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  • Blue Ribbon celebration

    Ron Warnick|Dec 25, 2019

    LOGAN - Hundreds of students and several state and local officials gathered Thursday morning in the high school gymnasium for a celebratory presentation of the 2019 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award to Logan Elementary School. Ryan Stewart, New Mexico's secretary of education, said of 900 schools in New Mexico, Logan was one of only three to receive the Blue Ribbon honor, announced in September. "It's not just an honor for the school, for the state," he said. "You've joined a very...

  • Pair tours Princess Theatre

    Ron Warnick|Dec 25, 2019

    Two people from a Santa Fe filmmaking company who expressed interest in redeveloping the long-closed Princess Theatre in downtown Tucumcari took a tour inside the dilapidated structure Thursday afternoon with city officials. Using floodlights brought in by the Tucumcari Fire Department and their cellphone flashlights, they gingerly stepped around rotted flooring, fallen ceiling tiles and strewn seating while exploring three levels of the century-old theater. Parts of the ceiling and chandelier...

  • Documentary explores story of 'confession killer'

    Kevin Wilson - Staff|Dec 25, 2019

    Sam Thompson calls herself a private person by nature, and being a subject of interviews and documentaries is something she dreads. What she dreads more, however, is the thought her mother's killer may never be found. That's why she's one of many who took part in a Netflix documentary exploring the tale of Henry Lee Lucas, who falsely admitted to the killing of Jean Abla and hundreds of others. "It's been a never-ending source of frustration and heartache," Thompson said. "Being in this...

  • Truth of the virgin birth

    Leonard Lauriault|Dec 25, 2019

    I was working on an article about truth being stranger than fiction with a few real life examples when I realized that my next article would come out right at Christmas Day. So, thinking quickly as if on my feet while I sat at my desk, I developed a Christmas article with a similar theme because the real-life events of Jesus’ birth include some aspects that are truth stranger than fiction. Actually, his whole life was a matter of truth stranger than fiction, but it was all prophesied centuries before. So no one during his lifetime s...

  • Students earn speech awards

    Staff report|Dec 25, 2019

    Four House Elementary School students recently earned awards and cash prizes in speech contests by the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association and the Southwest Quay Soil and Water Conservation District. Students delivered original speeches of two to three minutes on the cattle group's theme, "Beef Production: How Does It Contribute to Healthy Soils?" Speeches were judged on originality, innovation and creativity and visual aesthetics. Jalee Snipes of House won first prize in the youth division,...

  • Anniversary - Dec. 25

    Dec 25, 2019

    Gates Hershell and Tracy Gates will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Thursday. The couple was married Dec. 26, 1969, in Albuquerque. Both are retired houseparents and school teachers for Boys Ranch. They have three children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A celebration is planned for 11:30 a.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in San Jon, followed by an on-your-own meal at Russell's Travel Center in San Jon. Family and friends are invited....

  • Calendar - Dec. 25

    Dec 25, 2019

    • Jan. 11 — Open Mic Night. Have you dreamed of entertaining? Now is your chance. Whatever your talent is, you’re invited to share it with us starting at 6 p.m. All ages welcome. To sign up, call (575) 461-9908 or visit us at the Gallery Etc. 201 S. Second St., Tucumcari. • Jan. 18 — Viva Las Tucumcari. The Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce banquet from 6 to 9 p.m. offers plenty of fun and plenty to win between games, a prize raffle and a silent auction. The event also will introduce the first-ever Taste of Tucumcari. Check back for...

  • Menus - Dec. 25

    Dec 25, 2019

    Tucumcari Senior Center Wednesday — Closed for Christmas Thursday — Beef enchilada, lettuce, tomato, jalapeno, onions, salsa, pinto beans, crackers, chocolate pudding. Friday — Grilled cheese, tomato soup, crackers, mandarin orange. Monday — Meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, carrots, whole-wheat roll with margarine, tapioca pudding with strawberries. Tuesday — Ham and cheese sandwich, lettuce and tomato, baked chips, sugar cookie (Note: lunch will be served at 11 a.m.; center will be closed at noon). Logan Senior Center Wednesday — Closed for...

  • Pages past - Dec. 25

    Dec 25, 2019

    On this date ... 1969: Declaring it the “The Year of Apollo,” the newspaper devoted the back page to several photographs and a story about the United States’ successful manned moon landing earlier in the year. • The Circle S Lounge and Golden Dragon restaurant advertised a “Dine and Dance” event for New Year’s Eve. They offered a steak dinner with champagne for $10, with music by Pat Allen’s Trio. • The Odeon Theatre in Tucumcari was screening two movies over the weekend — “Some Kind of Nut,” starring Dick Van Dyke and Angie Dickinson; and “V...

