Plungers risk frigid water to raise funds for veterans

A dozen area residents ressed in Saint Patrick’s Day attire took a frigid swim Saturday during
the annual Polar Plunge at Conchas Lake. The Polar Plunge is an annual event put on by the
American Legion Post 19’s Chapter 9 Legion Riders to raise money for helping veterans.

  By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A dozen people took part in the annual Polar Plunge Saturday at Conchas Lake, braving frigid 33-degree waters in support of American Legion Post 19’s efforts to raise money to help veterans locally and nationwide. Lynn Hudson, president Chapter 9 Legion Riders, declared the event a success. Hudson […]

Pages Past— March 18

On this date … March 16, 1970: Kenneth Schlientz was re-elected Tucumcari mayor at the reorganization meeting of the City Commission. Tommy Thomas was selected mayor pro-tem. March 13, 1960: Two Oklahoma men and a 17-year-old Missouri boy were in Quay County’s jail after being arrested at a roadblock east of Tucumcari. The roadblock was […]

What’s Happening— March 11

Today Tucumcari/Quay Regional Emergency Communication Board:t 10 a.m., City Hall Cemetery Board: noon, City Hall Monday Quay County Commission: 9 a.m., Quay County Courthouse Library Advisory Board: noon, Tucumcari Public Library Tuesday Planning and Zoning Advisory Board: 5:15 p.m., City Hall City Finance Board: 10 a.m., City Hall March 26 Housing Authority Board: 5 p.m., […]

Average rainfall predicted for area, some crops may thrive

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The National Weather Service has not yet confirmed an El Niño pattern forming in the south Pacific Ocean, but the service is 50 to 60 percent sure it’s going to happen. That should be good news for eastern New Mexico, because El Niño patterns usually mean more rain. As […]

Commission approved Second Street improvements

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Downtown Tucumcari’s Second Street will be reconditioned from Main Street south with $330,000 in state transportation funds under the Municipal Arterial Program if state funds come through. The city commission on Thursday approved funding for the project, if state funding is authorized. The Second Street improvements are difficult because  […]

Thomas Garcia: Wishing for an end to roller-coaster winter weather

By Thomas Garcia QCS Columnist I hope that with the start of Spring this weekend the weather will begin to even out and we won’t have the odd extremes within a few days of each other that we have experienced thie winter. I don’t think I’d  be alone in saying that this winter has really […]

Police Blotter—March 12-15

The following is a sampling of calls received by the central dispatch office for Quay County, based at the Tucumcari Police Department. March 12 • 2:34 a.m., a woman reported a domestic dispute at a residence on the 1600 block of South Seventh Street. An officer advised they could not make contact with either party […]

Arch Hurley allocates 6 inches per acre

Conchas Lake is the source of irrigation water for the Arch Hurley
Conservancy District. The lake has maintained enough elevation
to allow the Arch Hurley board on Tuesday to authorize an allocation
of water to district customers for a second consecutive year,
after three years of no allocation due to insufficient water in the lake.

Staff Report Arch Hurley Conservancy district irrigation customers will start receiving six inches of water per acre this growing season as soon as the district receives orders enough to sustain water flow of 40 feet per second for three days, the district’s board decided Tuesday. The board also agreed that it will adjust allocations up […]

Group mulls tourism promotion

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A group of Tucumcari residents with interest in the city’s tourism industry Monday took first steps toward enhancing the city’s appeal to travelers and even making it a tourist destination. The group assembled at the urging of City Manager Jared Langenegger and included restaurant and motel owners, city officials, […]

Draft study says Ute Lake can give up 18,800 acre-feet

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Two leaders of the Quay County opposition to the $600-million Ute Lake Pipeline Project indicated some disappointment Monday with draft results of a study they commissioned to determine how much water the lake could afford to give up. The draft study results presented Monday to the Quay County Commission […]