School enrollments up overall in Quay County

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor   Total enrollment in Quay County public schools is up by 34 students from enrollment for the 2013-14 school year. The total enrollment for all public schools in Quay County is 1,506 for the current school year, 2014-15, compared with 1,472 in the 2013-14 school year. Enrollment increased at […]

Tucumcari police begin Cops and Coats drive

QCS Staff The Tucumcari Police Department has launched its Cops and Coats drive for 2014 with bins for coats and a bank account for cash donations. Cops and Coats was organized by Sgt. Brian Holmes and Patrolman Kenny Fernandez last winter after they saw children walking to school without outerwear on cold days. Bins to […]

City will apply for siren warning system grant from USDA

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The city of Tucumcari will apply for a grant to re-energize its emergency siren system, the city commission has decided. If the city receives the grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the sirens will supplement the “reverse 911” telephone system that warns of approaching extreme weather, including tornadoes. […]

EDC to focus on marketing, workshops to tell story

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor   As part of a campaign to “tell our story,” Pat Vanderpool, executive director of the Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corporation, talked about four areas in which he is pursuing economic development opportunities on Aug. 27 at an EDC’s board of directors meeting. Vanderpool said his current efforts are […]

Rattlers fall to Escalante in season opener

QCS Staff The Tucumcari Rattlers lost their first football game of the season to the Escalante High Lobos in a contest held at Tierra Amarillo, north of Santa Fe.  The score was 34-28. The Rattlers and Lobos traded scores all through the game, but with 5:38 left in the game, the Lobos intercepted a pass and ran […]

Safety tips can help make Labor Day safe

QCS Staff   The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Conchas Lake reminds lake vistors over the Labor Day weekend to play it safe as they enjoy the last weekend of summer. “There are some essential safety tips that will keep you, your friends and family safe while enjoying time at area lakes,” said Michael […]

County Commission approves ballot measure

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor At a special meeting Wednesday, The Quay County Commission approved for a special election on Sept. 23 an ordinance that would impose a new gross receipts tax to finance independent emergency communications and emergency medical and behavioral health services. Early voting began Tuesday and ends at 5 p.m., Sept. […]

Beetles cross state line to threaten invasive salt cedar

The empty, red-orange stems of salt cedar bushes stripped of their leaves by the tamarisk leaf beetle glow amid darker vegetation on the shore of Tucumcari Lake.

  By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor   It’s not often that news of an insect infestation makes people smile, but in this case the victim plants are salt cedars, and almost no one is complaining. A quarter-inch bug called the tamarisk beetle (and there are greater and smaller versions of this critter) are laying […]

Local charity gets donation

QCS Staff A Quay County charity dedicated to ensuring that school children have adequate supplies of nutritious food even on weekends has received a $20,000 shot in the arm from Walmart. Quay County’s Blessings in a Backpack program, the state’s only chapter of a national organization dedicated to childhood nutrition, got the state’s allocation from […]

County Commissioners approve contract with EDC

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The Quay County Commission on Wednesday approved a contract with the Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corporation that requires regular “written accountability and progress reports” and an annual financial report to the county. County Commissioner Sue Dowell voted “no” on the contract, which was approved by  the other two commissioners, […]