Teacher pay issues affect Tucumcari school operations

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The National Education Association New Mexico’s protest of the state’s teacher evaluation system has  made its effects known in the Tucumcari Public School District. Tucumcari Schools Superintendent Aaron McKinney told his school board Monday that a public records request from the teachers’ union seeking teacher evaluation forms is taking […]

San Jon flu clinic planned

QCS Staff The New Mexico Department of Health’s Quay County Public Health Office will be hosting a flu shot clinic from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday at the San Jon Senior Center, 1211 E. Main Ave. There is no charge to receive a vaccination, but persons desiring a vaccination should bring an insurance card, […]

Quay County unemployment rate drops to 5.3 percent

QCS Staff Quay County’s September unemployment rate was 5.3 percent, down a full percentage point from the August number, and nine-tenths of a percentage point lower than the September 2013 jobless rate, according to figures from the New M exico Department of Workforce Solutions. The county’s workforce increased in September, to 3,771, 32 higher than […]

Railroad Days draws more than 800

Visitors both young and old enjoyed watching the model train operated by the ASHOME Model Train Club out of Albuquerque Saturday at the Tucumcari Railroad Days event. Additional photos on page 13.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   The inaugural Tucumcari Rail Road Days attracted over 800 people to the Tucumcari Train Depot last weekend. “I am truly pleased with how the event was received, not just by the tourists who came to the event, but by residents of Tucumcari and Quay County,” said Frank Turner, chairman […]

City Commissioners vote to hire new city manager

City commissioner John Mihm speaks to newly hired city manager Jared Langenegger.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   Tucumcari City commissioners unanimously voted during Thursday night’s meeting to hire Jared Langenegger as the new city manager of Tucumcari. “I appreciated the commissioners’ confidence in me and I will do my best to do what I can for the citizens of Tucumcari,” Langenegger said. Langenegger said he […]

Meetings watch

Quay County Commission: Quay County DWI Compliance Administrator Bryan Rinestine reported to county commissioners they had 10 DWIs during the past quarter — seven first offenses, one second offense, one third offense and one fourth offense. Rinestine, speaking at Monday’s commission meeting, said all 10 were considered aggravated with the lowest blood alcohol level being […]

Former Tucumcari police officer target of state police investigation

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Recently resigned Tucumcari police Officer Dustin “Dusty” Lopez is the target of a state police investigation in a series of arson fires in the city last month, according to court records. Lopez resigned Oct. 2, the day after New Mexico State Police searched his home. Investigators seized Lopez’s cell […]

Event to highlight Tucumcari’s railroad history

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The history of the railroad will come alive with working model train displays as well as visual and static displays Saturday and Sunday during the Tucumcari Railroad Days at the Historic Train Depot in Tucumcari. Railroad Days is a collaborative effort among the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce, Tucumcari […]

Mesalands’ Stampede Days culminates with rodeo

Members of the Mesalands Community College’s rodeo team enjoy Frito pies during Tuesday’s chili cook off at the college. The chili cook off was one of the rodeo’s team events that will be held throughout Stampede Week, where they meet with the public.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Mesalands Community College’s men and women’s rodeo teams are reaching out to the community by participating in events during Stampede week leading up to their fall rodeo this weekend at the Quay County Fair Grounds. “We want the community to come out and meet the rodeo team members […]

Eastern New Mexico State Fair results

QCS Staff Eastern New Mexico State Fair Results for Quay County 4-H The 2014 Eastern New Mexico State Fair was held Sept. 28- Oct. 4 in Roswell, where 18 4-Hers from Quay County competed at the fair this year in the Junior Livestock division and five 4-H members made the Junior Livestock sale. The 4-H […]