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  • Sheriff fatally shoots gun-wielding man

    Ron Warnick|May 22, 2024

    Quay County's sheriff fatally shot a rural Tucumcari man who was brandishing a firearm at healthcare personnel and law enforcement officers on May 14. Sheriff Dennis Garcia volunteered the information about his involvement during a phone interview two days after the shooting of Aubrey James Osteen, 77, at Osteen's home on Quay Road 49 about a dozen miles south of Tucumcari. "Because I was involved, I feel the I need to be transparent about it," Garcia said in a phone interview with the Quay...

  • Injunction halts PED's 180-day rule

    the Staff of The News|May 22, 2024

    ROSWELL — A district court judge last Monday granted an injunction prohibiting the New Mexico Public Education Department from implementing its 180-day school calendar. District Judge Dustin K. Hunter of Roswell stated in his ruling that the injunction will remain in effect “pending final determination of the merits of this cause.” More than 50 school districts, including all in Quay County, joined the lawsuit challenging the rule. They argue the mandate would result in budget shortfalls, essentially eliminate four-day school weeks that have...

  • Odeon Theatre lands new local owners

    Staff report|May 22, 2024

    The historic Odeon Theatre in downtown Tucumcari marked a change in ownership Friday with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and the screening of the animated movie "Kung Fu Panda 4." Though Jose Almeida is associated with local Atzmus Martial Arts studio, the first movie he chose to show was strictly coincidental. "It just happened; it just lined up that way," he said in a phone interview. "We were talking to the (film) booker about the different movies available, and this one was not too old, not...

  • School bench dedicated to fallen officer

    Staff report|May 22, 2024

    Tucumcari Middle School during an assembly last Wednesday dedicated a bench in memory of slain New Mexico State Police patrolman Justin Hare. Hare died after being shot on March 15 west of Tucumcari when he stopped to help a motorist with a flat tire. The suspect, also charged with the killing of a paramedic in South Carolina, remains in custody on state and federal charges. Middle-school students and members of NMSP District 9 collaborated on the event. Many of Hare's co-workers also attended....

  • Tucumcari fire chief resigns after being placed on leave

    Staff report|May 22, 2024

    Tucumcari’s fire chief turned in his resignation last week after he had been placed on administrative leave earlier in the month. City manager Paula Chacon said Monday that Tucumcari Fire & Rescue Chief Garrett Nash submitted his resignation to the city’s human relations department on Friday. She said he gave no reasons for his stepping down. Nash had been placed on paid administrative leave on May 2, pending an internal investigation. Citing personnel matters, Chacon did not disclose why Nash was taken off duty. Nash, reached by phone on Mon...

  • Pages past - May 22

    May 22, 2024

    On this date ... 1974: President Richard Nixon’s lawyer said the White House would not hand over 11 Watergate-related audio tapes subpoenaed by the House Judiciary Committee but would offer a partial transcript of one of the tapes. Nixon’s lawyer also refused a request to turn over 66 tapes related to contributions from International Telephone and Telegraph and milk producers. Nixon, embroiled by the Watergate scandal, later would resign from office in August. — Patricia Hearst told a hostage she joined the Symbionese Liberation Army becau...

  • Calendar - May 22

    May 22, 2024

    Through Saturday — Mesalands Community College Iron Pour. This arts event resumes after a one-year hiatus. It includes the pouring of molten metal at 1 p.m. Friday and opportunities for locals to make their own molds for metal artwork. June 8 — Doc Powers Memorial Car and Motorcycle Show. This free, family-friendly event will be hosted by the Tucumcari Elks Lodge 1172 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration of cars will begin at 10 a.m. with a $25 fee per vehicle, which comes with a free lunch. A prize raffle will be held every 30 minutes. It inc...

  • Menus - May 22

    May 22, 2024

    Tucumcari Senior Center Wednesday — Barbecued rib sandwich, potato wedges, pasta salad, cherry cobbler. Thursday — Lemon herb chicken, rice pilaf, roasted Brussels sprouts, beet and onion salad, whole-wheat roll with margarine, grapes. Friday — Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, collard greens with mushrooms, wheat roll with margarine, orange. Monday — Closed for Memorial Day. Tuesday — Chicken patty sandwich with lettuce and tomato, roasted Brussels sprouts, green beans, pineapple. Logan schools Wednesday — Breakfast:...

