High school principal resigns

William Thompson:Quay County Sun Tucumcari High School Principal Gary Salazar submitted a letter of resignation March 1 to Tucumcari Schools. An employee of the school district for 13 years, Salazar said his duties as principal will end three weeks after the 2004-2005 school year ends. “I’m not going to grind any axes,” Salazar said. “I […]

Police chief gives presentation to city commissioners

By Tova Fruchtman: Quay County Sun Interim Police Chief Mark Radosevich gave a presentation at the City Commission meeting Thursday night on the roles the police department plays in the city of Tucumcari. Radosevich said Friday that the presentation was not a critical review of the department. It was a means of relaying information to […]

Tucumcari’s golf course gets new pro

By Tova Fruchtman: Quay County Sun As a member of the Pro Golf Association since 1974, Howie Tucker is an experienced golf professional. He has worked at courses in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. He worked at the Ryder Cup — an American versus European golf tournament — in 1993, and served on the PGA […]

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


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 […]