Fireworks reign over storm

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By QCS Staff Mother Nature launched the first strikes at Friday’s Fourth of July fireworks display in Tucumcari. Lighting crisscrossed the sky from the north and west as dark thunderheads rolled in before the display began. The storm and its eventual rain, however, didn’t dampen any spirits. What two-year-old Harley Ray McKinney said she liked […]

Not cold, rain kept Santa from Light Parade

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By QCS Staff Undaunted by Saturday night’s freezing rain, more than a dozen floats made the traditional ride through town. The cold rain, however, did keep some groups from entering the traditional event making the parade smaller than last year. Parade viewers watched from their vehicles parked along side streets and at intersections, while a […]

Stormy weather often leads us to our source of strength

By Debra Whittington I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord and he […]

Gauging the rain

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By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Residents north of I-40, where several say their gauges measured six inches of rain, would probably take issue with the Agricultural Science Center’s readings. Variations are expected, said Leonard Lauriault, forage agronomist at the center. “Rainfall is extremely variable in the area,” Lauriault said. In fact, the center has […]

Rain spells brief relief

Chelle Delaney Thursday night’s rain brought sighs and smiles of relief to many ranchers and farmers in Quay County. And none could be happier than the Sidwells, a ranching couple, who own and operate the JX Ranch near the Caprock. “It’s the best thing that could have happened. We’re just going to ride around, check […]

Officials happy, but not optimistic, about recent rain

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Farmers and firefighters throughout Tucumcari were more than happy to start Thursday morning by greeting the rainfall. However, they’re not optimistic to get many more visits throughout the spring and summer months. Thursday gave Tucumcari .07 inches of rain, an amount that was only visible in puddles by late […]

Experts say Quay County irrigation drought may end soon

By William Thompson: Quay County Sun It won’t take much more rain to end the irrigation water shortages for Quay County farmers, experts said. Rain in the Roy, Springer or Wagon Mound areas could fill Conchas Lake, the irrigation source for area farmers, said Leonard Lauriault, forage agronomist with the New Mexico State University Ag […]

Wind farm battles deadlines, weather

TV Hagenah While many are pleased with the rain that has come to Quay County in the last four months, Cielo Wind Power Systems is not. “The rain is no friend of ours,” said Walt Hornaday of Cielo Wind Power. The company who is in charge of the construction of 80 wind turbines on the […]

Canine talks of weather, self and romping

Lynn Moncus Ah ha! The slave is standing in the sun; thus, I, Aggie, have captured the computer for a while and will visit with my fans for the first time in many weeks. Actually, I’d like to be in the sun also, but she may not leave the house again as she tends to […]

Rainfall good for local wheat crop

William Thompson The Quay County area has received above average rainfall this year, especially this fall. Wheat farmers are happy, but they still want more rain this winter and next spring. David and Jerri Rush have a moderate-sized wheat operation south of Ragland. Jerri Rush said they are grateful for the recent rains. “We just […]