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Articles from the May 21, 2013 edition


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  • Menus - May 22

    May 21, 2013

    The following are the menus for the schools and senior center in Quay County for May 23-30. Tucumcari Thursday Breakfast: Cinnamon toast, peanut butter, fruit, milk Lunch: Hamburgers, French fries, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles, fruit, milk Snack: Snack mix, juice Monday Closed in observance of Memorial Day Tuesday Breakfast: Cooks choice Lunch: Cooks choice Wednesday Breakfast: Cooks choice Lunch: Cooks choice Thursday Last day of school Breakfast: Cooks choice Lunch: Cooks choice Senior Citizens Thursday Chicken pot pie, green beans with... Full story

  • La Mesa's final appeal denied for racino license

    Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer|May 21, 2013

    Quay County is back in the running for the state's last racetrack and casino license after the Supreme Court of New Mexico denied La Mesa's final appeal on Monday. "This means that it is finally over; racing in Raton is no more," said Warren Frost, executive director of the Quay County Gaming Authority. Frost said La Mesa has no more appeals left to file and there is another opportunity to convince the commission that Tucumcari is where the state's next racetrack and casino needs to be. There will be no decision made concerning the application...

  • Two students, faculty member to visit Denmark

    Special to QCS|May 21, 2013

    Courtesy photo Mesalands students Bryan Cassidy and Sanda Garrett leave this week to study abroad in Denmark to learn more about global perspectives in sustainable development. Two Mesalands Community College students and one faculty member will be traveling to Copenhagen, Denmark, to learn more about global perspectives in sustainable development. The trip is part of a Community Colleges for International Development, Inc, "Troika Study Abroad Programs." The primary objective of this program is to provide community college students with...

  • Official: City budget deficit expected, but reserves greater than previous year

    Steve Hansen Quay County Sun|May 21, 2013

    The city of Tucumcari's finances are "in better shape" for the fiscal year that ends June 30, fiscal 2013, than they were as fiscal 2012 drew to a close, Dennis Dysart, the city's finance manager said. Dysart expects the city to close fiscal 2013 with a $143,000 deficit but with greater reserves in place than at the close of the last fiscal year. The deficit represents about 1.4 percent of projected $10.5 million in operating costs for the current fiscal year. Dysart presented figures and broke down budget changes to the end of fiscal 2013 at...

  • Athletic banquet Monday

    QCS staff|May 21, 2013

    The annual Diamondback Booster Club Athletic Banquet is 6 p.m. Memorial Day (Monday). The dinner will be held in the Tucumcari Convention Center, according to a booster club statement. The banquet will also feature items for auction. Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased until May 24. Tickets are available at THS or at the following businesses: A to Z Cellular. Bob's Budget Pharmacy. Tucumcari General Insurance. First National Bank. Radio Shack. Event proceeds help support athletic programs at THS.... Full story

  • Second controlled explosion planned at intake site

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|May 21, 2013

    A second scheduled controlled explosion is planned Thursday at the construction site of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority's Ute Water Project at Ute Lake near Logan. QCS Photo: Thomas GarciaThe drill is being used to build the initial shaft for an intake structure, the authority's first phase of the Ute Water Project. The crews have begun drilling and blasting for the intake structure's initial shaft, said Gayla Brumfield, authority chair. Brumfield said the authority has been moving equipment and supplies into place to begin the f... Full story

  • San Jon graduates walk

    QCS staff|May 21, 2013

    QCS photo: Steve Hansen San Jon High School's nine graduates were sent off to the future in a commencement exercise Friday night at the San Jon High School gymnasium. The commencement ceremony included scholarship awards, short talks by student leaders, and a commencement speech by Supt. Colin Taylor. The class valedictorian is Matthew Evans; the salutatorian, Antonio Martinez. San Jon Schools Supt. Colin Taylor delivered the commencement address. More pictures and information will be in next week's Quay County Sun. The nine graduates of San...

