Smoke may continue to billow

Thomas Garcia The smell of smoke and the light haze reported in several areas in Quay County Tuesday was the castover from the wild fire in eastern Arizona, said Tucumcari Fire Chief Mike Cherry. Cherry said he was in Albuquerque, where he said the smoke conditions were strong. The Wallow, Ariz. fire has burnt over [...]

Quay fire spans 600-acre perimeter

Russell Anglin A Wednesday afternoon grass fire eight miles south of Tucumcari at Quay Road 55 spanned a 600-acre perimeter, Tucumcari firefighter Scott Jaynes said.“The whole area was about 600 acres. Of course, not everything inside that area was burned, that was the outside perameter. Luckily it was an area where there weren’t any houses,” [...]

Resident keeps smoke shop alive

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By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun An effort to keep business alive in Tucumcari is the reason Roy McKinney said he bought Route 66 Smoke Shack. “I have looked around town and seen so many businesses have closed,” McKinney said. “This town can not afford to lose businesses left and right.” The business, formerly known [...]

Christians should know the danger signs

By Leonard Lauriault: Religion columnist While traveling to Albuquerque recently I came to the monuments commemorating those who lost their lives in the Cuervo fire accident in 2002. You may remember the incident. According to the National Transportation Safety Board report found online, a grass fire from a railroad worksite spewed smoke across Interstate 40. [...]

Smoking, dipping something never cool

It’s taken some time to discover those dangers. Or, perhaps we should say that smoking has taken some time to develop them. Fact: Before World War I, when lung cancer was considered to be a rare disease, an American doctor, Isaac Adler, MD. was first to suggest that lung cancer is related to smoking. Today, [...]

Fire destroys home on Highway 104

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By QCS Staff Priscilla Mirabal had been to Lowe’s for groceries. As she drove down the hill on Highway 104 toward Pajarito Creek she saw the smoke. “I knew it was my house,” she said. Parked on the side of the road, Mirabal watched from her pickup as gray smoke tumbled out the house that [...]

No one injured in house fire

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun A fire destroyed a manufactured home on South Monroe Street early Tuesday afternoon. No one was injured in the blaze that was thought to have started in one side of the home, where a bath and bedroom are located. Tucumcari Fire Chief Mike Cherry said an investigation of the [...]

Tucumcari burning

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Another fire burned through Quay County on Saturday, but this one was started on purpose. Tucumcari Fire Chief Mike Cherry said a prescribed burn was ignited by the fire department in the field just east of Tucumcari Memorial Cemetery around 10 a.m. Smoke was still billowing around 2 p.m. “I could [...]

State Senate will reconsider smoking ban through House bill

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By William Thompson: Quay County Sun The New Mexico House of Representatives recently voted 49-12 to institute the Clean Air Act, a bill designed to prohibit smoking in all public places including restaurants but excluding bars. The bill is now being debated in the senate; however the senate voted Thursday on a similar bill that [...]

Lions donate funds to fire department

TV Hagenah “A firefighter’s job is to fight fires and save people,” said Tucumcari Fire Chief Mike Cherry, “and this will help us do those things better.” The piece of equipment that Cherry was referring to is a inferred heat imaging unit that will allow firefighters to “see” heat through smoke and low vision situations. [...]