County Commission re-allocates capital outlay money

QCS Staff The Quay County Commission voted Monday to reauthorize capital outlay spending of $100,000 from installing new new windows at the Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital to county software improvements, making the allocation for software $170,000. Both the windows and software improvements were at the top of the list for the county’s capital outlay […]

City approves YCC funds

QCS Staff At a special meeting Sept. 16, the Tucumcari City Commission authorized allocations totaling $65,500 in grant and tax fund and “in-kind” contributions of labor and resources, to fund the 2015 Youth Conservation Corps program for 2015. Mark Martinez, a city community development project manager, said the high school students and young adults hired […]

Mesalands urges voters to approve GO bond measure

Special to QCS Voters will decide on Nov. 4 on a statewide general obligation bond measure that could raise $650,000  Mesalands Community College. The statewide bond measure, General Obligation (GO) Bond C, would not raise taxes, according to a news release from the college. Mesalands plans to use its funds from the bond measure to […]

County health council to apply for anti-obesity grant

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The Quay County Health Council has decided to apply for grants designed to help the county begin a fight against obesity. The council decided to apply for a Healthy People, Healthy Places grant from the Con Alma Health Foundation, a New Mexico health advocacy group, that could help establish […]

Quay home visitation program notes successful first year

QCS Staff Quay County’s home visitation program, a response to findings that the county came in last among New Mexico counties in child welfare measures, has completed a successful first year of operation, according to the center’s director Lola McVey. The center held an open house on Sept. 16 at its new location, 615  S. […]

TES kids win music prize

QCS Staff The Orff ensemble, a group of Tucumcari Elementary School music students, 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’ […]

Semi-arid cropping specialist joins Ag center staff

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Murali Darapurneni joined the staff of the New Mexico State University Agricultural Experiment Station, Tucumcari, two months ago.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Murali Darapurneni thinks eastern New Mexico farmers should think globally as they farm locally in near-desert conditions and unpredictable rain and snow patterns. His thinking recalls advice one hears in corporate circles to think globally but act locally. For two months, Darapurneni has been on the staff of the […]

Volunteers fill food sacks for kids

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Ruth Ann Litchfield, Tucumcari’s mayor pro tem; city commissioner Amy Gutierrez and Jared Langenegger, coordinator of Blessings in a Backpack for Tucumcari, load sacks full of good food Wednesday that can help kids who may not otherwise have nutritious food on weekends.

QCS Staff Community leaders joined volunteers of all ages, including high school and junior high students Wednesday evening to fill cloth bags with food for elementary school children for the Blessings in a Backpack program. Jared Langenegger, who organized the volunteer effort said that Wednesday’s efforts filled 170 bags with nutritious foods that included instant […]

Tucumcari subs to get higher pay

QCS Staff Substitute teachers in  Tucumcari public schools got a pay raise as a result of a school board vote Friday. The raise gives long-term substitutes who are writing lesson plans $100 a day. Certified substitutes now receive $75 per day and non-certified substitute teachers receive $70 per day. Substitutes for tutoring, summer and homebound […]

Nara Visa Cowboy Gathering honors Western heritage

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Randy Mackey sings one of his original songs with help from “Rodeo Kate” Howell-Chapman, who shared the stage with several performers Saturday at the Cowboy Gathering in Nara Visa.

QCS Staff Nara Visa hosted another easy-going roundup of cowboy singers and poets Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the annual Cowboy Gathering. A total of 77 persons, not including the 27 performing acts, attended the concerts and 120 persons lined up for the annual chuck wagon steak dinner prepared again this year by Rhett Cauble […]