Press release: USDA designates local counties disaster areas

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 8, 2011 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 15 counties in New Mexico as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by drought, high winds and wildfires that began Jan. 1, 2011, and continues. The counties are: Catron, De Baca, Grant, Luna, Roosevelt, Chaves, Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Otero, Sierra, [...]

Severe thunderstorm warning issued

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Quay, De Baca and Curry Counties.

Disaster assistance funds available for Quay County

QCS staff Six New Mexico counties have been declared eligible for disaster assistance due to continuing drought. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. announced the counties are eligible due to their proximity to Texas counties, which were declared disaster areas. As a result of the declaration, farmers and ranchers in Dona Ana, Eddy, Lea, Otero, Quay, [...]

Basketball crowds full of fun

By Chris Schmaedeke, QCS managing editor Basketball season is under way for all high schools in Quay County. I have had a chance to watch the counties’ teams play on more than one occasion. These trips to the gym remind me how fun and exciting the game of basketball can be. Basketball is fast paced [...]

Counties see ‘spotty’ harvest

By Chris Schmaedeke: QCS managing editor It mattered where the location was for this year’s harvest in Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties. All three counties saw ups and downs this year. The word used most to describe the harvest was “spotty.” Quay County struggled with lack of water and dry conditions. “Farmers had very little [...]

Area farmers eligible for disaster aid

Freedom New Mexico U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom J. Vilsack has declared Roosevelt County a disaster area in a move that also affects Curry and Quay counties. Roosevelt is among seven New Mexico counties listed as disaster areas because of production losses from high winds and drought, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Curry [...]

Workforce leader retires

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The man behind the scenes of Quay, Guadalupe, Harding and Union counties Workforce Development Centers is retiring after 11 years. Bill Griffin’s last day as coordinator and sole staffer of the four-county WDC region was Friday. The WDC provides employment and unemployment services in the four county area. Griffin was honored Wednesday by regional director [...]

Grass fires in Quay and Harding counties char over 5,000 acres

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Thomas Garcia More than 5,000 acres of grassland have burned in three days from multiple fires in Quay and Harding counties. Eleven fire agencies responded to five fires ignited by lightning in Harding County, said Logan Fire Chief Rex Stall. “The different crews did an outstanding job of containing and putting out the fires,” Stall [...]

Counties wait on capital outlay bill

Thomas Garcia Several area counties are waiting on the signature by Gov. Bill Richardson on Senate Bill 443, which passed with a 65-0 vote Saturday in the House. The bill will reauthorize and extend the time for several of the counties’ existing capital outlay projects, said Sen. Carlos R. Cisneros, D-Questa.Officials in Quay County are [...]

Quay, other counties in TB-free zone

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By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced Friday that New Mexico meets the requirements for split-state status for bovine tuberculosis (TB). Only Curry and Roosevelt counties will remain classified as modified accredited advanced and have to have its cattle tested for TB, according [...]