Local women face trafficking charges

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A federal grand jury in Wichita, Kan., has indicted two Tucumcari women, accusing them of planning to distribute methamphetamine Annabell Romero, 37, and Pamela Y. Meier, 43, both of Tucumcari, were each charged with felony possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and traveling in interstate commerce to conduct drug […]

Bidegain asks county commissioners to annex land

QCS Staff Phil Bidegain, whose family owns and operates the T-4 Ranch, is asking Quay County to annex all but 70,000 acres of the 180,000-acre ranch. The 110,000 acres Bidegain wants annexed are in San Miguel County, Bidegain said. Bidegain said this requires him to drive 100 miles to Las Vegas to conduct ranch business […]

County property tax decreases

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The value of Quay County properties assessed for taxes has decreased by a net amount of about $14.6 million for the current tax year, compared with last tax year’s values, according to Janie Hoffman, county assessor. The net taxable valuation for Quay County for tax year 2013 was a […]

Legislators visit Arch Hurley Conservancy board


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Local state lawmakers are calling Senate Bill 112 one of the most important pieces of legislation passed by the Legislature. The bill will help finance watershed restoration and management projects on the Canadian River in Quay County and Ute Creek watershed restoration and management projects in Harding County. Rep. […]

State tournament scoreboard

Girls Class 5A Clovis vs. Carlsbad, 8:15 tonight Volcano Vista 62, Hobbs 60 Mayfield vs. Eldorado, 1:15 p.m. today La Cueva vs. Cibola, 4:45 p.m. today   Class 3A Shiprock vs. Robertson, 6:30 tonight West Las Vegas vs. Hope Christian, 3 p.m. today Portales 49, Sandia Prep 42 Lovington 48, St. Michael’s 32   Class […]

In Tucumcari, 2 new faces; San Jon keeps mayor (with correction and addition Wednesday morning)

Please note:  San Jon’s Therese Schleizer vote count corrected to 29.  Sentence added to Nitin Bhakta’s quote. By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Tucumcari voters elected two new commissioners, replaced a commissioner and kept a third, and retained the city’s municipal judge by a margin of more than 4 to 1 over his closest challenger, unofficial […]

Tucumcari MainStreet director set to retire

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Mark Lake announced Friday that he is retiring May 1 as director of Tucumcari MainStreet, a job he has held since December 2008. With Lake at the helm, Tucumcari MainStreet has renovated the city’s historic Train Depot to be a focal point for further development of downtown. The $2-million […]

MainStreet director tours Tucumcari

Rich Williams (left), director of MainStreet programs for the New Mexico Department of Economic Development, discusses work plans with Eduardo Martinez, who helps MainStreet organizations with organizational matters, and Mark Lake, director of Tucumcari Main Street.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Economic development, like charity, begins at home. It’s up to the residents of rural towns and cities in New Mexico to support local businesses and boost local economies, according to Rich Williams, director of New Mexico’s MainStreet programs for the state’s Department of Economic Development. Williams oversees the spending […]

Mesalands’ 16th annual Iron Pour begins on Sunday

QCS Photo: Jerrene Bradley
Meslands 16th annual Iron Pour draws in participants from all across the country.

QCS Staff Mesalands Community College’s 16th Annual Iron Pour starts Sunday with approximately 40 students and artists from across the nation participating. “This Iron Pour has welded together a community both from our local citizens and from our students who come year after year because they feel a part of Mesalands, the iron pour experience, […]

City manager’s contract extended by commissioners

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Tucumcari City Manager Doug Powers’ contract, set to expire on April 23, was extended another 90 days Thursday on a 3-to-1 vote by City Commissioners. After that, Powers said he is likely to retire. Powers said the extension enables Powers to help smooth the transition for new commissioners who […]