Judge turns case over to district court

By Staff: Quay County Sun CS Staff Magistrate Judge Edwin Bruhn turned the case of Crystal Cochran and Fred Jaramillo, III, over to district courts Thursday. Cochran and Jaramillo are each charged with more than a dozen felony counts in connection with the death of 12-year-old Augustine Montiel. He died May 18 in a Tucumcari […]

Cates given life sentence

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Norman Tyrell Cates, 19, was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for the 2004 murder of 65-year-old Lena Aragon Barrett of Roy. A jury convicted Cates in a three-day trial that ended Jan. 11. Cates had pleaded not guilty. The trial was moved from Harding to Quay County due […]

Jaramillo’s request to lower bond denied

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun A man accused of supplying alcohol to a minor who drowned last month will not receive a lower bond, a judge ruled on Tuesday. Judge Edwin Bruhn said bond for Fred Jaramillo III, 23, would remain at $100,000. Jaramillo has been in jail since June 13, when he was […]

Video hearings add safety, cut costs

Chelle Delaney Video technology is now part of the legal proceedings in the Quay County Magistrate Court in Tucumcari. One of the last magistrate courts in New Mexico to have the technology installed for arraignments of detainees, Magistrate Judge Edwin Bruhn has been conducting video arraignments for the past three months. In fact, one of […]

Canvassed Quay County Vote Totals

QCS Staff The Quay County Commission canvassed the votes for Tuesday’s county primary races. The following votes were cast in the election. Democrat U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman 1,171 U.S. Representative Tom Udall 1,141 Governor Bill Richardson 1,076 Anselmo A. Chavez* 0 Secretary of State Shirley Hooper 474 Stephanie Gonzales 321 Mary Herrera 298 Lititia Montoya […]

Many races unopposed

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Sue Moore spent Tuesday night at the Quay County Courthouse, doing what she’s done every two years for the last 42 years. This time it was different, but not necessarily better for Moore. Moore won the probate judge race Tuesday night with 1,160 votes in an unopposed Democratic primary. […]

Quay County unofficial vote totals

Quay County Unofficial Vote Totals Official totals will be available Friday after canvassing. Democrat (1,614 voters) U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman 1,171 U.S. Representative Tom Udall 1,141 Governor Bill Richardson 1,076 Anselmo A. Chavez* 0 Secretary of State Shirley Hooper 474 Stephanie Gonzales 321 Mary Herrera 298 Lititia Montoya 150 Lt. Governor Diane Denish 1,094 State […]

Early vote totals high

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By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Tony and Patsy Gresham made a short walk Friday in the Quay County Courthouse. The Greshams thought it was important to have honesty, experience and commitment from their elected officials, and they took advantage of the early voting period to let their voices be heard. More than 400 people […]

Many county races unopposed

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Editor’s Note: This is the fourth story in a series about the June 6 primary elections. This story focuses on unopposed candidates. Sue Smith Moore was interested in the position of Quay County probate judge. She just wasn’t interested in campaigning. There are no such worries for Smith, who […]

Former law enforcement officials square off

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of stories about the upcoming Quay County primary elections. Today’s story focuses on the Democratic primary for the county’s magistrate judge position between Joel Garnett, Wayne Thibodeaux and Dennis Townsend. A history in law enforcement and a determination to be […]