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 […]

The $80,000 question: Whose is it?

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Whose $80,000 is it anyway? The city of Tucumcari says it is theirs. Quay County says they asked for it first. At stake is $80,000 appropriated to “Tucumcari in Quay County” during the last state legislative session, City Manager John Sutherland said. Sutherland said the city asked for the […]

Two arrested on gift card theft charges

Freedom New Mexico A Quay County mother and daughter were arrested on Christmas eve, accused of stealing Christmas gift cards intended for foster children. The cards were purchased and donated by a local church, according to a press release from the Tucumcari Police Department. Jennifer Dominguez, 24, of Tucumcari, was charged with larceny and tampering […]

Roch goes distance for vote

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Dennis Roch won more than one race this election season. Roch, who will represent Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties as the new District 67 representative, was challenged to a foot race while campaigning in Portales. Roch was knocking on voters doors on East Amazon Street in Portales. “I introduced […]

Convicted sex offender charged in Tucumcari

Freedom New Mexico A convicted sex offender from Curry County has been charged with the criminal sexual penetration of a Tucumcari 9-year-old, according to a press release from the Tucumcari Police Department. Kenneth Leon Mills, 30, was arrested Tuesday and pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to the charges before the Quay County Magistrate Court. Mills […]

Funnel cloud spotted near Tucumcari

By Chelle Delaney, Freedom New Mexico A funnel cloud was spotted over Tucumcari about 2 p.m. Wednesday as dark storm clouds moved across the region. The funnel cloud was traveling west between the Frontage Road and Quay Road 62. It touched down briefly in fields, acting like a dust devil, on the easterly side of […]

Rare dinosaur hip bone found in Quay County

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — Studies of a fossil collected last June in Quay County indicate that it’s a hip bone of an unidentified Triassic period creature that walked what is now New Mexico some 200 million years ago. Students in participating in a Mesalands Community College geology class field trip found […]

Quay school official announces candidacy

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Dennis J. Roch, assistant superintendent for Tucumcari schools, has announced his candidacy for the District 67 state representative position. Roch’s announcement Friday was made jointly with District 67 incumbent, Republican Brian Moore of Clayton, who said he would not seek re-election. Moore’s term expires December 2008. “I think he’s […]

Thomas may not face DUI charge

Freedom New Mexico Staff Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas may face only a misdemeanor open-container charge following his Aug. 3 arrest in Quay County. “It’s my understanding that will be the case,” Clovis Mayor David Lansford said Wednesday night. State Police Lt. Rick Anglada said prosecutors told one of his colleagues more serious allegations of […]

Roosevelt no-hits Quay 11-12 year olds

By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Reyes Chavez pitched a five-inning no-hitter and got home run support from Will Murdock and Reyes Chavez Tuesday night as Roosevelt County beat Quay County 10-0 in an elimination game of the District 3 Little League 11-12 year old tournament at Dickenson Field. Chavez recorded nine strikeouts and […]

Martial arts fight promoter arraigned

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A martial arts fight promoter was arraigned Thursday in Quay County Magistrate Court on charges alleging he killed Albert “Jason” Pacheco, 31, of Tucumcari, on Feb. 1. James Burleson, 33, of Socorro pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was released after posting a $100,000 bond. Burleson, accompanied by his […]

May 23, 1976

• The Portales News-Tribune purchased the Quay County Sun and planned to continue publication of the weekly newspaper. The PNT has been printing the Quay County Sun since its inception. • Eastern New Mexico University’s Mike Boit set two NAIA records in leading the Hounds to the NAIA outdoor track championship and ENMU head track […]

President signs disaster declaration

Staff and Wire Reports President Bush declared a major disaster in Curry and Quay counties Monday because of tornado damage, making residents in those regions eligible for federal funds. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners […]

Letter to the Editor: Ute golf course gets kudos from mayor

I would like to congratulate the leadership of Quay County including the Quay County Commission, the village of Logan, city of Tucumcari, village of San Jon and all of their citizens for the success they’ve had with the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission and the recent approval to allow Ute Lake Ranch Development to construct […]

Passage of Bond A seems likely

Freedom Newspapers With 54 percent of precincts reporting on Tuesday, 61 percent of New Mexico voters favored providing $16 million to benefit senior citizen centers across the state. Bond A would fund projects at dozens of senior centers, including some in Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties. Portales’ senior center had the most to gain, with […]

Golf course approved near Ute Lake

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission approved an agreement on Thursday that allows Ute Lake Ranch to construct and operate a golf course on the shores of Ute Lake, according to a news release from ISC. The project has had strong backing from Quay County area governments as a catalyst […]

Quay County manager dies

Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Quay County Manager Terry Turner died on Wednesday afternoon, officials said. Officials would not comment on the cause of death for Turner. A family friend said Wednesday night that funeral services had not yet been scheduled. Medics were called to the Quay County Courthouse at 3:35 p.m., where Turner, 60, was […]

Quay County rallies to beat Roosevelt, 8-7

PNT Staff The Quay County All-Stars rallied from a 6-1 deficit to defeat the Roosevelt County All-Stars 8-7 Saturday evening at Portales High School Ram Baseball Field in the 13-14 year-old division. The loss meant the Roosevelt County All-Stars must win today against Clovis American or they will be eliminated. Their game against Clovis American […]

Roosevelt shuts out American

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Thursday night’s Little League game between the Roosevelt County All-stars and the Clovis American all-stars ended with a mercy rule call in Roosevelt’s favor, 10-0. The game kept even at no-score for the first two innings. Roosevelt pulled ahead in the third, scoring seven. They scored three in the […]

Ute Lake Ranch draws fire locally

By Tonya Garner Officials representing Clovis and Portales voiced their concerns regarding the Ute Lake Ranch project Wednesday during the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission meeting. The Ute Lake Ranch project is under construction near Tucumcari and will feature 733 patio homes, a golf course, marina, equestrian center and a beach club built around Ute […]