$20 million in construction contracts will be underway

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun It’s estimated that almost $20 million in building projects have been started or will be started within a year in Tucumcari, said a city planning official. Two truck stop-plazas are already planned at exit 333 and I-40, and three motels are either under construction or being planned at the […]

Texas group buys ethanol plant

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun A Dallas-based partnership, SOZO Energy, LP, and the Tucumcari Greater Economic Development Corp. (TGED) inked a deal on Aug. 25 for SOZO to purchase the ethanol plant on Rock Island Road, said a SOZO company official on Thursday. “SOZO will produce up to 10 million gallons of ethanol per […]

These smart toppers merit a place in the Smithsonian

By Ryn Gargulinski: Quay County Columnist The other day I was throttled back to the New Mexico plains when I glimpsed a tan man in a cowboy hat. Granted, this guy’s hat was straw, had a surfer dude sticker on it, and he was peering out of an SUV with a pile of wetsuits in […]

Veteran asks for help to keep office open

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Tucumcari city commissioners on Thursday vowed to write letters in hopes of keeping the local veterans’ affairs open and agreed on the first phase of renovating the local wastewater treatment facility. Joe Valverde, a veteran of the Korean War and the Vietnam War, told commissioners he was concerned about […]

Airport gets money for study

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded two grants totaling $1.8 million to facilitate construction to two east-central New Mexico airport facilities. Tucumcari will receive $100,000 to develop an environmental assessment for an 1,100-foot extension of Runway 26 at the Tucumcari Municipal Airport. Meanwhile, the town of Vaughn will […]

College asking why not on wind center funding

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Mesalands Community College President Phillip Barry said he agrees when state goverment officials say renewable energy resources are important and deserving of state support. With that in mind, Barry was at a loss explaining why the college got no “traction” regarding funding requests for a wind research training center […]

Lawmakers expect OK from governor on capital outlay

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Usually, Brian Moore jokes, the only way a 30-day state legislative session is better than a 60-day session is that he’s home earlier. “This was a crazy session,” the District 67 representative said. “Trying to cram it all in 30 days is just insane.” The session resulted in $1.9 […]

Quay may expect $33 million, statesman said

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Quay County will be rolling in the money — nearly $33 million — if the request from State Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, comes through as he said he expects. This one-time capital investment fund from the state will go to help pay for a number of projects throughout Quay County, according […]

Kiwanian honored for 51 years of perfect attendance

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari man R.H. Hale has been to so many Kiwanis Club meetings, he could probably tell you what the name “Kiwanis” actually means. In fact, this hale and hearty 81 year old was recently honored at the latest club meeting for his 51 years of perfect attendance. “I started with the […]

Commissioner speaks on State Trust Land

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS What takes up more than 13 million acres across the state, is found in every county except Los Alamos and raked in $386 million in revenues last year? Anyone who answered State Trust Land may have been listening in Thursday when Public Lands Commissioner Patrick Lyons spoke to the Rotary Club […]