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  • TES closed due to gas leak caused by vandal

    Staff report|Mar 27, 2024

    Classes at Tucumcari Elementary School were canceled at least one day this week because a vandal knocked out natural gas service to the facility. Veronica Hernandez, administrative assistant at the school district, said a motorist rammed an outdoor regulator that serves the building, causing a leak. Gas service was halted to stop the leak, but the building has no heating. School officials decided to cancel school Monday after temperatures were forecast to only be in the 30s. Hernandez said a contractor has been hired to repair the regulator,...

  • Museum removed from Fast TV project

    Staff report|Mar 27, 2024

    Recent leadership turmoil in the New Mexico Route 66 Association has prompted the removal of a museum from a multimillion-dollar project planned in Tucumcari by the Fast TV Network. Principals from the Fast TV Network announced in October 2022 it would move from Albuquerque into the vacant Kmart building in Tucumcari and convert it into an $8 million television and movie production facility, plus a New Mexico Route 66 Association museum and welcome center. During the news conference to announce the project, Fast TV said it would hold a soft...

  • Police blotter - March 27

    Mar 27, 2024

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from March 18 to March 24: March 18 — 2:47 a.m.: Prowler in 1100 block of South Fourth Street, Tucumcari. — 10:02 a.m.: Accident in 200 block of West Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari. — 10:14 a.m.: Trespassing in 200 block of West Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari. — 11:13 a.m.: Theft in 600 block of East Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari. — 11:44 a.m.: Shots fired in 800 block of West Hancock Avenue, Tucumcari. — 2:33 p.m.: Brush fire at milepost 31, Highway 278...

  • Jail log - March 27

    Mar 27, 2024

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from March 18 to March 24: — Joshua Neal, 34, Tucumcari, aggravated battery (great bodily harm) and criminal trespass (posted). — Daniel Edward Lott, 58, Tucumcari, battery against a household member and probation violation. — Dennis C. Benavidez, 32, Tucumcari, driving while license suspended or revoked and improper left turn at intersection. — Donovan J. Oldham, 22, Tucumcari, criminal trespass (damage), battery against a household member, aggravated assault (with intent...

  • Suspect in officer's killing is federally charged

    Staff report|Mar 20, 2024

    The suspect in the killing of a New Mexico State Police officer from Logan was charged with federal crimes today. Jaremy Smith, 33, of South Carolina was federally charged with carjacking resulting in death and discharge of a firearm during an relation to a crime of violence. Smith is accused of fatally shooting NMSP officer Justin Hare, 35, of Logan on March 15 when he stopped behind the vehicle that Smith was driving that had a flat tire west of Tucumcari on Interstate 40. Smith was arrested two days later in Albuquerque after Bernalillo...

  • State police officer mourned

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Mar 20, 2024

    The suspect was caught after a two-day manhunt, but many residents in Quay County and the law enforcement community still were grieving a New Mexico State Police officer from Logan who was shot and killed Friday morning west of Tucumcari. NMSP patrolman Justin Hare, 35, a member of the force since 2018, was shot fatally on Interstate 40 when he stopped to help the driver of a disabled vehicle. The suspect, Jaremy Alexander Smith, 33, of South Carolina was apprehended in Albuquerque on Sunday mor...

  • Woman jailed on murder charge

    Staff report|Mar 20, 2024

    A Tucumcari woman remains in the county jail after being accused of fatally shooting a local man in the back of the head at Five Mile Park. Ashley Danielle Hall, 22, is charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence. The murder charge is a capital felony that requires a sentence of life in prison if she is convicted. Hall is accused of shooting Ernest Arguello, 32, also of Tucumcari, during an argument on March 11 at the park on the city’s west side. According to the criminal complaint and affidavit filed by New Mexico State P...

  • Five-day week dominates TPS board meeting

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Mar 20, 2024

    The prospect of Tucumcari Public Schools going from a four-days-a-week of instruction to five days in the next school year dominated discussion at the board’s meeting last Monday — including having to submit two different budgets and school calendars for those schedules. Interim superintendent Dave Johnson said TPS likely would go from about 157 days of instruction to 185 or 187 in the 2024-2025 school year, based on a new plan by the state’s Public Education Department. Johnson said it remained uncertain whether the 180-day plan would inclu...

