Health officials recommend flu vaccine

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A regional medical director and the federal Centers for Disease Control recommend getting the flu vaccination and staying home if ill with the flu to prevent the spread of the virus during the current influenza season. While some of the viruses spreading this season are not prevented by the […]

Caution encouraged on area roads

New Mexico State Police are reporting difficult and severe driving conditions across the state, including eastern New Mexico. Here is a list of roads on which black ice, ice, fog and snow are hampering roads, as reported by NMSP: Severe driving conditions (Travel is discouraged) • US 285 to Vaughn south to Roswell • US […]

Quay County roads in “fair” condition; snow to taper off Tuesday night

Road and weather update, Dec. 30, 3 p.m.: According to the New Mexico Department of Transportation, the following roadways feature “fair” driving conditions: Interstate 40 from Newkirk to Tucumcari: Snow is causing low visibility.  Watch for snow plows in the area.  Please drive with caution, reduce speed and obey all posted traffic signs. New Mexico […]

Roads and weather: Area roads difficult to drive; winter weather advisory on til 11 p.m.

Road and weather update, noon, Dec. 26: The New Mexico Department of Transportation urges caution on these roadways: Interstate 40 from Albuquerque to the Texas state line: Difficult driving conditions roads are wet, snow packed and icy in spots. Visibility is limited due to moderate snow. Watch for snow plows in the area.  Please drive […]

Pastor ‘walking his talk’ all across the nation

The Rev. Walter “Chick” McGill walks along
old Route 66 just west of San Jon Friday as
he makes his way on foot from Kill Devil
Hills, North Carolina, to Santa Monica,

QCS Staff A 68-year old Vietnam veteran from North Carolina is trying to be the first to carry the American Flag from ‘sea to shining sea,’ while attempting to start a grass roots movement of community involvement by the people. “My goal is to inspire people to get out and be actively involved with their […]

Two businesses get preliminary approval for plans

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The Tucumcari City Commission Thursday gave preliminary approval to providing assistance for two new businesses with plans to start or expand in Tucumcari. The assistance comes from the Local Economic Development Act (LEDA), which operates through a city ordinance in accordance with a state statute. The commmission still must […]

Solar generating plant receives final approval

QCS Staff The Quay County Commission Monday gave final approval to industrial revenue bonds that will give a tax break to a company that plans to build a solar power generating plant next to the wind farm near San Jon. The commission approved a first reading of the ordinance authorizing the revenue bonds at its […]

Bidegain and others seek to add their land to Quay County

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor T-4 ranch owner Phil Bidegain has renewed his quest to have 110,000 acres of the T-4 spread transferred to Quay County jurisdiction from San Miguel County, and this time he has company. The owners of two other properties have joined Bidegain in an effort to have their San Miguel […]

Crimestoppers may buy dog for Tucumcari Police Department

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Crimestoppers organization is considering purchasing and leasing to the Tucumcari Police Department a police dog  capable of narcotics detection and helping with searches for fleeing suspects and missing persons. The K-9 program, using police dogs, has been very successful for the Tucumcari Police Department, Tucumcari Police Chief […]

Q&A: EPCOG providing more services to communities


Sandy Chancey is executive director of Eastern Plains Council of Governments. We asked her about changes in the association of county and municipal governments that includes public entities in Curry,De Baca, Quay and Roosevelt counties. Question: How has EPCOG’s role changed over the past two or three years? Chancey: EPCOG’s role has changed considerably. There […]