Courthouse holds memories of home

As most of you know, when I think of the word, “home,” I think of the canyons at lma because they were my first home and because they are the place to which I turn when I need to “feel at home.” Of course, I have had several other places I called home, but I [...]

Jones bound over to district court

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Thomas Garcia A 20-year-old Tucumcari man was bound over to district court Wednesday and will face a murder charge in connection with the homicide of Shirley Pacheco, 33. Quay County Magistrate Court Judge Joel Garnett’s order sending Randall Jones to trial followed a five-hour preliminary hearing. No date was set for trial. “We were able [...]

Federal ruling promotes limited government

Freedom New Mexico A federal judge Monday struck a major blow against Obamacare, ruling it to be unconstitutional. The ruling is welcome by those of us who believe Congress and President Barack Obama exceeded their authority last year by imposing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with its mandate that everyone must buy health [...]

District judge protects rights by blocking law

I n Mexico they call it “la ley del odio” — the law of hate. Indeed, President Felipe Calderon had publicly condemned the act and Mexican border governors had said they would boycott a planned conference before it was moved from Arizona to New Mexico. To many people, Arizona’s anti-immigration law that went into effect [...]

Judge clears Freedom bankruptcy plan

Freedom News Service WILMINGTON, Del. — A federal judge Tuesday approved Freedom Communication Inc.’s reorganization plan, giving a green light for the company to emerge from bankruptcy by the end of this month. The court action gets the Irvine, California-based media company and parent of The Orange County (Calif.) Register out from under 58 percent [...]

Tucumcari Mayor found not guilty

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Thomas Garcia After seven hours of eyewitness and expert testimony, Quay County Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett on Wednesday found Tucumcari Mayor Antonio Apodaca innocent of an animal-cruelty charge. “Thank God that justice prevailed and is well and alive in Tucumcari,” Apodaca said after Wednesday’s court appearance. Apodaca, 61, was accused of dragging a dog with [...]

County signs off on constroversial subdivision

Thomas Garcia The Quay County Commissioners reluctantly signed off Friday on a controversial subdivision on orders from a Curry County judge. The 6,000-acre Pinon Point subdivision near the community of Quay was approved by the Quay County Commission. “The commission does not agree that the decision imposed on them is in the best interest of [...]

Quay County officials sworn in

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Thomas Garcia

Mitchell takes judge’s oath

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Chelle Delaney Chief Judge William Lang of the Second Judicial District administered the oath of office to Albert J. “Scooter” Mitchell, Jr. on Monday. Mitchell was sworn in as judge for the 10th Judicial District. “I hope I live up to your expectations and mine,” Mitchell said. “And if I don’t I’m sure some of [...]

Mitchell to begin term as district judge Dec. 15

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Thomas Garcia After serving as an attorney in Quay County for nearly three decades, Albert J. Mitchell Jr. , 49. will soon be serving the residents of Quay, De Baca and Harding counties as the new Tenth Judicial District Court Judge.Question: When does your term begin?Answer: I will be sworn in at 3 p.m. on [...]