Quay County not a part of state’s violent crime trend

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Tucumcari and Quay County are contributing less than their share to recent rankings that place New Mexico second in the nation in violent crime. “I don’t think we are a violent city, we do have our share of those type of crimes but its not a prevalent problem for […]

New businesses to get LEDA aid

QCS Staff The Tucumcari City Commission Thursday gave preliminary approval to providing assistance for two new businesses with plans to start or expand in Tucumcari. The assistance comes from the Local Economic Development Act (LEDA), which operates through a city ordinance in accordance with a state statute. The commmission still must hold a public hearing […]

City officials considering new options for Sands Dorsey

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Tucumcari’s city staff has gone back to the drawing board to fund disposal of the Sands Dorsey building’s ruins in downtown Tucumcari. The building’s ruins have sat in their current condition since fires in 2007 and 2012 reduced the building to brick piles and open walls. One of the […]

Funds for aviation fuel line approved

QCS Staff The Tucumcari City Commission approved a $200,000 expenditure to make improvements to aviation fuel lines from tanks to dispensing equipment at Tucumcari Municipal Airport. About $180,000 of the fuel line improvements will be financed through the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s aviation division, with the rest coming from city funds, according to Ralph […]

City commission approves higher price for compactor

QCS Staff The Tucumcari City Commission approved the purchase of a trash compactor to reduce the volume of garbage deposited into the city’s landfill, even though the best price for such a device was about $200,000 more than originally authorized. The commission gave City Manager Jared Langenegger and city staff the option of whether to […]

Returning commissioner McCasland named as chair

QCS Staff At his first meeting Monday as a returning Quay County commissioner, Franklin McCasland, commissioner for District 3, was elected the commission’s chair as the first order of business. Brad Bryant, the commissioner he replaced, had also chaired the commission.  Bryant chose not to run for a second term.  McCasland won the Republican Primary […]

Q&A: Ingle discusses state, regional issues for 60-day session

Stuart Ingle

Editor’s Note: New Mexico Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, has served in the  Legislature for 30 years and is the state Senate minority leader. His Senate District 27 has expanded over the years and now represents portions of Curry, Roosevelt, Chaves, De Baca and Lea counties in eastern New Mexico. As the Legislature prepares to convene […]

Absentee voting begins Friday for school board elections

Absentee ballots for the Tucumcari, Logan, House and San Jon school board elections are available starting Friday at the Quay County Courthouse, 300 S. Third St. Tucumcari. Candidates in the election include: Tucumcari District 1, Carlos Romero District 4, Heather Ferguson Gonzales District 5, Todd Smith, Evelyn C. Hayes, and Judy F. Martinez, Logan Position […]

Garnett swears in new Quay County officials

Quay County Assessor Vic Baum, left, Commissioner Franklin McCasland,
Probate Judge Nelda Burson and Sheriff Russell Shafer were sworn into office
on Friday by Judge Joel Garnett, third from left, at the Quay County Courthouse
in Tucumcari.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer In a ceremony Friday, Quay County Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett swore in four newly elected county officials, including District 3 Commissioner Franklin McCasland, County Assessor Vic Baum and County Probate Judge Nelda Burson. In the ceremony, held at the Quay County  Courthouse in Tucumcari, Quay County Sheriff Russell Shafer, […]

Sheriff Shafer starts duties 4 days ahead of time

From left, the Quay County Sheriff’s Office staff, deputies, Chief Deputy Dennis
Garcia and Sheriff Russell Shafer are sworn in to office Friday by Quay County
Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett at the Quay County Courthouse.

QCS Staff Quay County Sheriff Russell Shafer chose to take his oath of office four days before other new Quay County elected officials officially began their duties. Quay County Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett swore Shafer and Chief Deputy Dennis Garcia in on Dec. 29. “I wanted to get an early start to work,” Shafer said. […]