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  • City manager to retire at end of 2024

    Staff report|Jul 17, 2024

    Tucumcari’s city manager will retire at the end of this year after almost 2 1/2 years at the helm. Paula Chacon said she informed her department heads on Friday about her retirement. She called the Quay County Sun on Monday to inform it about her choice. “This was my decision,” Chacon said. “I’m tired of working all the time.” Chacon noted an assistant city manager position was added to the city’s budget, which would allow that person to be trained and then elevated to city manager after she leaves on Dec. 31. “I’d like to get somebody in s...

  • San Jon bans cellphone use by students

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Jul 17, 2024

    SAN JON — The San Jon Municipal Schools board on Wednesday enacted a policy that bans cellphone use by students on campus. Principal Sharla Rusk and superintendent Alan Umholtz recommended its passage, noting similar edicts are being passed at other school districts in Regional Education Cooperative District 6. Rusk urged the policy “due to issues” in the last school year, labeling cellphone usage during the school day as “a detriment to student academic success.” Umholtz concurred, saying “we had many problems” with cellphones in the previo...

  • City approves infrastructure list

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Jul 17, 2024

    The Tucumcari City Commission approved its five-year Infrastructure Capital Improvements Plan, but not without some projects being moved up in priority, including street equipment and improvements to the dog pound. Commissioners discussed the plan with city manager Paula Chacon and community development director Vicki Strand during a work session Thursday before the main meeting. The city faced a Friday deadline to submit the plan to the state. The ICIP serves as a guide to state lawmakers when they allocate capital outlay funds during their le...

  • Logan board revises student dress code

    Staff report|Jul 17, 2024

    The board for Logan Municipal Schools last Monday approved revisions to the student dress code involving hair length, facial piercings and tattoos. Superintendent Dennis Roch said in an email to the Quay County Sun it had been five years since the last formal review of the dress code, so he and principal Crystal Burns convened a committee of students, parents and staff to examine it and identify areas for possible updates. "I commend both the committee and the school board for designing a...

  • Pages past - July 17

    Jul 17, 2024

    On this date ... 1974: The Tucumcari Senior League All-Star Baseball Team completed a two-game sweep of the Friona All-Stars with a 12-3 road victory. Tucumcari earned a berth in the state Senior League tournament to be played in Las Vegas. Eli Dominquez paced Tucumcari with three hits in the final game against Friona. He also had three hits in the previous game. As a pitcher, Dominquez allowed just six hits and striking out nine in the clinching game. Tucumcari’s manager was Gene Kreykenbohm. — Dizzy Dean, the colorful pitcher of the Wor...

  • Calendar - July 17

    Jul 17, 2024

    July 26-27 - Quay County 4-H Rodeo. This competition at the Quay County Fairgrounds for senior, junior and novice rodeo athletes draws from a wide region. Events, which begin at 5 p.m. each day, include bareback bronc riding, bull riding, tiedown roping, ribbon roping, breakaway roping, goat tying, barrel racing, pole bending, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and team roping. July 27 - St. Anne's Fiesta. The annual event by the St. Anne's Catholic Church will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at...

  • Menus - July 17

    Jul 17, 2024

    Tucumcari Senior Center Wednesday — Chopped steak, baked potato, gravy with mushrooms, beet and onion salad, roll with margarine, strawberry cake. Thursday — Sweet and sour pork, fried rice, Oriental vegetables, fruit salad, fortune cookie. Friday — Arroz con pollo, tossed salad with dressing, whole-wheat crackers, apple crisp. Monday — Beef stew, tossed salad with dressing, whole-wheat crackers, fruit salad. Tuesday — Braised pork chops, red cabbage with red onions, roasted potatoes, biscuit with margarine, honey, banana. Logan Senior Ce...

  • Jail log - July 17

    Jul 17, 2024

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from July 8 to July 11: — Charles Chandler Hazen, 31, Logan, battery against a household member. — Rudy C. Lopez, 29, Tucumcari, driving while license suspended or revoked. — Teresa Childers, 61, Albuquerque, felony contempt of court. — Adrianna M. Apodaca, 33, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — Oscar Ferrel, 21, Tucumcari, wrongful use of public property. — Tehron Lampkin, 21, Tucumcari, felony possession of a controlled substance (narcotic drug), criminal damage to property (u...

