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 […]

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 […]

Apodaca elected city’s new mayor

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By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Antonio Apodaca was elected mayor at Thursday night�s City Commission meeting. Apodaca, who served as mayor pro-tem, was elected unanimously by the city�s other commissioners, Jim Lafferty, Robert Lumpkin, Christopher Maestas and Jim Witcher. Lumpkin, who was sworn moments before as a new city commissioner, cast his first vote […]

Citizens question city’s annexation plan

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By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun Twenty-two residents attended a workshop on Tuesday by the City Commission to discuss annexation of properties just outside the Tucumcari’s city limits. Commissioner Jim Witcher outlined potential advantages to residents and the city. For individuals, Witcher said, there could be: • Savings in fire insurance • More voting privileges […]

City to study annexation of properties

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun The annexation of city-owned properties and privately held properties served by city water was discussed Tuesday at a special meeting of the City Commission. One of the city-owned properties, in particular, up for discussion for annexation is the new landfill located off of U.S. Highway 54, about three miles […]

Support varies for race track, casino

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By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun There was little opposition to a proposed race track and casino in Tucumcari at a meeting on Monday night. Here is what some of the attendees had to say: • Wes Stewart, pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Tucumcari, said he opposes the proposed racino or race track plan. […]

Year-end service set for Sunday

by Quay County Sun Staff The 12th Annual End of Year Community Church Service will be at 10:30 a.m., on Sunday at the Tucumcari Convention Center. The program was started 12 years ago, by a former pastor of First Baptist Church, Bob Miller, said Jim Witcher, pastor of First Christian Church, whose church participates in […]

Fireworks restriction in place

By Chelle Delaney: QCS Associate Publisher Severe drought conditions in Tucumcari prompted city officials to impose a fireworks restriction on the sale and use of missile-type rockts, helicopters, aerial spinners and stick-type rockets. The Tucumcari City Commission met Thursday evening and issued a 30-day proclamation banning all fireworks that shoot into the air eight feet […]

Many races unopposed

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Sue Moore spent Tuesday night at the Quay County Courthouse, doing what she’s done every two years for the last 42 years. This time it was different, but not necessarily better for Moore. Moore won the probate judge race Tuesday night with 1,160 votes in an unopposed Democratic primary. […]