Tucumcari awarded tree grant

QCS staff

The Forestry Division of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department has awarded $6,000 in Forest Re-Leaf grant funding for tree planting at the Tucumcari, Recreation Center.

“The importance of establishing community forestry programs in our urban areas is growing every year,” said New Mexico State Forester Arthur “Butch” Blazer in a news release. “Projects like this one at the Tucumcari Recreation Center support the idea that well developed community forests will improve quality of life, aid in economic development and obviously beautify our cities, towns and villages.”

Twenty trees will be planted around the Recreation Center and skate park area, said Yvette Fazekas, Tucumcari’s Community Development projects coordinator.

“This will go great with the work that has already been done at the Recreation Center,” Fazekas said. “We are looking to start the planting of the trees in the late part of March and be done by June.”

Magistrate judge elected to board
Quay County Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett has been elected to the New Mexico Magistrate Judges Association’s board of directors.

Established in 1970, the New Mexico Magistrate Judges Association strives to improve the judicial process and quality of Magistrate Court judges in New Mexico, according to a news release from the organization.