Two suspicious fires strike within 25 minutes in Tucumcari

Left photo: An abandoned mobile home and outbuilding burn in the 2000 block of Rock Island Street, Tucumcari: Right photo, Tucumcari volunteer firefighters Edgar Shipley, left, and Lucas Benevidez fight a garage fire at 403 E. Aber St., Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen and Thomas Garcia QCS Staff Three buildings, none occupied, were destroyed in two fires reported within 25 minutes of each other Wednesday evening in Tucumcari. Both fires are considered suspicious in origin, Tucumcari Fire Chief Shane Warner said. In the first fire, reported at about 6:10 p.m. Wednesday, an abandoned mobile home […]

Development funds aid expansions

John Mihm, chief executive of Buena Vista Labs, LLC, pauses
while stocking eyeglass frames at the  laboratory’s retail outlet at Second Street and Historic Route 66 Boulevard, Tucumcari.
Mihm plans to use Local
Economic Development Act funds to expand Buena Vista’s wholesale lens processing business.

  By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Two business expansion projects in Tucumcari, one for a cheese manufacturer and the other for a local eyeglass lens maker, are set to receive nearly $1.5 million in state and local economic development funding aid. The larger of these two projects, an addition to the already planned expansion […]

Bomb threat forces bank to close

Tucumcari Police Cpl. Clay Huffman turns customers away Monday morning
from the Wells Fargo Bank in Tucumcari following a bomb threat. Officers
searched the building and found no  explosives.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Wells Fargo bank in Tucumcari was evacuated and closed for two hours Monday as law local enforcement officers responded to a bomb threat, according to Brett Welcher, Wells Fargo spokesman. At 11 a.m. Monday,  Tucumcari police Quay County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report that a bomb had […]

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 shansen@qcsunonline.com 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 shansen@qcsunonline.com 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 shansen@qcsunonline.com 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 […]