Educational scholarships help pave the way

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Mesalands Community College student Ona Padilla said she wouldn’t be attending college — and racking up achievements like being part of Phi Theta Kappa, a member of the Honor Society and a mentor in the Blazing Trails program — if it weren’t for financial help, which includes one of Mesalands’ scholarships. […]

Red Ribbon Week spooks away drugs

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS The door on Tucumcari sixth-grader Isabel Herrera’s classroom may look like it’s decked out for Halloween – it comes complete with cobwebs, dark colors and spooky-looking figures. But the door is not, in fact, adorned for the ghoulish holiday. Herrera said it depicts the world when people are on drugs. “One […]

10/29 Editorial

When is tax reform not a good idea? When it makes the current labyrinthine system even worse. Unfortunately, that’s just what would happen if the President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform has its way. What else should one expect from a nine-member panel that includes a former IRS commissioner, Charles O. Rossotti? Appointed in […]

Mesalands wind project Web poll results

The QCS online reader poll recently asked if the addition of the North American Wind Research and Training Center will make for more students flocking to attend Mesalands Community College. Here are the results: Yes – 53.19 percent, or 25 votes No – 10.64 percent, or five votes Enrollment may not increase, but the college’s […]

Iraq constitution looks good on paper

Freedom Newspapers After some prodding from U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the new U.S. ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, it appears that some kind of constitution for Iraq, at least on paper, will be ready by Aug. 15. That will give both the Bush administration and the Iraqi government the ability to say the process of […]

County employees to receive pay raises

By William Thompson Quay County employees will be receiving fatter paychecks next month. County Manager Terry Turner said county employees will be receiving an average 5-percent pay raise beginning with the first pay period in July. “We received a letter from the state Department of Finance Authority (on) June 9 approving our 2006 budget, which […]

City airport receives $1 million

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William Thompson: Quay County Sun The Tucumcari Municipal Airport received a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant for $1 million. The grant will pay for reconstruction and expansion of a more than 20-year-old runway. City Manager Richard Primrose said he received a fax from Senator Jeff Bingaman1s office Friday telling him the city was awarded the […]

Taxes on the rise

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By William Thompson: Quay County Sun Tucumcari’s Finance Director, Marty Garcia, said the gross receipts tax has been raised from 6.81 percent to 7.5 percent, effective Jan. 1. “The state did away with the .5 percent tax credit raising the state tax from 4.5 percent to 5 percent,” Garcia said. “In addition, the county tax […]

Elementary school releases attendance lists

Tucumcari Elementary School recently recognized students with perfect attendance in kindergarten through second grade for the first nine weeks. 100 % Attendance: The preschool classes of Mrs. Bowen, Mrs. Martinez and Mrs. Buxton had 21 students with perfect attendance. In Mrs. Bowen’s class were Sydney Goldston, Caleb Nemrow, Samuel Nemrow, Cheyenne Horne, Taylor Gilmore, Michael […]

Water use examined

Tony Parra How much water do you need? That’s the question Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority Project Manager Scott Verhines asked ENMRWA members on Wednesday in Portales. Verhines said he wants the information so engineering consultants have an idea on the specifications of the pipes leading to each community involved in the Ute Water […]