Teacher pay issues affect Tucumcari school operations

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The National Education Association New Mexico’s protest of the state’s teacher evaluation system has  made its effects known in the Tucumcari Public School District. Tucumcari Schools Superintendent Aaron McKinney told his school board Monday that a public records request from the teachers’ union seeking teacher evaluation forms is taking […]

San Jon flu clinic planned

QCS Staff The New Mexico Department of Health’s Quay County Public Health Office will be hosting a flu shot clinic from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday at the San Jon Senior Center, 1211 E. Main Ave. There is no charge to receive a vaccination, but persons desiring a vaccination should bring an insurance card, […]

Quay County unemployment rate drops to 5.3 percent

QCS Staff Quay County’s September unemployment rate was 5.3 percent, down a full percentage point from the August number, and nine-tenths of a percentage point lower than the September 2013 jobless rate, according to figures from the New M exico Department of Workforce Solutions. The county’s workforce increased in September, to 3,771, 32 higher than […]

Tips to make the holidays stress-free and worshipful

By Debra Whittington Religion Columnist “…Seek ye first the kingdom of God”. Matthew 6:33 Walking into a store the other day I came face to face with a huge display of Christmas decorations. There were trees, ornaments, and all sorts of glistening doodads to don your home with cheer. In my mind a song floated […]

Railroad Days draws more than 800

Visitors both young and old enjoyed watching the model train operated by the ASHOME Model Train Club out of Albuquerque Saturday at the Tucumcari Railroad Days event. Additional photos on page 13.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   The inaugural Tucumcari Rail Road Days attracted over 800 people to the Tucumcari Train Depot last weekend. “I am truly pleased with how the event was received, not just by the tourists who came to the event, but by residents of Tucumcari and Quay County,” said Frank Turner, chairman […]

City Commissioners vote to hire new city manager

City commissioner John Mihm speaks to newly hired city manager Jared Langenegger.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   Tucumcari City commissioners unanimously voted during Thursday night’s meeting to hire Jared Langenegger as the new city manager of Tucumcari. “I appreciated the commissioners’ confidence in me and I will do my best to do what I can for the citizens of Tucumcari,” Langenegger said. Langenegger said he […]

Mesalands wins first team title of season at home rodeo

Edmiles Harvey of Tsalini Springs, Arizona, earned his second consecutive championship title in bareback for Mesalands on Saturday night during the championship rounds of the college’s fall rodeo in Tucumcari.

  Special to QCS from Mesalands Community College   The men’s intercollegiate rodeo team at Mesalands Community College won its first team championship of the season in the Grand Canyon Region last weekend at the seventh annual rodeo in Tucumcari. The men’s team dominated, winning the team championship with 605 points. It also claimed the […]

Letter to the Editor

Curb appeal is a must As president of the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce, I am writing to let the community know about the importance of curb appeal. All of our citizens should be willing to make our city trash free and attractive, not just for our benefit but for those traveling through. Keeping our […]

Peanuts hold historical value for me, Portales

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist Growing up in Goober Gulch you learn things can get a little nutty, especially in the month of October when the legumes ripen. Not only did I grow up in Goober Gulch, the story goes my mother actually found me under a peanut vine. That’s a pretty incredible story since […]

Meetings watch

Quay County Commission: Quay County DWI Compliance Administrator Bryan Rinestine reported to county commissioners they had 10 DWIs during the past quarter — seven first offenses, one second offense, one third offense and one fourth offense. Rinestine, speaking at Monday’s commission meeting, said all 10 were considered aggravated with the lowest blood alcohol level being […]