Fire destroys Stuckey’s, Dairy Queen site

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The building that housed Stuckeys and the Dairy Queen at Palomas, eight miles west of Tucumcari, was destroyed by fire on Easter Sunday.  Fire officials received the first alarm shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday, according to the Rev. John Hinze, chief of the Quay County Rural I fire department.  Eleven units from Rural I, Rural II, Rural III, Tucumcari Fire Dept. and the Bard-Endee helped to fight the blaze.  Hinze said about 20 volunteer firefighters responded.  Crews stayed until about 5 p.m., Hinze said.  Hine said the cause of the fire was suspicious.

Water flows to Arch Hurley members

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Water flows through canals from Conchas Lake to croplands of the Arch Hurley Conservancy District.  The water started flowing on Tuesday and was expected to reach Arch Hurley customers in 24 to 40 hours, Arch Hurley Manager Franklin McCasland said. The district is allocating water to its clients for the first time in three years.

QCS Staff The Arch Hurley Conservancy District opened the gates Tuesday to send water to the district’s canals and ditches from Conchas Lake for the first time in three years. Franklin McCasland, district manager, said Tuesday the water would take 24 to 40 hours to reach Tucumcari. McCasland said that spread across the district’s 42,000 […]

Three file for commission appointment

District 1 candidates are, from left, Jerry Lopez, Rick Haymaker and Gary Southern.

QCS Staff Three candidates have applied for Tucumcari’s vacant First District Commission seat, according to Angelica Gray, city clerk. The deadline for filing applications was Monday. The three are Rick Haymaker, a musician, pastor and business owner; Gary Southern, a retiree who recently ran for Tucumcari municipal judge; and Jerry Lopez, a life-long resident of […]

Don Chalmers, Tucumcari racino investor, dies

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QCS Staff Don Chalmers, the Albuquerque auto dealer who was also the principal partner in the Coronado Park Racetrack and Casino proposed for Tucumcari, died Sunday after a two-year bout with cancer, according to a news release from Don Chalmers Ford, a dealership he owned in Albuquerque. “He has been the driving force behind this […]

Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority seeks more federal aid

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The first phase of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority’s $550 million Ute Pipeline Project is on track to be completed in September while construction on the second phase, is projected to begin in the next 18 months, according to Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority officials. Members of […]

Quay’s March unemployment at 6.5%

QCS Staff Quay County’s unemployment rate dropped by a tenth of a percentage point in March, compared with February, according to preliminary figures reported by the New Mexico Dept. of Workforce Solutions. March’s 6.5 percent rate, however, was a half of a percentage point higher than the March 2013 unemployment rate of 6.0 percent. February’s […]

School board may consider attendance policy changes

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Changes may be coming in how many absences will be excused at Tucumcari Elementary School, definitions of excused and unexcused absences, and in how absence policies may be enforced with support from both the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Dept. and the Tenth Judicial District Attorney’s office. Even […]

Quay County Health Council conducting survey

QCS Staff The Quay County Health Council will begin conducting a survey of county residents this week to determine the council’s priorities over the next four years, Alida Brown, the council’s coordinator, said. Beginning Thursday, survey forms will be available at in village and city offices, senior centers, post offices and in the Tucumcari Library, […]

First-grader Angelica Pacheco reaches out to touch a bullfrog.

First-grader Angelica Pacheco reaches out to touch a bullfrog.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Whether it was by touching toads, trying on wind turbine climbing gear or getting a quick solar-powered shower, about 700 school children from three counties observed Earth Day on April 16 with learning by sight, sound and touch at Tucumcari’s Outdoor Classroom. The federal Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Tucumcari […]

D.A. Tim Rose facing contempt of court citation

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Harding County Magistrate Judge Karen Mitchell has issued a contempt of court citation against Tenth Judicial District Attorney Tim Rose in a Tucumcari Magistrate Court case in which Mitchell is the designate magistrate judge. A hearing on the citation is set for 9 a.m., May 1in the Quay County […]