Arch Hurley releases water for second consecutive year

Water flows in an Arch Hurley Conservancy District
canal Monday west of Tucumcari. The district began
delivery of water Thursday for a second consecutive
year of water allocations. The district plans to provide
six inches of water for each of the 41,000 acres
of farmland it serves.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Water is flowing in Arch Hurley Irrigation District canals. The water began its journey on Thursday, Franklin McCasland said, and the flow should start reaching the eastern extremes of the district on Thursday or Friday.  It reached the Tucumcari area on Sunday, McCasland said, and deliveries started for customers […]

Meeting marked by hotline complaints

QCS Photo: Steve Hansen
Sandra Gallegos, county office manager for the Statewide Central Intake (SCI) facility that fields child abuse calls for the state of New Mexico, answers a question from Tucumcari School Superintendent Aaron McKinney, right, at Wednesday’s session between SCI officials and the Quay County Child Wellness Team.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A presentation Wednesday by state child-abuse hotline leaders turned into a discussion between members of the Quay County Child Wellness Team and the hotline officials. Sandra Gallegos, county office manager for the Statewide Central Intake hotline, SCI or “Sky,” fielded many questions from school and law enforcement personnel […]

City commission OKs additional well work

QCS Photo: Steve Hansen
Mayor Robert Lumpkin, second left, surrounded by senior volunteers, holds up a proclamation declaring Tuesday as National Service Recognition Day Thursday during a Tucumcari City Commission meeting.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A city well replacement project will expand to rehabilitate a second well, the Tucumcari City Commission has decided. The commission voted on Thursday to add $45,710 for rehabilitation of the second well to the price of the $409,000 contract with Rodgers and Company, an Albuquerque well-drilling firm, to […]

Students navigate ‘Maze of Life’

Staff photo: Steve Hansen
A Tucumcari High School student attempts the cone course wearing goggles that simulate vision after a few drinks Thursday at the Maze of Life event at Mesalands Community College. Behind her, State Police Patrolman Jerry Hernandez and a patrol car with lights flashing are a reminder of another hazard of drunk driving.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The “Maze of Life,,” a combination of hands-on demonstrations, simulations and information booths culminated a week of Student Safety Week events Thursday at Mesalands Community College. In the morning, Tucumcari High School students took a break from intensive preparation for annual state testing to spend their morning touring […]

NRA banquet attracts 400 supporters

Dwayne Roberts purchases a chance to win the rifle on the table at a booth run by Frankie Gutierrez
at Saturday’s Friends of the National Rifle Association banquet at the Tucumcari Convention Center.
Gutierrez’s booth was one of numerous booth with chances to win a fire arm or other prizes.

  By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Quay County chapter of Friends of the National Rifle Association held its annual  banquet Saturday, raising $33,000 to raise funds for local 4-H youth firearms education and activities and honoring local veterans, two of whom were 100 years old. Five local veterans were honored at the banquet, […]

Ute watershed meeting addresses water quality issues

The quality of the water at Ute Lake Reservoir where
the first phase of the Eastern New Mexico Water
Utility Authority’s $550 million Ute Pipeline Project,
is scheduled to be completed by the end of March
(above), was discussed at one of many meetings
that will be used to create a Ute Reservoir watershed plan.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Canadian River Riparian Restoration Project hosted a hearing on March 18 at the Tucumcari Convention Center that was one of many held in New Mexico as the state assembles a Ute Reservoir Wateshed Plan. The CRRRP is listening to county, city and state officials, ranchers and others on […]

Chef on Demand program offers food education

Rene Ruiz, a Summit Food
Service Management chef, supervises
on March 18 as Santiago Alires prepares
to chop butter for melting.
Students Delayna Swearengin and
Kayla Cherry look on. Ruiz visited
Tucumcari High School’s culinary arts
kitchen and supervised food preparation
as part of Summit’s Chef on
Demand program.

  Staff Report It’s not every day that Tucumcari High School students get parmesan chicken wraps for lunch, but it’s also not every day the school gets a visit from a real chef. Rene Ruiz, a chef for Summit Food Service Management, Inc., which operates Tucumcari school cafeterias, presided over preparation of the lunch Wednesday […]

It’s not the iron, it’s the people

Courtney Ford of Asheville, North Carolina, hammers away at a
sand mold to reveal the landscape sculpture she poured Friday
during the Mesalands Iron Pour. Foundry owner Donnie Keen
(standing left) of Houston, Texas, Mesalands Trustee Jim
Streetman and Iron Pour coordinator D’Jean Jawrunner discuss
the success of the event while Ford frees her sculpture.

  By Steve Hansen and Thomas Garcia QCS Staff There are always a thousand things to do for the students and artists who participate in Mesalands Community College’s Annual Iron Pour, but they keep coming back, event coordinator D’Jean Jawrunner said. While there were some new faces for the 17th Annual Iron Pour that ended […]

Higher bull prices signal recovery

Jared Jennings waves a bull into a pen, while Staci
Stanbrough blocks the animal’s way back after the
annual Bull Test at the NMSU research station,
Tucumcari. Stanbrough and Jennings were driving
the bull to a trailer for a ride to its new home.

  By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor More bulls and better prices Saturday at the Tucumcari Bull Test and auction than in past years are a signal that New Mexico ranchers are rebuilding cattle herds as they get relief from more than a decade of drought, according to ranchers and farmers who attended the event. […]

Plungers risk frigid water to raise funds for veterans

A dozen area residents ressed in Saint Patrick’s Day attire took a frigid swim Saturday during
the annual Polar Plunge at Conchas Lake. The Polar Plunge is an annual event put on by the
American Legion Post 19’s Chapter 9 Legion Riders to raise money for helping veterans.

  By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A dozen people took part in the annual Polar Plunge Saturday at Conchas Lake, braving frigid 33-degree waters in support of American Legion Post 19’s efforts to raise money to help veterans locally and nationwide. Lynn Hudson, president Chapter 9 Legion Riders, declared the event a success. Hudson […]