Wildfire shuts down I-40

A wild fire Friday officials say was started by a truck’s hot exhaust system consumed more than 1,200 acres of range land in Quay County and closed I-40 for about an hour. It took seven Quay County fire departments and four Texas fire departments to extinguish the fire, said Quay County Fire Marshal Donald Adams. […]

Second Street project begins

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By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun City officials, state transportation officials and State Rep. Dennis Roch were on hand Monday for the groundbreaking of the Second Street Project, which includes paving and new water lines. “With this project we begin to see, locally, the benefits of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” Roch said. “When […]

Public records protect citizens from corruption

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees our freedoms of speech, religion, the press, assembly and to take grievances to government officials. It’s the No. 1 item in our Bill of Rights, and in priority, in the minds of many Americans. And yet, Texas’ State Board of Education on Thursday voted to restrict students’ […]

Freedom strikes deal for Arizona paper sale

Freedom New Mexico Freedom Communications filed a motion Tuesday with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware seeking approval of the sale of its Phoenix-area publications to 1013 Communications LLC, an affiliate of Thirteenth Street Media. In a statement, Freedom said company officials hope a hearing will be held in early March and that the transaction […]

Tucumcari police chief put on paid administrative leave

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By Chris Schmaedeke: QC Sun managing editor Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher was placed on paid administrative leave Friday morning, according to City Manager Bobbye Rose. Hatcher said he was approached by Rose and City Clerk Christine Dougherty about the option of resigning or being fired. He said after arguing about his employment status, Rose […]

Wounded Arkansas officer released from hospital

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QCS staff From staff reports An Arkansas police officer shot four times during a traffic stop has been released from the hospital, while the man accused of shooting him remained in the Tucumcari jail on Tuesday night. Police said Tristan Honey, 25, of Fort Smith, Ark., surrendered to New Mexico Port of Entry Officer Daniel […]

Quay County to receive more flu shots

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Thomas Garcia Quay and Harding County public health officials are working to ensure the county’s residents there is no shortage of flu vaccinations. “We have only received 50 percent of our seasonal flu vaccination order,” said Rebecca Jeanne Moralez, nurse manager of the Quay County Public Health Office. Moralez said a new batch of vaccinations […]

Mesalands president suspended

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Thomas Garcia Mesalands Community College Board of Trustees on Tuesday suspended President Phillip O. Barry without pay. Board members met in executive session in response to allegations Barry was driving under the influence of liquor or drugs last week in Albuquerque. Court records show Barry was charged with DUI on Friday. Barry could not be […]

Lake officials expect busy Labor Day weekend

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By Thomas Garcia: QCS staff writer If you’re thinking about spending Labor Day weekend at an area lake, better start thinking about camping arrangements. Conchas State Park and Ute Lake State Park officials said Tuesday that all of their reservation sites have been filled. Administrator Lorna Ford said Conchas has 76 campsites that can be […]

Officials seek input on MainStreet master plan

QCS Staff Tucumcari MainStreet Corp. and the city of Tucumcari are seeking public input in the development of the Mainstreet master plan. “We want everyone to come out and help us develop this plan,” said Mark Lake, executive director of Tucumcari MainStreet Corp. Lake said they are starting a dynamic, nine-month, master planning process for […]