Letter to the editor: Fireworks show commendable

We want to congratulate the village of Logan for putting on another good fireworks show this year out at the lake. We know with all of the very dry conditions it must have been a difficult decision to host the show. The Logan Fire Department was very visible and put out several small fires at […]

Weekend fires sweep county

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Russell Anglin A series of wildfires swept Quay County over the weekend, burning tens of thousands of acres and leaving Tucumcari without power for almost six hours Sunday. The biggest blaze, which occurred along the Curry and Quay County line, was actually four separate fires at one point, according to Forrest Fire Chief Ray Rush. […]

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 […]

More than 2,000 acres charred in area fires

Chelle Delaney Two brush fires on Monday burned more than 2,000 acres, said Quay County Fire Marshal Don Adams. A first fire burned about 500 acres on Monday morning near the Anniston Cemetery on Highway 469, Adams said. No sooner than firefighters had contained that fire, they were called out to another in mid-afternoon. At […]

April 1975

Two fires claimed Gambles store and the Trojan Junior High School auditorium. The fire at the auditorium was still burning the next day and the junior high school was closed as a precaution. State officials suspected arson in both fires. … Members of the Tucumcari Fair Board held a groundbreaking for a new fairground facility. […]

Adams: Fire safety includes drivers

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Weekend fires throughout Quay County are becoming almost commonplace, and County Fire Marshal Donald Adams is concerned residents aren’t treating them as dangerous situations. Adams reported during Monday’s regular County Commission meeting that the county fire crews have performed well with the large number of fires throughout the year, […]

Fire scorches 8,000 acres in Logan

By Andy Jackson/Freedom Newspapers When O.B. Coffey saw smoke rising south of his home on the south side of Ute Lake in Logan on Saturday afternoon, he took a hose and wet things down around his home. A short while later, a sheriff’s deputy knocked on Coffey’s door. “The sheriff’s deputy came … and said […]

Local fire crews fight grass fires

By Kevin Wilson: QCS Interim Managing Editor Local fire departments spent most of Thursday afternoon fighting a pair of grass fires, with one burning approximately 1,800 acres but causing no injuries or major structural damage. Units were dispatched shortly after 1 p.m. about five miles south of Tucumcari near state highway 209. A grass fire […]

Feb. 18 Notable Notes

Class of 1976 to meet The Tucumcari High School class of 1976 is having a meeting Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. at the Elks Club. Water meeting set for Feb. 27 A five-county citizen steering committee guding the Northeast New Mexico Regional Water plan will wrap up outstanding water issues at its next meeting, scheduled […]

Holiday hazards go up in smoke

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari Fire Chief Mike Cherry said he doesn’t hate candles – he just prefers when they don’t burn the house down. “They can really be dangerous,” Cherry said of the often multicolored, frequently peppermint-scented popular signs of the holidays topped with live flame. More than 10,000 candle-related fires occur each year, […]