Quay County sued over cattle guards

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico

Cattle guards prevent livestock from roaming county roads. They also prevent Quay County resident Lee Stone, 64, from driving his horse-and-wagon team from one piece of property to another.

And so Stone is taking the county to court. He’s asking Quay County remove the guards from county roads where Stone drives his horses.

District Court Judge Albert J. Mitchell Jr. on Jan. 14 made no ruling in the case, but gave Stone 30 days to amend his arguments and seek legal counsel.

The county, respresented by Albuquerque-based attorney William Slease, argued Stone has no legal basis for forcing the county to remove the cattle guards.

“I’m learning a lot about the law,” Stone said. “But I can’t afford $10,000 for an attorney.”