Motorcycle riders deliver food, toys to Ministry of Hope

Santa Claus (Larry McClure) places a sack of donated
clothing into a shopping cart Saturday at the
Ministry of Hope. Don Daniels (left) carries another
sack that was collected by the American Legion
Riders Chapter 15 and the Eagles 3526 Riders and donated to the MOH.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The American Legion Riders Chapter 15 and the Eagles 3526 Riders made their fifth annual food and toy run on Saturday delivering 716 pounds of food and 178 pounds of clothing to the Ministry of Hope In Tucumcari. “Without the help of organizations like the Legion and Eagles riders, […]

Mesalands students present research in North Carolina

Courtesy Photo:
Mesalands Students Sanda Garrett, Nikki Vazquez and
Stephen Smith presented their research at the Fall 2014 Colloquium in North Carolina.

Special to QCS Three students from Mesalands Community College recently presented at the Community College Undergraduate Initiative Fall 2014 Colloquium at Gaston College in Charlotte, North Carolina. This event was  co-hosted with Bio-Link and funded by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program that focuses on improving the education of technicians, who work in […]

Norovirus ‘stomach flu’ virus spreading in southeast NM

QCS Staff Norovirus, commonly called “stomach flu,” has been increasing in New Mexico, according to the state department of health. The department recommends that everyone take precautions, especially around the very young, elderly and those with weakened immuned systems, who are at risk for more serious illness due to norovirus infection. The Department does not […]

Two Quay school board races Feb. 3 to be contested

QCS Staff Two positions in Quay County’s Feb. 3 school board elections will be contested, and one position has no candidates at all, according to documents filed Tuesday, filing day, in the Quay County Clerk’s office. The Fifth District school board race in Tucumcari will have three participants, including Todd Smith, Evelyn C. Hayes and […]

Former officer pleads not guilty to arson charges

QCS Staff Dustin “Dusty” Lopez, a former Tucumcari police officer facing felony arson charges, entered a not-guilty plea to the charges on Monday before  District Judge Albert Mitchell in Tucumcari. Co-defendant Robert Sandoval of Tucumcari also entered a not-guilty plea, Mitchell said. Mitchell said both defendants were ordered to continue to wear GPS ankle bracelets, […]

Scam targeting residents and businesses in Tucumcari

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Tucumcari residents and business owners are being targeted in a telephone scam involving persons who are impersonating the City of Tucumcari Water Department, according to City Manager Jared Langenegger and Tucumcari Police Chief Jason Braziel. Langenegger said businesses and residents had complained that persons claiming to be with the […]

Rigdon out as Tucumcari fire chief

QCS Staff Larry Rigdon’s job as Tucumcari’s fire chief ended Wednesday, Tucumcari City Manager Jared Langenegger confirmed on Thursday. Langenegger said Rigdon is no longer employed by the city, but declined to say whether Rigdon resigned or was fired. “It was a personnel action,” he said. Scot Jaynes, assistant fire chief and manager of the […]

Schutte, Mitchell presented to Gov. Martinez as judge options

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Donald Schutte, a Tucumcari attorney and former district judge, and Tenth District Court Judge Albert Mitchell on Thursday received recommendations as potential appointees for the district’s sole judge position. The position will be vacant as of Dec. 31 because Mitchell failed to receive enough votes to be retained […]

Land commissioner recount set for Thursday

Staff report The statewide recount in the New Mexico land commissioner race will begin at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Veronica Mares, Quay County clerk. In Quay County, the recount will be conducted in the county commission’s meeting room in the Quay County Courthouse, Mares said. TThe recount had been delayed twice as issues involving […]

Area schools fight bullying with programs, discipline

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Schools in Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties are combating bullying in compliance with state law and are seeing positive results. The state Public Education Department requires every local school district and state chartered school to implement bullying prevention programs, according to the education department’s website. The website defines “bullying” […]