  • Impeachment process should move along

    Dec 25, 2019

    We reckon that what you think about the impeachment of President Donald Trump is influenced greatly by your opinion of the man and his leadership capacity. If you previously were inclined to oppose him, you likely support Trump’s impeachment and removal from office. If you previously supported — or at least tolerated — him, you probably still do. We’re not reading minds. We are reading polls. Last Wednesday night, the Democrat-led U.S. House approved two articles of impeachment against Trump in near-unanimous party-line votes: Dems for, GO...

  • Celebrating best of human nature

    Steve Hansen|Dec 25, 2019

    Today is Christmas, the date on the calendar when we celebrate the earthly birth of Jesus Christ and the best of human nature. Exactly two months ago, on Oct. 25, an Amarillo couple experienced sort of an early Christmas along Interstate-40, about 11 miles east of Clines Corners. Carl and Carol Weiss were traveling to Santa Fe for a few days of recreation when, Carl said, the right front tire of the couple’s Ford Escape blew out. They pulled off the highway. Carl and Carol located the spare, the jack and the lug wrench, then Carl set out to d...

  • Dems continue getting nowhere

    Michael Reagan|Dec 25, 2019

    Did anyone else not watch the Democrat presidential debate on TV Thursday night? I thought so. After three months of watching Saint Nancy Pelosi and her House Democrats stage their solemn impeachment circus, I decided to skip the latest “historic” debate. I figure I had suffered enough. I desperately needed some laughs, so on Thursday I began what I hope will be a week of binging on Christmas movies like “Elf.” Only seven Democrats — a couple of socialists, a couple of zillionaires, a couple of moderates and a small-town mayor from Indiana ...

  • City accepts $600,000 grant

    Steve Hansen|Dec 25, 2019

    Some good news about a grant, painted dinosaur footprints and a few tears marked Thursday’s Tucumcari City Commission meeting. The commission accepted a grant for $600,000 for its Great Blocks program, heard a proposal to paint dinosaur footprints from Interstate 40's First Street exit to the Mesalands Community College Dinosaur Museum and bid a sometimes-tearful farewell to District 2 Commissioner Amy Gutierrez during her final meeting as a commissioner. Gutierrez was elected to her position in 2016 after being appointed to the commission i...

  • Rattlers fall in overtime

    Staff report|Dec 25, 2019

    Despite missing its top scorer, the Tucumcari boys basketball team nearly pulled off an upset in a 69-66 overtime loss to Class 1A-ranked Elida on Saturday in the Citizens Bank Tournament in Texico. The Rattlers’ top scorer, sophomore guard-forward Jesus Ramos, didn’t play Saturday because of illness, forcing coach John Span to rejigger his lineup. The Rattlers (2-7) nearly won anyway. “It was like a football game if your quarterback said he was sick and couldn’t play, you have to do something else,” Span said. “I’m proud of the kids; they re...

  • Wrestler a reserve champ

    Ron Warnick|Dec 25, 2019

    Tucumcari's wrestling team boasted a reserve champion and a fourth-place finisher Saturday during its perennially tough 13-team Rattler Invitational at the Snake Pit. Joe Martinez, wrestling at 170 pounds for the Rattlers, lost a 5-3 decision to Kansas defending state champion, Tony Rivero of Liberal, during the tournament s championship match. Martinez finished second in New Mexico s state tournament last season. Dyson Clark, wrestling at 220 pounds for Tucumcari, fought his way back to a...

  • Tucumcari girls overwhelm East Mountain

    Ron Warnick|Dec 25, 2019

    Despite an injury to one of its key players, Tucumcari girls basketball team overwhelmed East Mountain 60-24 on Dec. 17 in the Lady Rattlers' home opener at the Snake Pit. The injury to senior center Jasmine Jones' knee impacted Tucumcari's play during the Citizens Bank Tournament at Texico, where the Lady Rattlers (6-3) lost two of three in her absence. When Jones returns to the lineup remains uncertain. Against East Mountain, Tucumcari received most of its offense from senior point guard...

  • Logan boys take last-minute loss

    Staff report|Dec 25, 2019

    The Logan boys basketball team began its Christmas break with a disappointment — a 52-50 last-minute loss Saturday at Boise City, Oklahoma. Logan coach Kyle Griffiths said the game was tied with 30 seconds left. “We had an open look and missed,” he said of the game’s final possessions. “They got the ball back with about five second left and banked in a free-throw line jumper at the buzzer to beat us.” Griffiths said the Wildcats (2-4) also converted crucial free throws, and his Longhorns committed a couple of critical turnovers down the st...

