Six file candidacy for county election

Thomas Garcia Voters will have two contested races for the Quay County Commission and two uncontested races in the June 5 primaries, followed by four uncontested races in the Nov. 5 general election. The last day to register to vote and be eligible for the primary election is May 8. Early and absentee voting begins [...]

City treasurer fired; lawsuit filed

Thomas Garcia John “Marty” Garcia has been terminated as Tucumcari’s city treasurer and he’s filed a lawsuit alleging the city took action against him in violation of the Whistleblower Protection Act. “The city’s violation of the Whistleblower Protection Act is clearly outlined in the court documents,” said Duff Westbrook, Garcia’s attorney during a telephone interview [...]

La Mesa officials file appeal

By Thomas Garcia: QCS staff writer Tucumcari officials, hopeful to take advantage of a second chance at a racino, said an appeal filed with the New Mexico Gaming Control Board is simply a delay by Raton-based La Mesa Racetrack and Casino. “They are only putting off the inevitable,” said Warren Frost, executive director of the [...]

Lawsuit filed against Tucumcari Police

By Tom Sharpe: Courtesy of the Santa Fe New Mexican Two Kansas residents claim in a lawsuit filed in Santa Fe that police in Tucumcari stole $47,000 in cash from them because they were assumed to be Mexican nationals. “We have not received any documents concerning this suit from the State District Court,” said Tucumcari [...]

Candidates log thousands of miles on road to state office

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Since Roosevelt County rancher Matt Rush filed for the state land office race, he’s logged 30,000 miles on his truck, with only one trip to Lubbock and the rest across New Mexico. “My one piece of advice to anyone who’s considering running for a statewide office,” Rush said, while [...]

Raton Racino Contractor Files Lien

By Charles D. Brunt: Albuquerque Journal The lead contractor for La Mesa Racetrack and Casino has filed an $845,000 lien against Canadian developer Michael Moldenhauer and Horse Racing at Raton LLC, the corporation behind the troubled $50 million racino. A claim of lien filed by James H. Franken, president of Las Vegas, N.M.-based Franken Construction [...]

Local company under fire

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By Thomas Garcia Complaints of non-delivery and loss of money filed against a Tucumcari playground equipment company have been referred to the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office. The 130 complaints were originally filed with the Better Business Bureau against Dome Climber, which is owned and operated by Rodney Ward of Tucumcari. “The complaints were referred [...]

Lawsuit filed against Clayton Ranch Market

By Chris Schmaedeke, QCS managing editor The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against Clayton Ranch Market in Clayton. Clayton Ranch Market is owned by former District 67 State Rep. Brian Moore, who has entered the race for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor of New Mexico. The lawsuit claims the store [...]

Freedom files Chapter 11

Freedom Communications, parent company of Freedom New Mexico, filed a petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Tuesday but said operations aren’t expected to change. The filing was done, “along with a plan-support agreement executed by a steering committee of (Freedom’s) lenders,” according to a company press release. “(The company) has sufficient cash to fund daily operations [...]

Tucumcari man shot in neck

Chelle Delaney A Tucumcari man is charged with a shooting another man in the back of the neck in the parking lot of the Redwood Lodge in Tucumcari on Monday. Howard Russell King, the victim, was transported to Tucumcari Memorial Hospital by relatives about 8:45 p.m. on Monday, according to documents filed with the Quay [...]