Thanksgiving food drive successful

Pictured with nearly 1,600 items collected in FCCLA’s Thanksgiving Food Drive are FCCLA officers  Isaac Arias (left), Nadia-Ranae Lujan, Maria Apodaca,  Gabby Gray, and Natalia Gutierrez.

QCS Staff The Tucumcari Middle School FCCLA has just finished its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, collecting items from Tucumcari Middle School and Tucumcari Elementary School for the Ministry of Hope, a local charity. While elementary school officials did not count the items collected there, the middle school collected nearly 1,600 items, which Ministry of Hope […]

Election date set for Tucumcari school board, bonds

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The Tucumcari Municipal School Board authorized and approved a date for the next school board election on Nov. 17. The election will be held Feb. 3.  On the ballot will be three school board positions and voter approval of a $3-million bond issue. School board seats up for election […]

TES students make cards to cheer wounded

Tucumcari Elementary students hold up holiday cards they made for military service members.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Kindergarten students at the Tucumcari Elementary School sent letters to military service members who are currently undergoing treatment at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington D.C. to bring them a bit of holiday cheer. The students were excited about the idea of writing and mailing letters […]

Quay County 4-H Holds Annual Achievement Program

Quay County 4-H Recognizes Excellence with the Golden Clover Awards during their Annual Achievement Program.  This celebration occurred on November 23, at the Quay County Fair Grounds. 4-H members were recognized with a completion pin for the years they have been in 4-H if they completed their projects.  They were also provided the opportunity to […]

County elected official raises OKed

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Over protests and a single “no” vote, the Quay County Commission Monday approved a resolution authorizing salary increases for the county’s elected officials, contingent on approval of the 2015/2016 budget. The protests came from Betty Coslett, a Tucumcari resident, and Commissioner Sue Dowell, who cast the “no” vote. Commissioners […]

Court asked to deny Mitchell’s judge application

By Steve Hansen Staff Writer A committee that helped oust Tenth District Court Judge Albert Mitchell from the bench has asked the state supreme court to ensure Mitchell cannot fill the vacancy himself. Voters on Nov. 4 chose not to retain Mitchell after a campaign led by a group calling itself The Committee for Law […]

WWII Navajo Code Talker speaks at Mesalands

Eugene Ross of Tucumcari talks to his friend Thomas H. Begay, one of the Code Talkers from World War II.

QCS Staff Eugene Ross of Tucumcari talked a friend of his to make a visit to Tucumcari, and on Tuesday that friend, Thomas H. Begay, told about 100 students, and others about his experiences as one of the now-famed Navajo Code Talkers in World War II. Begay’s talk was part of Native American Heritage Day […]

Teachers challenge evaluation system

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Teachers and school administrators agree New Mexico’s system of teacher evaluation is unfair and puts too much emphasis on standardized test scores. Their views are similar to those of the New Mexico National Education Association, which sued New Mexico’s Public Education Department last September. The case has a request […]

Roads difficult, snow to let up late this morning in Quay County area

Road and weather update, 9:15  a.m. Nov. 16:The New Mexico Department of Transportation reports that U.S. 54 has been closed from Tucumcari to the Texas state line due to an accident at the state line. The department notes difficult driving on the following roads: • Interstate 40 from Dahlia to Glenrio. • U.S. 54 from […]

ALCO declares bankruptcy; fate of local stores not known

QCS Staff ALCO Stores, Inc., with outlets in Tucumcari and Muleshoe, has declared bankruptcy. Local stores will continue to operate while the bankruptcy proceeds, officials said. ALCO, based in Coppell, Texas, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Dallas U.S. District Court on Oct. 12. A report from Reuters News Service said ALCO plans to sell […]