Local rancher hosts seminar on holistic ranching success

Tom Sidwell talks about some of the sustainable practices he uses at his JX Ranch in Quay Valley.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Quay Valley rancher Tom Sidwell has acquired a reputation as a successful user of agricultural practices that are considered sustainable and holistic, and on Saturday, he hosted a group of 50 like-minded farmers and ranchers from as far away as Oklahoma and Colorado to show them how he does […]

NMSU president speaks at field day

Garrey Carruthers, NMSU’s president, addresses participants Thursday at the NMSU  Agriculture Experiment Station’s field day.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Rain turned Thursday’s field day at the New Mexico State University Agricultural Experiment Station in Tucumcari into an indoor gathering of community and academic leaders, local ranchers and family members. The event’s customary hayride tour of the facility, with short lectures about advances in agricultural science at stops along […]

Rainfall brings benefits

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Area lakes continue to benefit from increased summer rainfall, which has raised some water levels to their highest point in a decade. Conchas Lake is at 4,180 feet above sea level, which is four feet higher than the 4,176-foot elevation recorded on July 26, said Michael Vollmer, natural resource […]

County changes word in tax proposal

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Four letters could have cost Quay County $300,000 in potential revenue from a gross receipts tax the county has proposed to finance most of an independent emergency communications dispatching system. The county commission held an emergency meeting Monday morning to set aside the measure that would have imposed a […]

80’s-themed reunion draws 500

“Reunited and it feels so good...” These classmates of the Class of 1984 share a laugh Friday night during the Rattler Reunion at the Tucumcari Convention Center.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Over 500 Rattler alumni descended upon Tucumcari for the annual Rattler Reunion Thursday through Saturday hosted  by the class of 1984. “There were 400 that registered for all of the reunion events, but we had at least 150 more register for individual events,” said Pamela Clark, president, Tucumcari Alumni Association. […]

Quay County fair to feature new events and rides

QCS Staff Several new Saturday activities are lined up this year for the Quay County Fair, according to Quay County Extension Agent Brenda Bishop. The fair opens to the public at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, and will feature four days of events, competition, exhibits and carnival rides. New on Saturday will be a ranch […]

Quay County Fair schedule

QCS Staff WEDNESAY, AUGUST 13, entries in all departments  8 a.m. to noon, home arts entries Noon, Home Arts Building closed for judging 3 p.m., Sheep and Goat Showmanship Clinic (Show Arena) 5 p.m., FAIR OPENS – Exhibit Building Open 5 p.m., Shepherd’s Lead Contest (Show Arena) Followed by Swine Show   THURSDAY, AUGUST 14  […]

Senior health and fitness class set

QCS Staff The Quay County Extension Service and Mesalands Community College will be offering the Strong Seniors Stay Young Program, an exercise program for middle-aged and older men and women in Tucumcari starting August 19, 2014.  Classes will continue until December 4, 2014. The classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on […]

Results from the annual 4-H state rodeo in Tucumcari

Grady Loveland hits the dirt, ending his bull ride at the state 4-H Horse Show rodeo.

  QCS Staff 2014 Quay County 4-H Rodeo Results   Quay County 4-H hosts annual rodeo events on July 25-26, 2014.  Results for each night are as follows.     JULY 25TH RESULTS SENIOR CALF ROPING 1. Christian Hopkins             Sierra 2. Regan Chavez, Sierra   JUNIOR CALF ROPING 1. […]

State’s grades for County schools released

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer All Quay County schools but one received passing grades in the state’s 2014 school grading results released Thursday by the New Mexico Public Education Department. San Jon Elementary School received an F in the state grading system, the only school to receive a failing grade. Fewer than half of […]