Expo reminder of agriculture’s importance

Portales reached a wonderful milestone last week in hosting its 20th New Mexico Ag Expo. Officials estimated 3,000 people came through the gates of the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds to an event that celebrates the region’s agricultural industry and provides opportunity to enhance its growth. More than 100 vendors, most from out of town, were on […]

3-3 Obituaries

Burtie J. Gates Burtie J. Gates, 84, died on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, in Amarillo. She was born on Oct. 28, 1925 in Bard. Survivors include her five sons Hershell Gates of San Jon, Don Whitface, Ben Gates, James Gates and Elvin Gates and her daughters Barbara Crane of San Jon and Roxie Hammer. Services: […]

Former San Jon officer joins Quay County Sheriff’s Office

Thomas Garcia San Jon’s laid off police officer has found new work at the Quay County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Joe Schallert announced the hiring of Ben Gates during Monday’s meeting with county commissioners. The Quay County Commission was told that a new deputy has been hired by the Quay County Sheriff’s Office. Schallert said Gates […]

Slide guitarist, with Quay County musical roots, inducted into Swing hall of fame

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By Elaine Walker, Anacortes American Reprinted with permission At his Anacortes, Wash., home, slide guitar pioneer Bill Gates shows how the instrument is played with a metal bar and finger picks. He built this guitar himself. Gates was honored by the Seattle Western Swing Music Society several months ago. A fine slide guitarist, Bill Gates […]

She discovers quiet strength of life behind bars

By Lynn Moncus As we look at various chapters of our lives, we are often amazed that we had such unique experiences until we mention one now and then. Actually, we think that most of our experiences are similar to everyone else’s until we begin to talk about them, and then we learn more about […]

Mildred Marie Gates

Services: 10 a.m. Monday at the 16th and Pile Church of Christ in Clovis. with Jim Gammon officiating. Mildred Marie Gates, 70, of Clovis died Wednesday, June 27, 2007, at Beehive Assisted Living in Clovis. She was born July 29, 1936 to Bob W. and Musette Kennedy Terry in Portales. She married Monroe Gates June […]

Skunk tests positive for rabies

By Leslie Radford: Quay County Sun A rabid skunk was found in San Jon earlier this week. Dr. Jean Corey with the Tucumcari Animal Hospital said there had been a skunk acting abnormally found a few blocks from a school in San Jon. “I was told he was going in circles and running into things,” […]

Gates open for ‘Rally’

William Thompson The gates to the Quay County Fairgrounds were officially opened at 9 a.m yesterday morning to visitors coming to the Mother Road Rally. The vendors were putting the finishing touches on their booths in preparation for what they hoped will be a huge weekend-long event. Ron Humphrey and his wife, Patsi, sold a […]

San Jon chief keeps busy

William Thompson Ben Gates is not only the Chief of Police for San Jon, he is also that city’s entire police force. Chief Gates said sometimes life as a small town police officer is very slow and sometimes it is quite hectic. “Sometimes it seems that one police officer is one too many for this […]

Suspected killer remains on loose

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By Ryan Lengerich A man with ties to eastern New Mexico who is suspected of killing two Oklahoma residents last month is still on the loose. But Oklahoma police officials believe they have him contained. Scott James Eizember, 42, is suspected of killing an elderly couple Oct. 18 in Depew, Okla., police said. Prior to […]