Bidegain’s preliminary hearing set

QCS Staff Scott Bidegain, former chairman of the New Mexico Game Commission, and four other defendants face a, April 30 preliminary hearingin Quay County Magistrate Court, accused of misdemeanors in a cougar killing. All five defendants are accused of participating in an illegal cougar hunt on the T-4 Ranch, which Bidegain’s family owns and operates. [...]

Mesalands’16th annual Iron Pour attracts 40 artists

QCS Staff Mesalands Community College hosted seven days of creation, destruction, preparation and, in the end, pouring hot cast iron into sculpture molds last week for its 16th annual Iron Pour event. About 40 students and professional artists descended on Mesalands’ foundry building from all over the country. At least one was from Alaska. There [...]

Clovis Media Inc., publisher calls it a career

By Kevin Wilson CMI Staff Ray Sullivan spent last week unpacking his Clovis office of countless memories of a life in journalism — one that started in junior high and only let him take detours before always drawing him back because, “I missed newspapers.” The community around him has changed, with Cannon Air Force [...]

Lumpkin named Mayor of Tucumcari

Fourth District Commissioner Robert Lumpkin was elected Mayor of Tucumcari by a unanimous vote of the city commission Thursday evening. Newly elected Third District Commissioner Ruth Ann Litchfield was unanimously elected Mayor Pro Tem, meaning she presides over commission meetings in the mayor’s absence. This evening’s meeting was the first for Litchfield, Fifth District Commissioner [...]

Roch stands alone as state representative candidate

New Mexico State Rep. Dennis Roch (R-Logan) was the only Republican or Democratic candidate to file to represent District 67 Tuesday, which means he is running unopposed to retain his legislative seat. District 67 includes all of Quay County, as well as Harding and Union counties, and parts of Colfax, Curry, Roosevelt and San Miguel counties. [...]

Governor Martinez signs capital outlay bill

QCS Staff Gov. Susana Martinez signed the New Mexico Legislature’s package of capital outlay allocations into law Tuesday. The capital outlay bill includes nine allocations that apply to Quay County, according to Rep. Dennis Roch (R-Logan). The Quay County allocations include: l $50,000 for Ute Lake firm yield study. l $75,000 for NMSU Ag Science [...]

Candidates file for Quay County elections


QCS Staff Eight candidates made Quay County Sheriff the most popular position for which candidates filed for the June 3 primary election on Tuesday. Incumbent Sheriff Joe Schallert is not running. Six Democrats and two Republicans filed to be on the ballot in the sheriff’s primary. In the only other contested race, two Republicans filed [...]

Court order lets Tony Day go on field trips

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A 15-year-old Tucumcari boy accused of killing his adoptive mother and sister in November 2012 is being allowed to attend field trips as a patient of the Sequoyah Adolescent Treatment Center in Albuquerque, according to a court order signed by Tenth Judicial District Court Judge Albert Mitchell. Tenth Judicial [...]

Curnutt leaves city commission

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor When the Tucumcari City Commission meets on Thursday, Mayor Amiel Curnutt will not be on platform. Curnutt’s last meeting as mayor and as a commissioner was Feb. 27. John Mihm will be sitting in the position the mayor occupied as the commissioner for Tucumcari’s District 5. Curnutt was mayor [...]

Bidegain waives preliminary arraignment hearing

QCS Staff Scott Bidegain, former chairman of the New Mexico Game Commission, and four other defendants waived an arraignment scheduled for Monday in Quay County Magistrate Court. All are accused of misdemeanors in connection with an allegedly illegal cougar hunt on the T-4 Ranch, which Bidegain’s family owns and operates. Bidegain resigned from the game [...]