Tucumcari District 1 candidates may file until noon, April 21

Persons interested in serving as Tucumcari District 1’s city commissioner may file their candidacy at Tucumcari City Hall until noon on April 21, the Tucumcari City Commission decided Thursday. The commission has scheduled May 8 for interviews of potential candidates and appointing one to the commission. The appointee will fill out the term vacated by […]

Growing up in eastern New Mexico to be discussed at Historical Institute meeting; ticket deadline Friday

Two lifetime eastern New Mexico residents, both living in Tucumcari, will share insights on growing up on the plains at the Tucumcari Historical Research Institute’s annual membership meeting and dinner Monday night, according to an event flyer from the historical group. The main speakers, Craig Currell and Mike Lucero, will talk about their experiences growing […]

Dispatch officials seek new fund source

Central Dispatch’s Supervisor Cindy Brashear answers a phone call while checking the information relayed to her by an officer conducting  a traffic stop.

By Thomas Garcia Senior Writer Local administrators are exploring a new gross receipts tax to pay a portion of the cost of Quay County’s emergency communications system, which includes 911 emergency response. The system provides service for residents of Quay County and portions of San Miguel and Harding counties, as well as travelers on I-40 […]

EDC seeks waste-fuel plan grant

By Steve Hansen Managing Editor The alchemists of old failed in their wizardly efforts to turn lead into gold. Bob Hockaday, a scientist based in Tucumcari, however, thinks he can do better. Hockaday wants to apply the highest technology to the lowliest of organic matter and produce useful fuels, fertilizer and even food. Further, he […]

CYFD seeks high court ruling in Day case

By Steve Hansen Managing Editor The state’s youth agency is appealing a district court decision to determine whether accused murderer Tony Day, 15, would respond to psychological treatment before he is tried for the slayings of his adopted mother and sister. The appeal the New Mexico Supreme Court also asks that all activity on the […]

Fire 7 miles east of Tucumcari destroys workshop building

Volunteer firefighter Kyle Evetts, left, awaits his next task, while Rural District 2 Chief Danny Wallace and firefighter Tommy Morris talk strategy while fighting a fire on Quay Road 62 east of Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Fire destroyed a building that served as a workshop and barn on property belonging to Baker Evans in the 3200 block of Quay Road 62 about seven miles east of Tucumcari Monday, according to Rural District 2 Fire Chief Danny Wallace. The fire sent up columns of black and […]

Decorated local veteran dies


QCS Staff Jose “Tito” Terrazas, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran and a long-time resident of Tucumcari, died March 31 in Albuquerque, according to Terrazas’ son, Joseph Terrazas. Terrazas was buried in a ceremony with full military honors Thursday at the Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery. He was 66 years old, born Feb. 6, 1948, the younger […]

Mesalands settles 2 employee discrimination claims

QCS Staff A former employee and a current employee of Mesalands Community College have received a total of $495,000 in settlement of their employment discrimination charges against the college. The New Mexico Public School Insurance Authority is paying the claims, according to Linda Hemphill, attorney for both claimants. Former employee Jennifer DeBord, who was Administrative […]

Tractor Supply Inc., buys property, sets opening date

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Tractor Supply, Inc., a Nashville, Tenn.-based farm supply and hardware chain, has completed purchase of a site in Tucumcari to build a 19,097 square-foot store, according to the Quay County Clerk’s office. The store is tentatively set to open for business on Sept.16, according to Rob Hoskins, a Tractor […]

Local author, 94, tells of life as a teenage transient

Local author Joseph Lapuzza wrote a book about his life  experiences

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Joseph LaPuzza was sitting with some friends atthe Tucumcari McDonald’s when the Greyhound bus pulled in. Some of the passengers looked pretty scruffy, he said, and his friends speculated about sitting next to one of them. “I wore better clothes when I was riding freight,” LaPuzza, 94, remembers telling […]