Serving the High Plains

News


Sorted by date  Results 1 - 25 of 5307

  • Report: Officer's alleged killer threatened others

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Jun 12, 2024

    The man charged with killing New Mexico State Police Patrolman Justin Hare in March threatened healthcare workers while he was being treated for injuries after his capture. Jaremy Smith, 33, of South Carolina, also threatened a former girlfriend and a travel companion before Hare was killed. And he is accused of entering an empty ranch house near Newkirk, where he ate food and stole ammunition, cash and a pickup truck before being shot and apprehended by police in Albuquerque a day later. Those...

  • Tax board receptive fireworks aid request

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Jun 12, 2024

    The Tucumcari Lodgers Tax Advisory Board seemed amenable to an aid request from the Logan-Ute Lake Chamber of Commerce for its Fourth of July fireworks show, scheduled for July 6. Mayor Mike Cherry, the board’s liaison, said Logan will spend $20,000 on its fireworks display, hence the request. The pyrotechnics will be set off in sequence by professionals, he said. However, Logan didn’t submit a specific amount of funding it wanted from the board. Because of that, board Chairman Matt Bednorz suggested the request be ultimately decided by the...

  • Manager wants prioritize courthouse windows

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Jun 12, 2024

    Quay County’s manager said he was inclined to move up priority of replacing the courthouse windows on its Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan. The county commission on Monday held a public hearing on updating the five-year plan, which serves as a guide and wish list for capital outlay funding from the New Mexico Legislature. County manager Daniel Zamora said the county spends $3,000 to $5,000 a month on electricity in the courthouse, which also holds other county offices. He said new windows would improve its energy efficiency. Last y...

  • New truck stop taking shape in Tucumcari

    Staff report|Jun 12, 2024

    With the recent erection of a fuel canopy, the new truck stop under construction on South First Street and Interstate 40 in Tucumcari was starting to take shape last week. The site at 3022 S. First St. is slated by this fall to be a One9 station, part of the Pilot and Flying J network. Ian Terry, construction superintendent at the site, said in a telephone interview that work began on the undeveloped piece of land in early April. He said it's on track to open in early September, barring any cons...

  • Pages past - June 12

    Jun 12, 2024

    On this date ... 1974: A total of 23 Tucumcari Public Schools teachers won’t return for the 1974-75 school year, according to a list published in the Tucumcari News. A total of eight teachers retired, seven resigned to take jobs in other school districts that included Artesia, Muleshoe and Las Cruces, and three were not rehired. Two teachers were going back to school for advanced degrees, one resigned because her husband was moving, one stepped aside because she had a baby, and one found a better job at a vocational school. — Polly Flint of...

  • Calendar - June 12

    Jun 12, 2024

    Friday through Sunday — Tucumcari Rawhide Days. The event at the Quay County Fairgrounds will feature a free biscuits-and-gravy breakfast, youth ranch rodeo, junior livestock show, barrel racing, arts and crafts show, live music and historical presentations. Most of the festivities will be centered around the Tucumcari Historical Museum or the Quay County Fairgrounds rodeo arena. July 4 — Tucumcari Fourth of July Parade. The Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce is organizing this event, set for 10 a.m. on Route 66 from Lake Street to the T...

  • Menus - June 12

    Jun 12, 2024

    Tucumcari Senior Center Wednesday — Roasted chicken drumsticks, brown rice, California blend vegetables, spinach salad, mixed fruit. Thursday — Kielbasa, red cabbage, peppers and onions, penne pasta, vanilla yogurt, cornbread, pineapple tidbits. Friday — Chicken fried steak, creamed potatoes, peppered gravy, green beans, garden salad with dressing, lemon poundcake with spiced peaches. Monday — Sloppy joe, baked french fries, roasted cauliflower, mandarin oranges. Tuesday — Sour cream chicken enchilada, Spanish rice, pinto beans, oatmeal cookie,...

  • Rawhide Days festival returns this weekend

    Staff report|Jun 12, 2024

    The 2024 edition of Tucumcari Rawhide Days this weekend will take on more of a historical emphasis with, appropriately enough, much of the action at the Tucumcari Historical Museum. The other western-themed activities, including a youth ranch rodeo and barrel racing, will take place at the Quay County Fairgrounds arena. Rawhide Days takes its inspiration from the late 1950s and early 1960s television western series, “Rawhide,” starring Tucumcari native Paul Brinegar and a young Clint Eastwood. Portions of “Rawhide” also were shot on ranches...

