What you can do about mental illness

Sitting on my desk is one of those book club cards I’m supposed to return if I do NOT want this month’s selected book. Two books, actually. Book clubs like to bundle books together. A pernicious practice. Anyway, one book they want me to buy this month evidently has to do with “What You Can [...]

Rain may aid efforts to open Conchas ramp

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Recent rainfall of more than 4 inches may aid efforts by the Army Corps of Engineers to reopen the boat ramp at the South Recreation Area by the Fourth of July weekend, at Conchas Lake. The combined rainfall from June 30 and July 1 along with runoff flowing into [...]

Racing commission to discuss final racing license

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The race isn’t quite on, yet, but the New Mexico Racing Commission plans to discuss Thursday how they should proceed concerning the state’s sixth and final racing license. The latest development could set off a rush of gambling interests across eastern New Mexico, where potential investors have been racing behind [...]

Beer case hits procedural hurdle

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A Tucumcari man’s five-year effort to be exonerated of charges for having an open container of O’Doul’s non-alcoholic beer in his car ran into a procedural hurdle Tuesday in Tenth District Court. Judge Albert Mitchell threw out Gary Southern’s motion to have his conviction for having an open container [...]

Getting involved in Syria fight wrong path

The next Middle East conflict, Syria, into which the United States is about to inject itself, is fraught with peril. It is difficult to justify joining this fight. At issue is President Obama’s decision to arm the rebels fighting the regime of Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad. While the decision purportedly would involve small arms and, [...]

Tucumcari Generating Station dedicated

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By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The Tucumcari Generating Station was officially dedicated Friday with ceremonies, a luncheon, speeches and a plant tour. About 100 invited guests participated in the dedication activities. The guest list included local business and government leaders, Xcel Energy executives, and managers from different companies who oversaw the $20-million facility installation [...]

County’s gross receipts income up from previous year

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Quay County has collected more than  $1.8 million in gross receipts taxes (GRT) for fiscal year 2013, which ends June 30. While this figure is about 5 percent greater than last year’s GRT total, it is still 8 percent short of the county’s five-year average of GRT collections, according [...]

Lauriault: God is the soul’s primary care physician

While traveling recently, I came across a guy pulling a trailer that had lost one wheel and had a flat on the same side. He couldn’t find the lost tire, but he’d already removed the flat tire and installed the spare and only needed a little help blocking the spring to hold up the naked [...]

Comments from the canyons: Settler descendants working on history book

Last week, Linda Moore, Director of Tucumcari Historical Museum, invited me to drop by the museum to meet some people who were going to present a photograph to the Tucumcari Historical Research Institute. When she said they were descendants of the Walkers who settled at what became known as Walker Mountain, I knew I wanted [...]

Tucumcari High receives new sign

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QCS Staff The following businesses and individuals have donated funds for a new sign that is under construction at Tucumcari High School, according to the latest list of donors provided by Jerry Koile, project coordinator: • Young Insurance, $100. • Citizen’s Bank, $1,000. • McDonald’s, $500. • Tucumcari Federal, $2,000 • Wells Fargo Bank, $75 [...]