Fire ravages Tucumcari’s Hampton Inn; no injuries reported

Tucumcari firefighters fight flames on the roof of Tucumcari's Hampton Inn Wednesday morning.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The New Mexico Fire Marshal’s office is continuing its investigation into a blaze that destroyed Tucumcari’s Hampton Inn hotel July 16, as concerns voiced by some of the evacuated guests have raised questions about the motel’s fire alarm system. One of the owners of the Hampton Inn, Neil Patel, […]

Dispatch tax goes to voters

QCS Staff Quay County voters will decide on Sept. 16 whether to enact a 0.12-percent gross receipts tax to fund an independent county area emergency communications system to replace the current system managed day-to-day by the city of Tucumcari. The county commission voted Monday to approve the measure and the election. In addition, the commission […]

Youth program provides experience


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Construction, repairs and maintenance jobs at various city locations are enriching the resumes of seven Tucumcari young people and giving them college credit this summer in the city’s Youth Conservation Corps. If they stay with the program for four years, the young workers can choose a $500 lump sum […]

Classes planned to match jobs in demand

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The return of a CDL truck driving course may be among new programs at Mesalands Community College designed to train students for high-demand jobs and careers, according to President Thomas Newsom. Newsom said along with reviewing current programs, the college is exploring new course areas that have a high level […]

EDC grant could help firm expand

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The Tucumcari City Commission approved an application Thursday for a state economic development grant designed to help Tucumcari Mountain Cheese Factory reduce contaminants in the byproducts it sends to the city wastewater treatment plant. The Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corp. will apply for the $141,830 in grant money to […]

County approves annexation of 110,000 acres of T-4 ranch

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The Quay County Commission Monday approved the first step toward rancher Phil Bidegain’s request to transfer more than half of the T-4 Cattle Co.’s 180,000-plus acres to Quay County. The commissioners gave final approval Monday to an ordinance that would place the 110,000 acres of the T-4 ranch in […]

Tucumcari city employees can roll over vacation hours

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor All city employees will be able to carry over all their vacation time til the end of 2014, the Tucumcari City Commission decided on Thursday. The commission clarified that the carryover will apply to all employees of the city.  At its June 26 meeting, the commission authorized city employees […]

Three wind technology students complete internship

QCS Staff Three Mesalands Community College wind energy technology students have completed an internship program with Granite Services International, an affiliate of General Electric, at the North American Wind Research and Training Center in Tucumcari. Granite Services provides technical services for electric power production and water treatment facilities. The three Mesalands students are Brendon Benton […]

Archers compete in 3D shoot at Ute Lake Reservoir

Tobe Slater of San Jon retrieves arrows from a three-dimensional target at Saturday’s 3D shoot at Logan Park.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Even with sights, balancing mechanisms and hardware shaped more like a trestle bridge than a bow, there is something primitive about archery. No booms, flashes, recoils or cordite haze.  As in the days of Robin Hood, the archer pulls back on the line with the arrow notched inside, takes […]

Key question in Day case is whether slayings were planned

by Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A key question in the Tony Day double-murder case is whether Day, then 14, planned the slayings of his adoptive mother Sue Day and her daughter Sherry Folts on Nov. 26, 2012, or committed the them while in a “dissociative” state. According to Psych Central, a well regarded Internet-based […]