Ortega urges water board members to work together

By TV Hagenah LOGAN — Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega on Wednesday urged members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority to work together — not independently — in efforts to negotiate with the Interstate Streams Commission for the region’s future water suppy. Ortega criticized Tucumcari City Manager Richard Primrose for sending a letter to the [...]

Lady Tigers beat Tucumcari in three

PNT Staff ELIDA — Coming off a championship in a weekend tournament hosted by the Roswell Goddard junior varsity, the Elida volleyball team improved to 7-1 for the season on Monday night by sweeping past Tucumcari 25-20, 25-19, 25-19. Lady Tigers coach Darrell Chenault said the team was helped by the return from injury over [...]

July 28 Obituaries

Marcos Baca, 21 Mr. Marcos Leandro “Lee” Baca, 21, of Las Cruces, died Sunday, July 25, 2004, in Las Cruces. He was born on Feb. 12, 1983, in Portales, to Terri and Marcos Baca. He lived in various communities, but mostly in Portales until he completed the ninth grade. During those years he played Little [...]

Soldier tied to Quay County dies

By TV Hagenah TUCUMCARI — A United States Marine with direct ties to Quay County died in Iraq recently, making him one of the first military personnel with such ties to the county to die in “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” Staff Sgt. Marvin Best, 33, grandson of Mary E. Daniels of Logan, and the son of [...]

Tucumcari hopes for race track and casino

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Tucumcari may soon be gambling on its location as a way to boost tourism. Ben Kendrick, director of the Tucumcari Economic Development Corp., said officials are in the early planning stages of landing a racetrack and casino in the area. Few details are available about the specifics of the plan. [...]

May 4 Obituaries

Mary “Sandy” Mecham, 84 Mrs. Mary “Sandy” Mecham, 84, of Tucumcari, a homemaker, died Monday, May 3, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Feb. 9, 1920, in Murphysboro, Ill., to Oscar and Mary Watt Lutz. Family members said she will be remembered as an active sportswoman who always lived [...]

Tucumcari grieves death of mayor

TV Hagenah TUCUMCARI — The mayor of Tucumcari, Calvin Litchfield, 60, died at home early Wednesday morning. Tucumcari Emergency Medical personnel responded to a call from the Litchfield residence on Sixth Street at 6:36 a.m. Wednesday for an individual apparently suffering from a heart attack. He was pronounced dead at Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital [...]

Obits 30

Norm Stratton, 70 Norm Stratton, 70, of Clovis, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003, at his home. He was born on Aug. 20, 1933, in Tucumcari, to Jewell and Winnie Davis Stratton. He married Suzie Reagan on Aug. 7, 1955, in Tucumcari. They moved to Clovis in 1969. He graduated from New Mexico State University with [...]

L.A. murder suspect arrested in Tucumcari

Ryan Lengerich A California man was arrested last month in Tucumcari after police said he shot and killed a man in North Hollywood, Calif., then disappeared from the scene. New Mexico State Police learned on Nov. 22 that Marchell Wilson, 27, of Lancaster, Calif., was wanted for firearms violations and homicide. Officials in California said [...]

Elida wins season opener

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By Kevin Wilson ELIDA — Normally a seven-point second quarter and 15 first-half turnovers would be a cause for concern for the Elida Lady Tigers. But visiting Tucumcari had a six-point first half and 27 turnovers, so it was easy to shrug off. Halee Best was the only player in double figures, scoring 18 to [...]