Clovis Mayor calls for cooperation on pipeline project

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Thomas Garcia Her own political campaign aside, ensuring a sustainable water source for Clovis, Portales and other eastern New Mexico communities has been and always will be a top priority, Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said Friday. “The need for continued work to secure funding and compromise with the entities involved is obvious,” Brumfield said regarding [...]

Mayor reveals battle with brain cancer

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QCS staff Tucumcari Mayor Jim Witcher said Tuesday he is battling brain cancer. Jim Witcher revealed the news of his health to 25 city residents and city commissioners, who had gathered at City Hall for a public hearing on redistricting. “Before this meeting begins I want you all to know what is going on,” Witcher [...]

Mayor talks taxes at town hall meeting

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Russell Anglin Tucumcari has a growing list of expenses and a shrinking list of revenue sources, Mayor Jim Witcher said Thursday. About 50 residents showed up to the Tucumcari Convention Center Thursday night to hear what Witcher and city officials had to say about two proposed tax measures that Witcher and others hope will help [...]

No vote to dismiss EPCOG director; Tucumcari mayor resigned over decision

By Robin Fornoff: Freedom New Mexico The chairman of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments board says he exercised “executive privilege” when he fired EPCOG’s former director last fall. Richard Arguello also acknowledges there was never a vote to name Arguello as EPCOG’s interim director but said board members did not object. Details of how [...]

Melrose mayor: Robbery handled well

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico For a village without a police department, Melrose’s mayor said things went considerably well after Monday’s bank robbery. When a robbery at American Heritage Bank was reported just after 9 a.m., a sheriff’s deputy in the area responded immediately, Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Tuesday. The deputy pursued [...]

Letter to the editor: Animal cruelty case handled well

Animal Protection of New Mexico appreciates the legal process undertaken to see that Haba, the dog that lives at Tucumcari Mayor Antonio Apodaca’s home, was represented in court following an allegation of animal cruelty that occurred on April 19. The mayor was found innocent of the charge. APNM wishes to express admiration for, and gratitude [...]

Tucumcari Mayor found not guilty

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Thomas Garcia After seven hours of eyewitness and expert testimony, Quay County Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett on Wednesday found Tucumcari Mayor Antonio Apodaca innocent of an animal-cruelty charge. “Thank God that justice prevailed and is well and alive in Tucumcari,” Apodaca said after Wednesday’s court appearance. Apodaca, 61, was accused of dragging a dog with [...]

Mayor’s animal cruelty court proceedings postponed

Freedom New Mexico A pre-trial conference regarding animal cruelty charges against Tucumcari Mayor Antonio Apodaca was continued Wednesday because the prosecuting officer was not available to appear at court proceedings. Apodaca’s pre-trial conference will be held in two-to-four weeks, said Donald Schutte, the mayor’s attorney. “The court was told that the prosecuting officer had to [...]

Animal cruelty case against Mayor continued

QCS Staff A pre-trial conference regarding animal cruelty charges against Tucumcari Mayor Antonio Apodaca was continued Wednesday because the prosecuting officer was not available to appear at court proceedings. Apodaca’s pre-trial conference will be held in two-to-four weeks, said Donald Schutte, the mayor’s attorney. “The court was told that the prosecuting officer had to go [...]

Tucumari mayor charged with animal cruelty

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun Tucumcari Mayor Antonio Apodaca, accused of dragging a dog alongside his car, has been charged with one count of cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor charge, according to court records. Apodaca’s attorney, Donald Schutte, said the mayor is innocent of the charges. “There is a rational explanation to what occurred [...]