Criticizing others is a poisonous pleasure

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion Columnist In an old issue of Leadership Journal, Haddon Robinson retells the story of a talented young musician who was crestfallen as he sat reading the critics’ stinging reviews of his recent concert. But an older and much more accomplished musician, the famous Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, comforted the young man […]

N.M. Fishing Report — June 20


This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest […]

Severe Weather Alerts Fade to ‘Slight Risk’

A weather pattern that caused a tornado warning to be issued for Tucumcari and northeastern Quay County on June 19 left the city with nothing but high winds and dust, but rural areas as close as four miles north of the city were pelted by hail as large as baseballs. Mark Lake, director of Tucumcari’s […]

Mom and Pop stores give life to economy

Mom and Pop have been busy for longer than most of us can remember. What has kept them occupied? In many communities throughout eastern New Mexico and across the nation, they’ve had their hands full running small businesses. They toil day and night, often running their businesses on razor-thin profit margins. They do so because […]

Notes from the church lady: Lessons learned on Indiana road trip

“I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways” Psalm 119:15 Jesus lived a very busy life that consumed almost every waking moment. Still, He found time to get away from everyone and spend time alone with His Father. Everyone, even Jesus needed time away from the pressures of everyday life. In […]

Drought shrinking cattle herds

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By Steve Hansen QCS Managing editor Between 2009 and the first quarter of 2013, Quay County ranches have reduced their cattle herds by more than one third, according to the Quay County Assessor’s office. County Assessor Janie Hoffman said the current drought has caused steep drops in the size of local ranch herds. From the […]

Water cooperative challenges water rates

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The RAD Water Users Cooperative says that since the City of Tucumcari can’t account for about half of the water it pumps through its water system and other failures in maintaining its water system, it cannot justify charging rates that are 28 percent higher than a year ago’s. RAD […]

Mesalands president finalists selected

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer At a special meeting Monday, the Mesalands Community College Board of Trustees selected three finalists for the vacant president’s position. The candidates are: Kris Jamsa of Prescott, Ariz.; Thomas Newsom of McKinney, Texas; and Mark VanDenHende of Eugene, Ore. The candidates will be invited to the college for public interviews, […]

Tucumcari district school calendar adopted

QCS Staff The first day of school for the 2013-14 school year will be Aug. 19 in the Tucumcari Public School district, according to the calendar that the district’s school board adopted Monday. The last day of classes will be May 22, 2014. High School graduation is set for May 23, 2014. The calendar also […]

Mesalands rodeo finishes strong

QCS Staff Mesalands Community College’s rodeo teams overcome some bad breaks but finished their year strong at the College National Finals Rodeo, said C. J. Aragon, intercollegiate rodeo coach. Aragon said the team came “real close” to being in contention for national titles during the finals in at Casper, Wyo., held last weekend. Sophomore Jordan […]