Xcel donates $11,000 to local education programs

Xcel Energy recently contributed $11,000 to two education programs in Tucumcari. The first was an $8,000 donation to Mesalands Community College to provide eight scholarships of $1,000 each to students in the college’s wind energy technology program.  The second was a $3,000 grant to fund art classes for children and adults at Art Space, operated […]

Tucumcari Elementary music group places second in state competition

The Orff ensemble, a group of Tucumcari Elementary School music students, has won second place in state competition among elementary school music groups, Andrew Kesten, the school’s music teacher, said. Kesten said he and the the The Orff Ensemble, which plays percussion instruments like xylophones,  submitted a video to the New Mexico Music Educators’ Association […]

Nara Visa Cowboy Gathering set for Sept. 19-21

QCS Staff The Nara Visa Cowboy Gathering, recognized as one of the most genuine assemblies of cowboy poets and musicians anywhere, will be held Sept. 19 to Sept. 21 at the Nara Visa Old School Community Center on Route 54. The format will be the same as always, which means that, except for some scheduled […]

Mesalands to host free legal consultation event

QCS Staff Mesalands Community College will host a legal fair on  Sept. 20 at the North American Wind Research and Training Center. Attorneys and civil legal service providers will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer civil legal questions and provide free general consultations in the following areas : family law and […]

County Commission approves property tax rates

QCS Staff The Quay County Commission on Friday approved property tax rates for the 2014 tax year. The rates were approved in a unanimous commission vote without discussion. Janie Hoffman, the county assessor, said the greatest increase in property taxes occurs in Logan, where, she said a 2.8-mil increase in the tax rate will mean […]

County approves jail roof repair pact with state

QCS  Staff The Quay County Commission on Friday approved an agreement with the state that will allow the county to proceed with  $186,000 in repairs to the Quay County Detention Center’s roof. State capital outlay funds for the project were approved by the state legislature in its 2014  session.  The roofing project was the highest […]

Obesity solutions discussed

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor If Tucumcari could develop and mark walking paths and work with grocery suppliers to improve   healthy grocery offerings, that could be the beginning of reducing obesity in the city and county. Those were the findings of community volunteers who participated in a study of the availability of  resources […]

Latino Comedy Jam coming to Tucumcari

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   Quay County residents will have a chance to enjoy the talents of famous Latino comedians on Sept. 20 as the Latin Comedy Jam takes the stage at the Tucumcari Convention Center. The comics of the comedy jam have performed in Las Cruces, Corpus Christi, Texas and Flagstaff, Arizona.  The […]

Local expert weighs in on massive fossil

Mesalands’ Axel Hungerbuehler examines vertebrae from a Brontosaurus (Apatosaurus) that is being prepared by paleontology students of the college.

Staff and wire reports   It just might be the biggest dinosaur skeleton ever unearthed, according to a report released Thursday by the journal Scientific Reports. That’s why the discovery of a mostly complete Dreadnoughtus in Argentina is making headlines around the world. But that’s not why the curator at Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum […]

Fires destroy 2 abandoned Tucumcari motels

Tucumcari’s Payless Inn (left) and Tucumcari Motel, both abandoned, burned down in separate fires within a week of each other, the Payless on Sept. 3 and the Tucumcari Motel on Friday night.  The state fire marshal’s office is investigation the Payless Inn blaze.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Two abandoned Tucumcari motels burned to the ground in separate fires on Sept. 3 and Friday night.  An abandoned house was left charred but still standing in a Sept. 3 fire that occurred about an hour before the first motel blaze. The cause of all three fires is suspicious, […]