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  • Mesalands rodeo brings home another championship title

    Special to the QCS|Apr 23, 2013

    The Mesalands Community College Rodeo Women's Team brought home another championship title and three individual titles in weekend competition at Navajo Tech. The Women's Team earned 600 points and is now fifth in the nation. The Men's Team finished in third place with 465 points and won two individual titles. "The Women's Team had a great weekend. We almost had a clean sweep in all of the women's events," said C.J. Aragon, Mesalands intercollegiate rodeo coach said. "We have many individuals on both teams doing very well this season. Right now...

  • New Mexico state police joining inter-state seat belt crackdown

    Special to the QCS|Oct 30, 2012

    The New Mexico State Police will team up Friday, with law enforcement agencies in seven other states in the "Get Your 'Clicks' on Route 66" seat belt crackdown. The quarterly mobilization began in August 2010 with a handful of law enforcement agencies in central Oklahoma, but now has expanded to include highway patrol troopers, state police officers and other agencies in eight states along the famed "Mother Road." The crackdown will run for 24 hours, starting Friday from midnight to midnight Saturday. "We're really excited to be taking part in...

  • Cowbelles visit Mesalands

    Special to the QCS|Oct 23, 2012

    The New Mexico Powder Horn Cowbelles recently visited Mesalands Community College for a tour of the foundry and the farrier barn. The New Mexico Powderhorn Cowbelles is an organization of ranch women from across the state who are dedicated to the preservation of the land and educating others about their love and understanding of the land. They also promote animal health and safety for all who use the land. Courtesy photo Caption. D'Jean Jawrunner, Fine Arts Faculty, center, and her students conduct a special bronze pour for the Cowbelles tour....

  • Mesalands women take reserve title at home rodeo

    Special to the QCS|Oct 16, 2012

    Mesalands Community College's women were named reserve champions and the men's team won four championship titles during their fifth annual rodeo. Mesalands held their annual Grand Canyon Region rodeo last weekend at the Quay County Rodeo Arena. The women scored 385 points and the men's team earned titles in bull riding, bareback riding, and in team roping. QCS photo: Jerrene Bradley A Mesalands barrel racer makes the approach on the first barrel during the Mesalands Community College Rodeo over the weekend. David Gonzalez of Chihuahua, Mexico,...

  • Mesalands women's rodeo team clinches championship

    Special to the QCS|Oct 9, 2012

    The Mesalands Community College's Rodeo Team had their second rodeo competition for the season at Cochise College in Douglas, Ariz., last weekend. The Women's Team clinched the Team Championship Title for the second time this year and earned 360.0 points. The Men's Team was named Men's Reserve Champions last weekend earning 405.0 points. "We did all right last weekend. We had some bright spots with both Macy Fuller and Mike McGinn winning championship titles for the second weekend in a row and we also struggled in some events," said C.J. Aragon...

  • New Mexico 4-H celebrates centennial

    Special to the QCS|Oct 9, 2012

    Every community in Quay County has many people who were 4-Hers as youth and this year we are remembering them and their legacy as New Mexico 4-H celebrates its 100th birthday. As you visit with them, you will learn about the fun times they had in 4-H, the friendships they formed, and about that demonstration they were scared to give, or their winning animal. 4-H provided them with many great memories and they are some of our strongest supporters. Members of the C-C 4-H Club Members of the Wranglers 4-H Club Members of the Tumbleweed 4-H Club... Full story

  • Mesalands adding solar energy class

    Special to the QCS|Sep 18, 2012

    The North American Wind Research and Training Center at Mesalands Community College will be offering a new course, Introduction to Solar Energy, this semester. The course will allow the college, internationally known for its wind energy technology program, to expand into other renewable energy fields. Introduction to Solar Energy is a 3-credit course and will be instructed by Robert G. Hockaday, president and founder of Energy Related Devices in Tucumcari. Energy Related Devices is a new business in Tucumcari that builds solar electricity... Full story

  • Mesalands athletes wins international crown

    Special to the QCS|Sep 18, 2012

    Bailey Bates, 19, a member of the Mesalands Community College rodeo team, was recently crowned the 2012 International Indian World Champion Breakaway Roper at the 8th Annual International Indian Finals Rodeo (IIFR). The rodeo was part of the New Mexico State Fair and was held Sept. 14-16, in the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque. Bates is starting her second year on the Mesalands Rodeo Team and is majoring in liberal arts. In July, Bates competed at the 2012 CNFR in Casper, Wyo., and finished 13th in the nation in breakaway roping. She also... Full story

