Chamber sponsors contest for holiday shoppers who buy locally

A lucky shopper who spends at least $50 at Quay County merchants this holiday shopping season from Friday to Dec. 23 will have $100 more for last-minute shopping two days before Christmas. The Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce invites shoppers who spend more than $50 with local merchants, including restaurants and motels, to submit receipts […]

Snow closes area schools

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Snow crowns desert cactus and brush in Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Quay County got through the weekend’s cold snap and snowstorms with minimal injury or damage. Plummeting temperatures on Thursday gave way to snowstorms, wind and occasional fog that made roads hazardous and caused school closings and delays. The cold weather broke on Tuesday and snow started disappearing as temperatures […]

Local organizations help provide holiday meals

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Volunteers Rita Pacheco, left, and Theresa Ramirez assist clients of the Ministry of Hope, Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor About 275 Quay County families will be able to make special Thanksgiving meals they might not have been able to afford through the help of two faith-based organizations in Tucumcari. Working together, the Ministry of Hope, a non-denominational Christian charity, and Tucumcari’s chapter of the Society of St. Vincent […]

Four facing felony drug charges

CMI Staff Four people face federal felony drug charges in what authorities say is the breakup of a methamphetamine operation in Curry County by joint local and federal law enforcement. Seven kilos of meth and $104,446 in cash have been seized since the undercover operation began in August 2011, according to a press release from […]

Mesalands art students visit Santa Fe museums

QCS Staff Two Mesalands Community College students and 15 high school students enrolled in college-credit classes visited Santa Fe art museums last week as part of their drawing class at Mesalands. “Part of the education for these students is to get them outside what they’re used to and they’re normal daily routine,” Robert Moreau, Fine […]

Commission may amend policy regarding public input

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Tension at previous meetings may result in rule changes for residents who want to speak before the Tucumcari City Commission. The Commission voted Thursday to hold a work session before its next meeting to discuss rule changes. At work sessions, the commission discusses issues without voting on them. They […]

Racing commission meeting rescheduled

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A meeting of the New Mexico Racing Commission scheduled last week has been rescheduled for Dec. 5 and the new agenda doesn’t include discussion of a sixth racing license, according to Commission Director Vince Mares. Mares said in October that there would be a public input session either Nov. […]

Two charged with felony drug trafficking

QCS staff Two Tucumcari residents were arrested in their homes and later charged with felony drug trafficking charges after simultaneous searches Thursday, according to a news release from District Attorney Tim Rose. New Mexico State Police arrested June Anna Ysco-Salazar in her home at 1415 E. Rankin, and District Attorney’s investigators arrested Franchesca Saiz at […]

Block grant hearing scheduled

QCS Staff Tucumcari has scheduled a Dec. 4 public hearing concerning federal Community Development Block Grants. The meeting is at 4 p.m. in city hall and city officials will be soliciting suggestions for ways to use the federal grant money.

Unemployment rate down slightly from September

QCS Staff Quay County’s unemployment rate was 5.8 percent for October, down slightly from September’s seasonally adjusted rate of 6 percent, and down seven-tenths of a percentage point from October 2012’s reading 6.5 percent, according to a news release from the New Mexico Dept. of Workforce Solutions. The county’s labor force in October 2013 stood […]