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 By Ron Warnick    News

Quay takes steps toward new hospital

TUCUMCARI — The Quay County commission on June 13 took several significant steps to building a new hospital to replace aging Trigg Memorial Hospital, including unanimously approving a nearly $1 million design service fee with an... — Updated 6/21/2022

 By Ron Warnick    News

Racing commission defers action on Coronado proposal

The New Mexico Racing Commission apparently will decide later whether to approve or reject Coronado Partners’ application for a sixth license that would allow it to build a horse-racing track and casino in Tucumcari. The... — Updated 6/21/2022

 By Ron Warnick    News

Commission ordered to act

An Albuquerque judge ordered the New Mexico Racing Commission to act within 90 days on whether to accept or reject Coronado Partners’ request for a racing license so it could build a track and casino in Tucumcari. District Court... — Updated 6/11/2022

 By Ron Warnick    Sports

Melrose girls advance to title game

BERNALILLO – The Melrose girls basketball team looked as if it was in trouble during the first half Friday, but it wore down To'hajiilee, outscoring the Lady Warriors by 20 points... — Updated 3/12/2022

 By Ron Warnick    News

Teachers may get raises as soon as April

LOGAN - New Mexico's top education chief said many teachers in the state likely will see a pay raise as soon as April. New Mexico Education Secretary Kurt Steinhaus provided... — Updated 3/1/2022

 By Ron Warnick    Sports

Better than 'Hoosiers'

The 1986 hit movie "Hoosiers" depicted a small-school Indiana basketball team that improbably won the state championship, defeating bigger-enrollment schools along the way. Forrest... — Updated 12/28/2021

 By Ron Warnick    Sports

Lady Buffs storm to crown

RIO RANCHO - Melrose captured its second Class 1A volleyball championship in seven months on Saturday with a 25-13, 25-17, 26-24 victory over Gateway Christian at Rio Rancho Events... — Updated 11/16/2021

 By Ron Warnick    News

Tucumcari man faces eight felony charges

TUCUMCARI — A Tucumcari man faces eight felony criminal charges after he was accused of shooting at city police officers Thursday following an attempted traffic stop. Records show the man ordered the driver to keep evading... — Updated 11/16/2021

 By Ron Warnick    Sports

Remembering a record field goal

RAGLAND - On the edge of the caprock, a father and his teenage son built a makeshift set of goalposts that doubled as a pasture gate behind the village's general store. It was here... — Updated 10/16/2021

 By Ron Warnick    News

Complaints lead to fines, regulations

A Tucumcari woman’s complaints about a driver’s “extreme and bizarre” conduct prompted state regulators to issue five-figure fines to two nonemergency medical transportation companies and impose new regulations on the... — Updated 10/5/2021

 By Ron Warnick    News

Police officer cleared in bodyslamming incident

A Tucumcari police officer who was shown last month on a video posted to social media body-slamming a suspect has been cleared after an internal investigation, and he was returned to his job. That didn’t satisfy the suspect’s... — Updated 8/17/2021

 By Ron Warnick    News

Tucumcari officer videoed body slamming suspect

The actions of two Tucumcari police officers will undergo an internal review after one was seen on video picking up and slamming a suspect to the ground during an arrest Saturday at a grocery store parking lot. The Tucumcari... — Updated 7/19/2021

 By Ron Warnick    News

Tucumcari farmers cooperative bearing fruit

The Table Top Food Cooperative that aims to mentor novice farmers and produce more local food appears to be bearing more fruit this year. David White, owner of La Casa Verde Floral and Nursery in Tucumcari and president of the... — Updated 7/13/2021

 By Ron Warnick    News

Logan whistleblower suit ends in mistrial

A Quay County jury failed to reach verdict Friday afternoon with a former Logan Municipal Schools teacher’s whistleblower and retaliation lawsuit against the district’s superintendent, resulting in a mistrial. Logan lawyer... — Updated 5/4/2021

 By Ron Warnick    News

Colorado mayor offers cannabis advice

Legalized recreational marijuana likely is coming to eastern New Mexico. The mayor of Trinidad, Colo., passed along some advice to the region after the experiencing the effects of legal weed in his community. “Be very careful... — Updated 4/20/2021

 By Ron Warnick    News

Natural gas suppliers anticipate price increases

Area suppliers of natural gas or propane said they anticipate price increases for customers in the wake of severely cold weather that strained supplies and sparked widespread power outages, but they weren’t prepared to say how... — Updated 2/23/2021

 By Ron Warnick    News

Tucumcari man stirs controversy with Nazi flags

TUCUMCARI - A Tucumcari man caused a stir on social media over the weekend when he flew at his south-side home two flags representing the Nazi Germany era - including one with a... — Updated 2/9/2021

 By Ron Warnick    News

Fuel mixup fouls engines

A fuel vendor’s mistake at the Yesway convenience store in San Jon led to fouled engines for numerous residents and other customers who filled up their diesel vehicles for about a four-day period. A company spokeswoman said the... — Updated 10/13/2020

 By Ron Warnick    News

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... — Updated 8/18/2020


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... — Updated 8/15/2020

 By Ron Warnick    News

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... — Updated 8/4/2020

 By Ron Warnick    News

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... — Updated 7/18/2020

 By Ron Warnick    News

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... — Updated 7/17/2020

 By Ron Warnick    News

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... — Updated 6/9/2020


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,... — Updated 4/14/2020


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