Former Mesalands student sets rodeo record

Special to the QCS Sydni Blanchard, 22, from Albuquerque, a former member of the Mesalands Community College’s rodeo team, recently set a record at one of the largest rodeos in the world, the Calgary Stampede rodeo in Canada. Blanchard won all four opening elimination rounds of barrel racing, including the semi-final and the championship rounds. [...]

Teen qualifies for horse show

QCS Staff Rebecca Alden, 16, of Tucumcari, a member of the Mesalands Community College Rodeo Team, is a qualifier for the 2011 Built Ford Tough American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA) World Championship Show. Her American Quarter Horses Majors Robin Hood and Hott Flash will be competing in the Ford Youth World Show on Aug. [...]

Meetings watch: Rural development interim committee

The Economic and Rural Development Interim Committee held their committee meeting at Mesalands Comm-unity College on July 6-7. The meeting focused on renewable energy which made Mesalands and the new North American Wind Re-search and Training Center, an ideal location. “The committee wanted to look at energy and this part of the state is known [...]

College gears up for future

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Russell Anglin Mesalands Community College bade farewell last week to one president while welcoming another just in time for state legislators to pay the college a visit. Mesalands President Emeritus Phillip O. Barry was honored at a retirement ceremony Wednesday. About 100 community members attended the lunch event. Mesalands Board of Trustees Chairman J. Bronson [...]

Rodeo team finishes strong at national finals

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Kimberly Hanna The Mesalands Community College Rodeo Team was well-represented at the 2011 College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in Casper, Wyo. June 11-18. Six freshmen and two sophomores competed for Mesalands during the eight-day event at the Casper Events Center. Freshman Tyrel Virden of Alamogordo finished the short round in eighth place and then missed [...]

Mesalands plans summer dinosaur classes

Kimberly Hanna Mesalands Community College will offer three field classes in paleontology June 6-10, June 20-24 and July 25-29. Officially listed by the college as geology 120, paleontology field discovery (4 credit hours), the class provides a week-long experience of excavating fossils and processing them in the Mesalands Dinosaur Museum. Students will search for and [...]

Denmark firm donates equipment to Mesalands

Kimberly Hanna The North American Wind Research and Training Center at Mesalands Community College recently received an oil filtration system from C.C. Jensen, an international company based in Denmark with offices worldwide. C. C. Jensen donated an offline oil filtration system, which is used to remove small particles that collect over time that can damage [...]

Mesalands men finish second in national rankings

Kimberly Hanna By Kimberly Hanna Special to the Quay County Sun After claiming the Grand Canyon Regional Championship title, the Mesalands Community College men’s rodeo team has ended the season ranked second in the nation. The team finishes this season with eight team members qualifying for the College National Finals Rodeo. “Mesalands will have more [...]

Mesalands graduates record class

Kimberly Hanna Mesalands Community College held its commencement ceremony Friday. This year the college had its largest graduating class with a total of 84 graduates, two of whom were honorary degree recipients. Phillip O. Barry, president of Mesalands Community College, presented David Murphy and Miriam Murphy of Oklahoma City with honorary degrees. The Murphys have [...]

Locals speculate on Bin Laden

Russell Anglin Surprise, uncertainty and speculation marked the reactions of two Mesalands Community College employees to news of Osama bin Laden’s killing by U.S. Navy SEALs in Pakistan, which was announced Sunday night. Ray Shafer, an account specialist at the college, said he was not previously sure whether bin Laden would have ever been found. [...]