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1974: The Tucumcari News published a long list of questions from residents regarding a hotly debated annexation of Highway 18 (aka First Street) and Interstate 40, with answers from Mayor J.E. Saltz and two city commissioners.

Saltz said the city needed to annex the land to benefit from sales, gasoline, lodgers and cigarette taxes, plus other revenue.

Saltz, in response to a question about his residency, also said he had been a legal resident of Tucumcari since 1970.

— Police arrested a man from Juarez, Mexico, on suspicion of a break-in at the C.R. Anthony’s clothing store in Tucumcari. Officers recovered 19 pairs of pants in an alley and another pair at the store’s door.

— Retired U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, 83, died of a heart ailment at a hospital in Washington, D.C. He had served on the high court for 16 years, including during a landmark 1954 decision that outlawed segregation in public schools.

— A Tucumcari man was listed in fair condition at Trigg Memorial Hospital after a two-car crash at Rock Island Street and Tucumcari Boulevard.

— The 12-team World Football League was expected to make its debut, with the Southern California Sun playing the Birmingham Americans in Birmingham, Alabama. Other games included Detroit at Memphis, Hawaii at Florida, Houston at Chicago and Portland at Philadelphia. The league folded the following year.

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