  • Subdivision developers reapply

    Steve Hansen Quay County Sun|May 21, 2013

    On May 13, the Quay County Commission revoked its approval of the Saddleback Acres subdivision just east of Tucumcari, and on the next day, the owner and developers filed a new application to develop the same property. The subdivision, which the commission had unanimously approved on January 14, would comprise 23 acres divided into four lots of a little less than six acres each on a parcel called WMQ Farms, owned by Paul Quintana of Tucumcari. Each of the lots would sell for $30,000 according to application documents. After the January...

  • Railroad workshop conducted

    QCS Staff|May 21, 2013

    Courtesy photo From left, Robert L. Yager, Tucumcari area manager of operations for the Union Pacific Railroad, , pauses with Tucumcari Police Cpl. Dennis Garcia and Quay County Sheriff's Deputy Reyes Gonzales on Tuesday after giving the police officers a tour of a locomotive interior. The tour was part of a grade-crossing collision investigation training session sponsored by the railroad. Union Pacific Railroad police conducted a workshop May 14 for Quay County law enforcement officers on grade-crossing collision investigation. Leo Marquez,... Full story

  • Calendar - May 22

    May 21, 2013

    Thursday Housing Authority Board at 5 p.m., City Hall City Commission at 6 p.m., City Hall Saturday Wheatland School Reunion at 8 a.m., Allen Hall in Grady City and County offices will be closed on May 27 in observance of Memorial Day Tuesday Quay County Commission at 9 a.m., Quay County Courthouse City Finance Board at 10 a.m., City Hall Planning and Zoning Advisory Board at 5:15 p.m., City Hall Service clubs Altrusa Club of Tucumcari: First and third Wednesday of each month, noon, Pow Wow Restaurant, 801 W. Route 66. Call 461-1377. American...

  • New business: Joe's Back in the Day

    QCS staff|May 21, 2013

    QCS photo: Steve Hansen Joe Ysco, left, and his business partner Stanley Burns take a break beneath a photo of Marilyn Monroe, a major star of the 1950s and '60s at Joe's Back in the Day restaurant in Tucumcari. Joe Ysco says he's been doing restaurant work since he was 10 years old. Now, the former Tucumcari High School student has returned to his home town to open his own place. Tucumcari's newest restaurant is Joe's first venture as a restaurant owner, not the waiter, dishwasher, busser or cook, he said. It's called Joe's Back in the Day,... Full story

  • Comments from the canyons: Good luck, happiness to graduates

    May 21, 2013

    High school seniors in our county are finishing a very special part of their lives and beginning a new pursuit. High school commencement marks the end of twelve years of aiming toward maturity and the beginning of life away from the protective arms of their classmates, teachers, and other school friends. The graduation ceremony represents the hard work that all involved have done to get to this point in the lives of the seniors. Its very formality makes it an outstanding activity. Marching to the tune of "Pomp and Circumstance" just naturally...

  • Notes from the church lady: Time greatest investment in relationship

    May 21, 2013

    "Two are better than one... For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow..." Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Cinnamon was missing. Ever since the dog chased all the cats away from their home they were out in the world without food, milk, or protection. One by one the cats cautiously peered under the fence to see if it was safe to return, except for Cinnamon. One day I spotted her scurrying across the northern area of the property. Even from a distance I saw she was merely a shadow of her old self. I started walking in the direction I last spotted...

  • Graduates, take time to ponder the long road ahead

    May 21, 2013

    An open letter to the class of 2013: Your day has arrived. You're taking another big step on your life's journey. You've walked across a stage, received a piece of paper with some engraved letterhead from the educational institution you've attended for what used to seem like forever. Finally that goal can be checked off. Now is your time to ponder the long road still ahead of you. Yes, you've been taking advice from all corners in school. Perhaps you took this advice well. Perhaps you're more like some of your friends who, well, don't always... Full story