Fourth building in a month destroyed by suspicious fire in Tucumcari

QCS photo: Thomas Garcia
Tucumcari volunteer firefighters extinguish hot spots at an abandoned house that burned to the ground Friday night on the 800 block of East Main Street. Tucumcari Fire Chief Larry Rigdon said there were two fires set at abandoned buildings Friday night, bringing the total of suspicious fires in Tucumcari up to five in the past month.

QCS Staff An abandoned house at East Main and South Dawson streets, Tucumcari, was destroyed and a second abandoned building damaged in suspicious fires Friday night, according to Larry Rigdon, Tucumcari Fire Chief. Rigdon said Friday night’s fires bring the total of suspicious fires in the city within one month to five.  While firefighters were […]

Voters approve emergency dispatch tax hike

Note: This story has been updated with the county commission’s canvass of the vote reaffirming the totals, and correcting the vote at San Jon to 35 in favor of the measure and 10 against.  Early and absentee voting results were also added. By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Quay County voters decided to impose a 0.25-percent […]

Mesalands plans $8 million expansion in Tucumcari

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Mesalands Community College plans to expand with a new animal/equine science and fine arts building and rodeo grounds on land leased from the Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corporation, college president Thomas Newsomsaid. The $8 million expansion will be located on 92 acres on the west side of Tucumcari near […]

Latin Comedy Jam’s success prompts second show

QCS Photo: Thomas Garcia
Roberto Rodriquez comes out pumping his fist and dancing to the music to get the crowd excited Saturday night during the  Latin Comedy Jam at the Tucumcari Convention Center.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   Over 300 Tucumcari and Quay County residents were delighted by the performances in the Latin Comedy Jam Saturday night at the Tucumcari Convention Center. The performers had a great time, too, and are already planning a return engagement. “It was an excellent show. I really hope they come […]

Audience participation added to annual Fired Up events

QCS Staff Interactive shows and hands-on demonstrations will be features of the fourth annual Fired Up event from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday in downtown Tucumcari. Some of the events from last year will expand this year and include some audience participation,  Connie Loveland, chair of the Tucumcari MainStreet promotion committee, said. Tucumcari MainStreet […]

Vigil to face pre-trial hearing Oct. 30

QCS Staff Isaac Vigil, a state police officer accused of assaulting a household member, will face  a pretrial hearing in October and docket proceeding in November in preparation for a December jury trial, Quay County Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett decided on Thursday. The hearing has been scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Oct. 30, court records show. […]

Letter to the Editor

Food stamps for the hungry Frequently, articles in various conservative publications complain about food stamps for “those people,” proposing various steps to restrict their use including drug testing. Our governor falls into that category. Children comprise 45 percent of food-stamp recipients and 41 percent are working people. An example of “welfare for the rich:” Stephen […]

Conchas man killed in accident

QCS Staff A Conchas Dam man was killed in a one-car rollover accident Friday afternoon, according to state police. The victim was David Burton, 59.  Burton was pronounced dead at the scene. Robben Johnson, 59, Albuquerque, the driver of the vehicle was charged with vehicular homicide, state police said. The accident occurred at about 1:22 […]

So lost, not even a human atlas could help

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist Ever been so lost even Rand McNally couldn’t find you? It happened to my favorite sister and I last weekend while trying to find our way out of Midland, Texas. Even George W. Bush eventually found his way out of Midland but I was beginning to think I was going […]

Bailey Smith wins state grand champion steer prize

Bailey Rhea Smith of Logan presented the Grand Champion steer at the New Mexico State Fair after winning grand champion honors at the Quay County Fair in August. Her steer had already been named the champion cross-breed when the judge selected it on Wednesday September 17th to be the Grand Champion among 80 steers that […]