Elks help Tucumcari Rattlers

William Thompson: Quay County Sun The Tucumcari Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 1172 has donated more than $20,000 in 2004-2005 to various Tucumcari Middle School and Tucumcari High School youth activities. The lodge’s chairman of the board of trustees, Raymond Parker, said helping those in need is what being an “Elk” is all […]

Drivers wanted

William Thompson: Quay County Sun Interstate Distributor Company has built a large truck terminal off Camino Del Coronado and now company officials need truck drivers. Paul Smith, maintenance supervisor at the facility, said Interstate officials are meeting with city officials. “We’re looking for ways to get the city involved,” Smith said. “We’re not sure yet […]

Former jailer’s trial ends in hung jury

William Thompson: Quay County Sun Jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict after almost five hours of deliberations following former-jailer Robert Gonzales’ trial on Wednesday. Judge Ricky D. Purcell declared a mistrial. Prosecutor Donald Schutte has six months to retry Gonzales and said he plans on doing so. Gonzales faced two counts of criminal sexual […]

3-9 police blotter

Police blotter The following is a sampling of calls received by Tucumcari police during the past week. According to the reports: March 8 € About 10 a.m. a woman in the 900 block of East Hancock Avenue reported vandalism to her vehicle. An officer advised four tires were cut on the vehicle. March 7 € […]

Film turned play comes to Tucumcari

Tova Fruchtman: Quay County Sun Alicia Albright remembers watching the movie “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” when she was a child. Though she always dreamed of playing Millie, she never thought that she would get the chance. Millie is a young bride living in the 1850s Oregon wilderness whose plan to marry off her six […]

Ex-jailer’s trial begins

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William Thompson: Quay County Sun A former Quay County Juvenile Detention Center guard admitted in videotaped testimony that he had consensual sexual activity with three juvenile female inmates. Robert Gonzales faced his first day of court Tuesday. He is charged with two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and two counts of criminal […]

Neighborhood watch sought for public housing

William Thompson: Quay County Sun Tucumcari’s Housing Authority Director Robert Pacheco is soliciting resident and police help to try to keep public housing units safe. He hopes to set up neighborhood watches in local units by May 1, he said. Working with the police would be key to Pacheco’s plan, he said. “I have spoken […]

Local wildlife expert serves county

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Tova Fruchtman: Quay County Sun Ron Jones is the area wildlife expert. If there is a bird’s nest in the gutter, a rabid skunk like the one recently found in San Jon, or coyotes eating calves in pastures he’s the one to call. Jones, who works for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and New […]

City airport receives $1 million

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William Thompson: Quay County Sun The Tucumcari Municipal Airport received a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant for $1 million. The grant will pay for reconstruction and expansion of a more than 20-year-old runway. City Manager Richard Primrose said he received a fax from Senator Jeff Bingaman1s office Friday telling him the city was awarded the […]

Logan student takes second place in regional spelling bee

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Evangelina Castro of Logan Municipal Schools placed second at Saturday’s regional spelling be competition. She estimated spending less than five hours in total preparing. “I’m surprised I got this far,” the 13-year-old said. Zach Gillooly and Castro squared off against each other in the final head-to-head round. Castro […]