  • Liaison misses nearly all MainStreet meetings

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Jul 17, 2024

    Tucumcari Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Lopez has attended only one of six Tucumcari MainStreet board meetings this year despite being appointed as the liaison for the nonprofit organization. Connie Loveland, executive director of Tucumcari MainStreet, revealed Lopez’s repeated absences during a Tucumcari Lodgers Tax Advisory Board meeting on Wednesday. The board was discussing the use of $10,000 in lodgers funds to pay part of Tucumcari MainStreet’s annual $60,000 contract. Tucumcari MainStreet can use no more than $50,000 in Local Economic Development...

  • Advocate for depot, museum honored

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Jul 17, 2024

    The newly renovated east room of the Tucumcari railroad depot was scheduled Saturday to host a book-signing and presentation by the author of a book on the extinct coal-mining town of Dawson. But the event also served as a surprise honor for Tucumcari's Frank Turner, who helped save the historic depot from demolition, founded the Tucumcari Railroad Museum and played a role in acquiring a grant from Union Pacific for the east room's renovation. Turner traveled with his wife from his North...

  • Arch Hurley allocates another inch of water

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Jul 17, 2024

    After two other motions failed, the Arch Hurley Conservancy District board of directors approved an allocation of 1 inch of water per acre and will re-evaluate the possibility of future allocations during its August meeting. With about a dozen farmers observing the proceedings at the July 9 meeting, board member Debra Mitchell first moved to not allocate any water at this time. The motion died from the lack of a second. Board member Larry Perkins then moved to allocate 2 inches of water per acre, matching the district’s allocation in April. T...

  • Police blotter - July 17

    Jul 17, 2024

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from July 8 to July 14: July 8 — 12:08 a.m.: Domestic disturbance in 100 block of River Road, Logan. — 3:47 a.m.: Reckless driving at North Park Street and East Whitmore Avenue, Tucumcari. — 10:30 a.m.: Arrest warrant in 100 block of North U.S. 54, Logan. — 11:41 a.m.: Juvenile problem in 700 block of West Sunset Avenue, Tucumcari. — 12:13 p.m.: Disturbance at East Main and North Rock Island streets, Tucumcari. — 1:15 p.m.: Found property in 600 block of So...

  • Former longtime Logan manager dies

    Staff report|Jul 10, 2024

    Larry Wallin, a manager for the Village of Logan for more than two decades, died Saturday from complications of cancer. He was 67. His obituary stated he died surrounded by his family. His funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Logan High School gymnasium, with lunch to follow in the school's cafeteria. Warren Frost, who served for many years as the village's attorney, said Wallin was "instrumental in making Logan what it is today." "Almost everything positive that's been going on here...

  • 'Quite the turnout' at parade

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Jul 10, 2024

    An unexpectedly large inaugural Independence Day Parade in Tucumcari on Thursday had organizers already looking ahead to improving or tweaking the event for next year and beyond. Bobby Hockaday, one of the parade's organizers, said after the event he had hoped to draw 15 entries. He had kept expectations modest because the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce had only two months to prepare and it also being Tucumcari's first July 4 parade in recent memory. Hockaday said signups for the para...

  • Farmers market opens for the season Saturday

    Staff report|Jul 10, 2024

    The Tucumcari Farmers Market has a new manager as it opens for the season at 10 a.m. Saturday in Wailes Park. Market manager Jonna Stanger said she has 15 to 17 vendors lined up, though they won’t be present all at once due to varying growing conditions. Stanger said among the offerings Saturday will be locally raised beef, garlic, beans, sourdough bread, strawberry jam, cookies, soaps and candles. She acknowledged some produce vendors are struggling with damage from hail and grasshoppers. “So while we may have lower than hoped-for off...

  • Courthouse windows, HVAC high on priority list

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Jul 10, 2024

    The Quay County Commission on Monday approved an Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan that puts replacement of the courthouse’s windows and climate-control systems high on its priority list. The plan, which serves as a guide to the state legislature for capital outlay funding, still has $30 million to build a new Trigg Memorial Hospital as the top item. The county is due to receive $10 million in state funding for the hospital project later this year, and county manager Daniel Zamora is applying for an additional $20 million in funds from t...

  • Pages past - July 10

    Jul 10, 2024

    On this date ... 1974: The Tucumcari News published a long list of questions from residents regarding a hotly debated annexation of Highway 18 (aka First Street) and Interstate 40, with answers from Mayor J.E. Saltz and two city commissioners. Saltz said the city needed to annex the land to benefit from sales, gasoline, lodgers and cigarette taxes, plus other revenue. Saltz, in response to a question about his residency, also said he had been a legal resident of Tucumcari since 1970. — Police arrested a man from Juarez, Mexico, on suspicion o...

