Wireless Service Restored in Quay County

The Verizon Wireless telephone outage that had affected customers in Quay County ended at about 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, Verizon spokesperson Jenny Weaver said. The outage began before 6 a.m. Wednesday, Weaver said. The cause of the outage was a “hardware issue,” which was resolved, Weaver said.

Woman accused of abuse to plead not guilty

By Steven Hansen and Thomas Garcia Quay County Sun A Quay County woman intends to plead not guilty to a charge of child abuse after she allegedly locked her 7-month-old baby in a car on July 23 as she shopped at the Lowe’s Supermarket in Tucumcari, said her attorney Donald Schutte. Kelby Koile, 43, was […]

All-volunteer force far superior to compulsory military service

July marks the 40th anniversary of the end of compulsory military service for young American men. The Defense Department ended the draft in 1973, creating an all-volunteer Army along with the rest of the armed forces. How has that worked? Well, the United States has strengthened its position as the world’s pre-eminent military power. Let’s […]

Study: County residents have one in nine chance to rise to top income range

By Steve Hansen QCS managing editor A nationwide study shows that a Quay County resident raised in a family whose income was in the lowest 20 percent in the nation had a little better than one-in-nine chance of rising to the top 20-percent income range. The study, conducted by economists from Harvard University and the […]

Home visitation program launches


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor As a first step in improving Quay County’s last-place position among New Mexico counties in child well-being, a home visitation program now offers assistance to parents-to-be and parents of children up to age 3 who want help and advice to keep children healthy and safe and prepare them for […]

Water authority committed to completing intake structure

QCS photo: Thomas Garcia
Ute Lake Project officials said a controlled underwater blast at the site of Phase I on Friday killed an unknown number of fish at the lake.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority remains resolute in its plans to complete the intake structure at Ute Lake despite a projected water shortage before the project’s completion, pending litigation with the Village of Logan and continued loss of Ute Lake water due to evaporation and lack of inflow […]

Steve: Football worth learning all over again

I’m dreading the start of football season because I’m probably going to have to cover some games. I haven’t actually covered a game since I was a cub reporter in 1972. I watch a little football, especially when my alma mater, West Virginia, makes a playoff somewhere, or if I happen to catch a game […]

Comments from the canyons: Welcome home, Rattler alumni

Welcome home Rattler alumni. This week as we gather for another reunion, many of us are just as excited as we were when we attended that first one so long ago. We look forward to seeing classmates and friends from other classes each year and are always delighted to see those who haven’t attended in […]

Notes from the church lady: Remember God’s words when devil gets you down

“…Your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion…, seeking whom he may devour” 1 Peter 5:8 Sometimes we are our own worst enemy, allowing the devil to discourage, dissuade, accuse, and remind us of past failures. This hit me like a ton of bricks last week as I sat in front of the doctor telling […]

Local student participates in leadership forum


Special to QCS H.D. McClure, 15, a student at Mesalands Community College and Tucumcari High School, participated in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law (NYFL) and Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), in Washington, D.C., July 16-21. McClure was one of 487 high school students from across the U.S. who were selected to take part in […]