  • Logan girls lose to undefeated Boise City

    Staff report|Dec 25, 2019

    The Logan girls basketball team suffered a 47-26 loss Saturday at state-ranked and undefeated Boise City, Oklahoma, just before its Christmas break. The Wildcats, ranked No. 3 by MaxPreps.com in Oklahoma’s Class B division, improved to 7-0. Logan, also ranked No. 3 in New Mexico’s Class 1A by MaxPreps, fell to 8-2. Logan coach Glynna Strand said her team “didn’t show up to play.” Karli Webb led the Lady Longhorns with nine points. Logan 57, Roy/Mosquero 42 Kambry Burns scored 23 points to lead the Lady Longhorns to a 57-42 victory Thursday...

  • License renewal notices mailed

    Staff report|Dec 25, 2019

    Notices to renew county occupational licenses have been mailed to businesses that bought licenses last year. Any business outside the city of Tucumcari or villages of Logan, San Jon or House are required to buy a license under the county occupation tax ordinance. The deadline to renew or buy a license for 2020 is Jan. 31. For more information, call the Quay County Clerk’s Office at (573) 461-0510....

  • Rotary announces Blue Ribbon Yards

    Staff report|Dec 25, 2019

    Tucumcari Rotary Club last week announced its Holiday Blue Ribbon Yards for best Christmas decorating this year. The club picked winners from four quadrants in Tucumcari, with First Street and Tucumcari Boulevard as the dividing lines. The best-decorated yards are: • Northwest: Misty Pendley, 6292 Terrell Drive • Southwest: Rigo and Suzie Chavarria, 723 Escuela Ave. • Southeast: Dwayne and LaTerea Brake, 1024 S. Saratoga St. • Northeast: Robert Marroquin, 515 E. Aber St....

  • Commissioner says he stands by statements

    Steve Hansen|Dec 25, 2019

    Tucumcari District 1 Commissioner Ralph Moya said he stands by statements about the decline of Tucumcari since he served on the commission in the 1980s and ‘90s. Moya said he served as a commissioner for eight years and as mayor for eight years during that time, he said. Moya responded Thursday during a regular Tucumcari City Commission meeting to criticisms leveled against him in a Dec. 10 meeting of the Tucumcari Economic Development Corp. board of directors. Moya was criticized at the EDC meeting for statements he made in response to a Q...

  • School board asked to deed land

    Ron Warnick|Dec 25, 2019

    The Tucumcari school board heard a formal presentation Dec. 16 from a Mesalands Community College official asking the district to deed a piece of land to the college so it can build a dormitory there. Aaron Kennedy, the college’s vice president of the student affairs, said residence halls at a vacant lot at Gamble Avenue and 11th Street that serves as a bonfire site for the high school’s Homecoming game would represent “a nice opportunity” for the college while it remodels an adjacent former armory it acquired earlier this year. Kennedy...

  • Housing authority board to remain independent

    Steve Hansen|Dec 25, 2019

    Despite regional housing authorities’ apparent intent to take control of managing federally funded housing in Tucumcari by June 30, the board of the Tucumcari Housing Authority decided Thursday to remain independent rather than voluntarily relinquish management. New Mexico Housing Authority director Floyd Duran told the THA board in a letter received Dec. 12 the state authority will draw up an action plan that will transfer control of Tucumcari’s U.S. Housing and Urban Development-funded housing operations to a regional housing authority bas...

  • Board urges dispatchers be classified as first responders

    Ron Warnick|Dec 25, 2019

    The Tucumcari/Quay Regional Emergency Communications Board passed a resolution last week urging that emergency dispatchers be classified as first responders instead of clerical workers. The resolution stated such dispatchers are “critical” to the public safety, make “life-saving split-second decisions” and “without them, public safety would not be possible.” The document stated dispatchers are not recognized by the federal government as a protected classification and has deemed them clerical staff. A bill, the 911 Saves Act, pending in...

  • Lawmakers nominate Logan student to military academics

    Staff report|Dec 25, 2019

    Two New Mexico lawmakers in Washington recently nominated a Logan High School student to U.S. military academies. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, a Democrat in New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District and assistant speaker of the U.S. House, on Dec. 16 announced his nomination of Logan High senior Jason Knight to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) announced Dec. 17 his nomination of Knight to the Air Force Academy. Interviews of candidates took place in L...

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