Panelists talk water, land issues

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By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer One way for rural communities and smaller entities to protect their water rights and interests is to band together, said Blair Dunn, attorney with Western Agriculture, Resource and Businesses Advocates. Land and water-rights issues and options for constructive and profitable uses of those water rights were the topics covered […]

Chuckwagon cookoff draws more than 300 to Ute Lake State Park

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By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Chuckwagons, cowboys and cowgirls and the smell of food cooking in cast iron skillets and Dutch ovens overwhelmed the visitors Saturday at Ute Lake State Park in Logan. Each year residents are drawn to the 16th annual Chuckwagon Cookoff featuring Old West chuckwagon cooking, according to Sharon Reid, event […]

San Jon family donates antique printing press to museum

Gerlad White, left, demonstrates to Gilbert Rivera, right, how the Challenge Gordon printing press works.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A San Jon family donated a 19th-century Challenge Gordon platen-job printing press that has been in their family since 1950, to the Tucumcari Historical Museum. Gerald White and Carol White Nash watched as a skid loader lifted and removed the more than 200-pound press that had been in the […]

Cut ’em out, Rawhide

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By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Two days of events across the community, representation of three families of “Rawhide” stars and more than 2,000 in attendance have the Rawhide Days Festival coordinators looking toward next year’s event. Event founder Karen Alarcon said she was ecstatic and almost in tears as she rode in Saturday’s parade […]

Late ‘Rawhide’ actor’s wife surprised at local festival for TV series

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By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer With a bit of deception, luck and help from his cousins, Mark Brinegar, son of the late “Rawhide” actor Paul Brinegar, turned Friday’s seemingly impromptu trip to Tucumcari into a memory his mother will treasure for years to come. As Mark and his cousins, Steve Brinegar and Paul Brinegar, […]

Plane lands with no power West of Tucumcari

New Mexico State Police Officers and the Quay County Sheriff's Office secure the scene of an emergency landing of a single engine plane Wednesday on Interstate 40 West of Tucumcari.

By Thomas Garcia Quay County Sun tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Interstate-40 traffic was a bit more congested than usual on Wednesday morning. An Indiana couple landed their single-engine airplane on the median about 15 miles west of Tucumcari, after losing power. “This was the first landing without power for the both of us,” said Ronald Beyers. “It’s also […]

Banquet record set

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By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A record-attending crowd of 385 people enjoyed a shrimp broil dinner, silent auction and entertainment Saturday by motivational and comedic performer Chad Prather at the annual Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber banquet. This year’s banquet had the largest number of people to attend the banquet in a decade, said Gail Sanders, […]

Veterans benefits discussed at VFW

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By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer “The important thing is to help veterans get the help that they need and to let them know there is no shame in seeking help,” according to Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Day, a member of the New Mexico Army National Guard. Day was the special quest speaker at Wednesday’s […]

Fire officials warn of wildfire danger

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By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Despite the moisture from Saturday’s snowfall, local fire officials urge residence to continue to observe the countywide open fire ban due to the risk from high fire danger across the region. “You know it’s bad when a fire department does not want to attempt a controlled burn,” said Rex […]

U.S. Sen. Heinrich stays atop local issues

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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich exits the hub of the North American Wind Research and Training Center’s 1.5-megawatt turbine Thursday during a tour of the facility at Mesalands Community College.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Renewable energy, economic development, water issues and veterans’ needs are a few of the discussions state and local officials held Thursday with U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich during his visit to Tucumcari. Heinrich started Thursday’s visit by climbing to the top of the North American Wind Research and Training Center’s […]