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 By Thomas Garcia    News    July 11, 2018

New president selected at Mesalands in Tucumcari

TUCUMCARI — A four-month search for a new president has ended as Mesalands Community College selected John D. Groesbeck to lead the institution. He began work on Monday. His salary has not been released. “This is a great opportunity and it’s... Full story

 By Thomas Garcia    News    March 15, 2018

Man faces up to 12 years in child sex case

TUCUMCARI - A Tucumcari man faces up to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to charges of criminal sexual penetration involving two minors. Anthony Groomas, 29, appeared before...


Tucumcari judge suspended without pay

TUCUMCARI — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Thursday suspended Tucumcari Municipal Judge Joe Dominguez without pay pending the criminal proceeding of his recent arrest and driving while intoxicated charge. Dominguez, 71, was arrested Feb. 4 by the...


Former Mesalands instructor pleads guilty to felony charges

TUCUMCARI — A former faculty member of Mesalands Community College has pleaded guilty to fourth-degree felony charges of child solicitation by electronic communication device and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Robert Moreau, 51, a form...


Mother accepts award for towman killed on roadside

The mother of a late Tucumcari resident received his posthumous Honor of Bravery medal at the American Towman Expo in Baltimore, Maryland. “When I think about how fast this has all come to be, I know it was because of who Bobby was,” said Linda U...

 By Thomas Garcia    News    November 4, 2017

Clerks learn voting system at training session

TUCUMCARI — More than a dozen county clerks and deputy county clerks from eastern New Mexico took part in a three-day training session outlining the state's new election and voter registration...

 By Thomas Garcia    News    October 25, 2017

Tucumcari man jailed on burglary charges

TUCUMCARI — A Tucumcari man accused of fleeing law officers remained jailed Tuesday on multiple charges, including allegations of burglaries in Quay and Curry counties. Antonio Sandoval, 29, is in...


Police led on chase through Quay County

TUCUMCARI — Three people were arrested Friday following a pursuit that covered more than 30 miles involving the Village of Logan Police Department and Quay County Sheriff's Office. "This was the...

 By Thomas Garcia    News    August 31, 2017

Tucumcari man arrested in fatal shooting

TUCUMCARI — A Tucumcari man has been arrested and charged with murder following a homicide investigation Tuesday by New Mexico State Police in Tucumcari. Christopher Bamberg, 46, is charged with...

 By Thomas Garcia    News    August 17, 2017

Couple arrested in connection with 2016 death

TUCUMCARI — A pair of Tucumcari residents are out on bond, charged in connection with the 2016 death of a 1-year-old boy. Hope Bass, 25, and Daniel Martinez, 19, were arrested Aug. 10, and both...

 By Thomas Garcia    News    July 25, 2017

Contract funding reduction limits services to Quay

TUCUMCARI — A reduction in contract funding of more than $150,000 will limit the service range of the home visits for expecting, parents, guardians of children, while eliminating Curry County services from Presbyterian Medical Services. The contrac...

 By Thomas Garcia    Voices    July 2, 2017

Yes, John, you deserved the attention

Recently while attending a friend’s memorial service, I had the chance to visit with people I have not seen since I was a child. No one likes a funeral, but they always bring people together. At this particular memorial service we were saying...

 By Thomas Garcia    News    June 24, 2017

Volunteer firefighter dies after injuries from blaze

NARA VISA — A Nara Visa volunteer firefighter died on Thursday after suffering burns trying to extinguish a fire that was more than seven miles long and three miles wide. John Cammack, 74, of Nara...

 By Thomas Garcia    News    June 23, 2017

Volunteer firefighters injured battling blaze

OBAR — Two Nara Visa volunteer firefighters were transported to hospitals in Amarillo and Lubbock on Wednesday after suffering burns while attempting to extinguish a fire south of Obar. The identity and conditions of the firefighters were not...

 By Thomas Garcia    News    June 23, 2017

Firefighter dies from injuries

A Nara Visa volunteer firefighter died on Thursday after suffering burns trying to extinguish a fire that was more than seven miles long and three miles wide. John Cammack, 74, of Nara Visa, was...

 By Thomas Garcia    News    June 20, 2017

Triple digit temperatures expected again

Temperatures in the 100s will impact eastern New Mexico by mid-week once again, according to Albuquerque's National Weather Service. High temperatures are typical for this time of year, said Annette...

 By Thomas Garcia    News    June 10, 2017

Officials: Downed bear had 'unacceptable' traits

TUCUMCARI — A brown bear captured in Tucumcari on Monday has been put down because it exhibited “unacceptable behavioral traits,” said Game Warden Capt. Clint Henson. Henson said the bear was spotted in a highly populated area, which is an...

 By Thomas Garcia    News    June 8, 2017

EPCOG authorizes sales, retains officers

CLAYTON — The Eastern Plains Council of Governments retained all officers, authorized the sale of three properties and approved the 2017-2018 budget during its annual meeting Wednesday in Clayton. The budget will be tight, but with approved...

 By Thomas Garcia    News    June 6, 2017

Bear trees self in Tucumcari

TUCUMCARI — Carmen Gonzales wasn't sure what to think at first. "I was inside and my daughters came in, slammed the door and screamed, 'There is a bear outside,'" she said. She thought the girls...

 By Thomas Garcia    News    April 21, 2017

County leaders air concerns on legislative session

TUCUMCARI — The state’s budget, cuts to funding and recent and future legislation were the topics of discussion Wednesday at a New Mexico Association of Counties meeting. NMAC board members, area county officials and state senators came together...

 By Thomas Garcia    News    April 18, 2017

Logan teacher files lawsuit against Public Education Dept.

A class action lawsuit has been filed by a Logan schools teacher against the New Mexico Public Education Department regarding the law that punishes teachers for using sick and personal leave. Hanna...

 By Thomas Garcia    News    April 2, 2017

Family says borehole not about money

TUCUMCARI — Money has nothing to do with why the James family of Nara Visa agreed to participate in a local borehole test, family members insist. “We have received letters and calls asking us how much it will take to buy us out from being a part...

 By Thomas Garcia    News    December 8, 2016

Lawmakers talk 2017 state budget forecast

TUCUMCARI — Area legislators discussed the forecast of the 2017 budget, capital outlay and business regulations Tuesday night during a legislative forum at Mesalands Dinosaur Museum and Natural Science Laboratory. Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview, and...


Texas car chase ends with shooting in New Mexico

Quay County Sun [email protected] An 80-mile car chase, from Amarillo to San Jon, ended Monday morning with a 33-year-old man shot in a gunfight with police. Mario Montes, the driver of the fleeing vehicle, was shot in the lower abdomen by a... Full story


Reader reaction — Oct. 9

We asked our Facebook followers, “Halloween is four weeks from now. When you trick or treated, what candy or treat did you want in you bucket/bag the most?” • Dustie Evelyn Scroggins: I always looked for Snickers. • Elizabeth Czechorski:... Full story


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