Candidates offer their views at well attended forum


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor About 200 Tucumcari residents gathered at the Tucumcari Convention Center Tuesday to hear 11 candidates for city offices expound on their views of the city’s future. The forum was sponsored by the Tucumcari Rotary Club, the Quay Action Group, and radio stations KQAY and KTNM. Each candidate gave one-minute […]

Game Commission chair quits after cougar killing

Courtesy Photo:  State Sens. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and Pat Woods, R-Broadview, visit with Scott Bidegain after the Senate unanimously confirmed his appointment to the New Mexico Game Commission in 2013.

  By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Scott Bidegain of Tucumcari, chairman of the New Mexico Game Commission and representative for the commission’s 4th District, has resigned, accused of being part of the unlawful killing of a cougar. A complaint filed in Quay County Magistrate Court alleges Bidegain did “unlawfully counsel, aid or abet in […]

Poetic minds share imaginative views


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Welcome to a world where Greek food is salted by tears, where souls on fire dance in the flames and heaven cups many million tears. Such is the world of a poet. Tucumcari’s Art Space was invaded by poets Friday night, who gave about 40 watchers and listeners a […]

Officers start coat drive for students


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor It all began when Tucumcari Police Sgt. Bryan Holmes and Officer Kenny Hernandez, on patrol at Tucumcari Elementary School, saw children shivering in the morning cold as they walked to school about two weeks before Christmas. But the real payoff was last week. Temperatures plummeted to single digits. Police […]

City certifies two candidates for District 2 seat

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Two applicants have been certified to be considered for appointment as the next Tucumcari City Commissioner for District 2. Candidates are Amy Gutierrez, 41, operations manager at the New Mexico First National Bank and Jonathan Brito, 22, a behavior management specialist for Turquoise Health and Wellness. The City Commission […]

Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by the central dispatch office for Quay County, based at the Tucumcari Police Department:   Feb. 3 • At 1:55 a.m., an alarm was reported at a business on the 100 block of East U.S. Highway 54. Two men were arrested and taken to the Quay County […]

Bill supported unanimously to eliminate AYP from school code

QCS Staff A bill authored by state Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Logan, to eliminate both the phrase “Adequate Yearly Progress” and AYP’s definition from the state’s public school code, received unanimous support Monday from the New Mexico House of Representatives. The federal AYP standard, Roch said, can be replaced by the state’s own school grading program, […]

San Jon mayoral candidates discuss their priorities

QCS Staff There are two candidates running for mayor in San Jon’s municipal election March 4, Billie Jo Barnes, the incumbent, and Darrell Musick, in the order in which their names will appear on the ballot. Each candidate was asked to respond to five questions presented by the Quay County Sun. Here are their responses: […]

New outreach program to educate students on variety of subjects


Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A stranger who is a police officer is a good person to talk if children are confronted by strangers who could do them harm. That was a big part of the first message Tucumcari police officers delivered to San Jon school children in first through fifth grades Monday afternoon as […]

Tucumcari City Commission District 3 — Q&A

Edward Perea Q Why are you seeking this office? A I would like to work to bring unity and teamwork among the commission and the departments at the city. Working together will be required in order to improve the services for all residents of our community. Q What are your qualifications for the job? A […]