Mesalands to introduce health care programs

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A federal grant of more than $550,000 will enable Mesalands Community College to offer a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and phlebotomy program next year, college officials said.The grant is from the Trade Adjustment Assistant Community College and Career Training competitive grant program, co-administered by the U.S. Department of Labor […]

Commission rejects rehab project bids

QCS Staff The Tucumcari City Commission met Thursday. All commissioners were present. The commission took the following actions: • Rejected all bids on a well rehabilitation project, since the bids came out $70,000 in excess of the project’s estimated cost, according to Mark Martinez, a city community development department who presented the rejection proposal to […]

City pay plan reviewed

QCS Staff Tucumcari City Manager Jared Langenegger Thursday laid out a plan that would would make pay levels and raises for city employees systematic and predictable. Langenegger presented the system to city commissioners in a workshop held before Thursday’s regular commission meeting. He said he worked with other city staff to develop the system in […]

Dairy rules hearings to be held in Roswell, court affirms

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The New Mexico Supreme Court Monday upheld a decision that will keep upcoming dairy rule hearings in Roswell, NM, the New Mexico Environment Department announced. The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club had sought to move these hearings before the New Mexico Water Qualify Control Commission to Santa […]

Quay vote remains unchanged in land commission race

QCS Staff While the statewide recount in the New Mexico land commissioner race is still not complete, Quay County’s re-tallying Thursday left the vote count unchanged . Quay County recorded 639 votes for Republican challenger Aubrey Dunn and 332 votes for Democrat incumbent commissioner Ray Powell. Statewide, Powell received 704 fewer votes than Dunn out […]

Shop MainStreet campaign a reminder to buy locally

Special to the Quay County Sun Tucumcari MainStreet, in partnership with New Mexico MainStreet and the New Mexico Economic Development Department, is launching a Shop MainStreet Campaign to encourage holiday shoppers to shop local first this holiday season. The campaign was launched in Gallup in October with at a ceremony involving residents, business owners, local […]

Logan third-grade teacher named educator of year

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Melissa Gustin Roberts, is flanked by Cheryl Butterfield (left), northern director, New Mexico Agriculture in the Classroom; Traci Curry, the program’s southern director; and Mike White, farm and livestock bureau president.

QCS Staff Melissa Gustin Roberts, a third grade teacher in the Logan School District, has been named Educator of the Year by the New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau, the bureau announced in a news release. The award recognizes educators who excel in teaching students about the role agriculture plays in their lives, the news […]

Mesalands named among most affordable schools

Special to QCS Mesalands Community College has been named among the top 10 in a listing of the 50 most affordable community colleges in the nation by AffordableColleges.com, the community college announced in a news release. Mesalands was ranked seventh in the nation with an average in-state tuition of $1,152 per semester and a 47-percent […]

Guadalupe Mountains park offers stunning scenery

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About 25 miles south of Carlsbad Caverns, just over the Texas state line, lies Guadalupe Mountains National Park. The mountains themselves are a limestone reef that about 300 million years ago was home to some of the same Permian-period plants and animals that became petroleum deposits, the foundation of the nearby Permian Basin’s current economy. […]

Farm Bill subsidies may not aid drought-stricken Quay farmers

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Quay County farmers who grew little or no crops from 2008 to 2012 due to drought may not be able to use new subsidy options under the federal Farm Bill passed this year, according to Brandon Terrazas, a U.S. Department of Agriculture program specialist with the Farm Services Agency. […]