Raymond Mondragon named to EPCOG post

Former Clovis police chief and city manager Raymond Mondragon has been hired as economic development director for the Eastern Plains Council of Governments. Mondragon began in the position Monday, replacing Gregg Williams. Interim-Director Sandy Chancey said Williams, who held the position for about four years, left March 25, under a “mutual agreement” with EPCOG. Williams […]

Local all-district athletes, academics

All-District players District 2B

Heaven not too far away

Debra Whittington

U.S. 54 fire contained

QCSun staff A grass fire that started at U.S. 54 mile marker 310 around 1 p.m. Saturday has been contained by area fire crews, Tucumcari Fire Department Chief Mike Cherry said. “It’s not controlled. It’s contained, but we think fully contained. There’s still hot spots. We’ve released almost everybody and there’s a couple of trucks […]

Man charged in Tucumcari killings wanted for two slayings in Ohio

QCSun staff New Mexico State Police said Friday that a man accused of killing two men in a Tucumcari hotel is also a suspect in two Ohio slayings. Muziwokuthula Madonda, 33 of Chicago, is awaiting extradition from Conroe, Texas. He is charged with two open counts of murder and tampering with evidence connected to the […]

Madonda to stand trial in Tucumcari

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QCSun staff A man accused of killing two men in a Tucumcari hotel awaits extradition from Conroe, Texas. Muziwokuthula Madonda waived extradition Thursday morning in a Montgomery County courtroom, Montgomery County officials said. The Quay County Sheriff’s Office will travel to Conroe to transport Madonda back to Tucumcari where he will stand trial for two […]

County unemployment rate above national, state averages

Thomas Garcia The unemployment rate in Quay County is above the state and national average, according to data from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions. Data collected by Workforce Solutions in February shows Quay County’s unemployment was 10.4 percent. The national average is 9 percent the state average is 8.7 percent. The civilian workforce […]

Transmission lines, regulation discussed at luncheon

Russell Anglin Class 4 Winds and Renewables advocacy group hosted a networking luncheon at the Tucumcari Convention Center March 31. Class 4 Winds is an organization that promotes wind development, primarily in West Texas as well as in eastern New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado and Kansas. The group’s founding members include Xcel Energy, West Texas A&M […]

Mildred Lovato named next Mesalands president

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Russell Anglin The Mesalands Community College Board of Trustees announced Wednesday that Mildred Lovato will succeed Phillip O. Barry as the next president of Mesalands Community College, effective July 1. “It is an honor to be selected as the next president of Mesalands Community College and to serve the community and also this distinguished and […]

Haters going to hate

Russell Anglin Just about everybody has them. Nobody wants them, but if you don’t have any at all, odds are you’re doing something wrong. In fact, some might say it’s better to have more than less of these. What am I talking about? Haters, of course. What is a hater? For those who are not […]