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 By Ron Warnick    News    August 21, 2019 

Donated lamb steals show

The animal that brought the highest bid Saturday night during the Junior Livestock Sale - the traditional highlight of the Quay County Fair - wasn't...

 By Steve Hansen    News    August 21, 2019 

Tucumcari leaders remain optimistic

While the Coronado Partners group is far from giving up on obtaining a license to build a racetrack-casino in Tucumcari, the state's recent decision...

 By Ron Warnick    News    August 21, 2019 

$3.67 million awarded for projects

Quay County entities were awarded Thursday with a total of $3.67 million in state grants for three projects, including for a new bridge on Old Route...


Calendar - Aug. 21

Saturday — White Bass Tournament. For more information, contact Ute Lake State Park in Logan at (575) 487-2284. Sept. 16 — Quay County Democratic Party meeting. The organization meets the third... Full story


Pages past - Aug. 21

On this date ... 1969: The Czechoslovak government sent tanks tonight into Prague, where crowds estimated as high as 100,000 exploded into noisy anti-Russian protests. Some people were hit by teargas... Full story

 By Ron Warnick    News    August 21, 2019 

Attorney hoping for conditional discharge

Jamal Jones’ attorney holds out slim hope his client can receive a conditional discharge from sentencing for his role in a violent home invasion so he can join the military. What’s more likely is... Full story


Menus - Aug. 21

Tucumcari schools Wednesday — Breakfast: Ham and egg biscuit sandwich, granola with strawberry and banana yogurt, fruit, juice, milk; Lunch: Chicken tacos with chicken taco meat and 6-inch...


Jail log - Aug. 21

These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from Aug. 12 to Aug. 18: • Cathy Rosanne Rutherford, 57, Tucumcari, failure to pay wages (employee fired). • Orlando A....


Police blotter - Aug. 21

These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center Aug. 11-18 Aug. 11 • 9:40 a.m.: Civil matter in 1400 block of South Adams Street, Tucumcari. • 11:13 a.m.:...

 By Ron Warnick    News    August 14, 2019

Sheriff, DA clash on social media

Quay County Sheriff Russell Shafer on a Facebook post last week levied pointed criticism against 10th Judicial District Attorney Timothy Rose for his office’s handling of a Tucumcari sex offender... Full story

 By Staff report    News    August 14, 2019

Quay County Fair gets started

The Quay County Fair from Wednesday through Saturday represents the completion of dozens of projects from area 4-H members. It also represents a highl...

 By Ron Warnick    News    August 14, 2019

Sign unveiled at agricultural science center

Rain washed out the hay wagon tour Thursday evening during the annual Field Day program at the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science...


Text of sheriff's Facebook message

This is the text of Quay County Sheriff Russell Shafer’s Facebook post on Aug. 6. The post was deleted Aug. 7. “On December 25th 2017, Tucumcari Police made a traffic stop on a male individual by... Full story


Text of DA's response

This is District Attorney Tim Rose’s written response to Quay County Sheriff Russell Shafer’s Facebook post: “Issues surrounding the criminal justice system is something that has always been...


Calendar - Aug. 14

Wednesday to Sunday — Quay County Fair. Home Arts entries are from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday. Exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. Bibles & Burritos will be at 8...

 By Ron Warnick    News    August 14, 2019

Honoring the military

"Honoring Military History" at the Tucumcari Historical Museum was billed as a look back at Quay County and New Mexico's role in the U.S. military,...

 By Steve Hansen    News    August 14, 2019

Conduct ordinance tabled

After a public hearing on the proposed code of conduct ordinance to guide decisions and actions of city officials and employees, the Tucumcari City Commission voted Thursday to table the ordinance....

 By Ron Warnick    News    August 14, 2019

Tax board hears report on film efforts

The executive director of the regional chamber of commerce on Wednesday told the Tucumcari Lodgers Tax Advisory Board about her forming a new organization to draw film and television productions to...

 By Ron Warnick    News    August 14, 2019

Commission hears no objections during public meeting

The Quay County Commission heard no objections during a brief public hearing Monday about its county infrastructure and capital improvement plan for fiscal years 2021 to 2025. The plan essentially...

 By Staff report    News    August 14, 2019

85-year-old found safe

An 85-year-old man who wandered away from a Tucumcari hotel the evening of Aug. 6 and became the subject of a Silver Alert was found safe Wednesday afternoon. Jim Swick walked away from the La Quinta...

 By Staff report    News    August 14, 2019

Parks announce improvements

New Mexico State Parks last week announced a multi-year improvements campaign that includes adding Wi-Fi throughout all state parks, including local favorites Ute Lake State Park in Logan and Conchas...

 By Staff report    News    August 14, 2019

Altrusa names area winners

Altrusa International of Tucumcari announced its area scholarship winners for the 2019-2020 academic year. Each recipient received a $400 scholarship based on academic performance, need, desire to att...

 By Ron Warnick    News    August 14, 2019

Wages discussed at emergency board meeting

No action was taken, but future minimum-wage increases mandated by the state loomed large during discussions about pay for dispatchers during the Tucumcari/Quay Regional Emergency Communications...


Menus - Aug. 14

Tucumcari schools Wednesday — No school. Thursday — No school. Monday — Breakfast: Blueberry muffin and string cheese, cereal choice with cinnamon goldfish graham cracker, fruit, milk, juice;...


Pages past - Aug. 14

On this date ... 1969: Jack Daum, liaison in the Washington office of U.S. Rep. Manuel Lujan Jr. (R-N.M.) announced Lujan scheduled a meeting today with the deputy director of the Bureau of Public Roa...


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