Mesalands hosting college rodeo event Friday

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By QCS Staff The first Intercollegiate Rodeo of the 2008/2009 rodeo season for the Grand Canyon Region will be on Friday and Saturday in Tucumcari. The rodeo will feature Grand Canyon teams from New Mexico and Arizona, including recent winners of national and regional championships, said Mesalands Rodeo Team Coach C.J. Aragon. The competition begins [...]

Mesalands rodeo team ranks No. 4 in Canyon Region

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By Robert Ciolli: Quay County Sun The Mesalands Community College mens rodeo team finished the season in fourth place for the Grand Canyon Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) while the women’s team took seventh. The team also will have three members competing at the nationals in June. During the regional finals last [...]

Playas exhibit set to open Thursday

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By QCS Staff A special exhibit, featuring the playas of the High Plains opens on Thursday at the Tucumcari Convention Center. Playas are a unique natural feature of the High Plains region, and 96 percent of the world’s playas are found right here. There are over 20,000 playas in the Texas Panhandle and South Plains [...]

Regional plan gives water conservation top priority

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Nine strategies for conserving water in arid Northeast New Mexico are evaluated in a preliminary water plan released last week by a water resources and environmental consulting firm. Municipal conservation, agricultural conservation, groundwater management, rangeland conservation and watershed management, water rights protection, Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, planning for [...]

Water plan meeting focuses on law

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Adherence to statutes on all levels of government took center stage during Monday’s Northeast Regional Water Plan meeting at the Tucumcari Convention Center. The meeting was the final public meeting in preparation for a draft of the plan from the Northeast Region, one of 16 regions in New Mexico [...]

Water officials worry about concerns being ignored

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Quay County representatives are concerned their citizens’ needs for water will be trumped by areas with bigger populations in a state water plan. They voiced such concerns during Tuesday morning’s Northeast New Mexico Regional Water Planning meeting at the Tucumcari Convention Center. Quay County is part of Region No. [...]

Public welfare considered in water plan

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Public welfare and future water projections took center stage Monday at the Tucumcari Convention Center, as the Northeast New Mexico Regional Water Plan’s public steering committee met throughout the afternoon. The committee, made up of representatives of cities and counties throughout eastern New Mexico, is now in the process [...]

If we don’t keep water flowing, people will be going … away

Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico Eastern New Mexico is running out of water. A series of stories in last week’s newspapers makes that clear to everyone. We must do two things: Find another source for water and reduce our water-usage rate. If we don’t, many eastern New Mexico communities could be ghost towns by 2040. [...]

Area could be dry by 2040 — or maybe sooner

By Claire Bushey The question of how much water is left in the eastern New Mexico area has bedeviled politicians and business owners, scientists and ordinary consumers for decades. The answer is still unknown. New Mexico-American Water Co. officials have said they are prepared to provide eastern New Mexico with water through 2040. But Clovis [...]