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  • Base realignment discussed at forum

    Thomas Garcia|Dec 14, 2016

    Area legislators discussed the forecast of the 2017 budget, capital outlay and business regulations on Dec. 6 during a legislative forum at Mesalands Dinosaur Museum and Natural Science Laboratory. Sen. Pat Woods and Rep. Dennis Roch spoke with residents at the forum organized by the Eastern Plains Council of Governments. Woods represents District 7 (Curry, Quay and Union counties) Roch represents District 67 (Quay, Harding, Union, Curry, Roosevelt, San Miguel and Colfax counties). One issue...

  • Strand helps with student project

    Thomas Garcia|Dec 14, 2016

    Former Logan High School graduate and starting quarterback for the Eastern New Mexico University's Greyhounds football team paid a visit to his alma mater to help an elementary student with a research project. Wyatt Strand, a 2015 graduate of Logan, and a freshman at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, paid a visit to Melissa Robert's third-grade classroom at Logan Elementary on Nov. 21. Roberts said Strand was assisting a student with a Genius Hour project. She said the project is based...

  • Varsity wrestling preps for Rattler Invite tourney

    Thomas Garcia|Dec 14, 2016

    The Tucumcari Rattlers varsity wrestling team prepares to host their annual Rattler Invite tournament that will feature 18 teams competing Saturday at the Snake Pit. "This tournament has been given the nickname 'the grind' by the coaches that attend," said Eddie Encinias, Rattlers head coach. Encinias said this year's tournament could be one of the largest held with the possibility of teams from more than four states attending. He said there are teams from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas that will...

  • Rattlers end 1-2 at Johnny May Classic

    Thomas Garcia|Dec 14, 2016

    The Tucumcari Rattlers beat Dexter but lost to Tularosa and Ruidoso this weekend at the Johnny May Classic basketball tournament at Tularosa. The Rattlers (2-2) lost 74-61 to Ruidoso Saturday in their final game of the tournament. The Rattlers opened up the tournament with a 61-50 win over Dexter on Thursday. On Friday, the Rattlers lost 58-44 to Tularosa. The Rattlers next game will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Dexter. The Tucumcari Lady Rattlers (3-1) last competed on Dec. 3 in the Lady Lion...

  • Recall process could change

    Thomas Garcia|Dec 14, 2016

    In the upcoming session of the New Mexico legislature, Rep. Dennis Roch will push for an amendment to the statute that governs the election recall process for manager/commission forms of government. Roch said the change to the law would affect the manager/commission-type of government like those seen in the city commissions in Tucumcari, Raton and Clayton. He said in that form of government, the rules to recall a commissioner are lax. Roch said under state statute 3-14-16, a commissioner could be recalled for simply not being liked. He said...

  • One day at a time for deputy court clerk

    Dec 14, 2016

    Editor's note: This is part of a weekly series of introductions to our neighbors in Quay County. What is your idea of a perfect day? My idea of a perfect day is spending time with all my family and hearing my daughters laughing. What's your greatest fear? My greatest fear is losing my babies (daughters). What's on your bucket list? I don't really have a bucket list, but before I die, I want to visit Graceland. Talk about a time you laughed. I think I laugh all the time. One time I laughed...

  • What's happening - Dec. 14

    Dec 14, 2016

    Thursday • Housing Authority Board: 5 p.m., city hall • City Commission: 6 p.m., city hall Tuesday • Library Advisory Board: 5:15 p.m., public library. Dec. 21 • Tucumcari/Quay Regional Emergency Communication Board: 10 a.m., city hall Dec. 23-26 • City offices will be closed in observance of Christmas holiday Dec. 27 • Economic Development Corporation: Noon, the economic development corporation • Planning and Zoning Advisory Board: 5:15 p.m., city hall Service clubs • Altrusa Club of Tucumcari: First and third Wednesday of...

  • City stands by pay decisions

    Steve Hansen|Dec 14, 2016

    City commissioners and City Manager Jared Langenegger have joined employers in feeling confused about recent federal actions regarding overtime pay. At a public workshop held before the Thursday city commission meeting, the commissioners seemed to agree that the city should not take back some pay decisions made between approval of new U.S. Department of Labor regulations and the federal appeals court decision that overturned the DOL regulations. The commission cannot take action at workshop sessions, but commissioners agreed to put the pay...

  • Pages past - Dec. 14

    Dec 14, 2016

    December 1956 • Ronnie Gollehon of House won a trip to the National 4-H convention, a prize for the New Mexico 4-H beautification of home ground contest. • Five cheerleaders from Tucumcari High School were chosen as All-State football cheerleaders after competing at the north side competition held in Artesia. The cheerleaders were Donna Warnaka, Helen Miller, Joyce Watkins, Patricia Bowen and Sharon Baker. • Quay County Deputy Sheriff Newell Ramsey arrested three Oregon teenagers in connection with attempted vehicle theft in Logan and...

  • Water line expansion approved

    Steve Hansen|Dec 14, 2016

    The Tucumcari City Commission cleared the way Thursday for a new “cell” at the city’s landfill and part of a water line that will allow business expansion at Interstate 40 and Mountain Road. The commission named Sierra Valley Contractors, LLC, of Truth or Consequences to build the new section for the landfill. Sierra Valley was the low bidder with a price of $429,210, according to the bid summary submitted by project engineer Gordon Environmental PSC. City Manager Jared Langenegger said the project should be completed by March or April...

  • Jail log - Dec. 14

    Dec 14, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from Dec. 6 through Friday morning: • Diana Armijo, 45, possession of a controlled substance • Taneka Ingram, 34, warrant • Brandon Padilla, 35, driving while license suspended or revoked • Fatima Rivas, 39, possession of a controlled substance • Eric Padilla, 29, battery against a household member • Albert Chacon, 30, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle • Franklin Chavez, 41, warrant • Dexter Elcan, 31, warrant • Amelia Pera, 31, warrant The following...

