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 […]

Local wildlife expert serves county


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


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 […]

Area chamber of commerce banquet a success


By Tova Fruchtman: QUAY COUNTY SUN A sold-out crowd of 200 filled the Tucumcari Convention Center for the Tucumcari/ Quay County Chamber of Commerce Banquet Thursday evening. The event — a major yearly fund raiser for the chamber — showcased many of the local businesses and local talent. Businesses got their name out through donations […]

Man’s death still under investigation after one year


By William Thompson: Quay County Sun A year has passed since a 20-year-old Logan cowboy died on a ranch near Grady, but New Mexico State Police still have not ruled on what caused his death. At the time of Juan Lucero’s death on Feb. 24, 2004, State Police Sgt. Cleo Baker said it appeared Lucero […]

State Senate will reconsider smoking ban through House bill


By William Thompson: Quay County Sun The New Mexico House of Representatives recently voted 49-12 to institute the Clean Air Act, a bill designed to prohibit smoking in all public places including restaurants but excluding bars. The bill is now being debated in the senate; however the senate voted Thursday on a similar bill that […]

Mesalands Dinosaur Museum makes important discovery

By Tova Fruchtman: Quay County Sun When Kiera Mortensen was a child her pockets were often filled with rocks. The Mesalands paleontology student from West Virginia picked up anything that she thought resembled a fossil. She said she always wanted to be a palentoligist. She didn’t know when she enrolled in at Mesalands in fall […]

Regional spelling bee on Saturday

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers  Carol Nash has been participating in spelling bees for nearly 50 years. She won the Quay County spelling bee as a San Jon student in 1957. Then when she became a first-grade teacher at now-defunct Eugene Fields School in Clovis, her principal asked her to help out by pronouncing words […]