Laws needed to prevent youth from alcohol injury

By Brian Haines I would like to commend Donald Schutte for the proposal that seeks to prevent the consumption of alcohol by minors. It is my hope and understanding that our city commissioners will be willing to support this proposal. As a community we desperately need to be more aware of the impact of alcohol, […]

Woman sentenced in drowning case

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun A Tucumcari woman convicted of giving alcohol to a 12-year-old boy who drowned a few hours later has been sentenced to five years probation. Crystal Cochran, during Thursday’s sentencing hearing, was also ordered to participate in a drug-abuse recovery program and undergo mental health counseling. Cochran pleaded guilty to […]

Teens spread message by ‘sticker shock’

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By QCS Staff Student volunteers in the “Sticker Shock” project stuck warning stickers on multipacks of alcoholic beverages that it’s a criminal offense to sell alcohol to minors. They are members of the Quay County Substance Abuse Committee, Quay County DWI. On each of the packages was a neon pink or yellow sticker that reads: […]

Students look into commercial appeal

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun “I’ll never watch commercials the same way again,” said Beverly Lansdell, 14. “I wasn’t bored during the whole day,” said Caitlin Deitz, 16 . “It was cool,” said Jennifer Osborne, 14. That was the response of several San Jon teens who attended a media literacy program and ad campaign […]

Will the market get cornered?

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun President Bush said in his State of the Union address, “We must continue investing in new methods of producing ethanol, using everything from wood chips, to grasses, to agricultural wastes.” Bush did not mention the primary product the United States uses to produce ethanol, that is “”corn” or “maize.” […]

Authorities cracking down on alcohol

By Chelle Delaney: QCS Staff Adults who help children drink, may want to think twice. And stop. And stop now. Armed with additional professional training and a grant to help offset investigative hours on the job, the Tucumcari and New Mexico State Police in Quay County are more likely to be arresting adults and parents […]

Time for community to examine attitudes about alcohol

QCS Guest Columnist: Misti Cohran On May 18, 12-year-old Augie Montiel lost his life when he drowned in a canal. This was a tragedy true enough, but who should be punished for his death? I was at a court hearing on July 5 and it was really sad, but also stupid as I heard stories […]

Judge turns case over to district court

By Staff: Quay County Sun CS Staff Magistrate Judge Edwin Bruhn turned the case of Crystal Cochran and Fred Jaramillo, III, over to district courts Thursday. Cochran and Jaramillo are each charged with more than a dozen felony counts in connection with the death of 12-year-old Augustine Montiel. He died May 18 in a Tucumcari […]

Jaramillo’s request to lower bond denied

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun A man accused of supplying alcohol to a minor who drowned last month will not receive a lower bond, a judge ruled on Tuesday. Judge Edwin Bruhn said bond for Fred Jaramillo III, 23, would remain at $100,000. Jaramillo has been in jail since June 13, when he was […]

Tragedy can teach lessons

By Chelle Delaney: QCS Associate Publishe On May 19, alcohol claimed another victim. But this DWI was different than most we read about. Augustine “Augie” Montiel drowned while intoxicated. And he was only 12 years old. The Tucumcari fifth grader’s body was found in an irrigation canal along Charles Avenue. His blood-alcohol level, Police Chief […]