Mesalands’ rodeo coach resigns


QCS Staff C.J. Aragon, who led the Mesalands Community College rodeo teams to national prominence, has resigned to take over the head coaching position for the Odessa College Wranglers in Odessa, Texas. Aragon, 38, said he tendered his resignation as Mesalands Community College’s intercollegiate rodeo coach last week after accepting the offer to head the […]

Plateau wireless outage resolved after three hours

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   Plateau wireless’ engineers resolved a technical issue that had interrupted all of their wireless customers’ service for three hours on Friday afternoon.   ‘Service was restored at 3:55 p.m., the first reports from our customers came in at 12:50 p.m., informing us of a possible wireless system failure,” said […]

Mesalands new president takes office effective Aug.1

Thomas Newsom

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Thomas Newsom will start his two-year term as Mesalands Community College’s new president effective Aug. 1, overseeing the college’s daily operations. “I am thrilled we finally have a new president,” said Jim Streetman, board of trustees secretary and chair of the presidential search committee. The board of trustees voted to […]

‘You are the salt of the earth’

“You are the salt of the earth,” Jesus once said to his disciples. German theologian Helmut Thielicke makes an important point regarding Christ’s words when he notes that Jesus did not say, “You should be the salt of the earth.” No, Christ said, “You are the salt of the earth.” Jesus is calling his disciples […]

Quay County Schools Improve in State Grading

All four public school systems in Quay County showed improvement in New Mexico’s 2013 school grades from 2012 results, according to the New Mexico Public Education Department, which  released its grades for state public schools on Thursday. Among individual schools, Tucumcari High school made the  county’s only A grade.  House Elementary was the only school […]

Authority optimistic on pipeline project

By Emily Crowe CMI STAFF WRITER While some of the estimated 40 residents who attended a town hall meeting Tuesday expressed concern about funding for the Ute Water Project, top officials behind the plan were optimistic it will happen. Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority Chair Gayla Brumfield said construction is currently underway on the […]

Mesalands’ new president selected

Thomas Newsom

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Staff Thomas Newsom, president of the Art Institute of Dallas, has been chosen to be the next president of Mesalands Community College.  The college’s board of trustees announced its choice of Newsom at a special meeting Tuesday night. Newsom has not yet been hired for the job.  Negotiations for his hiring […]

Flooding damages historic cemetery

QCS photo: Thomas Garcia
This entire burial plot has been filled with dirt possibly the result of a cave in after a heavy rain flooded the grounds of the cemetery.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Tucumcari Memorial Park cemetery reopened Monday after city crews repaired grounds damaged June 30 by flooding. Some grave sites were sinking, according to City Manager Doug Powers. The decision to close the cemetery was made in the interest of respecting the deceased and for public safety, said Powers. Powers said […]

Murder trial scheduled for October

QCS Staff The murder trial of Tony Day, 15, accused of killing his adoptive mother and sister in their home on Nov. 26, 2012, is now scheduled for Oct. 21, even though defense attorney Jeffrey Buckels continues to press for more time to prepare. Buckels said in a progress report to the court on June […]

Engineering firms recommends new bridge


QCS Staff The engineering firm that has been studying the bridge over the Canadian River just south of Logan on U.S. 54 is recommending construction of a new bridge and preservation of Route 54’s path through Logan, a report shown to the Quay County Commission on Monday shows. The engineering firm, Jacobs Engineering of Denver, […]