Former Tucumcari officer to be arraigned on arson charges

QCS Staff Dustin “Dusty” Lopez, a former Tucumcari police officer facing felony arson charges, faces arraignment at 1 p.m. Monday before Tenth District Court Judge Albert Mitchell in Tucumcari, court rdecords show. Robert Sandoval of Tucumcari, a co-defendant, will be arraigned at the same time, according to Matt Chandler, special prosecutor in the case. Another […]

Quay October unemployment rate shows slight decline

QCS Staff Quay County’s unemployment rate for October was 5.2 percent, a tenth of a percentage point lower than September’s unemployment rate, according to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions. The October rate was eight-tenths of a percentage point lower than the 6 percent rate recorded for October 2013, department statistics show. The county’s […]

Tucumcari city manager to host “open office” Friday afternoon

Tucumcari City Manager Jared Langenegger is hosting the first “open hours” session from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday in City Commission chambers at City Hall, 215 E. Center St., Tucumcari. “I hope this gives people that normally work from 8 to 5 a chance to come and visit and express their ideas, concerns, or […]

Correction: Tucumcari Parade of Lights

The Tucumcari Chamber of Commerce’s annual Parade of Lights will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, not Friday. The parade will be followed by a reception and a visit from Santa Claus at the Tucumcari Train Depot at Second Street and Railroad Avenue downtown.

Court rules Mitchell’s application for judge should not be eliminated

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor shansen@qcsunonline.com The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Tenth Judicial District Court Judge Albert Mitchell should not be eliminated as a candidate to fill his position after it is vacated on Dec. 31. By a slim margin, voters decided not to retain Mitchell in the Nov. 4 general […]

Court action delays land commissioner re-count

The statewide re-count of the vote for New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands, which was supposed to begin in all state counties on Dec. 8, has been delayed to allow the state supreme court to hear a challenge to the recount, according to Debbie Romero, a supreme court clerk. The incumbent commissioner, Ray Powell, asked […]

Arrest made in connection with Clovis homicide

Staff report Ariel Ulibarri did not know her alleged killer, her sister said Tuesday. Police say Matthew P. Jennings, 25, of Clovis on Tuesday confessed to the Nov. 9 slaying of Ulibarri at the Goodwin Lake walking trail. Jennings was being held on charges not related to the stabbing death early Tuesday evening, but officials […]

Mitchell, Schutte apply for Tenth District bench

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The judge who failed to be retained in the Nov. 4 general election and the former judge he defeated in a 2008 election are the only candidates for the Tenth Judicial District’s only judicial position. The position became available when the current judge, Albert Mitchell, failed to receive enough […]

Caprock Wind Farm owner plans solar plant

Infigen, an Australian company, plans to install solar power generation  plant next to its  Caprock Wind Farm near San Jon.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The owner of San Jon’s Caprock Wind Farm plans to add some solar generating units to the wind energy complex, starting some time in 2016. A representative of Infigen, the Australian company that owns the Caprock Wind Farm, and a bond attorney, on Monday requested authorization from the Quay […]

Counties, including Quay, participate in state recount

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Curry, Roosevelt and Quay county officials will participate in a state recount of votes in the race for public lands commissioner. The recount begins on Monday. A preliminary canvass of votes for the Nov. 4 general election showed candidates Ray Powell and Aubrey Dunn were separated by 14 hundredths […]