Lesser prairie chicken ‘threatened’

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The lesser prairie chicken has been listed as threatened.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service on Thursday declared the lesser prairie chicken a threatened species but kept in place a regional plan developed by officials from five states to protect the species. The LPC’s five-state habitat area includes parts of southeastern Quay County, and the Quay County area […]

Teachers getting 3 percent pay raise

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Tucumcari Municipal School District teachers will be receiving at least 3-percent pay increases across the board in 2014-2015, in line with guidelines approved by the Legislature. The raises include a hike in starting pay for beginning teachers to match the state’s prescribed minimum of $32,000 per year. Leola Patterson, […]

Students encouraged to be safe during spring break

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Mesalands’ student Hayli Toenyan tries to navigate the obstacle course wearing the Fatal Vision goggles.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Mesalands Community College held a student appreciation/safety week to encourage students to be safe during spring break. The college held events throughout the week designed to encourage the students to make good choices while they were on holiday break. As part of the events, Mesalands chose to honor the […]

McTigue replacement discussed

QCS Staff The Tucumcari City Commission held a brief meeting Thursday with a shortened agenda and only three of the five commissioners present. First District Commissioner Dora Salinas McTigue resigned from the commission on March 25, citing family health concerns. Second District Commissioner Amy Gutierrez had a previous commitment, which she announced at the March […]

Christ can save your skin from the closest of shaves

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist I have a hate-hate relationship with shaving. I hate to shave, but I hate even worse not being clean-shaven every morning and I never get as close a shave as I’d like. Recently, the foil screen on my electric razor got a nick in it (sounds like karma, although read […]

Lujan’s field representative to hold “mobile office hours” Thursday

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan’s field representative Ron Wilmot will hold “mobile office hours” Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tucumcari Senior Center, 523 S. Third St., Tucumcari. Lujan will be prepared to discuss matters related to health care, economic development and agriculture.  Wilmot can also assist residents who have questions regarding […]

VFW 2528 welcomes veterans home

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Ron Wilmot, field representative for U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan,D-N.M., reads a statement from Rep. Lujan Saturday at the Welcome Home Veterans ceremony Saturday in Tucumcari.  Looking on are, from left, Col. David Wiesner, U.S. Air Force, and State Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Logan.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor When the rest of the nation declared March 22 as Welcome Home Vietnam Vets day, Tucumcari’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2528 took it a step further. “We decided to use this day to welcome home all veterans from all wars,” said Fred Porter, president of Tucumcari’s Delfinio Gonzalez […]

Developer files suit over taxes

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Quay County owes a local resort and residential community more than $216,000, according to a recently filed lawsuit. Twelve Shores LLC, the developer of 12 Shores golf club resort and residential community, has filed a suit against the county in the Tenth Judicial District Court, saying the county overbilled […]

Enforcing Tucumcari building code difficult

City officials have not found the owner of this parcel at 908 E. Smith St.

By Steve Hansen The abandoned and neglected properties that worry Tucumcari city leaders are also a frustration for the people who try to enforce the city’s building codes. There are two main reasons some abandoned properties are not maintained, according to Veronica Sandy, the city’s building code enforcement offer. One is lack of funds — […]

Thank those who continue to work to improve our city

After having expressed our appreciation to the city and her employees for the great job they did in painting one of the rooms in the museum and rearranging exhibits, several people mentioned that we should also thank them for the improvements they have made at the cemetery. Although we have admired the graceful elm trees […]