Beetles cross state line to threaten invasive salt cedar

The empty, red-orange stems of salt cedar bushes stripped of their leaves by the tamarisk leaf beetle glow amid darker vegetation on the shore of Tucumcari Lake.

  By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor   It’s not often that news of an insect infestation makes people smile, but in this case the victim plants are salt cedars, and almost no one is complaining. A quarter-inch bug called the tamarisk beetle (and there are greater and smaller versions of this critter) are laying […]

Appeals court rejects Logan’s attempt to halt Ute intake construction

The intake structure under construction on the south shore of the Ute Lake Reservoir near Logan by the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority is scheduled to be completed in October.

By Robin Fornoff PROJECTS EDITOR A federal court of appeals in Denver has refused to reverse a decision giving the green light to construction of an intake at Ute Lake Reservoir, part of the Ute Lake Project plan to pipe drinking water to communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties. The decision made Monday rejects […]

First Ranch Rodeo action highlights Quay County Fair

Stetson Cates and Kiptyn Bidegain run out to the arena Saturday to take part in the calf scramble during the Ranch Rodeo at the Quay County Fair.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Local ranchers displayed their skills Saturday for the first-ever ranch rodeo competition held as part of the Quay County Fair in Tucumcari. “I thought we had a great crowd, some have told me it is the biggest crowd they have seen at the rodeo arena in a long time,” […]

Former Marine walking across country to aid veterans

Justin Kuhel gives a thumbs up as he poses with K-Bobs employees in Tucumcari. Kuhel was treated to free meal at the restaurant as a show of appreciation for his efforts for veterans.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A Marine veteran from Ohio is walking across the country to raise awareness of the needs of veterans help raise money for two organizations that assist veterans. Justin Kuhel left Tuesday morning from Tucumcari on his 78th day of walking on his 2,534-mile voyage from Camp Lejeune near Myrtle […]

Houser named MainStreet director

Gail Houser

QCS Staff Gail Houser is a believer in self-sufficiency, but he thinks that with the combined effort of a dedicated group of business leaders, Tucumcari can get back on its feet. Houser, who lives near Las Vegas,  has been named the new director of the Tucumcari MainStreet program, replacing Mark Lake, who retired from the […]

State police officer facing felony charge

Isaac Vigil

By Thomas Garcia Quay County Sun   A New Mexico State Police officer is out on a $15,000 appearance bond and remains on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation into allegations of felony child abuse charges and a misdemeanor domestic violence charge.   Isaac Vigil, a state police officer for a year and a […]

Day receives maximum sentence

Tony Day, left, with his attorney Jeff Buckles, pleads guilty Thursday to two counts of first degree murder in the November 2012 deaths of his adoptive mother, Sue Day, and her daughter, Sherry Folts.

                      By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor   Tony Day, 15, who killed his adoptive mother and sister in November 2012, was sentenced Thursday  to be incarcerated and treated by the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department until he is 21. Tenth Judicial District […]

Teachers learn about child abuse

Pete Rivera, Tucumcari Police Department assistant chief, speaks to Quay County teachers about child abuse law enforcement Tuesday, as Logan Police Chief Robert Gore and state police Lt. Herbert Hinders look on.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Quay County’s child wellness team of law enforcement, child welfare workers and advocates, and the Tenth Judicial District Attorney’s office Tuesday enlisted support of another group of front-line allies: public school educators. “You know these kids. You can see when there are changes that indicate something is wrong,” Lt. […]

Local rancher hosts seminar on holistic ranching success

Tom Sidwell talks about some of the sustainable practices he uses at his JX Ranch in Quay Valley.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Quay Valley rancher Tom Sidwell has acquired a reputation as a successful user of agricultural practices that are considered sustainable and holistic, and on Saturday, he hosted a group of 50 like-minded farmers and ranchers from as far away as Oklahoma and Colorado to show them how he does […]

NMSU president speaks at field day

Garrey Carruthers, NMSU’s president, addresses participants Thursday at the NMSU  Agriculture Experiment Station’s field day.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Rain turned Thursday’s field day at the New Mexico State University Agricultural Experiment Station in Tucumcari into an indoor gathering of community and academic leaders, local ranchers and family members. The event’s customary hayride tour of the facility, with short lectures about advances in agricultural science at stops along […]