Committee seeks to remove Mitchell from district bench

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A group calling itself the Committee for Law and Order has begun a campaign to remove Tenth Judicial District Court Judge Albert Mitchell from the bench. Mitchell faces a retention vote in the Nov. 4 general election, since he has served six years, according to state election laws.  To […]

Tucumcari school enrollment expected to drop in 2015

QCS Staff Enrollment in the Tucumcari Public School District is expected to decrease by 14 students in 2015-2016, according to a “membership projection” report presented to the Tucumcari Public School Board Monday.  The report also goes to the state public education department. Total projected enrollment in 2015-16 is expected to be 971, the report said.  […]

Teacher pay issues affect Tucumcari school operations

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The National Education Association New Mexico’s protest of the state’s teacher evaluation system has  made its effects known in the Tucumcari Public School District. Tucumcari Schools Superintendent Aaron McKinney told his school board Monday that a public records request from the teachers’ union seeking teacher evaluation forms is taking […]

San Jon flu clinic planned

QCS Staff The New Mexico Department of Health’s Quay County Public Health Office will be hosting a flu shot clinic from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday at the San Jon Senior Center, 1211 E. Main Ave. There is no charge to receive a vaccination, but persons desiring a vaccination should bring an insurance card, […]

Quay County unemployment rate drops to 5.3 percent

QCS Staff Quay County’s September unemployment rate was 5.3 percent, down a full percentage point from the August number, and nine-tenths of a percentage point lower than the September 2013 jobless rate, according to figures from the New M exico Department of Workforce Solutions. The county’s workforce increased in September, to 3,771, 32 higher than […]

Railroad Days draws more than 800

Visitors both young and old enjoyed watching the model train operated by the ASHOME Model Train Club out of Albuquerque Saturday at the Tucumcari Railroad Days event. Additional photos on page 13.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   The inaugural Tucumcari Rail Road Days attracted over 800 people to the Tucumcari Train Depot last weekend. “I am truly pleased with how the event was received, not just by the tourists who came to the event, but by residents of Tucumcari and Quay County,” said Frank Turner, chairman […]

City Commissioners vote to hire new city manager

City commissioner John Mihm speaks to newly hired city manager Jared Langenegger.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   Tucumcari City commissioners unanimously voted during Thursday night’s meeting to hire Jared Langenegger as the new city manager of Tucumcari. “I appreciated the commissioners’ confidence in me and I will do my best to do what I can for the citizens of Tucumcari,” Langenegger said. Langenegger said he […]

Meetings watch

Quay County Commission: Quay County DWI Compliance Administrator Bryan Rinestine reported to county commissioners they had 10 DWIs during the past quarter — seven first offenses, one second offense, one third offense and one fourth offense. Rinestine, speaking at Monday’s commission meeting, said all 10 were considered aggravated with the lowest blood alcohol level being […]

Former Tucumcari police officer target of state police investigation

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Recently resigned Tucumcari police Officer Dustin “Dusty” Lopez is the target of a state police investigation in a series of arson fires in the city last month, according to court records. Lopez resigned Oct. 2, the day after New Mexico State Police searched his home. Investigators seized Lopez’s cell […]

Event to highlight Tucumcari’s railroad history

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The history of the railroad will come alive with working model train displays as well as visual and static displays Saturday and Sunday during the Tucumcari Railroad Days at the Historic Train Depot in Tucumcari. Railroad Days is a collaborative effort among the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce, Tucumcari […]