Genuine freedom is costly gift

Over 28 years ago, when I moved to small town America, I discovered the largest and best part of America, the small town part, and Independence Day came alive with color. I felt like a deprived little rich kid growing up in a mega-church who thought he knew what a church dinner was but then […]

Our Page – July 10

The bride to be Angela Lindsey, daughter of the late James and Tammy Lindsey of Encino, Calif., and Max and Patricia Harmon from Vanleer, Tenn. The groom to be Matthew McKinney, son of Kenny and Liz McKinney of Tucumcari, would like the pleasure to your company to celebrate their marriage at 6 p.m., July 20. […]

Mesalands board makes no decision on president

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Mesalands Community College’s board made no decision during a special meeting Tuesday concerning hiring a presidential candidate. The board left a nearly two-hour executive session to announce they are still in the process of reviewing the candidate’s information. “We want to be thorough in choosing the next president […]

County gaming authority shifting gears

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By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Quay County Gaming Authority is shifting its priorities from convincing the New Mexico Racing Commission that Tucumcari is the best option for the sixth license to convincing them that issuing a sixth license is still a viable course of action. The New Mexico Racing Commission announced Thursday they […]

Udall talks farm bill, water projects


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Support for the U.S. Senate’s Farm Bill, compromise concerning eastern New Mexico water projects and continued legislative support for rural medical facilities were topics discussed by U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Monday in Tucumcari. Udall said last week the House took up a Farm Bill, which collapsed and the […]

Local launches recording effort


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing editor Monty Sasser received a 68th birthday present a day early on Friday afternoon as about 30 persons gathered in the Art Space studio in Tucumcari to launch his first effort as a recording artist. Sasser, a truck driver with history as a rancher and a trucking firm owner, has […]

Sunday storm drops rain, hail on area


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Recent rainfall has added significantly to season totals at Conchas Lake and in some parts of Quay County, but not so much in others, according to sources. A Sunday storm poured 2-1/2 inches of rain and pea-size hail, propelled by wind gusts in excess of 50 miles per hour […]

County unemployment rate remains at four-year low

QCS Staff Quay County’s unemployment rate remained at a four-year low in the May employment report from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions. May’s unemployment rate for the county was 5.6 percent. For April, the unemployment rate was 5.3 percent, the lowest level since May 2009, when the unemployment rate was 5.2 percent. Since […]

Scholarship recipients announced

QCS staff Altrusa International of Tucumcari scholarship recipients for the 2013-2014 Academic Year: Jordan Runyan of House High School; Whitney Cordova and Jordan Egerton of Logan High School. Each recipient was awarded a $400 scholarship based on academic performance, need, desire to attend college, and leadership as demonstrated by activities, community service, and honors. To […]

Cyclists reach out to special-needs children, teens


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Rain delayed their arrival, but when the cyclists of the Friendship Circle arrived in San Jon Monday, five of them participated in ceremonies that recognized their effort and their mission, to be companions to special-needs teens and children. Brandon Downing, who has Down syndrome, was made honorary mayor of […]