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 By Ron Warnick    News    October 28, 2020 

Snowy weather raises restriction concerns

With snow swirling outside, the Quay County Commission openly wondered Monday morning what would happen to stranded travelers if Interstate 40 closed because of a winter storm and motels and... Full story

 By Steve Hansen    News    October 28, 2020 

Tucumcari approves joint powers agreement

Tucumcari continues to be entitled to up to 6,000 acre-feet of water from Ute Lake and agrees to pay $9,000 to the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer to preserve rights to that water for one... Full story

 By Ron Warnick    News    October 28, 2020 

Quay sets early voting record

Quay County set a record for early voting numbers with more than week to go, and the county's clerk anticipates record turnout overall when all the vo...

 By Ron Warnick    News    October 28, 2020 

Submitted projections reflect enrollment drop

Tucumcari Public Schools submitted projections to the state that reflect about a 10% drop in enrollment during the 2021-2022 school year largely because of COVID-19. However, the district’s... Full story

 By Staff report    News    October 28, 2020 

Mayor participates in listening session

Tucumcari Mayor Ruth Ann Litchfield participated Friday in a listening session presided over by New Mexico’s senior U.S. senator that urged additional federal relief from the COVID-19 pandemic....


Pages past - Oct. 28

On this date ... 1970: A Logan man was killed when his pickup truck went off a high bluff east of town at the Canadian River. His body was found by his brother-in-law in the wreckage at the bottom of...


Menus - Oct. 28

The Tucumcari Senior Center and Logan Senior Center remain closed to the public indefinitely but will deliver meals to those who qualify. Those interested in meal deliveries should call the Tucumcari...


Calendar - Oct. 28

Note: Events subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. • Friday — Fall Vendor Market. Tucumcari MainStreet will host three local vendor markets for local food and craft vendors this month,...

 By Staff report    News    October 28, 2020 

More school districts join PED lawsuit

More school districts and one charter school have joined a lawsuit against Education Secretary Ryan Stewart and the New Mexico Public Education Department. According to joint news release Friday...

 By Staff report    News    October 28, 2020 

Hospital restricts visits

Dr. Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari is restricting visits during an upsurge of coronavirus cases in the state. “We understand the importance of patients having access to their loved...


Jail log - Oct. 28

These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from Oct. 19 to Oct. 25: • Kevin R. Garcia, 28, Tucumcari, contempt of court. • Derick Vineyard, 40, Woodward, Oklahoma,...

 By Ron Warnick    News    October 28, 2020 

Governor announces new COVID-19 restrictions

New Mexico's governor last week announced new health COVID-19 regulations designed to keep businesses open with the hope they soon would flatten record surges of cases in recent weeks. Gov. Michelle...

 By Staff report    News    October 28, 2020 

NM's hemp production regulatory plan approved

The United States Department of Agriculture recently approved the New Mexico Department of Agriculture's state hemp production regulatory plan....

 By Staff report    News    October 28, 2020 

Court invites residents to serve on Commission on Equity and Justice

The New Mexico Supreme Court invites residents of the state to apply to serve on a newly created Commission on Equity and Justice. The commission will study issues related to bias and inequities in...

 By Ron Warnick    News    October 28, 2020 

MCC acting president gets pay raise

The Mesalands Community College board of trustees last week gave its acting president a retroactive pay raise that will remain in effect until a new president is hired. The board’s action during...

 By Ron Warnick    News    October 28, 2020 

NM breaks coronavirus record again

New Mexico on Saturday broke another record for the most coronavirus cases in one day, while Quay County on Sunday reached the 100 mark since the pandemic began in March. The latest case in Quay...


Police blotter - Oct. 28

These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from to Oct. 19 to Oct. 25: Monday • 3:24 a.m.: Accident with injuries in 32800 block of Interstate 40 west,...

 By Ron Warnick    News    October 21, 2020

Logan raises remote learning concerns

The superintendent of Logan Municipal Schools, one of the best-performing districts in the region, said a substantial percentage of students using remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic are... Full story

 By Staff report    News    October 21, 2020

Two coronavirus cases reported in county

Two more cases of coronavirus were reported Wednesday in Quay County, bringing the total to 95 since the pandemic started. One of the cases was a person in their 80s in the Tucumcari ZIP code....

 By Staff report    News    October 21, 2020

New case confirmed in county, at TES

Another new COVID-19 case was reported Thursday in Quay County, and the state's Public Education Department also reported a COVID-19 case – earlier identified as a Tucumcari Elementary School...

 By Ron Warnick    News    October 21, 2020

Six new cases confirmed

The New Mexico Department of Health on Thursday reported six confirmed cases of coronavirus in Quay County the same day the state set a short-lived...

 By Ron Warnick    News    October 21, 2020

Local PRC official weighs in on amendment

It’s safe to say Jefferson Byrd won’t have a “Yes on 1” yard sign at his rural Tucumcari home during this election season. That’s because the District 2 commissioner for the New Mexico Publi... Full story

 By Ron Warnick    News    October 21, 2020

TV show's principals have deep roots in NM

Though the production company involved in the upcoming "Bands of Enchantment" television show in Tucumcari has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago and...


Pages past - Oct. 21

On this date ... 1970: New officers were elected to the National Highway 66 Association, including Harry Eichelburger of Tucumcari. The group also voted to rename the organization the Main Street of...


Calendar - Oct. 21

Note: Events subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. • Oct. 30 — Fall Vendor Market. Tucumcari MainStreet will host three local vendor markets for local food and craft vendors this month,...


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