9/17 Quay personality

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Who: Delfino Garcia This Tucumcari native is a retired rancher and farmer who could also be known as the commodities man. What does that mean: Garcia is joined by his wife and 12-18 volunteers every month to hand out the government commodities to people in need. Claim to fame: A purely volunteer position that takes [...]

7/30 Regional Roundup

Ute Lake Ranch discussion followed by tour Tucumcari city and county officials attended Wednesday’s public meeting at the Logan Community Center hosted by the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC), Ute Reservoir Committee, and the Ute Lake Ranch (ULR) development, according to city and county managers. The meeting included a presentation outlining the plans for [...]

Housing Authority talks heating and cooling

QCS STAFF One hot topic at Thursday’s Housing Authority meeting was furnaces — pun intended. Specifically, officials declared the terminology used in an invitation to bid for heating and cooling systems was unclear. They said bidders were unsure whether they had to use brand name units or just those compatible with the brand name. Hence, [...]

Bomb threats prove false

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QUAY COUNTY SUN Two bomb threats hit Tucumcari in as many days this week — both of them false alarms, according to police. The first threat happened at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday when an unidentified caller contacted the Quay County courthouse and said bombs were planted at the courthouse, Children, Youth and [...]

Arizona man dies in I-40 rollover

QCS staff reports An Arizona man thought to be suffering from driver fatigue was killed about 1:15 a.m. on Sunday when his car rolled over and crashed on Interstate 40, about 10 miles east of Tucumcari, according to New Mexico State Police. Glen Finkle Ellenburg, 79, from Mesa, Ariz., was westbound on I-40 in the [...]

Senior centers to get new sponsors

By Tova Fruchtman: Quay County Sun Tucumcari city commissioners met with city officials on Tuesday to discuss the prospect of taking over sponsorship of area senior citizen centers. A letter signed by the Tucumcari City Manager Richard Primrose and Quay County Manager Terry Turner was sent to the Eastern New Mexico Area Agency on Aging [...]

Sunshine Week time to trumpet open government

In small ways and more sweeping assaults, government officials have been closing their windows to public scrutiny. It is a troubling and ironic trend. Coming as the president speaks eloquently of developing democratic institutions across the world, Americans cannot be complacent about our own. It is time to seek more openness from federal, state and [...]

Drivers wanted

William Thompson: Quay County Sun Interstate Distributor Company has built a large truck terminal off Camino Del Coronado and now company officials need truck drivers. Paul Smith, maintenance supervisor at the facility, said Interstate officials are meeting with city officials. “We’re looking for ways to get the city involved,” Smith said. “We’re not sure yet [...]

High School gets bomb threat

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By William Thompson: Quay County Sun A bomb threat forced students to evacuate Tucumcari High School for about 90 minutes on Tuesday, but no bomb was found and students were back in class by 11:45 a.m. Tucumcari High School Principal Gary Salazar made the decision to evacuate students and staff about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday after [...]

U.S., Mexico need to rethink drug war strategy

The killing continues in Matamoros, Mexico, within bullet range of the Rio Grande. Two people, at least one of them an American missionary, were found dead Friday in Matamoros. Details are sketchy. Two other Americans, Carlos Santiago Ramirez and Yolanda Zamora Rivera, were found shot dead Wednesday morning at their Matamoros home. Police suggest the [...]