Two killed in accident on U.S. 54

QCS Staff   A Kansas man and child were killed and two other passenger were airlifted to Unviersity Medical Center in Lubbock Texas, Friday night after a single vehicle rollover on U.S. 54 near Nara Visa. The accident occurred when the driver of a Chevy Tahoe traveling west on Highway 54 swerved to miss a […]

County has two months of normal rainfall

By Steve Hansen QSC Managing Editor Quay County rainfall in May and June exceeded normal for both months, according to data collected by the New Mexico State University Agricultural Experiment Station, Tucumcari. The year’s total rainfall, however, is still short of normal by about one-fifth of an inch, the experiment station’s data sheets show.  The […]

Arrest made in Clovis shooting death

Eric Valdez

Staff report Clovis police have made an arrest in connection with the homicide discovered Monday. Eric “Spanky” Valdez is charged with murder. Police say he shot Jose Barrera, 33, of Tucumcari, in a dispute that involved Valdez’ minor daughter. Valdez is in the Curry County Detention Center with bond set at $100,000, a police press […]

Herds may not increase despite rain

Cattle graze in deep green grass in a Quay County field.  Despite more grazing grass due to improved rainfall this year, herds are not likely to grow soon.  Ranchers are cautious.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Reductions in cattle herds have followed the drought in Quay County, and even as normal rainfall seems to have returned for at least the summer, herds are down further, and they aren’t likely to grow this year. Local ranchers say that while rebuilding of herds always takes time, they […]

49,000 visit area over July 4 holiday

People gathered along the street Saturday in Logan to watch the annual Fourth of July parade.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Increased water levels and favorable weather conditions at Ute Lake and Conchas Lake state parks drew more than 49,000 visitors for the Fourth of July weekend to the Quay County area, according to Jim Winchester, New Mexico State Parks public information officer. For the Independence Day weekend, Conchas Lake recorded […]

Clovis police ID local man as victim

CMI Staff Report Police identified the homicide victim found in a vacant Sheldon Street house Monday afternoon and were seeking one person of interest in the case. A press release from the Clovis Police Department identified the man found at 413 N. Sheldon as Jose Barrera, 33, of Tucumcari. According to the release Barrera had […]

Bidegain case moving to Tenth District Court

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Tenth Judicial District Attorney Tim Rose plans to file a case in Tenth Judicial District Court against Scott Bidegain and two  other defendants  in the unlawful hunting case against them, after he dismisses the case in Quay County Magistrate Court. Rose announced that decision Tuesday after a hearing on […]

Quay County May unemployment rate at 4.6 percent

QCS Staff Quay County’s unemployment rate for May was  4.6 percent, down from 5 percent in April and from the 5.8 percent unemployment rate recorded in May 2013, according to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions. The county’s labor force was 3,721 in May, compared with 3,607 in April and 3,553 in May 2013.  […]

Rodeo team member makes top 10, others come close

QCS Staff    The Mesalands Community College Rodeo Team placed one member in the top ten and had several near misses for national titles during their run on June 15-21 at the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in Casper, Wyo., according to a college news release. Mesalands had seven qualifiers for the CNFR, the second […]

Mesalands’ Honors

QCS Staff   Six Mesalands Community College students have been selected to receive the President’s Citation, which recognizes exceptional academic achievement, the college has announced. To be eligible, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or better, successfully complete 30 or more credits in the fall and spring semesters, have no grade […]