County gives nod to 40-cent raise

QCS Staff County employees will receive a 40-cents-per-hour increase across the board, except for elected officials and the county manager, for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, according to the preliminary budget that the Quay County Commission approved on Tuesday. County employees, however, will also pay 10 percent more for health insurance premiums in the fiscal year, […]

Thunderbird demonstrations highlight Cannon air show

The Thunderbirds start a signature maneuver Saturday during the Open House at Cannon Air Force Base near Clovis.

QCS Staff Cannon Air Force Base entertained thousands of guests who came in from as far away as Oklahoma Saturday and Sunday for its annual Open House. Shows by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the Air Force’s precision flight squadron, highlighted events on both days.  In addition, visitors saw demonstrations by the Wings of Blue […]

Cannon air show set for 10 a.m. start

The air show at Cannon Air Force Base will begin at 10 a.m. today, base officials said. The Wings of Blue performance will begin at 11 a.m. and Cannon’s capability demonstration will start at noon. The Thunderbirds show is still scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. All other events will continue as scheduled. Gates had […]

Jones convicted of first-degree murder in Pacheco slaying

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A jury convicted Tucumcari resident Randall Jones, 23, of first-degree murder Thursday in the July 9, 2011, slaying of Shirley Pacheco of Tucumcari. The jury deliberated for about three hours after two weeks of testimony in the case, which was held in Tenth Judicial District Court with Ninth Judicial […]

Tucumcari Area Graduation Tab 2014

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Congratulations Class of 2014 • Tucumcari High School • Logan Public School • House Public School • San Jon Public School

Having no “fowl” feelings against the birds

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist People who read this column think I’m a bird hater. I’ve got letters to prove it. I’ve written with my tongue plastered firmly in cheek about my travails with swallows that netted me a hand-written note from a very nice local lady extolling the virtues of the little critters and […]

Police evidence presented in Jones’ trial

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Evidence from police investigations, including articles of clothing, dominated Tuesday’s testimony in the trial of Randall Jones. The state is expected to end its case today at which time, the defense will begin presenting witnesses. Jones is on trial for the murder of Shirley Pacheco on July 9, 2011, […]

City land may help attract business

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A plan to use vacant, city-owned land to attract and retain businesses in Tucumcari got an enthusiastic reception at a public workshop on Tuesday but no action. Under the plan, the city would make some abandoned properties and buildings it owns available to new or expanding business at low […]

California Chrome just might beat the odds for Triple Crown

By Thomas Garcia QCS Columnist We may witness history in three weeks. There has not been a Triple Crown winner in United States thoroughbred horse racing since 1978, when Affirmed became the 11th horse to lay claim to that prestigious title. While some might not share my excitement, I believe winning the Triple Crown just […]

Unemployment rate drops to 5%

QCS Staff Quay County’ unemployment rate for April was 5 percent, down from 6.5 percent in March and lower than the 5.6 percent unemployment rate in April 2013. Quay County’s labor force was at 3,603 in April, compared with 3,683 in March and 3,604 in April 2013. There were 182 persons unemployed in April, compared […]