New commish to begin

TV Hagenah Two newly elected officials who had not served in the positions before they were elected were sworn into their positions Monday afternoon. One of the two, new Quay County Clerk Ellen White ran unopposed for her seat in November’s elections. New Quay County Commissioner Bill Curry ran against and upset incumbent Jeffrey Lewalling. […]

City to hold retreat

TV Hagenah The Tucumcari City Commission has scheduled a planning retreat for Saturday, Oct. 23 to begin at 9 a.m. at the Tucumcari Convention Center. The retreat was the brainchild of Tucumcari Mayor pro tem Antonio Apodaca who expressed the opinion at the last meeting that there had not been enough time recently to sufficiently […]

Mesalands gains accreditation

Mesalands Community College school officials have received official notice of 10 years of accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, a unit of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which is the body that grants accreditation for colleges, universities and schools in this region. In April, Mesalands underwent a voluntary, comprehensive evaluation visit by […]

Consultants hired to evaluate police

TV Hagenah The scene was set for a typical meeting of the Tucumcari City Commission Thursday evening with supporters of the embattled Chief of Police Dennis Townsend on one side of the aisle and those accusing him or the Tucumcari Police Department of malfeasance on the other side. Each side seemed waiting for the “citizen […]

Police controversy continues

TV Hagenah Complaints against city police dominated Thursday’s Tucumcari City Commission for the third session in a row. And a former Quay County Sheriff’s Department Deputy offered to take citizens’ complaints against police and forward them to the city commission. “I have a bunch of people who are scared of the police,” said Wayne “Charlie” […]

Letter to editor

Letter to the Editor 8-2-04 In last Saturday’s edition of the Quay County Sun City Commissioner Maestas states and I quote from the article, “City Commissioner Chris Maestas said he and fellow Commissioner Antonio Apodaca voted against the utility rate hikes but were outvoted 3-2 by Commissioners Betty Ditto and Jim Witcher and Mayor Mary […]

13 speak out about city police

TV Hagenah The largest crowd in most people’s memories to attend a Tucumcari City Commission meeting gathered at city hall Thursday evening to air their opinions about the Tucumcari City Police Force and in relation to that, its chief, Dennis Townsend. As over 75 people crowded into the commission chambers, they heard more than a […]

Special election Tuesday

A special election for the District 3 city commissioner will be held Tuesday, July 13. The election will have three individuals — James Witcher, Ron Wilmot, and Paula Chacon — vying for the commission seat left vacant with the death of Mayor Calvin Litchfield during the winter. The July 13 election date was the first […]

Support, opposition arise for track

TV Hagenah Tucumcari Economic Development Director Ben Kendrick has high hopes for a horse-racing track/casino coming to Tucumcari, but others in the state have their doubts of its viability or are in direct opposition to the move. “This is looking very good,” said Kendrick last week about the possibility of a horse-racing track coming to […]

Madrid running for commission seat

Grace Madrid 1. What is it that makes Quay County uniquely Quay County? Quay County’s uniqueness comes from the people who reside here. The people are warm and friendly with a deep faith in their fellow man. My experience is that they are generous to a fault. We possess a quality of life that I […]