County will intervene in suit against solar project

By Steve Hansen QCS Staff writer Quay County commissioners voted Monday to intervene on behalf of a solar power plant builder in a lawsuit that alleges the builder and its construction contractor are trespassing on an adjacent property owner’s land. McFarland Land and Cattle Co., which owns property next to the plant site, has requested […]

County officials report an increase in gross receipt tax revenue

By Steve Hansen QCS staff writer August’s gross receipts tax collections, the greatest for the month since 2012, may foretell more months of greater-than-normal gross receipts tax collections, according to Quay County Manager Richard Primrose. County Treasurer Patsy Gresham reported that the county received monthly gross receipts tax revenues of $224,193 for August, compared with […]

Locals, visitors enjoy fair time


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Quay County Fair has come and gone for another year with this year’s attendance being estimated as greater than last year’s, according to Jason Lamm, county agriculture agent. Lamm said the fair produced a lot of increased numbers, including an increase in the number of entrants for the […]

County OKs fire districts purchases

By Steve Hansen QCS Staff writer It was a good day for Quay County’s fire departments Monday as the County Commission approved the purchase of a $240,000 water tank truck for one department and application for $295,000 in grant funds for three others. The commission formally submitted its application to purchase a 3,000-gallon water tanker […]

USDA’s rural programs cover more than just agriculture

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Rural development programs offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture are for those who live in the cities as well as for farmers and ranchers, according to USDA spokesman Ernie Watson. “The programs offered by the USDA are for everyone and every entity in rural America,” Watson said, explaining […]

Quay County Fair results updated— Aug. 24


The Following are results for the 2016 Quay County Fair Additional results will be added when they become available. Needle Work Open Division Knitting Afghan 1. Trude Bauler Vest 1. Sheryl Gambardella Socks, Slippers, Hat, Scarf Set or Purse 1. Kathleen Box 2. Trude Bauler Baby Blanket or Afghan 2. Trude Bauler Child’s Scarf/Hat 1. […]

Lodgers notice uptick over summer

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John and Julie O’Shaughnessy of Austin, Texas, pause for a family portrait with their children, Johnny and Jackie, outside their camper Friday, as they leave the Historic Route 66 Motel in Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen Staff writer Tucumcari motel owners and managers agree this summer’s tourist season has been busier than it was this past year or in other recent years. They credit lower gasoline prices for the uptick in traveling. Most noted increased tourist travel.  Many of their guests, they say, were traveling from northern Midwestern homes to vacation […]

Local schools kick off year

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Four members of San Jon High School’s student council help kick off the school year Monday with a skit and announcements.  From left, Sahara Sherwood, secretary; Morgan Becerra, reporter; Brevin Stoner, vice-president; and Marcelina Acosta, president.

By Steve Hansen Staff writer New school years started Monday for Tucumcari and San Jon students. Logan and House schools begin their school years on Monday, Aug. 22 to accommodate the Quay County Fair, which begins today. San Jon Superintendent Colin Taylor began the school year with “more students than I have ever seen here.” […]

Quay County Fair schedule

The 2016 Quay County Fair, complete with exhibits, farm and ranch competitions and carnival rides, opens to the public at 5 p.m. today and continues through Saturday at the Quay County Fairgrounds, Tucumcari. Here is a schedule of events: Today 9 a.m., deadline for 4-H entries to be brought to Fairgrounds. Noon, deadline for all […]

Mesalands shows off allied health program

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Maria Garcia of Tucumcari, a recent graduate of the Mesalands Community College phlebotomy program, demonstrates blood drawing on an artificial arm at an open house Thursday for Mesalands’ Allied Health program.

By Steve Hansen Staff writer Mesalands Community College’s new Allied Health education programs are in good condition, and the college held an open house Thursday to demonstrate their success to the community and potential new students. Visitors watched students and faculty members perform tests and examinations on human-like plastic dummies that could cough, speak, breathe and […]