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, […]

Local smith wins world honors


Steve Hansen QCS Managng Editor Jim Keith started shoeing horses when he was 15 because he rode them. He didn’t know there were people who would shoe a horse for you. Then he became one of those people he did not know existed when he was 15. In fact, one of the best. Keith, a […]

Interim rodeo coach hired


QCS Staff Two days after Mesalands Community College held their fall registration rush, officials announced they have hired an interim intercollegiate rodeo coach and an assistant rodeo coach to lead the team in as they prepare to start their 2013 season on Sept. 20 at Tsaile, Ariz. Mesalands President Dr. Thomas W. Newsom approved the […]

Commission authorizes pursuit of road grants


QCS Staff The Quay County Commission on Monday authorized county road officials to pursue grants that could finance over $500,000 in county road improvements. The projects were divided into three groups by state funding source. In one group were projects to be funded by state grant money reserved for arterial roads. Included were improvements to […]

He pulled over the wrong vehicle

J Shelton

  QCS Staff If you’re going to pretend you’re a police officer, the worst thing you can do is pull over a couple of law enforcement agents. John Shelton, 26, of Logan did just that on  Wednesday, according to New Mexico State Police. On Wednesday afternoon, he was in jail facing charges of impersonating a police […]

Love’s Travel Stop manager vows to kiss pig

QCS photo: Steve Hansen
"Not on the first date," seems to be the response Dewayne Juarez, general manager of the Love's Travel Stop, Tucumcari, is getting to his friendly gesture to a hog.  Juarez has promised to kiss a pig in public, if his staff can double last year's donations to the Children's Miracle Network, Love's chosen charity, this year.

QCS Staff The manager of Love’s Travel Stop in Tucumari, Dewayne Juarez has vowed to double donations his store contributes to the Children’s Miracle Network, the charity that Love’s has adopted for its fundraising efforts. In fact, if his team succeeds, he has vowed to kiss a pig. In public. In front of Love’s Travel […]

More than 400 Tucumcari grads roll in for Rattler Reunion


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The motto of Tucumcari High School’s Class of ’83 was “Let the Good Times Roll.” Thirty years later, good times rolled once more as the 1983 grads returned to organize the 2013 Rattler Reunion. The reunion events, the luncheons, mixers, golf tournament, and parade, culminated Saturday night with the […]