Pair face felony drug charges after apartment search


Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer New Mexico State Police arrested one Tucumcari resident and are searching for a second in connection to apparent methamphetamine manufacturing in their apartment. Sara Mack, 32, and  Tyler Carpenter, 22,  are both charged with five felony counts, including  trafficking controlled substance by manufacture, tampering with evidence, conspiracy, possession of methamphetamine, […]

Action plan submitted on Sands Dorsey demolition

QCS Photo: Steve Hansen
The Sands Dorsey building continues to lie in ruins after a fires in 2007 and 2012 gutted the structure in Tucumcari's downtown. Tucumcari officials hope the filing of a demolition plan with the state environmental department may accelerate the building's demolition and disposal.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor An action plan and environmental assessment addressing what remains of the Sands Dorsey Building gutted by fires in 2007 and 2012 has been sent to an environmental enforcement officer in the New Mexico Environment Department. The plan, which was sent to Paul Martinez, an enforcement officer in NMED’s solid […]

Dead catfish washing up on lakeshore

Courtesy Photo: T.J. Smith
Logan/Ute Lake Chamber of Commerce president T.J. Smith encountered these three children of campers at Ute Lake preparing to bury a dead catfish that had washed up on shore. Smith said he observed more than 40 dead fish that washed up on shores near the dam on Saturday and Sunday.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Dead catfish have washed up on the shores of Ute Lake a week after 900 fish were killed by an underwater blast for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Utility Authority’s pipeline project. “We had fishermen coming into the shop and asking us why the fish were dead and […]

Mesalands offers online wind classes to Vaughn

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Mesalands Community College directors and administrators join Vaughn Schools administrators and students to sign an agreement offering Mesalands wind energy technology classes to Vaughn High School students online for dual credit.

Special to QCS Mesalands Community College will offer Wind Energy Technology classes online to Vaughn High School students on a dual-credit basis. Participating students will receive both high school and college credit for these courses. Administrators from Mesalands visited Vaughn High School last week to finalize the agreement and to meet with school administrators, teachers, […]

K-Bob’s joins Chamber

QCS photos: Thomas Garcia
Laronda Ciciarelli, the new K-Bob’s general manager gives the chamber members and public a tour of the newly remodeled restaurant including the new food counter room.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce welcomed its newest member, K-Bob’s Steak House, Monday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. “We are happy to be a part of the chamber and look forward to serving and growing with the community,” said Laronda Ciciarelli, the new K-Bob’s general manager. Members of […]

Luján promotes Farm Bill, blasts GOP

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan

QCS Staff U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) promoted the pending Farm Bill, including full funding for the food stamp program, and blasted the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives in an interview Wednesday with the Quay County Sun. He also said New Mexico should view its recent last-place finish in child well-being measures “with alarm.” […]

Fair crowning moment for some youth


See fair results here. By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The Quay County Fair is about young people. It’s about a year’s worth of care, feeding, medicating, grooming, cleaning out stalls and watching as a calf becomes a heifer or a steer, as a piglet becomes a hog, a lamb a sheep, a kid a […]

New school year begins


QCS staff School began Monday for 1,470 Kindergarten through 12th grade students in Quay County’s public schools. Districts reported that their enrollment numbers showed only slight changes from last year’s enrollment. In Tucumcari, 1,024 students started the school year. Dave Johnson, assistant superintendent said. Some 531 were enrolled at Tucumcari Elementary School, 226 were enrolled […]

Fourth and final defendant sentenced in 2010 bank robbery


CNJ Staff The fourth and final defendant was sentenced Monday for his involvement in the April 2010 bank robbery in Melrose, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler.  All four were Tucumcari residents. Marcos Maestas, 23, was dealt a 12-year prison sentence after being convicted in June of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery, […]

Underwater construction blast at Ute kills fish

QCS photo: Thomas Garcia
Ute Lake Project officials said a controlled underwater blast at the site of Phase I on Friday killed an unknown number of fish at the lake.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The New Mexico Game and Fish Department was aware of a controlled underwater blast Friday for the Ute Water Project that resulted in over 900 fish being killed at Ute Lake Reservoir. The total number of dead fish recovered after the Aug. 16 blast at Ute Lake is 941, […]