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February 16, 2022
On this date ...
1971: Two juveniles were detained as they walked into Tucumcari High School, accused of phoning in a bomb threat. Tucumcari police officers investigated after Mountain Bell Telephone Company placed a trap on phones at the junior high and high schools after a bomb threat the previous day. The bomb-threat was traced to a phone booth at McAda’s Gulf across the street from the New Mexico State Police office. The gas station’s attendant described a pickup truck with two boys in it, leading to the arrests.
• Tucumcari City Clerk Earlene Cooper, on the advice of the city attorney, called city commission candidate Mike Mata and asked him to withdraw from the race. The city attorney found Mata had been convicted of a felony and did not have his civil rights restored. He also said Mata had been illegally registered to vote. He instructed Cooper to render Mata ineligible to run for the office if he didn’t voluntarily withdraw.
• The Xi Beta Theta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi presented new benches for Trigg Memorial Hospital. The sorority purchased the benches from funds generated during the “Home Beautiful Tour” in Tucumcari.
• The Tucumcari High School wrestling team defeated (Las Vegas) Robertson 33-21, avenging a 28-28 tie earlier in the season.