Political controversy, water issues mark year

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C2HM Hill employees work at the bottom of the intake structure shaft near the 9-foot-tall water cans that will house pumping equipment.

QCS Staff The top story of 2013 began with a surprise vote on Sept. 26 to fire a city manager and has escalated into a recall election scheduled for Thursday against two of the three city commissioners who voted to oust the city’s chief executive. A proposed racetrack-casino, the wreckage of the Sands Dorsey Building […]

Hospital tax to continue as usual

Quay County Deputy Clerk Georgia Lujan has applied postage to letters that will be mailed to business owners to notify them the gross receipt tax rate will not change.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor shansen@qcsunonline.com Quay County’s special gross receipts tax that raises about $200,000 to operate the Dr. Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital will continue as usual after Jan. 1. That’s good news for Quay County Commissioners and County Attorney Warren Frost. It will, however, cause a little pain for the state […]

Tucumcari man arrested in Arkansas after nationwide manhunt

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By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A Tucumcari man with a record of violent crimes and running from the law has again been apprehended after allegedly committing two felonies in Tucumcari last September and hitting the road again. Nikko Nathan, 24, of Tucumcari has been formally charged with aggravated battery and with possession of a […]

Churches combine choirs for Christmas performance

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Sopranos and altos sing out on Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” Front row from left: Fran Tollett, Jacklyn Gonzales, Jessica Braziel; middle row from left: Janet Griffiths, Betty Ragan, Amy Pospichal; Back row from left: Kenna McKenzie-Young, Olana Romero and Amber McClure.

QCS Staff The combined choirs of the Center Street United Methodist Church and Presbyterian Church of Tucumcari presented their annual Christmas Cantata on Friday at the Methodist church sanctuary. The 32-voice choir under the direction of Harold Sloan, choir director for the Methodist church, sang selections from A Musical Christmas, created and arranged by Tom […]

Two arrested on drug trafficking charges

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Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A Tucumcari woman and Albuquerque man were arrested and charged with drug trafficking after Tucumcari police said they seized more than an ounce of methamphetamine from their hotel room. Crystal Lynn Cochran, 26, of Tucumcari and Adrian Lawrence Bogdan, 26 of Albuquerque were arrested at 2 p.m. Wednesday at their […]

Project leaders: Ute lake intake structure could be completed by July

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By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Ute Lake intake construction project is on schedule with about half of the $14 million allocated to the project spent, Construction Manager Alan Ortega of Occam Engineering reported Wednesday at a public progress report session in Logan. Project leaders believe the structure will be completed by July, Ortega […]

Couple building sustainable home north of Tucumcari

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Robert and Nancy Carr are proud of the sustainable house, behind them, that they are building near Tucumcari.  The oversize roof will accommodate both solar water heating units and solar photovoltaic energy-producing cells.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Robert Carr used to live in Independence, Mo. Now he’s trying to live in independence (small “i”) in New Mexico. To call the house he and his wife Nancy are building just north of Tucumcari unconventional might be an understatement. He’s building it to be as ‘”renewable and green” […]

Parade lights Tucumcari

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QCS Staff It was cool, not cold, for Tucumcari’s annual Parade of Lights Saturday evening, so people on the streets heard Santa’s “Merry Christmas” all along the parade route. In a colder year, people tend to watch the parade as a drive-in event — from their cars. As usual, Santa occupied the basket of a […]

Residents gather for Mesalands courtyard lighting

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QCS staff About 220 Tucumcari residents, faculty, staff and students of Mesalands Community College gathered for the college’s courtyard lighting ceremony, combined with an annual reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” sponsored by radio stations KTNM/KQAY Thursday evening. The courtyard lighting ceremony was kept brief due to temperatures in the teens. Visitors then hurried […]

Oregon students, faculty using Mesalands turbines for research

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By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A professor and two graduate students from Oregon State University are using the wind turbine generator at Mesalands Community College for research aimed at evaluating the potential impact on birds and bats that may collide with turbine blades. Oregon State University’s School of Mechanical Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering is […]