City joins EPCOG, asks its support in opposing prairie chicken listing

The Tucumcari City Commission on Thursday joined the Eastern New Mexico Council of Governments and immediately asked EPCOG to join the city and Quay County in opposing the listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a threatened species. In two separate measures, the commission voted to pay the $1,878 dues to join EPCOG, then passed […]

Rockabilly festival to expand

QCS Staff The second annual Rockabilly on the Route will be taking over the Mother Road on June 5-8 with music, classic cars, pinup girls, parades, and multiple events throughout the weekend at the Tucumcari Convention Center. This years event has been extended to four days of events including the addition of a movie night […]

Tucumcari woman wins $30,000 on declined ticket

QCS Staff   Rosalia Trujillo of Tucumcari won a $30,000 Powerball prize on a ticket declined by another player, according to to a news release from the New Mexico lottery. Trujillo’s lucky quick-pick ticket for the game’s April 26 drawing matched the white-ball numbers of 3, 7, 22, 30 and 33, the news release said.  […]

Question in Jones’ trial is premeditation


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The question jurors must decide upon in the murder case against Randall Jones is whether Jones’ slaying of Shirley Pacheco in July 2011 was premeditated, according to opening arguments presented Tuesday in Jones’ murder trial. Jones’ trial began Monday in Tenth Judicial District Court with Ninth Judicial District Judge […]

County Commission approves Safety Net funding

QCS Staff   The Quay County Commission Monday gave final approval to placing about $113,000 into a state fund that finances some operations of the Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital for care of the poor. A state statute passed in the 2014 legislative session made mandatory the establishment of  a new fund called the Safety […]

School board approves $13 million budget

QCS Staff   Pay raises for teachers and instructional assistants are key components of a 5-percent budget increase that the Tucumari Public School Board of Education approved Thursday for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, compared to budget for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. The school board approved the 2014-2015 budget at a special […]

County pay issues debated at workshop

Quay County Commissioner Sue Dowell proposed changes in policy and county employee pay levels Monday in a County Commission public budget workshop. Dowell, who recently attended classes to receive certification as a county official, suggested that the county examine policies and ensure that county departments are following them. She said that in conversations with county […]

Local students medal at state meet

QCS Staff   Area high schools’ boys and girls track teams made a strong showing May 9-10  at the A-AA State Track and Field event,  bringing three gold, six sliver  and four bronze medals home to Quay County. Individuals and teams from House, Logan, San Jon and Tucumcari, boys and girls, competed in the state […]

God’s x-ray vision examines our souls; guard your heart

I attended a gathering recently where everyone introduced themselves. One person stated they were a radiology technician at a local hospital and one of the other attendees said, “Hey, didn’t you take my x-ray yesterday?”  The first person responded apologetically that she didn’t have a good memory for faces. I immediately thought to myself, “Well, […]

There is still life under the big top

By Karl Terry Fomer QCS Managing Editor The sharp blast of a whistle immediately silenced the tent and the barking ringmaster directed attention to the ring in the center. The circus was in town! Traditional circuses are quickly going the way of the rotary desk phone and the Do Do bird. Touring circuses packing their […]