County questions need for sirens, early warning system

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun In the wake of Friday’s tornado in Logan, the Quay County Commission has asked county officials to examine the costs of an early warning system. “Don’t we have sirens (in Tucumcari)?” said Commissioner Bill Curry at Monday’s commission meeting. County manager Richard Primrose said the city of Tucumcari had […]

Officials express disappointment with dispatch

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Several fire chiefs throughout Quay County have complained about the 911 central dispatch system based at the Tucumcari Police Department, said Donald Adams, Quay County fire marshal. Dispatchers are calling out the wrong codes, more dispatcher training is needed and dispatcher turnover at the job is too high, Adams […]

School building gets a failing mark

By Chelle Delaney: QCS Staff When testing is completed – by the end of January – Tucumcari Public Schools officials hope they will learn why their multi-million-dollar elementary school has cracks in its walls and at certain joints, said Arron McKinney school superintendent. “It’s safe,” McKinney said. “But I believe if we let it continue, […]

School seeks volunteers for steering committee

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun The Tucumcari School system is looking for a few good men and women. “We would like them to serve on the Facilities Steering Committee,” said acting school Superintendent Aaron McKinney. “Ideally, we would have 10 to 14 people,” McKinney said. “You don’t want it too small or large. But, […]

City to enhance 911 system

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Next week, the consolidated 911 dispatch system based at the Tucumcari Police Department is expected to get the first phase of a long-awaited mapping system. The mapping system will eventually be able to pinpoint the source of a 911 distress call on a map on a computer screen, whether […]

Planet, or not, Pluto still matters

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Should we believe what they’re saying about Pluto? Since 1930, when Pluto was discovered, kids around the nation have spent years, months and hours learning how the discovery of Pluto made it nine planets instead of eight. And there have been countless styrofoam balls twirling off of coat hangers […]

New tax proposed for back up of 911 system

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Tucumcari City Manager Richard Primrose proposed a sales tax increase in Quay County to cover the costs of radio back up system for the county’s consolidate dispatch, or 911 system, at Tuesday’s County Commission meeting. Primrose said the system currently has no back up and that it “extremely critical […]

Veteran asks for help to keep office open

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Tucumcari city commissioners on Thursday vowed to write letters in hopes of keeping the local veterans’ affairs open and agreed on the first phase of renovating the local wastewater treatment facility. Joe Valverde, a veteran of the Korean War and the Vietnam War, told commissioners he was concerned about […]

School board talks about master plan

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Tucumcari School Board members viewed a presentation of the facilities master plan during Monday’s board meeting. Architectural Research Consultants, Inc, of Albuquerque is building a master plan for Tucumcari, and two representatives came to the meeting to present growth and enrollment projections and building utilization, among other items. Stephen […]

Lawmakers expect OK from governor on capital outlay

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Usually, Brian Moore jokes, the only way a 30-day state legislative session is better than a 60-day session is that he’s home earlier. “This was a crazy session,” the District 67 representative said. “Trying to cram it all in 30 days is just insane.” The session resulted in $1.9 […]