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 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

 
 By Ron Warnick    News

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 coun... — Updated 4/4/2020

 

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... — Updated 3/7/2020

 
 By Ron Warnick    News

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... — Updated 1/7/2020

 
 By Ron Warnick    News

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.... — Updated 1/4/2020

 
 By Ron Warnick    News

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... — Updated 12/7/2019

 

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 dominate... — Updated 11/19/2019

 

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... — Updated 11/19/2019

 

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... — Updated 8/20/2019

 
 By Ron Warnick    News

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.... — Updated 7/30/2019

 
 By Ron Warnick    News

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... — Updated 7/30/2019

 
 By Ron Warnick    Sports

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... — Updated 5/14/2019

 

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