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  • Unofficial Quay County General Election results

    Nov 6, 2012

    Quay County General Election Ballot Results unofficial until Friday's canvass President/Vice President - Barack Obama/Joe Biden, Democratic — 1,382 - Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan, Republican — 2,194 - Virgil Goode/Jim Clymer, Constitution — 8 - Gary Johnson/James P. Gray, Libertarian — 97 - Ross C. "Rocky" Anderson/Luis J. Rodriguez, New Mexico Independent —11 - Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala, Green — 4 U.S. Senator - Martin T. Heinrich, Democratic — 1.383 - Heather A. Wilson, Republican —2,095 - Jon Ross Barrie, Independent American — 150 U.S. Represen...

  • Outgoing senator tours Tucumcari

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Nov 6, 2012

    A visit to Tucumcari Thursday gave retiring U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman a chance to see projects he helped fund while in office. "It's great to actually see the projects which I fought for in Washington D.C.," Bingaman said. QCS photo: Thomas Garcia Tucumcari City Manager Doug Powers, left, listens as Ag Science Center interim Superintendent Leonard Lauriault, right, speaks to U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman center about the projects at the center including the harvested hay being hauled by Calvin Henson. Bingaman chose not to seek re-election. Republican...

  • Mesalands president placed on leave

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Nov 6, 2012

    Mesalands Community College President Mildred Lovato was placed on paid administrative leave Oct. 31 in a closed-door executive session, according to board Chairman J. Bronson Moore. Lovato Moore said trustees decided in executive session to place Lovato on administrative leave. The closed-door session was part of a special meeting, Moore said, adding that Lovato was sent a certified letter explaining her status at Mesalands. Moore said no action was taken in public session. He said the college's attorney advised the board that this is how...

  • Improvements for wells approved

    QCS staff reports|Nov 6, 2012

    Grants were approved Wednesday at a special session of the City Commission from the Water Trust Board for improvements of three water wells at five mile park. For infrastructure improvements and upgrades, Resolution 2012-43, the city was awarded $50,000 with the city budgeting its 10 percent share of $5,000 for upgrades to the east end of Tucumcari. Some 1,500 feet of bad sewer line will be repaired in this project.... Full story

  • Fun run/walk T-shirts available

    QCS staff reports|Nov 6, 2012

    Get Moving Quay County Fun Run/Walk T-shirts are available for those who finished the course. They can be obtained at the Quay County Extension office in the Terry Turner Building, 216 E. Center St., across the street from City Hall. The extension office is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.... Full story

  • Veteran service scheduled

    QCS staff|Nov 6, 2012

    Tucumcari Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a service honoring veterans and active duty military on 1:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Veterans Park, Main and Second Street. Guest speakers will be Maj. Gen. Franklin Miles (Ret.) and Lt. Col. Lloyd Miles (Ret.), the sons of past New Mexico Governor John Miles. It is open to the public....

  • On the shelves - Nov. 7

    Nov 6, 2012

    The following books are available from the Tucumcari Public Library. For more information call 461-0295. Fiction "Telegraph Avenue," by Michael Chabon. Fathers and sons in Berkeley and Oakland, Calif. "Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice," by Michael Brandman. Jesse Stone, the chief of police in Paradise, Mass., deals with the arrest of a troubled movie star; a continuation of the series by Parker, who died in 2010. "A Wanted Man," by Lee Child. A carload of people involved in a conspiracy pick up a disheveled hitchhiker, Child's vigilante hero...

  • Students donate food to ministry

    Jerrene Bradley QCS staff writer|Nov 6, 2012

    Kindergarten through fifth-grade students held a contest at the elementary school to see which class could collect the most canned and dry goods to be donated to the Ministry of Hope. QCs photo: Jerrene Bradley Doyle Frasier of Ministry of Hope said he was very surprised at the amount of goods that the children collected and that is was a wonderful job the children did to help out where they could. Reba O'Riley, a volunteer at Ministry of Hope, said there was lots of food collected and that it is nice the community comes together and helps out...

  • Altrusa hosting fundraiser party

    QCS staff|Nov 6, 2012

    Altrusa International of Tucumcari is hosting its annual cash party at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Quay County Exhibition Center. The theme is "Country Barbeque." Attendees are encouraged to wear their western attire to the event. Enjoy barbeque brisket with all of the trimmings and chocolate cake. Tickets to the event are $100 with a chance to win $15,000. The second prize is $500. Also, each 25th number called will win a prize. Attendees without a ticket may enjoy the event for only $5 per person at the door. A dance will follow the Cash Party.... Full story

  • Comments from the Canyons: Hard to adjust to time change

    Lynn Moncus QCS columnist|Nov 6, 2012

    One more time, we have done as told and turned back our clocks in order to create confusion. We will now be on standard time just long enough to begin to get used to it before returning to daylight savings time. If we could just figure out a real purpose for these time changes, we might be more relaxed as we try to reset all our clocks. Prissy, the black lab who owns this corner, is sure I am plotting against her. Not only does she have to wait an extra hour to go outdoors of a morning, but even worse, she has to wait an extra hour for her... Full story

  • Bond C on way to passing

    Thomas Garcia QCSun Senior Writer|Nov 6, 2012

    With 61 percent of the votes in, state higher education Bond C was passing easily. That means $1 million for renovations at Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari. According to the New Mexico Secretary of State's website, Bond C was passing 278,051 votes to 176,354. "This is a great development for Mesalands," said J Bronson Moore, chairman of the board of trustees. Moore said the funds would help to pay for roof repair and replacements of outdated air conditioning and heating systems at the college. He said the repairs would be far less... Full story

  • Dowell wins Quay commission seat

    Thomas Garcia QCSun Senior Writer|Nov 6, 2012

    Democrat Sue Dowell received about 60 percent of the vote and defeated Independent Wendell Smith in the race for Quay County Commission District 1. Officials said the unofficial vote total was 2,061 for Dowell and 1,359 for Smith. "I feel really excited and look forward to representing the people in Quay County," Dowell said Tuesday night. Totals are unofficial until the canvas, scheduled during Friday's County Commission meeting, said Quay County Clerk Ellen White. White said 60 percent of Quay County's 5,979 registered voters participated in... Full story

  • Police blotter - Nov. 7

    Nov 6, 2012

    The following is a sampling of calls received by the central dispatch office for Quay County, based at the Tucumcari Police Department. Friday - At 8:44 a.m., an alarm was reported at a residence on the 2900 block of Grayling Lane. - At 2:37 p.m., a man reported a suspicious man on the 300 block of West Campbell Avenue. - At 2:52 p.m., a man went into the Police Department on the 200 block of West Center Street to report a fraud. - At 4:41 p.m., a man reported an unwanted man and woman at a hotel on the 2600 block of South Adams Street. - At...

  • Editor's Election Day blog: Ashley close to winning county seat

    David Stevens CMI Editor|Nov 6, 2012

    Tim Ashley seems to be closing in on a Curry County Commission seat. Officials say Ashley is leading Paul D. Barnes, 1,660 votes to 1,540, with about 200 votes to be counted. Debbie Spriggs will be the county's new treasurer and Rose Riley will be the county clerk. - • • Fox News is projecting President Obama has won Ohio. Commentator Brit Hume says it's over; Obama will win re-election. - • • Early vote totals are in for Curry County and the County Commission race looks like a dead heat. Republican Tim Ashley leads Democrat Paul D. Barnes,...