Recruiting officers priority for police chief

By Chelle Delaney Whenever he can, Tucumcari Police Chief Larry Ham likes to make a point of preaching a gospel that well paid officers stay put. Since April of 2006, two officers have left the department for better paying jobs, and another was called up for duty in Iraq, Ham said. Overall, the department is […]

City Commission agrees to airport annexation

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Tucumcari City Commissioners agreed on Thursday to the annex the airport property and land that would make it contiguous to existing city limits. The city has been interested in bringing the property into the city limits to take advantage of the gross receipts generated at the airport as well […]

8/20 Letters to the Editor

Monthly fee should produce regular collection of trash I’m writing in regard to the garbage service. I pay $28 per month for service and have to constantly check to see if it’s picked up. Each time it’s not, there’s always an excuse — new driver on route, driver injured, some relative died, etc. And yet […]

County employees to receive pay raises

By William Thompson Quay County employees will be receiving fatter paychecks next month. County Manager Terry Turner said county employees will be receiving an average 5-percent pay raise beginning with the first pay period in July. “We received a letter from the state Department of Finance Authority (on) June 9 approving our 2006 budget, which […]

Water bill introduced

QCS STAFF Senators Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman are on the same page in wanting to address rural water problems. They recently introduced a bipartisan bill in the U.S. Senate that is designed to improve water service to rural communities, according to a joint press release. The Reclamation Rural Water Supply Act of 2005 would […]

Notes from the city commission meeting

The Tucumcari City Commission held a regular meeting on Thursday. The following items were discussed: • Mayor Mary Mayfield could not attend the meeting because of a death in her family. Commissioner Betty Ditto did not attend because of visiting family. • The commission declared April 8 as “Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico Tribute […]

City airport receives $1 million

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William Thompson: Quay County Sun The Tucumcari Municipal Airport received a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant for $1 million. The grant will pay for reconstruction and expansion of a more than 20-year-old runway. City Manager Richard Primrose said he received a fax from Senator Jeff Bingaman1s office Friday telling him the city was awarded the […]

County nixes pay raises

William Thompson The Quay County budget was finalized July 12 and no pay raises for county employees were included in the budget. According to the minutes of a special budget session on June 4, former County Manager Paula Chacon, acting as a consultant, reported to county commissioners that no pay raises would be forthcoming. “The […]

Water rates hiked

William Thompson Marty Garcia, Assistant City Manager said Tucumcari city management recently decided to raise water rates for residential and commercial customers both within and outside city limits. Average water bills for residential customers may be as much as $17 higher with next month’s bill. Garcia said city revenues have fallen short of expectations. “Raising […]

Tucumcari civilian heads to Iraq

TV Hagenah A civilian employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Conchas Lake will be heading to Iraq on Sunday, and she is proud to say she volunteered to do it. “I thought about it for quite a while,” said De De Pacheco of Tucumcari. “And it’s something I want to do.”Pacheco said […]