA chapter earned a silver rating at the recent 91st National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis. Logan team members were MacKenzie Lightfoot, Amber Rivera, Mesa Modisette, Kyle Hamilton, Amanda Kanapilly and Robert Stringfellow. Lightfoot and Rivera also earned a certificate as accredited parliamentarians from the American Institute of Parliamentarians based on their performance in the general knowledge exam. The Logan FFA team was one of...

  • Mesalands inducts students into honor society

    Staff report|Nov 7, 2018

    Mesalands Community College recently held a fall induction for students in the Beta Eta Omega Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Phi Theta Kappa is based on academic achievement and offers personal development through scholarship, service, fellowship and leadership. Each candidate for membership in the society must have completed 12 credit hours that may lead to a declared associate's degree with a grade-point average of a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, enrolled in six credit...

  • Outage caused by rodent chewing through cable

    Staff report|Nov 7, 2018

    A rodent chewing through cable caused CenturyLink service problems for hours Oct. 29 in Tucumcari. “We dispatched a repair team and were able to restore all services by 7:30 p.m. MDT,” Courtney Morton, senior communications manager at CenturyLink, stated in an email the next day. “CenturyLink is committed to providing reliable services, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our customers.” Morton didn’t state how many were affected, except that “internet service was impacted for only a small amount of customers....

  • Pages past - Nov. 7

    Nov 7, 2018

    On this date ... 1968: The newly renovated Tucumcari Airport formally opens to full air traffic tomorrow after it was officially accepted by the Federal Aviation Agency this morning after an inspection. The FAA lifted its NOTAM (Not Open to Airmen) restrictions that had been in effect during construction. • Fire Chief Farrel Batson posed with the city's new 500-gallon firetruck that has a 750-gallon pumper capacity and foam and wet-water facilities. The truck was purchased from Southwest M...

  • Century later, first Great War not forgotten

    Nov 7, 2018

    Historians estimate more than 115,000 Americans died in the first modern-day Great War we’ve come to call World War I. That casualty list included about 500 in New Mexico; dozens from our part of the state have been identified as killed in action or dead from wounds, accident or disease. Sunday, Veterans Day, marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Veterans organizations throughout the region are celebrating the end of the first “war to end all wars” with a series of open houses and ceremonies. Clovis’ annual Veterans Day parade...

  • A lot happened between WWII and me

    Steve Hansen|Nov 7, 2018

    Between the end of World War II and my birth date in 1950 lies a period of which I know little. My birth year marked the start of the Korean conflict and another new era. I was able last week to get a look at a little of the interm period when a friend gave me some Time magazines from the year 1946. That was back when for 15 cents Time offered 104 pages a week of densely packed news and analysis in long-essay form. For readers it was a joy. Time has always had its own somewhat irreverent style in presenting events in its own perspective. An...

  • Today our eyes focus on a hero

    David Stevens|Nov 7, 2018

    When the United States entered the Great War against Germany in April 1917, Tucumcari’s Isaac Kirkpatrick was attending law school at Valparaiso, Indiana. He withdrew from school immediately and went to Chicago to enlist in the military. The Army wouldn’t take him at first. “On account of his eyes he was turned down,” the Tucumcari Daily News reported. But Kirkpatrick persisted and “tried at another place,” to enlist. Again, he was turned away. “He had been using his eyes too much at studies and could not get by,” the paper reported. It’s... Full story

  • Lady Rattlers upset Tularosa

    Ron Warnick|Nov 7, 2018

    Tucumcari's volleyball team played itself into position for a regular-season district championship by upsetting state-ranked Tularosa 25-15, 25-22, 25-22 Saturday at the Snake Pit. The victory by the Lady Rattlers (6-14 overall, 3-1 in district) forced a tiebreaking match at a neutral site for the Class 3A District 4 title. Tucumcari was scheduled to travel to Dexter at 6 p.m. Tuesday to face Tularosa (16-3, 3-1) for a third time this season. A final score of that match wasn't available before p...

  • Rattlers' season ends

    Ron Warnick|Nov 7, 2018

    Four turnovers wrecked whatever chances for victory Tucumcari had against New Mexico Military Institute during a 43-14 district loss Friday in the host team's season finale at Rattler Stadium. The Rattlers, who ended the year 2-8 overall and 0-3 in district play, held out hope a victory against the Colts (5-5, 1-2) would give them a berth in the Class 3A playoffs. They missed out on the 12-team field announced Saturday night. NMMI made that an uphill battle by powering for 349 yards rushing. Jal...

  • Logan Longhorns rout Ramah

    Ron Warnick|Nov 7, 2018

    LOGAN - The host Longhorns routed a clearly overmatched Ramah team 52-0 in a rainy eight-man football playoff game Saturday afternoon that ended at halftime because of the mercy rule. The game lasted barely an hour. Logan, which improved to 5-6 overall, plays at No. 3 seed Mountainair (8-1) at 7 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals. Host Mountainair defeated Logan 50-28 on Sept. 24. With a 3-6 record and a 2-0 district mark coming into the game, Ramah appeared on paper to be a decent matchup. Howeve...

  • Logan takes No. 1 seed in district volleyball

    Staff report|Nov 7, 2018

    Logan captured the No. 1 seed in this week’s Class 6-A district volleyball tournament, while Grady/San Jon received the third seed despite two losses in the previous week. The winner of the Fort Sumner-Clovis Christian match Nov. 5 was scheduled to play the Lady Bronchos at Grady at 6 p.m. Tuesday. A final score of that match wasn’t available before press start. The winner of that match travels to face No. 2 seed Melrose at 6 p.m. Thursday. The Lady Longhorns then host the winner of that matchup at 6 p.m. Saturday for the district title. The...

  • Cross-country teams qualify for state meet

    Silver City Daily Press|Nov 7, 2018

    Both the Tucumcari boys and girls cross-country teams qualified for the state meet after strong performances at the district meet Friday at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. The Tucumcari boys will compete at the state meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Rio Rancho High School. The Lady Rattlers will compete for state honors there at 12:05 p.m. Saturday. Tucumcari finished third with 57 points. NMMI won the meet with 20 points, while Cobre was runner-up with 47 points. The top three teams qualified for state automatically. Tucumcari’s Josh C...

  • Police blotter - Nov. 7

    Nov 7, 2018

    The following are calls made to the Tucumcari-Quay County Regional Emergency Communications Center Oct. 29-Nov. 4: Monday • 3:41 a.m.: Shots fired at Seventh Street and Turner Avenue, Tucumcari. • 4:08 a.m.: Fight with no weapon at Turner Avenue and Monroe Street, Tucumcari. • 4:19 a.m.: Domestic disturbance at milepost 326, Interstate 40, Tucumcari. • 8:04 a.m.: Traffic accident with damage at Quay Road Ad and Quay Road 68, Tucumcari. • 3:29 p.m.: Arrest in 200 block of West High Street, Tucumcari. • 6:53 p.m.: Arrest in 3400 block of Ea...

  • Jail log - Nov. 7

    Nov 7, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center Oct. 29-Nov. 4: • Jeremy L. Abers, 40, Albuquerque, charge not listed. • Darrell Bitbui, 35, Farmington, driver not licensed for type of vehicle operated. • Crystal Marie Jones, 34, Tucumcari, driving while license suspended or revoked. • James E. King, 38, Tucumcari, charge not listed. • David Moses Garcia, 27, Tucumcari, charge not listed. • Lacie Turrieta, 27, Tucumcari, charge not listed. • James Woodward, 33, Tucumcari, aggravated battery on a household mem...