  • Calendar - July 10

    Jul 10, 2024

    Saturday — “Cross of Iron” book signing. Author Nick Pappas will give a presentation and sign copies of his book at 2 p.m. He also will be joined by Frank Turner, founder of the Tucumcari Railroad Museum, in the renovated east room of the Tucumcari Railroad Depot. Pappas’ book goes into the history of two coal-mining disasters in Dawson, New Mexico. The rail line from Dawson once connected to Tucumcari. July 26-27 — Quay County 4-H Rodeo. This competition at the Quay County Fairgrounds for senior, junior and novice rodeo athletes draws fro...

  • Menus - July 10

    Jul 10, 2024

    Tucumcari Senior Center Wednesday — Meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, chuckwagon corn, roll with margarine, fruit cocktail. Thursday — Barbecued pork sandwich, carrots, sweet potato fries, banana and strawberries. Friday — Chicken fajita, pinto beans, tossed salad with dressing, tortilla, rice pudding with cinnamon. Monday — Hot dog, baked beans, zucchini and tomatoes. Tuesday — Smothered bean burrito, Spanish rice, Brussels sprouts, tossed salad with dressing, apricots. Logan Senior Center Wednesday — Chicken breast with mush gravy, mash...

  • Agency seeks contractors to rehab homes

    Staff report|Jul 10, 2024

    The New Mexico Finance Authority is seeking contractors in Quay County and several adjacent counties to provide home rehabilitation services for the agency’s Home Improvement Program. The MFA is accepting Requests for Qualifications for prospective contractors. Up to $5 million in funding is available to rehabilitate homes throughout the state. MFA offers direct home rehabilitation services through its new Home Improvement Program in eight counties that do not have a service provider for its HOME Rehabilitation Program, including Quay, G...

  • Avian flu concerns prompt move of poultry, rabbit shows

    Staff report|Jul 10, 2024

    The Quay County Fair has moved up its 4-H and FFA rabbit and poultry shows to Aug. 1 due to concerns about avian influenza in the region. The Quay County Extension Service announced the change last Tuesday. Erin Smith, family consumer science and 4-H agent at the extension office, said the fair board decided last Monday to move up the poultry and rabbit shows by about a week. The remainder of livestock shows will be during the fair’s usual schedule of Aug. 7-10. “This is a precaution to insure no possible cross contamination with other spe...

  • Study: NM boasts lowest energy costs

    Staff report|Jul 10, 2024

    Despite New Mexico residents spending more money to run climate-control systems to counter a typically hot summer, a recent report shows the Land of Enchantment having the lowest energy costs of all 50 states. WalletHub reported New Mexico residents’ average monthly energy bill was $376, which was $24 cheaper than the lowest-cost runner-up, Arizona. The report accounts for costs for electricity, natural gas, motor fuel and home heating oil. Breaking down the numbers from WalletHub, New Mexico’s average monthly electricity cost was $103, sec...

  • National tour to hold fundraiser at Paws & Claws

    Staff report|Jul 10, 2024

    Jordan’s Way will conduct a fundraiser on July 18 at Paws & Claws Animal Rescue of Quay County as part of its third 50-state tour. The public is invited to the event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 18 at the Tucumcari shelter at 6427 Quay Road AI, also known as Airport Road. The event will include challenges and games. It also will be broadcast live on the Facebook page of Paws & Claws Animal Rescue of Quay County. Kris Rotonda founded Jordan’s Way after his favorite dog, Jordan, died. Jordan had spent the first 3 1/2 years of her life in a she...

  • Two men reported missing in area

    Staff report|Jul 10, 2024

    Two men were reported missing in the region last week. New Mexico State Police issued a Silver Alert for Carmel Cresenciano Jasper, 76, who last was seen May 30 at the Circle K convenience store on South First Street near Interstate 40 in Tucumcari. Jasper, listed at 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, last was seen wearing a red jacket, blue jeans and a green shirt with "Team Jasper" on it. Authorities issue a Silver Alert for an endangered person who has been confirmed as missing, who is 50 years and...

  • Jal log - July 10

    Jul 10, 2024

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from July 1 to July 7: — Pete John Apodaca, 46, Tucumcari, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer (arrest) and intentional child abuse (no death or great bodily harm). — Tehron Lampkin, 21, Tucumcari, felony possession of a controlled substance (narcotic drug). — Leon Robert Holbrook, 49, Tucumcari, contempt of court. These individuals were released from the Quay county Detention Center from June 28 to July 5: — Nathan J. Lucero, 28, Tucumcari, transfer to another...

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