Couple building sustainable home north of Tucumcari

QCS photo: Steve Hansen
Robert and Nancy Carr are proud of the sustainable house, behind them, that they are building near Tucumcari.  The oversize roof will accommodate both solar water heating units and solar photovoltaic energy-producing cells.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Robert Carr used to live in Independence, Mo. Now he’s trying to live in independence (small “i”) in New Mexico. To call the house he and his wife Nancy are building just north of Tucumcari unconventional might be an understatement. He’s building it to be as ‘”renewable and green” […]

Parade lights Tucumcari


QCS Staff It was cool, not cold, for Tucumcari’s annual Parade of Lights Saturday evening, so people on the streets heard Santa’s “Merry Christmas” all along the parade route. In a colder year, people tend to watch the parade as a drive-in event — from their cars. As usual, Santa occupied the basket of a […]

Grant funding being explored for Sands Dorsey

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor City Manager Doug Powers presented a plan to city commissioners Thursday to dispose of the Sands Dorsey ruin downtown and consolidate fire and emergency medical service facilities on the site. Powers offered details at a City Commission workshop before the regular commission meeting. Powers and city staff are exploring […]

Letter to the editor — Dec. 18

City staff deserves recognition Regarding the Oct. 23 comment in which Dora Salinas McTigue said, “I have done more than anyone including my predecessor for my district:” The 16 years I represented City Commission District 1, commissioners worked together with the city staff, local, state, federal elected representatives, and private citizens to upgrade and replace […]

Monday deadline for Chamber drawing

QCS Staff It remains to be seen whether the Tucumcari Chamber of Commerce’s $100 drawing open to those who spend at least $50 in town before Dec. 23 will improve local Christmas shopping. The results as of Dec. 12, however, were “a little disappointing,” according to Patsy Gresham, the chamber’s executive director. She said she […]

Judge reaffirms behavioral health treatment hearing

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor District Judge Albert Mitchell reaffirmed Tuesday that he will hold a hearing to determine how well suspect Tony Day, 15, would respond to behavioral health treatment before his murder case goes to trial. Day is charged with murder for the Nov. 26, 2012, slayings of his adoptive mother Sue […]

Comments from the canyons: Concentrate on story of Christ’s birth

As we are surrounded by the sound of Christmas music at this time of year, we cannot avoid being much aware of Christmas and its meaning. Naturally, my thoughts return to those canyons at Ima in which we sang the old fashioned Christmas carols at home and at the Christmas Tree at the school. We […]

Menus — Dec. 18

The following are menus for the week at Tucumcari, Logan and House senior centers: Thursday Burrito supreme, Spanish rice, green salad with dressing, apricots Friday Grilled pork chop, mashed potatoes with gravy, green peas, biscuit, cherry cobbler Monday Beef enchilada with lettuce and tomato jalapeno, onions and salsa, pinto beans, crackers, chocolate pudding Closed Tuesday […]

“If You Want To Know What a Man’s Like . . .” — Curtis K. Shelburne

By Curtis K. Shelburne I just wanted a good story, nothing especially profound, as I was reading one of J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” books a few years ago. But from the mouth of one of her characters came this bit of wisdom: “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good […]

A Sad Conclusion: Some People Are Afraid of Joy — Curtis K. Shelburne


By Curtis K. Shelburne I really didn’t want to come to this conclusion. But I’m afraid it’s true: Some folks are afraid of joy. We’ve all known some folks who, for a variety of reasons, don’t seem to have much joy. And, we might as well admit it, some folks, sad to say, are expert […]