Mesalands’ rodeo coach resigns


QCS Staff C.J. Aragon, who led the Mesalands Community College rodeo teams to national prominence, has resigned to take over the head coaching position for the Odessa College Wranglers in Odessa, Texas. Aragon, 38, said he tendered his resignation as Mesalands Community College’s intercollegiate rodeo coach last week after accepting the offer to head the […]

Mesalands new president takes office effective Aug.1

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Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Thomas Newsom will start his two-year term as Mesalands Community College’s new president effective Aug. 1, overseeing the college’s daily operations. “I am thrilled we finally have a new president,” said Jim Streetman, board of trustees secretary and chair of the presidential search committee. The board of trustees voted to […]

Flooding damages historic cemetery

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This entire burial plot has been filled with dirt possibly the result of a cave in after a heavy rain flooded the grounds of the cemetery.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Tucumcari Memorial Park cemetery reopened Monday after city crews repaired grounds damaged June 30 by flooding. Some grave sites were sinking, according to City Manager Doug Powers. The decision to close the cemetery was made in the interest of respecting the deceased and for public safety, said Powers. Powers said […]

Engineering firms recommends new bridge


QCS Staff The engineering firm that has been studying the bridge over the Canadian River just south of Logan on U.S. 54 is recommending construction of a new bridge and preservation of Route 54’s path through Logan, a report shown to the Quay County Commission on Monday shows. The engineering firm, Jacobs Engineering of Denver, […]

County gaming authority shifting gears

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By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Quay County Gaming Authority is shifting its priorities from convincing the New Mexico Racing Commission that Tucumcari is the best option for the sixth license to convincing them that issuing a sixth license is still a viable course of action. The New Mexico Racing Commission announced Thursday they […]

Udall talks farm bill, water projects


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Support for the U.S. Senate’s Farm Bill, compromise concerning eastern New Mexico water projects and continued legislative support for rural medical facilities were topics discussed by U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Monday in Tucumcari. Udall said last week the House took up a Farm Bill, which collapsed and the […]

Sunday storm drops rain, hail on area


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Recent rainfall has added significantly to season totals at Conchas Lake and in some parts of Quay County, but not so much in others, according to sources. A Sunday storm poured 2-1/2 inches of rain and pea-size hail, propelled by wind gusts in excess of 50 miles per hour […]

Cyclists reach out to special-needs children, teens


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Rain delayed their arrival, but when the cyclists of the Friendship Circle arrived in San Jon Monday, five of them participated in ceremonies that recognized their effort and their mission, to be companions to special-needs teens and children. Brandon Downing, who has Down syndrome, was made honorary mayor of […]

Governor stops in Tucumcari

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By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Gov. Susana Martinez, accompanied by an entourage of staff, State Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Texico and state Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview, made a stop in Tucumcari Thursday to conduct a “constituent day.” She spent at least three hours speaking with constituents who had made appointments to speak with here one-on-one […]

Tucumcari Generating Station dedicated

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By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The Tucumcari Generating Station was officially dedicated Friday with ceremonies, a luncheon, speeches and a plant tour. About 100 invited guests participated in the dedication activities. The guest list included local business and government leaders, Xcel Energy executives, and managers from different companies who oversaw the $20-million facility installation […]