Rally judged a success


QCS Staff The second annual Mother Road Rally ended Sunday with officials declaring it a success. “From what I could see it looked like there was an increase from last year,” said organizer Jim Hudson, who did not have an official tally. Attendance at the 2004 rally was estimated at 500 to 1,200. Photographer James […]

Veterans’ services reopens

The New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services has reopened its Tucumcari office after a two-month hiatus. The office is located at 706 S. First St. and is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Call Albert Trujillo at 461-1506 for information.

Four-day school week draws support

By William Thompson A majority of teachers and parents at a public forum on Tuesday were in favor of a four-day week for the Tucumcari public schools. “What we have found (in research) is that with a four-day week, teacher absenteeism is improved 50 percent and student absenteeism is improved 20 percent,” said Rex Maddaford, […]

Seniors find companionship through program


By William Thompson Tucumcari resident Marina Valverde, 88, gets a visit from Dora Anaya, 66, two hours a day, five days a week. Anaya enrolled in Quay County’s Senior Companions program four years ago. Valverde was her first client. “Dora is like a relative to me now,” said Valverde. “We crochet together, we sing old […]

Public forum on Tuesday

Tucumcari schools will host a public forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the adminstration building at 2400 S. Eighth St. The purpose of the forum is to provide information on a four-day school week. A question-and-answer session will be held and members of the community are encouraged to express their opinions, school officials said. Bertha […]

Mesalands to train truck drivers


By William Thompson Mesalands Community College has entered into an agreement to train all truck driver trainees for Interstate Distributor Company, a national trucking firm with a terminal in Tucumcari. John Yearout, Mesalands’ director of public relations, said the first class consisting of Interstate trainees should begin this fall. The trainees will come from all […]

Second-hand store survives on Route 66


By William Thompson It’s called Uncle Sam’s Wild West Trading Post, and it owes it’s “wildness” to owner Steven Benavidez. Benavidez has operated the second-hand store seven days a week at the corner of South Seventh Street and West Route 66 Boulevard for the past four months. He said he’s trying to create more than […]

County may opt out of Ute Water Project

By Tony Parra PORTALES — The Ute Water pipeline project is in danger of losing another partner. Quay County Manager Terry Turner on Wednesday said the county more than likely will opt out of the project. Turner said county commissioners have been discussing the exit of the project. “Quay County has seen a decline in […]

San Jon residents gather at future town hall site

QCS Staff San Jon officials gathered at the site of their planned 2,000-square-foot village hall Tuesday evening for the official groundbreaking. Village officials had about $230,000 in grant money assembled in August to pay for the hall’s construction. The state Legislature provided $140,000 and $80,000 came from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s community facilities program, […]

Conchas Dam added to national registry

By William Thompson It’s official: Conchas Dam is a historic place. The dam was entered into the National Registry of Historic Places on May 22, according to a letter received by Gary Cordova, the dam’s U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project manager. “Being part of the national registry will preserve the heritage of Conchas Dam […]