Mitchell, Schutte apply for Tenth District bench

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The judge who failed to be retained in the Nov. 4 general election and the former judge he defeated in a 2008 election are the only candidates for the Tenth Judicial District’s only judicial position. The position became available when the current judge, Albert Mitchell, failed to receive enough […]

Caprock Wind Farm owner plans solar plant

Infigen, an Australian company, plans to install solar power generation  plant next to its  Caprock Wind Farm near San Jon.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The owner of San Jon’s Caprock Wind Farm plans to add some solar generating units to the wind energy complex, starting some time in 2016. A representative of Infigen, the Australian company that owns the Caprock Wind Farm, and a bond attorney, on Monday requested authorization from the Quay […]

Counties, including Quay, participate in state recount

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Curry, Roosevelt and Quay county officials will participate in a state recount of votes in the race for public lands commissioner. The recount begins on Monday. A preliminary canvass of votes for the Nov. 4 general election showed candidates Ray Powell and Aubrey Dunn were separated by 14 hundredths […]

Bookmobiles bring reading matter to rural New Mexico

By Lillian Bowe QCS Staff Writer For 58 years, the bookmobile program has been serving rural communities in New Mexico by bringing books and other resources to areas where they are generally not available. The New Mexico the New Mexico State Library Rural Bookmobile East is one of three New Mexico has three bookmobiles that […]

Tucumcari firefighters extinguish two blazes in city

Tucumcari Volunteer Firefighters work Monday night to extinguish a fire that destroyed a shed behind a vacant house on the 600 block of South Eighth Street, Tucumcari.

QCS Staff Tucumcari Fire Department firefighters extinguished two fires on Friday and Monday evenings in different parts of the city. A fire of suspicious origin struck a shed behind an abandoned home Monday evening in the 600 block of South Eighth Street. Only the shed was damaged, Tucumcari Assistant Fire Chief Scot Jaynes said. Firefighters […]

Sen. Woods expects easier time for conservative bills

Sen. Pat Woods

State Sen. Pat Woods has spent most of his life working his family’s 100-plus year old dryland farm in Broadview, the same land his great great grandfather homesteaded in 1908. Woods has served as the District 7 senator for the past two years. The district includes Curry, Quay and Union counties. With the Jan. 20 […]

Sierra Club asks court to reconsider hearing site ruling

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor After a district court judge denied the state’s Sierra Club chapter a writ requiring that hearings on dairy rules be held in Santa Fe rather than Roswell, the Sierra Club now has asked the court to reconsider its denial. On Sept. 25, First Judicial District Judge Jennifer Attrip denied […]

Tucumcari commission approves Ute study allocation

Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The Tucumcari City Commission has authorized spending $18,000 to cover the city’s share of a study to determine whether Ute Lake can sustain an annual loss of more than 16,000 acre feet to the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Utility Authority’s Ute Lake Project. Independent study of Ute Lake’s long-term […]

Foster parent facing child molestation charges

Manuel Preciado

QCS Staff A Tucumcari foster parent is facing five felony charges, accused of inappropriately touching a 16-year-old male, according to a state police press release. State police arrested Manuel Preciado 64, of Tucumcari, on Monday.  Preciado was a treatment foster parent employed by Turquoise Health and Wellness in Tucumcari. Preciado has been charged with kidnapping, […]

Medicaid more popular than insurance exchange

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The federal Affordable Care Act’s first-year enrollment figures for New Mexico show the Medicaid supplement plans have proven more popular than the state’s health care insurance exchange. In Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties, the Medicaid expansion program, Centennial Care, has signed up about 5,000 users; the New Mexico Health […]