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Prairie chicken festival set Although the sign-up deadline for the fifth annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival is April 1, early registration is urged because space is limited for the Milnesand event from April 7-9, according to a release from the state’s Department of Game and Fish. Cost is $80, which includes all field trips, […]

Tucumcari burning


By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Another fire burned through Quay County on Saturday, but this one was started on purpose. Tucumcari Fire Chief Mike Cherry said a prescribed burn was ignited by the fire department in the field just east of Tucumcari Memorial Cemetery around 10 a.m. Smoke was still billowing around 2 p.m. “I could […]

Meslands growing in all directions


By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Mesalands Community College is getting bigger, thanks to two recent developments that mean expansion, innovation and economic growth for the community, according to college Public Relations Director John Yearout. First up is a massive grant — $63,000 — that was awarded to Mesalands for its North American Wind Research and Training […]

Invasive plants suck New Mexico dry


By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS It may not be an invasion of leaf-eating beetles or the body snatchers, but conservationists say the influx of salt cedar trees in New Mexico may be equally as dangerous. Perhaps for indigenous plants the body snatcher allusion is not too far off, according to experts from New Mexico State University, […]

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Jamboree time The Floyd Lions Club will be holding auditions for its Jamboree 2006 at 1 p.m. on Jan. 29 at the old gym of the Floyd School, according to a release from the organization. Singers should come with two traditional country or Gospel songs, knowing the words and the key in which they will […]

1/14 Obituaries

Alexander Cherry Jr. Services: Have been held. Alexander Cherry Jr., 67, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006, in Eagle River, Alaska. He was born Nov. 1, 1938, in Pittock, Pa., and was a graduate of Tucumcari High School. He served in the U.S. Army and the New Mexico National Guard from 1961 until 1964. He worked […]

Business day in Santa Fe Jan. 24

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Local business people also get their day in Santa Fe when the Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI) holds its Business Day in Santa Fe on Jan. 24, according to a release from the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce. Business Day will be preceded by a legislative reception on Jan. 23 […]

County commissioners to vie for funds

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS If all goes according to plan, County Manager Terry Turner said Quay could be $600,000 richer to help pay for its top three priorities. Quay County commissioners will get a chance to vie for these funds Monday through Wednesday when they attend the New Mexico Midwinter Conference in Santa Fe. The […]

Beef, ag meetings in town this week


By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS If any Quay County folk ask “Where’s the beef?” they need only look to the Southwest Beef Symposium going on Wednesday and Thursday at the Tucumcari Convention Center. The symposium runs in conjunction with Thursday’s annual Quay County extension service’s annual Agriculture and Home Economics Seminar. Coordinated by New Mexico State […]

Quay officials warn of burning problem


By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Last week saw an East Heman mobile home go up in smoke. Last month, 1,500 acres southeast of Tucumcari were annihilated by a wall of flames. Although the New Mexico State Forestry department has not put any restrictions on fires in the state, local officials said they are concerned about fire […]