Arrest made in Clovis shooting death

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Staff report Clovis police have made an arrest in connection with the homicide discovered Monday. Eric “Spanky” Valdez is charged with murder. Police say he shot Jose Barrera, 33, of Tucumcari, in a dispute that involved Valdez’ minor daughter. Valdez is in the Curry County Detention Center with bond set at $100,000, a police press […]

Herds may not increase despite rain

Cattle graze in deep green grass in a Quay County field.  Despite more grazing grass due to improved rainfall this year, herds are not likely to grow soon.  Ranchers are cautious.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Reductions in cattle herds have followed the drought in Quay County, and even as normal rainfall seems to have returned for at least the summer, herds are down further, and they aren’t likely to grow this year. Local ranchers say that while rebuilding of herds always takes time, they […]

49,000 visit area over July 4 holiday

People gathered along the street Saturday in Logan to watch the annual Fourth of July parade.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Increased water levels and favorable weather conditions at Ute Lake and Conchas Lake state parks drew more than 49,000 visitors for the Fourth of July weekend to the Quay County area, according to Jim Winchester, New Mexico State Parks public information officer. For the Independence Day weekend, Conchas Lake recorded […]

Tucumcari man found dead in Clovis

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Police are investigating the homicide of a Tucumcari man found at a vacant residence on Sheldon Street Monday afternoon.

A Tucumcari man found dead Monday afternoon in a vacant residence on Sheldon Street was either shot or bludgeoned to death, according to Capt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department. Whitney said Monday evening the man’s identity is being withheld until family is notified. Whitney said the victim suffered severe trauma to the head […]

Powers to be interim manager, then assistant

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By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Tucumcari City Manager Doug Powers is stepping down but not stepping out. While the Tucumcari City Commission voted Thursday to start advertising for Powers’ replacement as city manager, commissioners also voted to keep Powers on the city payroll as assistant city manager after his replacement is found. In the […]

Ceremony honors rebel soldier

Rex Gray of Quay Valley mans the cannon with Mike Lancaster of Amarillo Texas. Both are members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Abijah Keith received full graveside military honors Saturday at the Quay Cemetery in Quay Valley on behalf of a country that no longer exists, the Confederate States of America, 84 years after his death. Keith served in the Confederate Army in the Civil War and returned to Texas at […]

Longtime Quay author, teacher, historian Lynn Moncus dies at 79

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By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Lynn Moncus, a long-time columnist for the Quay County Sun, as well as an author, teacher and historian, died Monday evening after a bout with bone cancer.  She was 79 years old. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Dunn Memorial Chapel.  A brief graveside […]

Route 66 Museum sticking around

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Bob Beaulieu (left) and John Duggar take measurements before hanging porcelain signs from the 1940s on the wall of the New Mexico Route 66 Museum, Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor This year when the Rockabilly on the Route event shut down on June 8, the New Mexico Route 66 Museum did not pack up and go with the Rockabilly exhibitors. The museum stayed and is now open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday on the south […]

Police getting ready for September coat drive

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By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The end of June is an unlikely time to think about winter outerwear, but three officers of the Tucumcari Police Department are already making plans to launch the department’s second Cops and Coats campaign in September. That’s when they would like to start soliciting donations of cold-weather jackets and […]

Business marks first day of summer with party

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Staff report Tucumcari Ranch Supply and Watson’s Barbecue marked the first day of summer with  a “Welcome Summer Lot Party” featuring booths selling baked goods, refreshments and merchandise, information booths and live entertainment. Among the performers were Rick Haymaker, who played duets with a young guitar student, Garrett Lopez; Hannah Mericle, who recently opened the […]