  • San Jon picks architect for new school

    Ron Warnick|May 22, 2024

    SAN JON — San Jon Municipal Schools during a special board meeting Wednesday chose Formative Architecture of Albuquerque to design its new school. Superintendent Alan Umholtz said a district committee looked at 11 architectural firms that expressed interest in designing San Jon’s new school. He said he was “amazed” at how many firms showed up at the initial meeting about the project, though two declined to submit packets to the committee. He said the committee whittled the list to four. Those applicants were interviewed a day before the mee...

  • Jail log - May 22

    May 22, 2024

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from May 14 to May 19: — Kizzie Ann Mills, 45, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — Kurtis Russell Morris, 33, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — Kye Tillmon, 38, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — Michael Paul Chacon, 45, San Jon, criminal trespass (unposted) and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer. — Tony Chavez, 33, Tucumcari, battery. — Carmel Christopher Jasper, 76, Tucumcari, criminal trespass (public). — Thomas Zukevich, 21, no address listed, two counts of aggravated assa...

  • Arch Hurley declines to allocate additional water

    Staff report|May 22, 2024

    The Arch Hurley Conservancy District board of directors last week declined to allocate additional water while it prepares its irrigation canals for an earlier allocation. The board officially voted on May 14 to not allocate any additional water at this time. Despite rain the previous weekend, district manager Franklin McCasland reported that Conchas Lake’s levels that morning were at 4,172.9 feet — about two-thirds of a foot higher than the previous month but below the optimum level of 4,174 feet and higher to release more water. The board in...

  • Police blotter - May 22

    May 22, 2024

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from May 13 to May 19: May 13 — 1:59 a.m.: Domestic disturbance in 1300 block of East Reed Avenue, Tucumcari. — 4:17 a.m.: Accident with injuries at milepost 33, U.S. 54, Logan. — 6:44 a.m.: Noise complaint in 600 block of South Jackson Street, Tucumcari.. — 8:51 a.m.: Vandalism in 600 block of South Second Street, Tucumcari. — 9:22 a.m.: Theft at U.S. 54 and Quay Road 64.5, Tucumcari. — 9:30 a.m.: Domestic disturbance in 200 block of West Tucumcari Boulevard,...

  • County likely to give $2-an-hour raises

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|May 15, 2024

    At least two members of the Quay County Commission on Monday said they were amenable to giving $2-an-hour pay raises to employees after the county manager said such increases were doable with the 2024-2025 budget. The commission likely will approve its budget with those raises during its next meeting on May 27. County manager Daniel Zamora said he examined the financial effect of giving $1 or $2-an-hour pay raises for hourly employees and department heads for the forthcoming fiscal year. Zamora said he was moderately surprised to find the $2...

  • Sheriff shot gun-brandishing man south of Tucumcari

    Ron Warnick, QCS senior writer|May 15, 2024

    The Quay County sheriff admitted to fatally shooting a rural Tucumcari man who was brandishing a firearm at healthcare personnel and law enforcement officers earlier this week. Sheriff Dennis Garcia volunteered the information about his involvement during a phone interview two days after the shooting of Aubrey James Osteen, 77, at his home on Quay Road 49 about a dozen miles south of Tucumcari. “Because I was involved, I feel the I need to be transparent about it,” Garcia said in a phone interview with the Quay County Sun. New Mexico State Pol...

  • Art City becomes a reality

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|May 15, 2024

    Art City no longer is just a concept in Matt Monahan's head. It's now reality. Three months after announcing at a Quay County Commission meeting his intention to build the large-scale sculpture park and campground on 40 acres a few miles north of Tucumcari off Highway 104, Art City held a soft opening in late April. Eleven of 14 of the large sculptures planned for the site have been installed, with at least two more coming by the fall. Art City is selling day passes at its visitartcity.com...

  • Iron Pour returns to MCC after year hiatus

    Staff report|May 15, 2024

    After a one-year hiatus, the Iron Pour returns next week to Mesalands Community College. The annual event involving art and coordination among artisans involving molten metal took a year off in 2023 during Mesalands' turmoil with its finances and leadership. Now that both have stabilized, Nate Glaspie and Bill Raney, both members of the college's art faculty, have taken on the reins of reviving and improving the event, which begins Sunday and runs through May 25. This will be the 24th edition...

  • Tucumcari fire chief placed on leave

    Staff report|May 15, 2024

    Tucumcari’s fire chief was placed on paid administrative leave earlier this month pending an internal investigation. City manager Paula Chacon confirmed in a phone interview last week that Tucumcari Fire & Rescue Chief Garrett Nash was put on paid leave on May 2. Citing personnel matters, she did not disclose the reason Nash was taken off duty. Chacon did not know when the internal investigation would be finished. “Soon, I hope,” she added. Nash has been with Tucumcari Fire & Rescue since 2020. He previously worked for the Clovis Fire Depar...

