Fireworks in video night deposit causes alarm

By Quay County Staff Tucumcari Fire Department and police responded to an alarm for a structure fire Tuesday night at Bubbles Video at First and Hines. Officials said someone dropped fireworks in the video return drop box. Firefighters put out the blaze, which melted the plastic video basket, with water. The fireworks caused a smoke […]

Quay County skies light up for the Fourth

By Chelle Delaney: Phillip Griggs can light up your night — especially on the Fourth of July. Griggs is chairman of the fireworks committee at the Elks Lodge on South First Street. “I’ve been involved in this for years. This will be my 15th year,” he said. He’s been chairman of the fireworks committee for […]

May 17, 2006 Police Blotter

The following is a sample of calls received by Tucumcari police during the last few days. According to the reports: Friday • At 2:49 p.m., a fire alarm went off at a school. The alarm was triggered by a burned bag of microwave popcorn. • At 4:27 p.m., a female reported suspicious subjects at a […]

Adams: Fire safety includes drivers

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Weekend fires throughout Quay County are becoming almost commonplace, and County Fire Marshal Donald Adams is concerned residents aren’t treating them as dangerous situations. Adams reported during Monday’s regular County Commission meeting that the county fire crews have performed well with the large number of fires throughout the year, […]

Tucumcari native working for title

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Being good at fighting wasn’t always the best way for James Martinez to grow up. But it seems to be a good way for him to build a career. “Growing up in Tucumcari, there was a lot of fist fights there,” Martinez said. “I moved to California and went […]

Fire scorches 8,000 acres in Logan

By Andy Jackson/Freedom Newspapers When O.B. Coffey saw smoke rising south of his home on the south side of Ute Lake in Logan on Saturday afternoon, he took a hose and wet things down around his home. A short while later, a sheriff’s deputy knocked on Coffey’s door. “The sheriff’s deputy came … and said […]

Officials happy, but not optimistic, about recent rain

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Farmers and firefighters throughout Tucumcari were more than happy to start Thursday morning by greeting the rainfall. However, they’re not optimistic to get many more visits throughout the spring and summer months. Thursday gave Tucumcari .07 inches of rain, an amount that was only visible in puddles by late […]

Ute Lake Ranch officials express commitment to water

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun A representative of Ute Lake Ranch expressed the company’s committment to water quality during Monday’s Quay County Commission meeting. The Commission received a report from Lonnie Phelps, the engineer of Ute Lake Ranch, a planned community to take up 25,000 acres. Phelps brought […]

Family of four gets loud addition

By Ryn Gargulinski My four goats were on fire. Or dying. Or on fire and dying. There would be no other way to explain the mind-splitting bleats coming from the goat pen that sunny New Mexican afternoon. Being the good goat mom, I immediately ran outside with a bucket of water and that mini fire […]

Local fire crews fight grass fires

By Kevin Wilson: QCS Interim Managing Editor Local fire departments spent most of Thursday afternoon fighting a pair of grass fires, with one burning approximately 1,800 acres but causing no injuries or major structural damage. Units were dispatched shortly after 1 p.m. about five miles south of Tucumcari near state highway 209. A grass fire […]