  • Pages past - March 20

    Mar 20, 2024

    On this date ... 1974: President Richard Nixon brushed aside a plea from a previously staunch Republican ally that he resign from office, vowing he will “stand and fight.” Sen. James L. Buckley of New York urged Nixon to resign “as an extraordinary act of statesmanship and courage” so the country could emerge from “the Watergate swamp.” Nixon refused again to turn over 42 audiotapes to the House Judiciary Committee that the panel wants for its impeachment inquiry. Nixon would step down from office in August. — The House school gymnasium was...

  • Menus - March 20

    Mar 20, 2024

    Tucumcari schools Wednesday — No school; spring break. Thursday — No school; spring break. Monday — Breakfast: Turkey sausage breakfast pizza, assorted cereal, cinnamon graham cracker, fresh pear, orange juice, 1%, skim or strawberry skim milk; Lunch: Chicken nuggets, turkey and cheese deluxe hoagie, mashed potatoes, cucumber, garden side salad, watermelon, 1%, skim, chocolate skim or strawberry skim milk. Tuesday — Breakfast: Veggie breakfast bowl, biscuit, assorted cereal, cinnamon graham cracker, cantaloupe, apple juice, 1%, skim or strawbe...

  • City manager to step down in June

    Staff report|Mar 20, 2024

    Tucumcari’s city manager will resign in late June after less than two years on the job. Near the end of Thursday’s city commission meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Lopez said after a 75-minute closed executive session to discuss personnel and litigation that city manager Paula Chacon had submitted her resignation letter. Chacon was not in the commission chambers when open session resumed. Chacon was hired in August 2022 to replace Mark Martinez, who took a position at Mesalands Community College Lopez said after the closed session that Chacon had...

  • MCC begins search for new president

    Staff report|Mar 20, 2024

    The Mesalands Community College board of trustees announced Friday it would begin a nationwide search for a president. The college stated it would take applications from candidates through April 17. A news releasee stated that five candidates would be proposed to the board by a selection committee, which includes board Chairman Richard Primrose as the search chair. Allen Moss has been Mesalands’ interim president for about a year. Josh McVey, vice president of student affairs, stated in an email that Moss would apply for the position. The b...

  • Calendar - March 20

    Mar 20, 2024

    Saturday — Second annual Chess Tournament. Preliminary rounds will be in the east room of the Tucumcari Railroad Museum, with the finals in Jackalope Coffee Haus. Beginner, intermediate and advanced players are invited. Some proceeds will go to Paws & Claws Animal Rescue. For more information, call or text (575) 815-4486. April 6 — Six-week dog training class. Tucumcari Dog Training and Tucumcari MainStreet are sponsoring a dog obedience class on Saturdays from April 6 through May 11 at the Tucumcari Railroad Museum. Cost is $50 for the cla...

  • Irrigation board declines to allocate water

    Staff report|Mar 20, 2024

    The Arch Hurley Conservancy District’s board declined to allocate water during its March 12 meeting despite pleas from a half-dozen farmers and ranchers. Board members said they were disinclined to divert water to the irrigation system’s canals until levels at Conchas Lake rise substantially higher. The level’s elevation was 4,171.84 feet on the morning of the meeting, a bit lower than the previous month’s 4,172 feet. Evaporation and other losses during the month of February totaled 1,431 acre-feet, compared to 1,260 acre-feet in inflow. Distri...

  • Assessor, 2 commissioners face opposition

    Staff report|Mar 20, 2024

    Voters in Quay County will face a decision on a three-way race for the county assessor’s position during the June 4 primary election. Two incumbents up for re-election on the county commission face challengers, as well. Candidates who filed for the county treasurer and clerk’s position likely will be unopposed, barring the filing later this summer by any independent candidates. A candidate for district attorney also is unopposed, but the current DA, an independent, may file for re-election in late June. For assessor, current officeholder Dan...

  • Logan schools mull changes to cellphone policy

    Staff report|Mar 20, 2024

    The Logan Municipal Schools board last week held a first reading on a revised and toughened cellphone policy for students set to take effect during the 2024-2025 school year. The board will be scheduled to vote whether to adopt the new policy during its April meeting. Superintendent Dennis Roch said the policy revisions came after two work sessions. “The board still welcomes stakeholder input as they consider revising this policy,” Roch wrote in an email to the Quay County Sun. A key part of the revised policy states: “Logan Municipal Schoo...

