District 3 city commissioner candidates Q&A

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Editor’s note: The following candidates are running for the four-year term of city commissioner for District 3. Candidates for the seat include incumbent James L. Witcher, Daniel Lopez and George Aragon. Candidates were asked the same questions and asked to keep their responses to 100 words or less. The municipal election is March 6. Early […]

Commissioner bids farewell

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Thomas Garcia Quay County Commision Chairman Franklin McCasland adjourned his final meeting on Friday in the company of friends and co-workers.

Candidate profiles: Land Commission

Lilliana Castillo The race for state land commissioner pits a veteran against a newcomer, both counting on voters’ thirst for change. Specifically, a change to transparency. Democrat Ray Powell of Albuquerque, 60, had the job from 1993 to 2003. Republican Matt Rush of Portales, 36, is new to politics. Current Land Commissioner Republican Patrick Lyons […]

Pro baseball commissioner eyes Clovis for team site

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Kevin Wilson A professional baseball league commissioner is hoping bringing Clovis aboard isn’t a wild pitch. Andrew Dunn, the commissioner of the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs, toured a pair of parks in the city Tuesday in the hopes he could add Clovis as a seventh site for the rookie ball league, scheduled to […]

Curry County commissioner calls for more openness from EPCOG

By Thomas Garcia: QCS staff writer The Eastern Plains Council of Governments met Wednesday at the Tucumcari Convention Center with Curry County Commissioner Caleb Chandler calling for more openness and accountability from the organization. Chandler took over representing Curry County in place of Isidro Garcia. “I am still trying to get up to speed,” Chandler […]

Commissioner concerned about possible prairie chicken placement

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By Thomas Garcia: QCS staff writer An area county commissioner fears efforts to rejuvenate the declining lesser prairie chicken populations by the New Mexico Game and Fish authorities might effect wind turbine development for landowners. Bobby Casados, chair of the Harding County Commission, last month shared his concerns about the birds’ placement with the members […]

Bonds proposed to save Sands Dorsey

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Saving the Sands Dorsey should be put to a vote of the residents through a bond issue, suggested commissioner Jim Witcher at Thursday’s city commission meeting. Commissioner Jim Lafferty said he was perplexed by Witcher’s suggestion because Witcher had voted in a previous city commission meeting to have the […]

April 1946

R. S. Shiplet filed for reelection as county commissioner for district 3. … New Rotary Club officers were Ed Hadley, president; Tom McCarty, vice president; Burt Thompson, secretary; and G. Wilbur Jones, treasurer. …J. H. Bender was hired as city manager. … Beatrice Besse was appointed to the post of district court clerk by Judge […]

Write-in candidate joins District 3 race

By QCS Staff Jerry Dale Williamson, a write-in candidate, declared his candidacy Tuesday for election in Tucumcari’s District 3 race for city commissioner. It was the only uncontested race in the upcoming elections. The District 3 post is held by city Commissioner James L. Witcher. Now, nine candidates are running in the municipal election. They […]

Tucumcari mourns loss of Bettie Ditto

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By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Former Tucumcari Mayor Mary Mayfield called her �an icon.� Others knew her as �Mrs. Tucumcari.�� Margaret Elizabeth �Bettie� Ditto, a Tucumcari leader and city promoter for six decades, died on Saturday at age 91. She died of acute leukemia at Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo, Texas, said Robert Ferguson, […]