  • Altrusa to host annual charity party

    Special to the QCS|Sep 11, 2012

    Altrusa International of Tucumcari is pleased to announce that their annual Cash Party will be held 6 p.m. Nov. 10, at the Quay County Exhibition Center. Tickets to this event are $100. Three hundred tickets will be sold and the last number drawn will win $15,000. The runner up will also win $500, and every 25th number called will win a door prize worth at least $100. Proceeds of this event will benefit Altrusa community service projects. "Your purchase of a ticket is more than just a chance to win $15,000. It's a chance to help improve our... Full story

  • Local help sought

    Special to the QCS|Sep 4, 2012

    The Extension Association of Quay County will be hosting a time for communities to come together to make a gesture of helping others by making "Care Bags" for patients. The event will be held 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Quay County Fair Building. Each "Care Bag" will contain items that will help make individual treatment time more comfortable: caps/ turbans/ or scarves, gloves, and non-slip socks; journals, game-books, notepads, pens, and pencils; small unscented lotion packets; lip-balm and lemon-drops/mints, calendars to keep track of... Full story

  • College honors staff, faculty

    Special to the QCS|Aug 21, 2012

    Mesalands Community College recently awarded the College's first faculty of the year and staff of the year awards during Convocation. The College is pleased to announce that Janet Griffiths, Pre-Collegiate and Early Childhood Education Faculty, is the 2011-2012 Faculty of the Year and Beth Sisneros, Director of Educational Services Center, is the 2011-2012 Staff of the Year. These awards recognize their continued dedication to the success of our students. Griffiths started as an Adjunct Instructor and has been with the College since 2004 as ful... Full story

  • Free certification training continues

    Special to the QCS|Aug 14, 2012

    The North American Wind Research and Training Center of Mesalands Community College will feature a one-semester occupational certificate in basic wind energy technology. A total of 28 students have received the certificate from Mesalands, including Orlando Encinias of Albuquerque. A May graduate, the 43-year-old Encinias oversees eight fulltime employees and 40 wind turbines as site supervisor at the High Lonesome Wind Farm in New Mexico. "I will put it this way; I don't think I would have ever gotten this position if I didn't go to that...

  • Science center celebrating centennial

    Special to the QCS|Jul 24, 2012

    To celebrate its centennial, New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari is hosting a field day Aug. 2. The theme for the official New Mexico centennial event ( event is, "Basking in the Past, Looking to the Future." Registration for the field day starts at 4:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. There will be a dinner program at 6 p.m. where Horace Wood will give a history of Tucumcari. Rex Kirksey, retired superintendent, will talk about the history of the science center. A hay wagon tour...

  • Home economics bowl team tops contest

    Special to the QCS|Jul 24, 2012

    Nine Senior Quay County 4-Hers attended the state 4-H conference July 9-13 in Las Cruces. During the week they participated in leadership workshops, elected new state officers, and competed in a variety of contests. Senior members are ages 14-19. Courtesy photo Nine Senior Quay County 4-Hers attended state 4-H conference July 9-13 in Las Cruces. The Home Economics Bowl team of Taylor Hayes, Wyatt Bishop, Aleahna Branch, and Dillon Massey placed first. The Entomology Team of Randall Rush, Bethany Bishop, Taylor Hayes, and Ashlee Bradley placed...

  • 4-H Southeast district contest results

    Special to the QCS|Jun 26, 2012

    Courtesy photo Rifle team team members were from left, Kaleb Hayes, Jonathan Clark and Garrett Bollinger. Courtesy photo Home Ec Bowl team members were, from left, Trestin Peterson, Tianna Peterson, Dyson Clark and Reagan Runyan. Courtesy photo Novice Archery team members were, from left, Jason Knight, Kyle Knight, and Garrett Bollinger. Courtesy photo Entomology team team members were, from left, Dyson Clark, Rebecca Rush and Amber Clark. Courtesy photo Junior Bare Bow team members were, from left, Trestin Peterson, Tianna Peterson and Reagan...

  • Mesalands Community College offering summer camp

    Special to the QCS|Jun 12, 2012

    Mesalands Community College welcomes young and adult campers to participate in Summer Adventure Camp, July 16-21. Summer Adventure Camp will provide a week of fun and learning for campers of all ages. The theme this year is "Summer Stampede for the Entire Family." The camp includes southwestern themed classes and a tour and lunch at Conchas Dam on Saturday. "Summer Adventure Camp will be a great family experience and an opportunity to learn more about the southwest," Donna M. Garcia, director of academic affairs at Mesalands said. "This year...