  • Accreditor puts MCC on probation

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Mar 20, 2024

    The Higher Learning Commission placed Mesalands Community College on probation as expected, but the college’s president again expressed optimism its finances would be above water by the end of the fiscal year in late June. The HLC awards accreditation to educational institutions in nearly 20 states. Mesalands interim president Allen Moss said HLC signaled months ago the college would be placed on probation. That designation was made official by certified mail on March 5, with the HLC board stating the college was “out of compliance” for its a...

  • Jail log - March 20

    Mar 20, 2024

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from March 11 to March 15: — Reina Alicia Lovato, 23, Rio Rancho, contempt of court. — Lee J. Sisneros Jr., 62, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — Jason Ruben Rojo, 40, Tucumcari, violation of restraining order prohibiting domestic violence, battery against a household member and criminal damage to property of a household member (over $1,000). — Jazmin Ortiz, 20, Tucumcari, encouraging violation of probation, parole or bail. — Josiah J. Martinez, 18, no address listed, contempt...

  • Police blotter - March 20

    Mar 20, 2024

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from March 11 to March 17: March 11 — 1:19 a.m.: Disturbance in 500 block of South Fourth Street, Tucumcari. — 2:10 a.m.: Disturbance in 400 block of South Dawson Street, Tucumcari. — 4:58 a.m.: Disturbance in 400 block of South Third Street, Tucumcari. — 7:35 a.m.: Disturbance in 400 block of East Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari. — 8:08 a.m.: Animal bite at South Rock Island Street and East Rankin Avenue, Tucumcari. — 7:40 a.m.: Arrest warrant in 200 block of W...

  • PED imposes new instruction rule

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Mar 13, 2024

    The New Mexico Public Education Department on Thursday imposed a minimum of 180 instructional days for public schools in the 2024-2025 school year despite widespread opposition — including from all four superintendents of Quay County’s schools. The new rule, which takes effect July 1, means many rural schools will have to set a five-day school week instead of the usual four. The PED would allow exemptions, but only if they show substantial growth in reading proficiency during the current school year. Public Education Secretary Arsenio Rom...

  • Suspect in officer's killing captured

    Staff report|Mar 13, 2024

    The suspect in the killing of a New Mexico State Police officer west of Tucumcari was captured Sunday morning in Albuquerque after a foot pursuit and shootout. Jaremy Smith of South Carolina was taken into custody in Albuquerque after being shot at least once by pursuing officers. He was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to a Bernalillo County sheriff's officer during a news briefing shortly before noon. A store clerk at an Albuquerque gas station spotted Smith and called police,...

  • State police officer slain near Tucumcari; suspect identified

    Staff report|Mar 13, 2024

    A New Mexico State Police officer with area ties was shot and killed west of Tucumcari on Interstate 40 on Friday morning, and the attacker remains at large. A statement from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham hours later expressing condolences confirmed the fallen officer was Justin Hare, who lived in Logan. Hare also grew up in Moriarty. “I’m heartbroken by the devastating news that State Police Officer Justin Hare was killed in the line of duty while responding to a call near Tucumcari this mor...

  • Tucumcari woman accused of murder

    Staff report|Mar 13, 2024

    A Tucumcari woman remains in the county jail after being accused of fatally shooting a local man in the back of the head at Five Mile Park. Ashley Danielle Hall, 22, is charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence. The murder charge is a capital felony that requires a sentence of life in prison if she is convicted. Hall is accused of shooting Ernest Arguello, 32, also of Tucumcari, during an argument on March 11 at the park on the city’s west side. According to the criminal complaint and affidavit filed by New Mexico State P...

  • Veto expands ways to use hospital funds

    Staff report|Mar 13, 2024

    A line-item veto on $10 million in state funding for a new Trigg Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari actually expands on the ways the county can use the money. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday made line-item vetos in multiple sections of an appropriations bill approved by the New Mexico Legislature during its recently completed 30-day session. In the bill, a $10 million Health Department allocation “for the construction of a hospital in Tucumcari-Quay County,” the words “the construction of” were stricken by the governor. In a veto stateme...

  • Lodgers board urges funds for concert

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Mar 13, 2024

    The Tucumcari Lodgers Tax Advisory Board recommended approval of a $7,840 request from Mesalands Community College to host a concert by country artist Joe Peters at the nearby convention center on March 20. The city commission can accept, reject or amend the board's recommendation, though it typically approves such requests. The concert, which begins at 7 p.m., is part of a celebration by Houston-based Impact Wind setting up an office and wind turbine certification courses on the Mesalands...

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