Gov. Martinez re-appoints Mitchell to Tenth Judicial District bench

Albert Mitchell was re-appointed judge for the Tenth Judicial District despite losing a retention vote Nov. 4.

By Steve Hansen Staff Writer Gov. Susana Martinez has reappointed Albert Mitchell as the judge for the Tenth Judicial District. Mitchell, who had lost a retention vote in the Nov. 4 general election, received the appointment over Don Schutte, another former judge, who had also applied to fill the position.  Both candidates were recommended to […]

Garnett swears in new Quay County officials

Quay County Assessor Vic Baum, left, Commissioner Franklin McCasland,
Probate Judge Nelda Burson and Sheriff Russell Shafer were sworn into office
on Friday by Judge Joel Garnett, third from left, at the Quay County Courthouse
in Tucumcari.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer In a ceremony Friday, Quay County Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett swore in four newly elected county officials, including District 3 Commissioner Franklin McCasland, County Assessor Vic Baum and County Probate Judge Nelda Burson. In the ceremony, held at the Quay County  Courthouse in Tucumcari, Quay County Sheriff Russell Shafer, […]

Sheriff Shafer starts duties 4 days ahead of time

From left, the Quay County Sheriff’s Office staff, deputies, Chief Deputy Dennis
Garcia and Sheriff Russell Shafer are sworn in to office Friday by Quay County
Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett at the Quay County Courthouse.

QCS Staff Quay County Sheriff Russell Shafer chose to take his oath of office four days before other new Quay County elected officials officially began their duties. Quay County Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett swore Shafer and Chief Deputy Dennis Garcia in on Dec. 29. “I wanted to get an early start to work,” Shafer said. […]

Storm blankets county with 8 inches of snow

Yolanda (left) and Sara Aragon, Tucumcari, put finishing touches
on a snowman yearning for the tropics Saturday after seven to eight inches of snow fell on Quay County.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Quay County awoke Saturday morning to thick snow, six to eight inches, and responded with snow shovels, slow driving, and having some fun. Tucumcari  and House received seven to eight inches of snow each and Logan stacked up six to seven inches, Jason Frazier, a National Weather Service meteorologist […]

Tucumcari woman sentenced to 19 years for possession

Donna Romero makes a
statement in Tenth
District Court on Dec. 24
before receiving a 19-
year prison sentence for
methamphetamine possession.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A major contributor to the Tucumcari area’s drug problems has received a 19-year prison sentence  in Tenth District Court, according to Tim Rose, 10th District attorney. Donna Romero, who was convicted by a jury in October for the third time in 10 years, received an 18-year sentence on Dec. […]

EPAC highlights basketball action

CMI Photo: Tony Bullocks.
Texico Wolverine's Jonah Tuls is defended by Tucumcari's Daniel Lopez and Zedric Hendren Green during Saturday night's championship game of the Citizen Bank Tournament at Texico. The Rattlers beat the Wolverines 71-61.

    By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer All Quay County high school basketball teams will be in action this week. The Longhorns and Coyotes will be playing in the EPAC tournament in Melrose while the Rattlers are preparing to host Santa Fe Prep Saturday at the Snake Pit in Tucumcari. The Rattlers 11-2 and […]

2014: The year in review


Here are the top Quay County Sun stories of 2014 (click on the the titles below to see stories. Click on “Go to Top” after each story to return to the title list): Tony Day sentenced Rain brings benefits Copter crash Hampton Inn fire Election results Ute Lake Tucumcari Commission changes Special election,emergency dispatch services […]

Q&A: Roch says Common Core helps students

State Rep. Dennis Roch (R-Logan) also serves as superintendent of Logan Municipal Schools. With these two roles, Roch is uniquely qualified to speak out on educational policy in New Mexico.  We asked Rep. Roch five questions about state educational policy.  Here are the questions and his responses: Q. The state of New Mexico has adopted […]

Pastor ‘walking his talk’ all across the nation

The Rev. Walter “Chick” McGill walks along
old Route 66 just west of San Jon Friday as
he makes his way on foot from Kill Devil
Hills, North Carolina, to Santa Monica,

QCS Staff A 68-year old Vietnam veteran from North Carolina is trying to be the first to carry the American Flag from ‘sea to shining sea,’ while attempting to start a grass roots movement of community involvement by the people. “My goal is to inspire people to get out and be actively involved with their […]

Rattlers in tournament play Longhorns in single game action

Lady Rattlers Melissa Gardea shots a layup after
beating two Lady Demon defenders on the baseline
during Saturday night’s 49-38 loss to Dexter.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Quay County schools are on winter break, but some area high school basketball teams will be in single game action and tournament play over the vacation period. The Tucumcari Rattlers (8-2) will be competing on Monday at the Citizens Bank tournament at Texico. “Its going to be a good […]