  • Mesalands provides summer math academy

    Special to the QCS|Jun 5, 2012

    Mesalands Community College will be hosting a Texas Tech University Summer Math Camp Academy sponsored by the National Science Foundation, June 11-17. During this academy, students will have the opportunity to collaborate via the Web with Texas Tech mathematics faculty and staff, and will be exposed to many different facets of mathematics, and learn to apply these skills through projects and research. This program is designed to encourage high school students to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines. "It's importa...

  • Student completes war sculpture

    Special to the QCS|May 29, 2012

    Jim Curry, 67, a Fine Arts Student at Mesalands Community College, recently completed a bronze war sculpture honoring the soldiers from Union County that died in World War I, World War II, Korea, and in Vietnam. Curry designed and casted four field crosses that took two years to complete. A field cross is made up of a soldier's boots, his rifle, and a helmet signifying a fallen soldier. The sculpture was permanently installed at the Union County Memorial in Clayto on Monday. Courtesy photo Jim Curry, 67, a Fine Arts Student at Mesalands... Full story

  • Mesalands honors - May 23

    Special to the QCS|May 22, 2012

    President's citation At the end of each spring semester, the President's Citation is announced as official recognition of exceptional academic achievement. To be eligible, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or better, successfully complete 30 or more credits in the fall and spring semesters, have no grade below a "C" in the given year and have no outstanding incomplete grades for the given year. Recipients of the President's Citation for the 2011-2012 academic year are: Rebecca Alden Bryan Cassidy Jacob Geller Thoma...

  • College offering paleontology field classes

    Special to the QCS|May 22, 2012

    Mesalands Community College will be offering three field classes in paleontology this summer on June 11-15, June 25-29 and July 9-13. Officially listed by the College as GEOL 120 Paleontology Field Discovery (4 credit hours), the class provides a week-long experience of excavating fossils and processing them in the Mesalands Dinosaur Museum. Students in this class will search for and learn to excavate dinosaur-age vertebrates in the Quay County area. Basic laboratory methods will be studied in the natural science laboratories at the Dinosaur...

  • Rodeo team members finals bound

    Special to the QCS|May 15, 2012

    Coming off a season where its men's team finished first in the nation and its women's team sixth, the Mesalands Community College rodeo team will send a school-record 10 members to the College National Finals Rodeo. "This is the first year that our team will have a representative in every single event at the college finals," coach C.J. Aragon said. "It's pretty impressive to have that dominant of a year." The College National Finals Rodeo will be held in Casper, Wyo., June 10-16. Two members — Fran Marchand of Omak, Wash., and Macy Fuller of C...

  • Men's rodeo team sets record

    Special to the QCS|May 1, 2012

    The Mesalands Rodeo team made history a few more times Friday and Saturday. The men's team repeated as Grand Canyon Regional champs at New Mexico State University, scoring 1,025 points to set the national record for cumulative points in a season (9,707.5). "We beat the record by close to 1,000 points," coach C.J. Aragon said. "The national office is still auditing the points, but going into the last rodeo we only needed 7.5 points to beat the national record. It's pretty nice to be able to defend our team title. Many people might have thought...

  • Barela to give commencement speech

    Special to the QCS|May 1, 2012

    Mesalands Community College will hold its graduation services 6 p.m. Friday at the Tucumcari Convention Center. The commencement speech will be delivered by Jon Barela, cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Economic Development Department. Barela, a native New Mexican, graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C., and holds a bachelor's degree in history and diplomacy with a law degree — all from Georgetown as well. Barela's stints in public service include a senior aide to the late Rep. Joe Skeen, a... Full story

  • Wind center offering certification training

    Special to the QCS|Apr 10, 2012

    The North American Wind Research and Training Center at Mesalands Community College will be offering a new summer 15-week program for an Occupational Certificate in Basic Wind Energy Technology. This 15-week program is the result of another successful short certification training that was offered earlier this year. In February the college offered a 12-week program that is currently training 20 students ranging in ages from 18 to 61, with the common of goal of acquiring future employment. "The response to the 12-week program was overwhelming....

  • New administrator joins Dan C. Trigg hospital

    Special to the QCS|Mar 7, 2012

    Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital has announced Suraj Agboke has joined the hospital-based primary clinic as the practice administrator. "We're pleased to have Suraj's expertise as a part of our team. His experience will help us expand clinic services and recruit providers," said Lance Labine, Administrator for DCT. Agboke replaces Johnlyn "K" Grose, who transferred within the hospital to become operating room director. "K did an outstanding job for the primary care clinic in addition to her nursing duties," said Labine. "We're very fortunate to... Full story

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