Mesalands holds spring graduation

Mesalands Community College's President Thomas Newsom presents Tonie Martinez's posthumous associates degree to her daughter Mandi Martinez, grandson Marvin Reese and son Josh Martinez during Friday night's graduation.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Mesalands Community College’s student speaker Cynthia Anaya encouraged the 37 fellow students to use the accomplishment of graduating as the fuel to drive them towards their grand ambition. Mesalands President Dr. Thomas Newsroom introduced Anaya as the student speaker for Friday’s commencement ceremony at the Tucumcari Convention Center. Newsom […]

Kodiak Fresh Produce ceases operations in Tucumcari

The gates are padlocked and the doors are shut at
the warehouse that once housed the Kodiak Fresh
Produce in Tucumcari.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Kodiak Fresh Produce outlet in Tucumcari closed its doors on May 12 leaving the city with another vacant building and the loss of 25 jobs. “As of today, Kodiak’s doors are closed but the company is working with the city manager to open a farmers market in the next […]

Police Blotter/ Jail Log— May 10-15

The following is a sampling of calls received by the central dispatch office for Quay County, based at the Tucumcari Police Department. May 10 • 9:07 a.m., a woman reported a theft at a residence on the 1400 block of South Monroe Street. • 11:08 a.m., a 911 hang-up call was reported at a residence […]

Helena Rodriguez: Remember the real reason for Memorial Day


By Helena Rodriguez Guest Columnist I remember the oval-shaped frame with the black and white photo of my mom — a 3-year-old at the time — with Grandma Emma and Grandpa Santiago. That photo stared at me a big part of my childhood. Grandpa Santiago was in his Army uniform, a U.S. flag in the […]

Debra Whittington: Graduation brings on a feeling of nostalgia

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist “Shew me thy ways, O LORD, teach me thy paths”. Psalm 25:4 Every year around this time of year I get a bit nostalgic as I think back on my high school graduation. This year marks the 40th anniversary of that night when I had the entire world ahead of […]

Tucumcari man injured in a house fire

Firefighters battle a fire at a residence on the 600 block of East Smith Avenue. It is not know at this times if the residents were inside the residence when the fire start. No official reports of injuries have been released.

Staff Report A Tucumcari resident was transported to Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital with burn injuries sustained Wednesday in a house fire on the 600 block of East Smith Avenue in Tucumcari. At 1:15 p.m., firefighters responded to a two-story building on fire on the 600 block of East Smith Avenue, said Fire Chief Shane […]

County will act as fiscal agent for health council

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Quay County Commission has agreed to act as the fiscal agent for the Quay County Health Council as it conducts a community health assessment for Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital. Presbyterian Healthcare Services agreed to provide $5,000 for the assessment, said Alida Brown, QCHC coordinator. Brown said the […]

Mesalands’, San Jon’s graduations set for Friday

Kimberly Hannah, left, Mesalands Public Relations Director, helps Cythina Anaya fine tune her student
commencement speech she will deliver during Friday’s graduation ceremony.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Among the 38 certificates and degrees handed out on Friday at Mesalands Community College’s commencement ceremonies will be a posthumous Business Administration associcates degree to the family of Tonie Martinez. Martinez died in a single-car accident on Nov. 1, 2014 on State Highway 469 near Logan. Martinez had enrolled […]

Ute Pipeline receives $4.2 million

In April 2014, construction crews work on the first
phase the Ute Pipeline project, an intake structure at
the Ute Lake. This phase of the project is scheduled to
be complete by June.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority is anticipating an estimated $4.2 million in grants to help speed up construction of the Ute Pipeline in the next few months, according to authority leaders. “The Water Trust Board funding is becoming available as well as the Bureau of Reclamation,” said […]

Pages Past — May 13

On This Date…. May 8, 1975: Bertha Butler of J.C. Penny had been voted Clerk of the Month by Tucumcari residents. May 9, 1955: James Kincheloe of Nashville, Tennessee, had been named superintendent of Tucumcari schools. Board members agreed to give Kincheloe a three-year contract at $9,000 per year. He was selected from among 15 […]