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January 18, 2023

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1973: The Tucumcari City Commission by a vote of 3-2 turned down a proposed ordinance by Mayor King Aitken that would have raised the pay of the mayor and commissioners to $3,000 a year. Commissioners were being paid $10 per meeting and the mayor $20 per meeting.

Aitken said he wanted the ordinance because commissioners had “put in long hours at work, taking much time away from their businesses.”

Aikten and commissioner John Crespin voted for the measure; commissioners Otis Waterfield, Helen Gordon and James Saltz voted against it.

— Trustees and the building committee of the Center Street Methodist Church in Tucumcari announced the date of a groundbreaking ceremony for a sanctuary addition. The event will be a part of the worship service on Jan. 21.

— Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce President Bob Balch appointed area directors to the board: Vic Moller of Conchas Dam, Lewis Gallegos of Logan, L.C. Strawn of Tucumcari and George Wiegl of House.

— A 20-year-old Tucumcari girl escaped injury when her car overturned one mile west on Cemetery Road. She said she lost control of the vehicle when it hit a hole, and it turned over in a bar ditch. She was pinned in the flattened wreckage until a wrecker could free her.

— The Odeon Theatre was showing two Disney films: “Dumbo” and “The Legend of Lobo.” It next would screen the Oscar-winning drama “The French Connection,” starring Gene Hackman.


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