The Bell Ranch on market for $115 million

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By Chelle Delaney A large and significant piece of New Mexico history is for sale. The Bell Ranch, all 250,000 acres, with its Red Bell cattle, horses, a hacienda and an airstrip is being marketed for $115 million by Orvis Cushman & Wakefield of Colorado Springs, Colo. The Bell Ranch in San Miguel County takes […]

Construction begins at Glenrio on new welcome center

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By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Construction began last week on a new $7.4 million welcome center at Glenrio, about a half mile west of the New Mexico-Texas border on I-40. At a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, March 21, state transportation and tourism officials unveiled plans for a hacienda-style center which will include a theater, […]

College working to ready RFP for wind turbine

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun With more than $4 million secured from state and federal dollars, local college officials are now working to set up the North American Wind Research and Training Center at Mesalands Community College, starting with a wind turbine. The planned purchase of a turbine must be put out bid. And […]

Tucumcari students make phyto-find

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun Teenage volunteers at the MesaLands Dinosaur Museum have made a rare find. Tucumcari High School Students Stephen Smith, Carmen Runyan and Donny Price found teeth from a Phytosaur. That’s a semi-aquatic species that flourished in the late Triassic period 205 million years ago. They found the teeth while screening […]

Biodiesel plant to produce energy from animal fat

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers An Australian company plans to build a biodiesel plant in Clovis that has the capacity to produce 75 million gallons of biodiesel annually from animal fat, officials announced Thursday in Albuquerque. American Renewable Fuels, a subsidiary of Australian Renewable Fuels, plans to locate the plant at the Clovis Industrial Park […]

Trash is big business

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Let’s talk trash. Like what’s in your garbage can. Just because we want to throw these things away, doesn’t mean they’re “trash.” We’re denigrating, belittling, disparaging, maligning, and slandering a valuable commodity. Look, here in Tucumcari, we’re spending $1.2 million just for a place to put some of what […]

College gets $2 million for wind program

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun A $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) was awarded to the North American Wind Research and Training Center being proposed by Mesalands Community College. “We’re very excited” about the announcement that was made on Monday, said Phillip Barry, president of MCC. The grant funds are […]

Voters approve education bond

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Higher education officials in eastern New Mexico expressed gratitude Tuesday for voters in the General Election who approved millions of dollars for higher education in the region. With 70 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial election results showed 55 percent of New Mexico voters gave their approval of General Obligation Bond […]

Governor backs Ute Water Project

Freedom Newspapers Gov. Bill Richardson’s 2007 legislative agenda for the “Year of Water” includes $5 million for the Ute Water Project that will serve communities throughout Curry and Roosevelt counties. The governor included the investment in a $103.5 million spending plan he outlined Wednesday for projects and programs he says would move the state closer […]

Quay County gains $5 million net taxable value

QCS Staff The 2006 net taxable value of property in Quay County increased more than $5 million to $121,516,689 compared to 2005, said Janie Murray, Quay County tax assessor. Increases were attributed to new construction, which excludes the construction on First Street, the Ute Lake Ranch development project, new mobile homes and other improvements in […]