Unemployment rate up slightly from June

QCS staff Quay County’s unemployment rate for July was 7.2 percent, up just slightly from June’s 7.1 percent but down from 7.6 recorded last year. Quay County’s labor force remained in the neighborhood of 3,900 during all three months. New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in July 2013, up from 6.8 percent […]

Committee protests audit secrecy

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A state legislative committee is objecting to the release of $10 million to protest secrecy over an audit accusing behavioral health agencies of possible fraud. The New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee had delayed an allocation of $10.3 million for the state Human Services Department to advance the transition to […]

Comments from the canyons: Life can be a lot of fun when we let it

As many of you know, this woman from lma was fortunate enough to be able to collect several college degrees. Most of my early life was spent on one side of the desk or the other as I was either trying to learn something or trying to teach students something. Although I was accepted into […]

Altrusa holding Cash Party in October

QCS Staff Altrusa International of Tucumcari will host its annual Cash Party on Oct. 19. Proceeds will fund Altrusa community service projects throughout the year. This year’s theme is an “Altrusa Luau” and all guests are encouraged to wear Hawaiian attire to the event. The Cash Party will be 6 p.m. Oct. 19, at the […]

Notes from the church lady: God has much to teach in school of life

“And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord”… Isaiah 54:13 Do you remember your very first day of school and all the preparations which led up to that big day? In those days we didn’t have kindergarten and as a five year old I entered the big time, the first grade. My brother […]

K-Bob’s joins Chamber

QCS photos: Thomas Garcia
Laronda Ciciarelli, the new K-Bob’s general manager gives the chamber members and public a tour of the newly remodeled restaurant including the new food counter room.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce welcomed its newest member, K-Bob’s Steak House, Monday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. “We are happy to be a part of the chamber and look forward to serving and growing with the community,” said Laronda Ciciarelli, the new K-Bob’s general manager. Members of […]

Superintendent’s contract renewed

QCS Staff The Tucumcari Public School Board has renewed the contract of Superintendent Aaron McKinney, extending it to 2016. The contract, approved at the board’s Aug. 17 meeting, continues McKinney’s salary at $109,000 and adds two weeks of vacation instead of a pay raise, according to Carlos Romero, the school board president. McKinney will now […]

West Nile still threat on High Plains

Complaints about rain are not allowed on the High Plains, but recent wet weather does present a health risk we must take seriously. Mosquitoes come with the summertime moisture and they can carry the deadly West Nile Virus. Eastern New Mexico received another harsh reminder about the virus earlier this month when the Department of […]

Letter to the editor: Austerity will only make things worse

We are constantly being bombarded by the need for cutting government spending, which is being pushed by a group referred to by a prominent economist as “Very Important People.” Their dire predictions have time and again proven to be wrong. The current fiscal situation is being used to pursue the ever-present goal of conservatives: elimination […]

Police blotter — Aug. 28

Friday • At 12:20 a.m., a man reported a fight at a hotel on the 800 block of West Route 66. A man was arrested for a warrant and taken to the Quay County Detention Center. • At 12:57 a.m., a woman reported a prowler on the 400 block of East Rankin Avenue. An officer […]