  • Officials give status report reconciling city finances

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Jun 12, 2024

    City officials and two members of an accounting firm gave a status update during a special commission work session Wednesday on efforts to reconcile the city’s finances as far back as 2022. City manager Paula Chacon said she, finance director Hallie Ferguson and Liz Martinez and Angelica Pacheco, client services managers of Mitchell, Beasley & Co. CPA of Las Cruces, have identified many deposits and credits, with only two debits they have been unable to find, from December 2022. “I think we’ve made a lot of progress,” Chacon said. “We’re...

  • TableTop Cooperative loses its state grant

    Staff report|Jun 12, 2024

    The locally based TableTop Cooperative recently lost a nearly $25,000 state grant that would have enabled it to buy a walk-in cooler to store produce and increase its ability to sell it to a larger region. The loss of that grant also scuttled its ability to secure a federal grant of up to $40,000 to buy food processing equipment, said the co-owner of Tucumcari plant nursery La Casa Verde, one of the cooperative’s key members. The New Mexico Economic Development Department in February announced the $24,740.03 Healthy Food Financing Award for t...

  • Byrd captures GOP nod for county assessor

    Staff report|Jun 12, 2024

    Jefferson Byrd defeated James Kleinsasser for the Republican nomination for Quay County assessor during light turnout last Tuesday in the primary election. Byrd, 52, a rancher and windmiller from rural Tucumcari, earned a total of 466 votes in the county - 128 more than Kleinsasser, 63, a chief deputy assessor who lives in Tucumcari. That represented 58% of the vote for Byrd. Byrd won all precincts in the county. He faces current officeholder and Democratic nominee Dana Leonard in November's...

  • TPS budget includes $3.3 million cash carryover

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Jun 12, 2024

    Members of the Tucumcari Public Schools board last Monday approved a $15.1 million operating budget for 2024-2025 that includes a $3.3 million carryover when the fiscal year begins on July 1. The cash will prove critical, as Tucumcari will have to absorb costs on a few teachers and aides that were covered by coronavirus relief funds. The federal Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief Fund required 20% of it to be spent on academics. Those funds will sunset in December. When pressed by board members how much the district would have to...

  • Logan launches Ute tourism campaign

    Staff report|Jun 12, 2024

    The Village of Logan has officially launched its first tourism campaign for Ute Lake, coining the slogan "the best lake you've never been to." The village also launched a new website, VisitUteLake.com, that provides potential visitors local fishing reports, where to eat, places to stay and more. Funding for the campaign came, in part, from a $15,000 outdoor marketing grant announced in March from the New Mexico Economic Development Department. The grant also is being used to print pamphlets and...

  • About 40 4-Hers compete in county contest

    Staff report|Jun 12, 2024

    About 40 Quay County 4-H members competed in the annual county contest on June 2 in 14 competitions ranging from public speaking to meats identification. Novice and junior members are eligible to compete at district contests in Lovington and Hobbs on June 17-19. Seniors who finished in the top nine are eligible to compete at the state competition in Las Cruses in July. Participants develop decision-making skills and many other skills that can assist them in future employment opportunities with...

  • Jail log - June 12

    Jun 12, 2024

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from June 3 to June 10: — Samuel Dan Stanton, 62, Hobbs, aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug (0.16 or higher). — Raymond Carl Holliday, 35, Tucumcari, three counts of contempt of court. — Dennessa L. Bland, 54, Tucumcari, felony contempt of court. — Francisca Donovan, 45, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — Maria Margarita Romero, 36, Tucumcari, charge not listed. — Santos Preciado, 32, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — Toby Steve Apodaca...

  • Police blotter - June 12

    Jun 12, 2024

    These calls were made to the Tucumcari-Quay Regional Emergency Communications Center from June 2 to June 9: June 2 — 1:37 a.m.: Accident in 2000 block of South Mountain Road, Tucumcari. — 5:02 a.m.: Accident at South Rock Island Street and East Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari. — 8:19 a.m.: Suicidal subject in 100 block of West High Street, Tucumcari. — 12:22 p.m.: Property damage in 400 block of East Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari. — 3:42 p.m.: Accident with injuries at Quay Road AD and Quay Road 64, Tucumcari. — 4:59 p.m.: Reckless driving in...

  • City budget includes $1.50-an-hour raises

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Jun 5, 2024

    Tucumcari city commissioners last Tuesday arrived at a consensus to submit a preliminary budget of nearly $17 million that includes employee raises of $1.50 an hour. The three commissioners present — Mayor Mike Cherry, Jonathan Brito and Renee Hayoz — didn’t officially make a motion to accept the budget after a special meeting that lasted for more than three hours. They instead vocally came to consensus to let city manager Paula Chacon and finance director Hallie Ferguson submit the preliminary budget to state officials by the deadline of Ma...

