Virtual border fence shows government waste

The Obama administration finally has pulled the plug on the ambitious “virtual” border fence that quickly turned out to be a big waste of money. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress on Friday that the SBInet project was being terminated, saying that a thorough review made it clear that it simply can’t meet its […]

Securing border starts with fixing immigration

Many see border security as a simple issue: just stop people from coming across, and let those who try to come illegally suffer the consequences. The fatal shooting of a Mexican teenager by a U.S. Border Patrol agent, however, shows the deceptive complexities underlying the issue. Sergio Adrian Hernandez, described as 15 by U.S. authorities […]

Border security tightens

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By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun Those quick trips across the border to Mexico and Canada will soon come with new requirements for travelers. As of Thursday, all travelers 19 and older crossing U.S. borders by land or sea from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean must show a government-issued I.D. card, such as a […]

Candidates stump for senate seat

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By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun In back-to-back appearances, two Republican candidates running for the U.S. Senate visited Tucumcari on Monday. The candidates, U.S. Reps. Heather Wilson and Steve Pearce, are vying for the seat to be vacated by U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici. Domenici recently announced he would retire because of health reasons. Wilson stressed […]

Russell’ s grab ‘em at the Texas border

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun A truck stop plaza developer plans to round up those semis in Quay County before they leave New Mexico and right after they cross the Texas border. New Mexico businessman and entrepreneur, Emory Russell, is building a truck stop and plaza at Endee, said an official of Russell’s company […]

Illegal immigration is pressing issue

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS It’s not hard to spot illegal immigrants in Quay County, said T.J. Rich, assistant administrator of the Quay County Detention Center. He said they usually have a vehicle with beefed up suspension that is packed full of people. Pointing to a small car, Rich said, “Twenty-five of them could fit in […]

Attorneys offer free living wills

By William Thompson: Quay County Sun Local attorneys are banding together Monday to provide free living will or “advanced health care directive” assistance to Quay County residents. Attorney Dean Border said the recent Terri Schiavo right-to-die controversy has put health care directives in the national spotlight. “This has been a hot topic in the national […]

Local doctor helps in Afghanistan

William Thompson Dr. James Saltz, a long-time Tucumcari physician, has helped set up schools and medical clinics in Afghanistan, and is planning to return to Afghanistan this July to offer more assistance during a month-long stay. Saltz said he and his wife got involved with a Filipino humanitarian group that oversees programs designed to curb […]

Prostitution trial put on hold

QCS Reports The four woman arrested in a prostitution ring at a local truck stop had their preliminary trial continued Tuesday. Young Carpinello, 44, of Tucumcari, Jane Y. Yoh of California, Wu S. Yoo, 51, of Los Angeles and Myung H. Choi, 49, of Diamond Bar, Calif. were arrested Sept. 17 and charged with promoting […]

Iranian hits Tucumcari for peace

By Angela Peacock Since 1996, Reza Baluchi has been biking and running across the world with this message: “I would like for Muslims, Christians and everyone to come together. I’m running for people, peace and freedom,” said Baluchi as he stopped for a breather just past mile marker 333 outside of Tucumcari on Interstate 40 […]