Special meeting prompted by voiding of La Mesa gaming license

By Thomas Garcia

Quay County Sun

Quay County Gaming Authority Executive Director Waren Frost will host a special meeting to discuss the future of a race track and casino in Quay County.

Frost said he will hold the meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Tucumcari Convention Center exhibit hall and it is open to the public.

“This is not a formal meeting of the authority,” Frost said. “It is simply a meeting to let people know where we are at in the process. We want them to know that we are still pursuing this project.”

The meeting is prompted by a state hearing officer’s ruling Tuesday in favor of the state gaming board’s decision to void La Mesa’s gaming operator license, said the board’s Deputy Executive Director Greg Saunders.

The hearing officer found that La Mesa failed to run horse races, voiding the license, Saunders said.

“The board had voided La Mesa’s license on May 4, due to conditions they did not meet,” Saunders said. “If you do not have horse racing, you cannot have a gaming license.”

Saunders said the state board will consider the officer’s recommendations at an Oct. 27 meeting.

Regardless of the decision made by the hearing officer, the New Mexico Racing Commission planned on holding a disciplinary hearing regarding La Mesa’s racing license on Nov. 10-11, said Racing Commission Deputy Director India Hatch.

“Our hearing was never contingent on the Gaming Boards appeal process,” Hatch said. “The commission will move forward with the disciplinary hearing.”