County child poverty rate lower than state’s

QCS Staff Quay County’s child poverty rate, at 26 percent, was a little lower than the state’s overall child poverty rate of 28 percent. The state’s rating ranked it as 48th of the 49 states.  Quay County’s rate ranked it at 13th among the state’s 33 counties.  Luna County, where 47 percent of children live […]

Tucumcari man pleads guilty to child sex crimes

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A Tucumcari man pleaded guilty to five  of 13 felony charges related to sexual content of a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and manufacture and possession of child pornography Tuesday in Tenth Judicial District Court. Angel Griego, 21, will undergo  a 90-day evaluation before he is […]

County hires emergency manager to be prepared

Curtis Simpson is Quay County’s new emergency manager. He will help coordinate
emergency preparedness activities for the county and assemble the
county’s emergency and hazard mitigation plans.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor To the Boy Scouts of America it’s “be prepared” and to the U.S. Coast Guard it’s “semper peratus,” which means the same thing, and it’s also the motto of Quay County government’s new emergency manager. Curtis Simpson began his duties Monday as the county’s emergency manager, a job in […]

Fugitive in local drug case faces extradition in Florida

QCS Staff A fugitive who broke out of an ankle monitor then fled to Florida is facing extradition to Tucumcari  to face felony charges related to the manufacture of methamphetamine, according to Quay County Sheriff Russell Shafer. Police located Sara Mack, 33, in Polk County, Florida, Shafer said, and arrangements are being made wth Florida […]

Last day for school board elections nears

QCS Staff The last day to vote early in Quay County school board elections is Friday. The election will be held Tuesday. In addition to school board candidates, voters in Tucumcari will vote on whether to continue general obligations bonds that help fund school buildings, computers and programs for student use and providing matching funds […]

Honor Roll— Tucumcari High School

Tucumcari High School. The following students made 4.0 or higher: Seniors Daniel Ray Blea Laura Evans Taylor Hayes Abigaile Jimenez Gabriel Marquez Kenneth Morris Shayan Patel Leslie Reyes D’Ontee Sandoval Sarah Silva Katrina Smith Mercedes Vega Maribel Villa Juniors Andreas Anaya Mia Baker Ashlee Bradley Josue Grajeda Audriana Lalane Cellisha Martinez Raeonna Milton Chance Romero […]

County youth avoiding many risky behaviors

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Quay County’s high school students seem to be catching on that many unhealthy, unsafe actvities aren’t good for them, according to results of the New Mexico Youth Risk and Resliencey Survey conducted in 2013. The findings were presented to a small group of county school and community health officials […]

State Supreme Court upholds Mitchell’s appointment

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The New Mexico Supreme Court Friday upheld Gov. Susana Martinez’s re-appointment of Judge Albert Mitchell to preside over the courtrooms of the Tenth Judicial District. The decision was unanimous among the panel of five supreme court justices and court of appeals judges who heard the case, the supreme court […]

Roch, Woods address issues to county leaders

Colin Taylor (left), superintendent of San Jon schools, and Aaron
McKinney, superintendent of Tucumcari schools, discuss education
issues with state Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview, at a breakfast
meeting with Woods and state Rep. Dennis Roch sponsored
by the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Business climate, jobs and education were the main themes of remarks by state Rep. Dennis Roch,  R-Logan, and state Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview, at a breakfast session Wednesday that drew local school and government officials and community leaders from throughout Quay County. The legislators appeared at the meeting sponsored […]

Manuel Preciado facing new felony child abuse charges

Manuel Preciado

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A former Tucumcari foster parent already facing five felony charges related to sexual contact with a minor has been charged with nine more felony counts of sexual penetration and contact of a minor, state police and Quay County Magistrate Court records show. Manuel Preciado, 64, of Tucumcari, is now […]