  • Calendar - May 15

    May 15, 2024

    May 19-25 — Mesalands Community College Iron Pour. This arts event resumes after a one-year hiatus. It includes the pouring of molten metal at 1 p.m. Friday and opportunities for locals to make their own molds for metal artwork. June 8 — Doc Powers Memorial Car and Motorcycle Show. This free, family-friendly event will be hosted by the Tucumcari Elks Lodge 1172 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration of cars will begin at 10 a.m. with a $25 fee per vehicle, which comes with a free lunch. A prize raffle will be held every 30 minutes. It inc...

  • Pages past - May 15

    May 15, 2024

    On this date ... 1974: Tucumcari High School basketball and baseball coach Dan King was fired, the Tucumcari News learned. Superintendent Horace Wood said: “The administration has decided to reassign King to the classroom, which means we are going to relieve him of his coaching duties.” “The Board of Education and the school administration hopes to upgrade the quality of the program, and we feel we can probably do this better with another individual,” he added. An angry King expressed shock and disappointment. “I don’t mind getting fired for n...

  • Menus - May 15

    May 15, 2024

    Tucumcari schools Wednesday — Breakfast: Blueberry and yogurt parfait, assorted cereal, graham crackers, fresh banana, apple juice, 1%, skim or strawberry skim milk; Lunch: Teriyaki chicken, brown rice, ham and egg chef salad, steamed broccoli, baby carrots, ranch dressing, mandarin oranges, 1%, skim, chocolate skim or strawberry skim milk. Thursday — Breakfast: Apple frudel, assorted cereal, graham crackers, fruit cocktail, orange juice, 1%, skim or strawberry skim milk; Lunch: Cheeseburger, ham and cheese sandwich, French fries, baby car...

  • San Jon resident pleads no contest to vehicular homcide

    Staff report|May 15, 2024

    A San Jon resident pleaded no contest to a charge of homicide by vehicle and will serve up to eight years in prison after he was accused of striking and killing a man at a Bernalillo County casino in 2022. Robert Joseph Archuleta, 68, accepted the plea agreement in April, less than a month before he was scheduled to stand trial. According to court documents filed May 7, the homicide by vehicle (DWI) charge is a second-degree felony with a potential sentence of 15 years in prison, followed by two years of parole and/or a $12,500 fine. The plea...

  • Tucumcari ag student honored at West Texas A&M

    Staff report|May 15, 2024

    Kassidee Clark of Tucumcari was among about 100 West Texas A&M University honored during the Department of Agriculture Sciences’ year-end banquet. Clark, a senior, was among the top agriculture education students at the university. Top students from the department’s agriculture media and communications, equine industry and business, plant, soil and environmental sirens, agribusiness, agriculture business and economics, animal science and pre-vet programs also were honored. The students were honored during The Ag Gathering on May 1....

  • 4-H member takes state shotgun contest

    Staff report|May 15, 2024

    A Quay County 4-H member recently earned high-point honors during the New Mexico 4-H Shooting Sports Championship in Raton. Greyson Bollinger received a buckle for being the high-points individual in the shotgun competition at the state meet, held at the Whittington Center in Raton. Other competitions included archery, air rifle, rifle, pistol and hunting. The Quay County 4-H hunting team of Bollinger, Ashton Smith and Paxton Smith finished fourth, with Bollinger the No. 4 individual in that...

  • Jail log - May 15

    May 15, 2024

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from May 6 to May 10: — Rohit Rohit, 25, Fresno, California, contempt of court. — Gabriel Coronado, 20, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — Stephine Talarico, 29, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — Serena A. Jimenez, 23, Tucumcari, assault upon a peace officer, resisting evading or obstructing an officer, criminal damage to property (under $1,000) and disorderly conduct. — Arthur V. Lucero, 32, Tucumcari, battery against a household member and criminal damage to property (under $1...

  • Police blotter - May 15

    May 15, 2024

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from May 6 to May 12: May 6 — 6:20 a.m.: Breaking and entering in 1900 block of South Seventh Street, Tucumcari. — 7:53 a.m.: Accident with injuries in 300 block of West Chenault Avenue, Tucumcari. — 8:34 a.m.: Breaking and entering in 600 block of South Second Street, Tucumcari. — 11:34 a.m.: Theft in 1500 block of South Sixth Street, Tucumcari. — 3:10 p.m.: Brush fire in 32600 block of Interstate 40 west, Tucumcari. — 3:39 p.m.: Brush fire in 36500 block...

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