County to receive $4,623 in PILT money

QCS Staff Quay County will receive $4,623 in “payments in lieu of taxes” from the U.S. Department of the Interior this year, again the lowest amount of any county in the state, except Curry, which gets no such funds. The reason, according to County Manager Richard Primrose, is that Quay County has the smallest amount […]

On the shelves — June 25

The following books are available from the Tucumcari Public Library. For more information call 461-0295. “Chestnut Street,”  by Maeve Binchy. Binchy, who died in 2012, depicts ordinary lives in Dublin. “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” by Mary Higgins Clark.  The producer of a true-crime show must contend with participants with secrets. “Keep Quiet,” by Lisa Scottoline. […]

Tax board approves $36,000 request

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The Tucumcari Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board Wednesday approved the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce’s  request for $36,000 in lodger’s tax proceeds, about $8,000 more than the chamber received in lodger’s tax funds last year. The city commission now must give final approval to the allocation. The preliminary approval for […]

Calendar — June 25

Monday Quay County Commission at 9 a.m., Quay County Courthouse Economic Development Corp. at 5:15 p.m., EDC June 12 City Commission Work Session at 5 p.m., City Hall City Commission at 6 p.m., City Hall June 16 Comm. Development Advisory Board at 5:15 p.m., City Hall June 18 Tucumcari/Quay Regional Emergency Communication Board at 10 […]

Plateau Wireless agrees to sell to AT&T

Plateau Telecommunications, Inc., has signed an agreement to sell Plateau Wireless assets to AT&T, pending FCC approval, according to a news release from Plateau. The purchase includes Plateau Wireless’ cellular customers and related operations and assets throughout eastern New Mexico and West Texas and is expected to close later this year, the release said. “This […]

Fireworks limits do not apply to firecrackers

The Tucumcari City Commission’s proclamation to limit sales of some kinds of fireworks for this Fourth of July was not meant to affect firecrackers, Mayor Robert Lumpkin said Thursday. An incorrect version of the proclamation that did include a ban on firecrackers–”ground audibles” in the language of the proclamation–was inadvertently circulated with meeting agendas, Lumpkin said. […]

Rain, wind cause damage in city

This tree was uprooted Friday on the 1300 block of South Fourth Street in Tucumcari by wind gusts that were reported up to 70 miles per hour by the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   A brief and powerful storm system that moved through the Tucumcari area Friday evening produced winds gusts as high as 70 miles per hour, almost an inch of rain and toppled trees onto a house and a car in the city. Shortly after 5 p.m., the National Weather […]

Commissioners vote to limit fireworks sales

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Most fireworks are fine, as long as they don’t fly. That’s what Tucumcari City Commissioners decided Thursday as they passed a resolution to prohibit sale or possession of most airborne fireworks in the face of dry conditions due to continuing drought and at the urging of Gov. Susana Martinez. […]

City may seek more sirens

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Tucumcari City Commissioners are considering new sirens to replace the unreliable instruments that were once the city’s best warning system for tornados. After Quay County spent the night of June 7 dealing with tornado watches, and for a while, a tornado warning, the commissioners on Thursday gave emergency communications […]

Health care, substance abuse top concerns

QCS Staff Quay County residents believe the county’s first priority in health matters should be health care, followed by substance abuse, care before birth and teen pregnancy, according to results of a survey conducted by the Quay County Health Council. The health council surveyed Quay County residents from April 26 to May 10 on health-related […]