Semi-arid cropping specialist joins Ag center staff

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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 […]

Volunteers fill food sacks for kids

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Ruth Ann Litchfield, Tucumcari’s mayor pro tem; city commissioner Amy Gutierrez and Jared Langenegger, coordinator of Blessings in a Backpack for Tucumcari, load sacks full of good food Wednesday that can help kids who may not otherwise have nutritious food on weekends.

QCS Staff Community leaders joined volunteers of all ages, including high school and junior high students Wednesday evening to fill cloth bags with food for elementary school children for the Blessings in a Backpack program. Jared Langenegger, who organized the volunteer effort said that Wednesday’s efforts filled 170 bags with nutritious foods that included instant […]

Tucumcari subs to get higher pay

QCS Staff Substitute teachers in  Tucumcari public schools got a pay raise as a result of a school board vote Friday. The raise gives long-term substitutes who are writing lesson plans $100 a day. Certified substitutes now receive $75 per day and non-certified substitute teachers receive $70 per day. Substitutes for tutoring, summer and homebound […]

Nara Visa Cowboy Gathering honors Western heritage

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Randy Mackey sings one of his original songs with help from “Rodeo Kate” Howell-Chapman, who shared the stage with several performers Saturday at the Cowboy Gathering in Nara Visa.

QCS Staff Nara Visa hosted another easy-going roundup of cowboy singers and poets Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the annual Cowboy Gathering. A total of 77 persons, not including the 27 performing acts, attended the concerts and 120 persons lined up for the annual chuck wagon steak dinner prepared again this year by Rhett Cauble […]

County conducting voter registration drive for Nov

QCS Staff A voter registration drive is being conducted by the Quay County Clerk’s Office and will continue through Oct. 7, the day registration books close for the Nov. 4 general election. The drive is being conducted to register persons who are not currently registered and to encourage existing voters to ensure their voter registration […]

Gross receipts tax balloting set for Tuesday

Quay County voters will go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether the county should impose a 0.25 percent gross receipts tax to fund operations of the emergency dispatch system that serves Quay County, as well as areas in surrounding counties Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Here is where the […]

Flash flood warning for east central Quay County, I-40 in effect til 6:15 p.m.

A flash flood warning is in effect until 6:15 p.m. east central Quay County, especially along I-40 between Bard and Glenrio, the National Weather Service said. The weather service noted very heavy rain from a thunderstorm near Glenrio at about 4:10 p.m. today. The storm was moving very slowly eastward, and may affect travelers on […]

Tractor Supply opens 8 a.m. Saturday

Tucumcari’s Tractor Supply opens for business at 8 a.m. Saturday, store manager Darin Corley said. The store’s grand opening will be Sept. 27, he said. The store is located on  Historic Route 66 Boulevard just west of South Date Street.

Tax proposal gets business opposition

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Representatives of small businesses Thursday protested the  0.125 percent gross receipts tax increase to fund the area’s emergency communications system that county voters will decide upon in Tuesday’s special election. The small business representatives registered their objections  before the Tucumcari City Commission during public comments at the commission’s regular […]

USDA workshop addresses housing

Ken Hughes of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department provides information to residents of Quay County on how to make a home more energy efficient.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A housing workshop sponsored by U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Housing Task Force drew 77 area residents to the Tucumcari Convention Center Tuesday to learn about assistance with major home repairs, energy efficiency, and credit matters related to home buying. Ernie Watson, a rural development specialist, said Tucumcari’s […]