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 By Ron Warnick    News    August 19, 2020

DNA ties suspect to 2012 clinic fire

TUCUMCARI - A Tucumcari man, presented with DNA evidence, recently confessed to setting a fire in 2012 that killed more than 70 animals at a local veterinarian clinic. However, the man has not been...

 

Ute Lake State Park closed through Aug. 25; employees positive for COVID-19

Ute Lake State Park in Logan will remain closed through Aug. 25 after several employees there tested positive for COVID-19, according to a news release Saturday afternoon. The park closed Wednesday after several park employees showed...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    August 5, 2020

Court rules in governor's favor

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled the governor is authorized to impose stiff fines for violations of the state’s public health order during the coronavirus pandemic. The decision from the bench arrived after about an hour...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    July 19, 2020

Ex-Roosevelt deputy accused of thefts

An investigation into a deputy's missing duty weapon has led to multiple theft charges, other criminal allegations and the loss of the deputy's job at the Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office. Chris...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    July 15, 2020

More charges filed against ex-Roosevelt County deputy

Criminal allegations against a former Roosevelt County sheriff’s deputy are increasing. Chris McCasland, 34, was arrested Wednesday on stolen property charges connected to his time working as a police officer in Angel Fire. On Thursday, charges of...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    June 10, 2020

Good Samaritans aid driver following wreck

After a big truck ran off the road Friday and wrecked west of Tucumcari, nearly a dozen Good Samaritans lifted the mangled cab off the driver, gave him first aid and comfort, then cleared a path...

 

Quay Covid-19 patient no stranger to battling

TUCUMCARI — Richard Lewis has survived diabetes, two strokes, several heart surgeries and even being struck by lightning. Family members say he’s showing signs of surviving coronavirus as well. “He has nine lives, I’m sure,” Lewis’ former...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    April 5, 2020

Decision on June 2 primary likely won't come until mid-April

New Mexico voters won’t know until at least mid-April whether everybody will cast ballots by mail for the June 2 primary election. The state Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on both sides of the issue April 14 after 27 county clerks asked the...

 

In Tribute: Schutte Tucumcari's go-to lawyer for many years

Donald Schutte, a longtime lawyer and a former assistant district attorney and district court judge in Quay County, died Feb. 25. He was 72. Attorney Roger Bargas, with whom Schutte shared a law office in Tucumcari, said he suddenly took ill at his...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    January 8, 2020

Quay County: Home to dozens of ghost towns

On a wall of the Quay County Clerk's office hangs a 1964 map of ghost towns in New Mexico. The New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources compiled the map, of which copies are available from...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    January 5, 2020

Shooter apologized to pizza customers after killing manager

TUCUMCARI — The man who shot and killed a manager of a Tucumcari restaurant last month apologized to customers after the attack and said no harm would come to them before he fatally turned the gun on himself in the parking lot. Two friends of the...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    December 8, 2019

In tribute: Ron Wilmot was 'champion of the people'

TUCUMCARI - Friends called him a "champion of the people" and his death a "devastating loss." Ron Wilmot, a former journalist, convention center manager and longtime staffer for U.S. Rep. Ben Ray...

 

Texico rallies to make it six straight

RIO RANCHO – For Texico, call it six the hard way. The top-seeded Wolverines volleyball team captured its sixth consecutive state championship Saturday, but it had to get past an upset-minded,...

 

Logan repeats as 1A champion, spoils Melrose bid for 23-0

RIO RANCHO – Logan stunned top-seeded and previously unbeaten Melrose 25-16, 25-20, 25-20 in the Class 1A volleyball championship Saturday after the Lady Buffaloes mostly dominated the Lady Longhorn...

 

Rattlers hope to avoid injury bug

“I think we will be a decent ballclub if we can stay healthy.” Tucumcari head coach Wayne Ferguson’s thumbnail assessment of his team matches others in the region. Simply put, coaches in Quay...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    July 31, 2019

Logan mayor fined for illegal contracting work

The mayor of Logan was fined $800, given a suspended 90-day jail sentence and put on unsupervised probation for illegally working and bidding as an electrical contractor without a license during a plea deal Tuesday afternoon in Tucumcari magistrate...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    July 31, 2019

Racing commission to meet Thursday

The New Mexico Racing Commission — minus one commissioner fired last week — will reconvene Thursday to hold its first regular meeting in more than two months, including discussing the possibility of awarding a sixth license. The commission...

 
 By Ron Warnick    Sports    May 15, 2019

Foxes NMAA track champs

ALBUQUERQUE - The Fort Sumner boys track team so dominated the Class 1A field during the NMAA Track and Field Championship, it nearly doubled the number of points scored by the runner-up. The Foxes...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    May 1, 2019

Ex-chief gets no jail time on plea deal

Editor's note: The victim and those associated with her are not identified in this story, in line with Eastern New Mexico News policy not to identify victims of alleged sexual assault. A former...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    April 24, 2019

Proposed racetrack settlement ratified

The New Mexico Racing Commission’s ratification Thursday of a proposed settlement clears the way for it possibly awarding a sixth racetrack license during a special meeting on Tuesday — provided the governor doesn’t fire the commission first....

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    April 24, 2019

Governor fires racing commission, appoints five new members

TUCUMCARI — The New Mexico Racing Commission today abruptly canceled a planned April 30 special meeting to discuss awarding a sixth horse-racing license, and by the afternoon a new racing commission was appointed by Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham. The...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    April 17, 2019

Former Tucumcari fire chief pleads to five counts

TUCUMCARI — A former Tucumcari fire chief on Tuesday pleaded no contest in district court to five criminal counts — three of them felonies — from a 2017 case in which he was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a city employee and...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    April 10, 2019

State Supreme Court censures district judge

TUCUMCARI — The New Mexico Supreme Court has publicly censured a 10th Judicial District judge in Tucumcari for violating the Code of Judicial Conduct during a private meeting last year with Quay County’s manager. Judge Albert J. Mitchell allegedl...

 
 By Ron Warnick    Sports    March 20, 2019

Melrose goes back 2 back

ALBUQUERQUE - The Melrose boys basketball team finished a mediocre 4-4 in district play and landed just a No. 5 seed in the Class 1A state tournament. But Saturday night, the Buffaloes captured their...

 
 By Ron Warnick    News    March 20, 2019

Racino license once again on commission agenda

The New Mexico Racing Commission again has placed awarding a sixth license on its tentative agenda for its regular meeting Thursday in Albuquerque. But with a lawsuit due in an Albuquerque courtroom in about two weeks from a license applicant, it...

 

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