  • School menus - Dec. 14

    Dec 14, 2016

    House Thursday: Breakfast: Quesadilla, cereal, yogurt, variety of juice and milk; Lunch: Taquitos, rice bowl, pinto beans, fruit, milk Monday: Breakfast: Breakfast burrito, hash brown, cereal, yogurt, variety of juice and milk; Lunch: Ravioli, French bread, fruit, milk Tuesday: Breakfast: Breakfast bar, variety of juice and milk; Lunch: Bean burrito, corn, fruit, milk Wednesday: Breakfast: Ham and cheese omelet, variety of juice and milk; Lunch: Ham sandwich, French fries, fruit, milk Logan Thursday: Breakfast: Muffins, cereal, milk, juice;...

  • Senior calendar - Dec. 14

    Dec 14, 2016

    Tucumcari and Logan senior centers Coffee, tea and milk served daily Thursday: Baked ham, baked sweet potato, green beans, whole wheat roll, margarine, pineapple upside down cake Friday: Chili dog, potato wedges, mixed vegetables, orange Monday: Steak and stuff, spinach, potato rounds, whole wheat roll, margarine, lemon bar Tuesday: Italian pork chop, broccoli with cheese, mixed vegetables, whole wheat roll, margarine, cottage cheese, peaches Wednesday: Chicken tenders, mashed potatoes and gravy, turnip greens, whole wheat roll, margarine,...

  • Searching for Christmas spirit

    Thomas Garcia|Dec 14, 2016

    After last week's snow, it’s starting to look and feel a lot like Christmas. I haven't been able to get into the Christmas spirit this year. I’m not sure if I haven’t heard enough Christmas music or maybe I need to eat some Christmas-themed cookies. It certainly is December, and Thanksgiving has past, but the spirit of Christmas seems to have eluded me so far. There has been plenty of cold temperatures, and I have had more than my fill of hot chocolate. I have even seen more than enough ugly sweaters and colorfully decorated homes all aro...

  • Constitution shouldn't be easily changed

    Albuquerque Journal|Dec 14, 2016

    Although the state Legislature’s 60-day session doesn’t begin for another seven weeks, some legislators are already talking about trying to amend the state Constitution. It’s not because of some glaring deficiency in the venerable document, but to circumvent the legislative process, as well as Gov. Susana Martinez’s ability to veto their pet pieces of proposed legislation. That’s not only an abuse of the process, it can help to exacerbate the bitter partisanship that fuels legislative gridlock. There are proper times and reasons to...

  • City gets grant for wastewater plant

    Thomas Garcia|Dec 14, 2016

    The City of Tucumcari received a $30,000 grant for their wastewater planning efforts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The $30,000 grant will be used for an engineering and environmental study into the possibility of converting the city’s wastewater treatment plant to 100 percent reuse, said City Manager Jared Langenegger. Tucumcari was among three New Mexico communities to receive the wastewater planning grants, according to a release from Terry Brunner, USDA rural development state director. Langenegger said the plant works to...

  • County commission meetings scheduled

    Quay County Sun staff|Dec 14, 2016

    The Quay County Commission set its 2017 meeting schedule Monday. The commission decided to continue its schedule of meetings on the second and fourth Monday of every month. The meetings begin at 9 a.m. Most meetings are held in the commission’s meeting room in the Quay County Courthouse, but some are held at other locations. The locations for each meeting have not been determined. The following is the schedule by month: • Jan. 9 and Jan. 23 • Feb. 13 and Feb. 27 • March 13 and March 27 • April 10 and April 24 • May 8 and May 22 ...

  • Trump naysayers should be nervous

    Rube Render|Dec 14, 2016

    Donald J. Trump continues to interview and select candidates for appointment to cabinet positions. One cannot help but ponder that very few of those Trump has selected have escaped scathing criticism heaped on them by politicians and the media. Sen. Jeff Sessions is pilloried as a racist. Georgia Rep. Tom Price is not only an opponent of women’s health programs, he is an enemy of the poor and the aged. Scott Pruitt is a “longtime enemy of the EPA” and has been a puppet of the fossil fuel i...

  • Officials full of excuses for failings

    Steve Hansen|Dec 14, 2016

    For the second consecutive year, Wall Street 24/7, a respected online business news publication, has ranked New Mexico as the worst-run state in the union. WS24/7 faults the state’s high rate of poverty, its low rate of high school graduates and its declining labor force, combined with a high rate of unemployment. Further, WS24/7 notes, the state’s debt and outlook have been downgraded. Our tax shortages were large and unexpected, the publication says. Comparing New Mexico both to the best-performing states and its neighbors raises a lot...

  • Greyhounds fall to Tigers in Heart of Texas Bowl

    The Staff of the Sun|Dec 14, 2016

    COPPERAS COVE, Texas — Every time the Greyhounds landed a blow in the Heart of Texas Bowl on Dec. 3, Fort Hays State seemed to have a counter punch ready. But even before then, the Tigers had landed more than enough haymakers and grabbed their first Division II bowl win in school history with a 45-12 rout of Eastern New Mexico. Jacob Mezera threw for 203 yards and two touchdowns, and Shaquille Cooper amassed 212 yards of offense and two scores in a game the Tigers (8-4) never trailed and led 35-9 at the half. None of the three scores for the...

  • Fishing report - Dec. 14

    Dec 14, 2016

    Compiled by Department of Fish and Game The fishing report has been generated from the best information available from Department of Game and Fish officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, however, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Blue Hole Park Pond: Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout. We had no other reports. Conchas Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using blade baits and jig and grub combinations at 30 to 42 feet for walleye and...