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 By Thomas Garcia    News

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... — Updated 7/10/2018

 By Thomas Garcia    News

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,... — Updated 3/14/2018

 By Thomas Garcia    News

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... — Updated 2/22/2018

 By Thomas Garcia    News

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... — Updated 11/28/2017

 By Thomas Garcia    News

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 w... — Updated 11/22/2017

 By Thomas Garcia    News

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... — Updated 11/4/2017

 By Thomas Garcia    News

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... — Updated 10/25/2017

 By Thomas Garcia    News

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... — Updated 9/9/2017

 By Thomas Garcia    News

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,... — Updated 8/31/2017

 By Thomas Garcia    News

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... — Updated 8/17/2017

 By Thomas Garcia    News

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 Se... — Updated 7/24/2017

 By Thomas Garcia    Voices

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... — Updated 7/2/2017

 By Thomas Garcia    News

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... — Updated 6/24/2017

 By Thomas Garcia    News

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... — Updated 6/23/2017

 By Thomas Garcia    News

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... — Updated 6/23/2017

 By Thomas Garcia    News

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... — Updated 6/20/2017

 By Thomas Garcia    News

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... — Updated 6/9/2017

 By Thomas Garcia    News

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... — Updated 6/8/2017

 By Thomas Garcia    News

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... — Updated 6/6/2017

 By Thomas Garcia    News

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 sena... — Updated 4/21/2017

 By Thomas Garcia    News

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... — Updated 4/19/2017

 By Thomas Garcia    News

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... — Updated 4/2/2017

 By Thomas Garcia    News

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... — Updated 12/8/2016


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... 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. ... Full story


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