Vigil to face pre-trial hearing Oct. 30

QCS Staff Isaac Vigil, a state police officer accused of assaulting a household member, will face  a pretrial hearing in October and docket proceeding in November in preparation for a December jury trial, Quay County Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett decided on Thursday. The hearing has been scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Oct. 30, court records show. […]

Conchas man killed in accident

QCS Staff A Conchas Dam man was killed in a one-car rollover accident Friday afternoon, according to state police. The victim was David Burton, 59.  Burton was pronounced dead at the scene. Robben Johnson, 59, Albuquerque, the driver of the vehicle was charged with vehicular homicide, state police said. The accident occurred at about 1:22 […]

Bailey Smith wins state grand champion steer prize

Bailey Rhea Smith of Logan presented the Grand Champion steer at the New Mexico State Fair after winning grand champion honors at the Quay County Fair in August. Her steer had already been named the champion cross-breed when the judge selected it on Wednesday September 17th to be the Grand Champion among 80 steers that […]

County Commission re-allocates capital outlay money

QCS Staff The Quay County Commission voted Monday to reauthorize capital outlay spending of $100,000 from installing new new windows at the Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital to county software improvements, making the allocation for software $170,000. Both the windows and software improvements were at the top of the list for the county’s capital outlay […]

City approves YCC funds

QCS Staff At a special meeting Sept. 16, the Tucumcari City Commission authorized allocations totaling $65,500 in grant and tax fund and “in-kind” contributions of labor and resources, to fund the 2015 Youth Conservation Corps program for 2015. Mark Martinez, a city community development project manager, said the high school students and young adults hired […]

Mesalands urges voters to approve GO bond measure

Special to QCS Voters will decide on Nov. 4 on a statewide general obligation bond measure that could raise $650,000  Mesalands Community College. The statewide bond measure, General Obligation (GO) Bond C, would not raise taxes, according to a news release from the college. Mesalands plans to use its funds from the bond measure to […]

County health council to apply for anti-obesity grant

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The Quay County Health Council has decided to apply for grants designed to help the county begin a fight against obesity. The council decided to apply for a Healthy People, Healthy Places grant from the Con Alma Health Foundation, a New Mexico health advocacy group, that could help establish […]

Quay home visitation program notes successful first year

QCS Staff Quay County’s home visitation program, a response to findings that the county came in last among New Mexico counties in child welfare measures, has completed a successful first year of operation, according to the center’s director Lola McVey. The center held an open house on Sept. 16 at its new location, 615  S. […]

TES kids win music prize

QCS Staff The Orff ensemble, a group of Tucumcari Elementary School music students, won second place in state competition among elementary school music groups, Andrew Kesten, the school’s music teacher, said. Kesten said he and the the The Orff Ensemble, which plays percussion instruments like xylophones,  submitted a video to the New Mexico Music Educators’ […]

Semi-arid cropping specialist joins Ag center staff

QCS Photo: Steve Hansen
Murali Darapurneni joined the staff of the New Mexico State University Agricultural Experiment Station, Tucumcari, two months ago.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Murali Darapurneni thinks eastern New Mexico farmers should think globally as they farm locally in near-desert conditions and unpredictable rain and snow patterns. His thinking recalls advice one hears in corporate circles to think globally but act locally. For two months, Darapurneni has been on the staff of the […]