  • Man accused of taking car from used-vehicle lot

    Staff report, The Staff of The News|Jun 5, 2024

    A man was arrested in California after being accused of taking a vehicle from a used-car business in Tucumcari for a drive and never returning to pay for it. Magistrate Judge Noreen Hendrickson on May 28 issued an arrest warrant for Leonardo Chavez Villasenor, 63, of San Fernando, California, on a felony charge of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle. The charge is a fourth-degree felony that can lead up to 18 months in prison or up to a $5,000 fine. According to a probable cause statement from New Mexico State Police patrolman Antonio Esparza,...

  • Paws & Claws given subsidy

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Jun 5, 2024

    Paws & Claws Animal Rescue of Quay County will receive $6,000 upfront from the county government, plus $10,000 annually after the shelter's president pleaded for such aid. Kathi McClelland, president of the nonprofit shelter on Airport Road east of Tucumcari, told county commissioners during their regular meeting last Tuesday that "we're struggling financially" due to rising costs and that the shelter's ability to acquire grants has been "hit or miss." She said Paws & Claws is rebuilding nine...

  • MCC to request $990K for building repairs

    Ron Warnick, The Staff of The News|Jun 5, 2024

    The Mesalands Community College board of trustees recommended during a special meeting Wednesday requesting $990,000 in state funds to improve Building A and Building E on campus. Mark Martinez, the college’s executive director of operations and procurement, said he initially was going to recommend $500,000 after noting that insurance claims from the May 2023 hailstorm would improve those buildings. However, board Chairman Richard Primrose doubted that request would be enough and recommended the ask be raised to $990,000 — the same amount req...

  • Pages past - June 5

    Jun 5, 2024

    On this date ... 1974: Democratic state Sen. Jerry Apodaca and Republican rancher Joe Skeen captured their party’s nominations for governor during the primary election. Apodaca and Skeen, both of them experienced legislative leaders, are expected to mount spirited campaigns to succeed Democratic Gov. Bruce King in the November general election. Skeen scored a convincing win against four other GOP candidates. Apodaca won the nomination after prevailing against six other foes. In November, Apodaca narrowly defeated Skeen for the governor’s seat....

  • Calendar - June 5

    Jun 5, 2024

    Saturday — 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, including a free lunch. A prize raffle will occur every 30 minutes. It includes hot food, snow cones and music by the Junction 432 Band. For more information, email [email protected] or call (719) 217-8544. Saturday — Tucumcari Rotary Club Lobster Dinner & Dance. This event at the Tucumcari Elks Lodge from 6:3...

  • Menus - June 5

    Jun 5, 2024

    Tucumcari Senior Center Wednesday — Hamburger steak with brown gravy, egg noodles, green beans, cauliflower, apricots. Thursday — Grilled turkey and cheese sandwich with lettuce and tomato, vegetable medley, tomato soup, pears. Friday — Beef and cheese burritos, black beans with red bell pepper, tossed salad with dressing, mandarin orange. Monday — Salisbury steak with brown gravy and mushrooms, noodles, broccoli spears, roll with margarine, apple crisp. Tuesday — Taco soup, Chateau blend vegetables, orange wedges with cinnamon. Logan Senior Ce...

  • Jail log - June 5

    Jun 5, 2024

    These individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center from May 28 to June 3: — Danford Cross Jr., 38, Tucumcari, contempt of court. — Orlando A. DeHerrera, 57, Tucumcari, criminal trespass (unposted). — Felix Maldonado, 38, Tucumcari, two counts of assault against a household member and abandonment of a child (no death or great bodily harm). — Silva Stable, 52, no address listed, receiving stolen property ($250 or less). — Danny Joe Gutierrez, 65, Tucumcari, probation violation, larceny ($250 or less), battery, battery upon a poli...

  • NM congressional leaders, candidates respond to Trump verdict

    Roswell Daily Record, Syndicated content|Jun 5, 2024

    ROSWELL — The responses of New Mexico elected officials and congressional candidates to a jury’s conviction of former U.S. President Donald Trump on May 30 differed based on party affiliation, with Democrats calling it a victory for the rule of law and Republicans decrying it as a criminal prosecution motivated by politics. Following a six-week trial in Manhattan, a jury returned with a verdict of guilty on 34 criminal counts of falsifying business records against the 45th president and presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Pro...

Page Down

Rendered 06/15/2024 07:41