Overdose deaths increase in Tucumcari

By Brooke Finch Clovis Media Inc. bfinch@cnjonline.com Twenty New Mexico counties saw a reduction in drug overdose deaths in 2015, according to the New Mexico Department of Health. But Quay County was not among them. The Tucumcari area saw an increase, from two in 2014, to five in 2015, DOH reported. In a press release […]

Statewide postcard sends unintended message

By Steve Hansen QCSun correspondent A statewide postcard mailing that originated with the New Mexico secretary of state’s office was intended to encourage voter registration. But it may also encourage foreign nationals, including illegal aliens, to attempt to vote in the November elections, Quay County officials said Friday. Ellen White, county deputy clerk, said she […]

Poets, musicians meet for Cowboy Gathering


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Nara Visa was the venue for more than 20 poets and musicians taking part in the annual Cowboy Gathering last weekend. “Do you always do right from wrong, do you always help you neighbor,” were a few of the verses from the poem “Cowboy like you” performed at […]

Local works on invention


By Steve Hansen QCSun correspondent While living in the snow-belt city of Buffalo, New York, Glenn Lubera got an idea while using the snowplow attachment on his pickup truck. “Why do we scoop and toss snow away from pathways when all we really need to do is get it out of the way?”  he thought. […]

All Fired Up!


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com The crowning of local legend royalty, molten artwork and fire dancers drew more than 2,000 to downtown Tucumcari over the weekend. Porfy Martinez and Abigail Lucero were crowned as Prince Tocom and Princess Cari on Saturday at the sixth annual Fired Up! The crowning of young royalty was […]

Quay reporter honored by press association

SANTA ANA PUEBLO — Quay County Sun Senior Writer Thomas Garcia was honored by New Mexico Press Association during its annual awards presentations on Saturday. Garcia won a first-place honor for a rodeo picture in the sports photo category. The photo featured Ed Miles Harvey on a bucking bronc at a Mesalands Community College rodeo. […]


Here are menus for the senior centers and schools in Quay County for Thursday through Sept. 28. Senior centers Coffee, tea and milk served daily Thursday Chicken breast, baked potato, sour cream, margarine, stuffing, peas and carrots, strawberry short cake Friday Sausage, wild rice, steamed broccoli, margarine, whole wheat roll, apple Monday Steak and stuff, […]

Jail Log—Sept. 21

The following individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center Sept. 14-21: • Shiela Callison, 42, warrant • Vanessa Pacheco, 26, battery against a household member • Gene Vargas, 31, warrant The following individuals were released from the Quay County Detention Center Sept. 14-21: • Jeffery Clark, 47, bond • Nathaniel Montoya, 29, bond […]

Property taxes expected to go down

The chart above figures theoretical tax bills for 2015 and 2016 in different areas of the county, based on county school districts. 


The tax bills are based on property whose taxable value is $100,000.  The assessed value, a third of the taxable value, would be $33,333 and mill levies are applied to this value without deductions.

By Steve Hansen Correspondent Most Quay County property taxpayers will see their tax bills go down by a few dollars next year, according to county officials. Exceptions include Logan non-residential taxpayers and horse owners, who will see slight increases in their 2016 taxes. Janie Hoffman, deputy assessor, said the small decreases are due to increases […]

Officials meet with senator’s staff


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Transportation to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ facilities was among topics that most interested area residents on Tuesday at Mesalands Community College. Iris Chavez, a representative of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, fielded the questions that mostly focused on access to federal government services. “People think that we are […]