Housing rate rises

QCS Staff Rents are rising by 35 percent on June 1 for residents of public housing units in Tucumcari whose annual income is at or above federal minimums, according to Viki Riddle, executive director of the Tucumcari Housing Authority. The rent increases are mandatory under federal Dept. of Housing and Urban Development rules, Riddle said. […]

Public has right to know details about Day’s case

An individual’s medical records should be confidential in most cases — but not when those records are used as a defense in a double murder case. The guardian for Tucumcari’s Tony Day, 14 when he was accused of killing his mother and sister in 2012, has asked court records and proceedings be sealed when they […]

Remembering the ‘crack’ of a wooden bat

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist  These days if you’re excited by the crack of the bat on a baseball you probably live too close to a Major League Baseball field. I bet some of you whippersnappers out there have never heard the sound of a wood bat hitting a leather ball. The thought hit me […]

Free movie screening set for Wednesday at Odeon

The Odeon Theater is sponsoring a free public screening of the movie “Bless Me Ultima” at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the theater, 123 S. Second St. Tucmcari, according to theater owner Robert Lopez.   Doors will open at 5 p.m.  Before the movie, visitors will be offered opportunities to visit the theater’s projection booth and […]

Fire destroys Stuckey’s, Dairy Queen site

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The building that housed Stuckeys and the Dairy Queen at Palomas, eight miles west of Tucumcari, was destroyed by fire on Easter Sunday.  Fire officials received the first alarm shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday, according to the Rev. John Hinze, chief of the Quay County Rural I fire department.  Eleven units from Rural I, Rural II, Rural III, Tucumcari Fire Dept. and the Bard-Endee helped to fight the blaze.  Hinze said about 20 volunteer firefighters responded.  Crews stayed until about 5 p.m., Hinze said.  Hine said the cause of the fire was suspicious.

Water flows to Arch Hurley members

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Water flows through canals from Conchas Lake to croplands of the Arch Hurley Conservancy District.  The water started flowing on Tuesday and was expected to reach Arch Hurley customers in 24 to 40 hours, Arch Hurley Manager Franklin McCasland said. The district is allocating water to its clients for the first time in three years.

QCS Staff The Arch Hurley Conservancy District opened the gates Tuesday to send water to the district’s canals and ditches from Conchas Lake for the first time in three years. Franklin McCasland, district manager, said Tuesday the water would take 24 to 40 hours to reach Tucumcari. McCasland said that spread across the district’s 42,000 […]

Three file for commission appointment

District 1 candidates are, from left, Jerry Lopez, Rick Haymaker and Gary Southern.

QCS Staff Three candidates have applied for Tucumcari’s vacant First District Commission seat, according to Angelica Gray, city clerk. The deadline for filing applications was Monday. The three are Rick Haymaker, a musician, pastor and business owner; Gary Southern, a retiree who recently ran for Tucumcari municipal judge; and Jerry Lopez, a life-long resident of […]

Don Chalmers, Tucumcari racino investor, dies

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QCS Staff Don Chalmers, the Albuquerque auto dealer who was also the principal partner in the Coronado Park Racetrack and Casino proposed for Tucumcari, died Sunday after a two-year bout with cancer, according to a news release from Don Chalmers Ford, a dealership he owned in Albuquerque. “He has been the driving force behind this […]

Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority seeks more federal aid

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The first phase of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority’s $550 million Ute Pipeline Project is on track to be completed in September while construction on the second phase, is projected to begin in the next 18 months, according to Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority officials. Members of […]

Quay’s March unemployment at 6.5%

QCS Staff Quay County’s unemployment rate dropped by a tenth of a percentage point in March, compared with February, according to preliminary figures reported by the New Mexico Dept. of Workforce Solutions. March’s 6.5 percent rate, however, was a half of a percentage point higher than the March 2013 unemployment rate of 6.0 percent. February’s […]