City approves funds for airport improvements

By Steve Hansen Correspondent Tucumcari’s airport received a little more than $500,000 in attention from the City Commission on Thursday that will renovate a parking lot, install a generator and, if another grant comes through, take care of some regular maintenance. The money for the improvements comes mostly from the Federal Aviation Commission and New […]

Jail Log—Aug. 24

The following individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center Aug. 8 – 19. • Burk Benally, 40, possession of drug paraphernalia • Jonathan King, 36, reckless driving • Daniel Martinez, 18, warrant • Shelly Reuland, 29, warrant • David Abeyta, 51, warrant • Richard Amparano, 35, parole violation • Donald Bruhn, 44, warrant […]

Calendar— Aug. 24

Thursday Housing Authority Board: 5 p.m., City Hall City Commission: 6 p.m., City Hall Aug. 31 New Mexico State Park Series Marathon: Ute Lake State Park Sept. 3 Labor Day Activities: 9 a.m. – 3 pm., Tucumcari Historical Museum Banks, U.S. Post Offices, City, County, Village and State offices will be closed Sept. 5 in […]

County will intervene in suit against solar project

By Steve Hansen QCS Staff writer Quay County commissioners voted Monday to intervene on behalf of a solar power plant builder in a lawsuit that alleges the builder and its construction contractor are trespassing on an adjacent property owner’s land. McFarland Land and Cattle Co., which owns property next to the plant site, has requested […]

County officials report an increase in gross receipt tax revenue

By Steve Hansen QCS staff writer August’s gross receipts tax collections, the greatest for the month since 2012, may foretell more months of greater-than-normal gross receipts tax collections, according to Quay County Manager Richard Primrose. County Treasurer Patsy Gresham reported that the county received monthly gross receipts tax revenues of $224,193 for August, compared with […]

Locals, visitors enjoy fair time


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Quay County Fair has come and gone for another year with this year’s attendance being estimated as greater than last year’s, according to Jason Lamm, county agriculture agent. Lamm said the fair produced a lot of increased numbers, including an increase in the number of entrants for the […]

County OKs fire districts purchases

By Steve Hansen QCS Staff writer It was a good day for Quay County’s fire departments Monday as the County Commission approved the purchase of a $240,000 water tank truck for one department and application for $295,000 in grant funds for three others. The commission formally submitted its application to purchase a 3,000-gallon water tanker […]

USDA’s rural programs cover more than just agriculture

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Rural development programs offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture are for those who live in the cities as well as for farmers and ranchers, according to USDA spokesman Ernie Watson. “The programs offered by the USDA are for everyone and every entity in rural America,” Watson said, explaining […]

Quay County Fair results updated— Aug. 24


The Following are results for the 2016 Quay County Fair Additional results will be added when they become available. Needle Work Open Division Knitting Afghan 1. Trude Bauler Vest 1. Sheryl Gambardella Socks, Slippers, Hat, Scarf Set or Purse 1. Kathleen Box 2. Trude Bauler Baby Blanket or Afghan 2. Trude Bauler Child’s Scarf/Hat 1. […]

Lodgers notice uptick over summer

QCS photo: Steve Hansen
John and Julie O’Shaughnessy of Austin, Texas, pause for a family portrait with their children, Johnny and Jackie, outside their camper Friday, as they leave the Historic Route 66 Motel in Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen Staff writer Tucumcari motel owners and managers agree this summer’s tourist season has been busier than it was this past year or in other recent years. They credit lower gasoline prices for the uptick in traveling. Most noted increased tourist travel.  Many of their guests, they say, were traveling from northern Midwestern homes to vacation […]