Judge’s order limiting CRP land riles farmers

By Freedom New Mexico WASHINGTON — Eastern New Mexico farmers may be out thousands of dollars after a federal judge issued a temporary injunction to halt cattle grazing on federally protected land on their property, according to a press release from Rep. Steve Pearce, R–N.M. U.S. District Judge John Coughenour granted a 10-day temporary restraining […]

May 1953

City Police Court Judge J. Wylie Parker collected $825 in fines in one week. … The Princess Theatre was showing “Road to Bali” with Bob Hope, and the Canal Drive-in featured “Flying Leathernecks” with John Wayne. … Robbie Wellborn passed the written test and reported to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. … Seventeen Explorer […]

When court beckons, it’s best to answer

By Chelle Delaney, Quay County Sun Last week’s case of a Tucumcari woman who was handcuffed at her business because of a failure to pay fines illustrates that many people do not understand how the payment of fines works, and how important it is to appear in court when summoned, said Tucumcari city manager John […]

Schutte named 10th Judicial District Judge

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Local prosecutor Donald C. Schutte was appointed to fill the vacant position in the 10th Judicial District Court on Thursday by Gov. Bill Richardson. Schutte’s swearing in ceremony will be Sept. 7, he said. There are several trials that he said he wants to see through to completion before […]

Cochran takes plea in Montiel drowning case

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun A 19-year-old Tucumcari woman has accepted a plea agreement in connection with a May 19, 2006 drowning of a 12-year-old boy that could put her in prison for nine years. Crystal Cochran pleaded guilty to conspiracy, to abuse of a child resulting in death, four charges of selling or […]

Two apply for judge’s seat

By QCS Staff Two applications from Tucumcari for the judicial vacancy in the 10th Judicial District Court have been submitted. They are local attorney, Albert J. Mitchell, Jr. and Donald C. Schutte, of the Quay County District Attorney’s office, according to a press release from the 10th Judicial District Nominating Commission. Current Judge Ricky Purcell […]

Judge Purcell set to retire

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U.S. District Court Judge Ricky Purcell seemed a little out his comfort zone on Friday. He was sitting in the jurors box. Purcell sat quietly as court administrator Diane Ulibarri hosted a light roast for the 75 people who had gathered for the judge’s retirement party. Purcell who has served as judge for 15 and […]

Judge Purcell to retire, court seeking applicants

By QCS Staff U.S. District Judge Ricky D. Purcell is slated to retire on July 1, and the process to find his replacement is under way, said Sandra Bauman, judicial selection coordinator for the nominating commission. In the meantime, the Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court has been requested to seek a interim […]

March 1964

Bill Hagler of Tucumcari received the salesman of the year award from Rainbow bread president Al Milner of Clovis. … Demolition of buildings on West Main Street was halted by Judge J.V. Gallegos. The buildings were condemned, but questions were raised about properly acquired permits. … Two Tucumcari seniors were awarded scholarships from the Eastern […]

How Quay County Voted

How Quay County Voted 2006 (vote count is based on provisional numbers) United States Senator l Jeff Bingaman: 2,231 Democratic Party l Allen W. McCullough: 981 Republican Party United States Representative l Tom Udall: 2,243 Democratic Party l Ronald M. Dolin: 1,003 Republican Party Governor and Lieutenant Governor l Bill Richardson and Diane D. Denish: […]