Pacheco homicide suspect released from jail, awaits court date

A suspect in the Shirley Pacheco homicide was released Tuesday from the Quay County Detention Center and now awaits her court date in the Tenth Judicial District Court. According to court documents: •

County retains fire ban indefinitely

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Thomas Garcia By Thomas GarciaQuay County Sun The Quay County Commissioners voted to keep a fire ban in place indefinitely in Quay County at Wednesday’s meeting. “If we continue to get rain and the conditions improve, the commission could vote to lift the ban at their next meeting,” said Donald Adams, Quay County Fire Marshal. […]

County approves contract to update detention center

Thomas Garcia The Quay County Commissioners approved a $284,788 contract with Sierra Detention Systems of Colorado for upgrades at the Quay County Detention Center. The contract will be for upgrades to the control panels for the adult and juvenile sections and cameras at the detention center. The request to approve the contract with Sierra was […]

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Quay County Detention Center population declines

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun The census at the Quay County Detention Center has dropped to 855 in 2007 from 1,096 in 2006, according to a report presented at the Quay County Commission meeting on Friday. The average daily population has also decreased to 44.30 in 2007 from 61 in the previous year, said […]

Police hope to leg up on inmates

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun A demonstration of electronic ankle bracelets was given to Quay County Commissioners, two judges, law enforcement officials and the district attorney. Commissioners had asked for the demonstration to learn how the system works and if it would reduce costs for adult and juveniles inmates from Quay County. For example, […]

Traffic stop leads to pot bust

By Quay County Staff QCS Staff Suspicious activity by a driver at a Tucumcari truck stop led to the arrest of one man and the seizure of about 125 pounds of marijuana on Wednesday night, according to a press release from the Tucumcari Police Department. Cpl. Darrick Shaw observed a male subject acting suspiciously at […]

Cutting cost of detention

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By Ryn Gargulinski With annual bills totaling about $300,000 to run the Quay County Juvenile Detention Center, county and detention center officials agreed the underage inmates are costing the county way too much money. And so county commissioners on Monday decided to send juvenile inmates to a facility in Curry County and, as a backup, […]

Official: Turnover rate would drop with increased benefits, pay.

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By Ryn Gargulinski: Quay County Sun Costs associated with the Quay County Detention Center are five times higher than in 2000 — from $295,000 to $1.4 million. In hopes of controlling some of those costs, county commissioners invited Bruce Swingle of the New Mexico County Insurance Authority to a Monday workshop. Detention Center Administrator Anthony […]

No loafing around done here

By Marlena Hartz: FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS Some detention centers in America are trying a new menu item called prison loaf — that day’s meal ground up, floured, baked, and served in a bread-like form. The idea is to curb food fights or make them less of a mess. Clovis jail officials have tried the prison loaf, […]