All Fired Up!


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The crowning of local legend royalty, molten artwork and fire dancers drew more than 2,000 to downtown Tucumcari over the weekend. Porfy Martinez and Abigail Lucero were crowned as Prince Tocom and Princess Cari on Saturday at the sixth annual Fired Up! The crowning of young royalty was […]

Quay reporter honored by press association

SANTA ANA PUEBLO — Quay County Sun Senior Writer Thomas Garcia was honored by New Mexico Press Association during its annual awards presentations on Saturday. Garcia won a first-place honor for a rodeo picture in the sports photo category. The photo featured Ed Miles Harvey on a bucking bronc at a Mesalands Community College rodeo. […]


Here are menus for the senior centers and schools in Quay County for Thursday through Sept. 28. Senior centers Coffee, tea and milk served daily Thursday Chicken breast, baked potato, sour cream, margarine, stuffing, peas and carrots, strawberry short cake Friday Sausage, wild rice, steamed broccoli, margarine, whole wheat roll, apple Monday Steak and stuff, […]

Jail Log—Sept. 21

The following individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center Sept. 14-21: • Shiela Callison, 42, warrant • Vanessa Pacheco, 26, battery against a household member • Gene Vargas, 31, warrant The following individuals were released from the Quay County Detention Center Sept. 14-21: • Jeffery Clark, 47, bond • Nathaniel Montoya, 29, bond […]

Property taxes expected to go down

The chart above figures theoretical tax bills for 2015 and 2016 in different areas of the county, based on county school districts. 


The tax bills are based on property whose taxable value is $100,000.  The assessed value, a third of the taxable value, would be $33,333 and mill levies are applied to this value without deductions.

By Steve Hansen Correspondent Most Quay County property taxpayers will see their tax bills go down by a few dollars next year, according to county officials. Exceptions include Logan non-residential taxpayers and horse owners, who will see slight increases in their 2016 taxes. Janie Hoffman, deputy assessor, said the small decreases are due to increases […]

Officials meet with senator’s staff


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Transportation to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ facilities was among topics that most interested area residents on Tuesday at Mesalands Community College. Iris Chavez, a representative of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, fielded the questions that mostly focused on access to federal government services. “People think that we are […]

Pet owners opt to microchip pets


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Tucumcari’s Tractor Supply Company was the site of a K-9 invasion Saturday when more than a dozen dogs were microchipped by the Paws and Claws Animal Rescue Group. “Microchipping can aid in a pet’s safe return if lost or stolen,” said Kathi McClelland, rescue group president. McClelland said the […]

County DWI funds sustain additional cut

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Another cut in state funding has officials concerned about the future of the Quay County DWI Compliance program. “We didn’t know the cut was going to be this bad,” said Richard Primrose, Quay County manager. Primrose said the county received its first quarter distribution for the DWI program on […]

Q&A: Candidates sound off

Patsy Gresham—Andrew Angel

      Two candidates are seeking election to a four-year term as the Quay County treasurer. Republican Incumbent Patsy R. Gresham and challenger Andrew M. Angel, a Democrat, ran with no opposition in the primary election. This is the only local contested race on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot. Early and absentee voting […]

No arrests made on two bomb threats

Police are on scene at the post office following a bomb threat.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Operations at the U.S. Post Office and offices in downtown Tucumcari were brought to a halt following two bomb threats within a week. No injuries were reported and no arrests had been made through Monday, officials said. Monday’s threat was resolved quickly as city police, Quay County Sheriff […]