Gov. Martinez visits Tucumcari Mountain Cheese Factory to help celebrate its $4.5 million expansion

QCS Photo: Thomas Garcia

Governor Martinez speaks with Tucumcari Mountain Cheese Factory owner Charles Krause on Wednesday during a ceremony celebrating the factory’s planned expansion. Krause plans to expand the business by $4.5 million, creating 20 additional jobs in Tucumcari.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Governor Susana Martinez came to Tucumcari Wednesday to help celebrate the planned $4.5 million expansion of Tucumcari Mountain Cheese Factory with local officials and a dozen residents and employees. The expansion is expected to create up to 20 new jobs. “At the state level we are continue to work to […]

Langenegger says Tucumcari poised to prosper

New Tucumcari City Manager Jared Langenegger.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Jared Langenegger, who becomes Tucumcari’s city manager on Tuesday, believes the timing of his taking the city’s helm for day-to-day operations is fortunate. “We’re at a point in Tucumcari where we can do great things,” he said. “We have a great city commission and we can get things moving […]

County health officials ready to face Ebola

A flyer with information about the Ebola virus greets visitors to the lobby of the Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Quay County offices of the New Mexico Health Department and Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital have made preparations in case the Ebola virus turns up in Quay County, representatives of the health department and the hospital said Tuesday. Trigg Hospital Administrator Lance Labine said the hospital is equipped with […]

Ute study capital outlay funds diverted

The capital outlay funds allocated in HB 55 were attached to a funding request for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority's Ute Pipeline Project. The first phase of the project, an intake structure at Ute Lake (above), should be complete this month.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Interstate Streams Commission has taken charge of a $50,000 capital outlay allocation requested by the village of Logan, approved in legislation and signed by Gov. Susana Martinez. A spokesperson said the ISC will use the cash to update its existing study of Ute Lake’s capacity. Officials in Quay […]

Committee seeks to remove Mitchell from district bench

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A group calling itself the Committee for Law and Order has begun a campaign to remove Tenth Judicial District Court Judge Albert Mitchell from the bench. Mitchell faces a retention vote in the Nov. 4 general election, since he has served six years, according to state election laws.  To […]

Tucumcari school enrollment expected to drop in 2015

QCS Staff Enrollment in the Tucumcari Public School District is expected to decrease by 14 students in 2015-2016, according to a “membership projection” report presented to the Tucumcari Public School Board Monday.  The report also goes to the state public education department. Total projected enrollment in 2015-16 is expected to be 971, the report said.  […]

Teacher pay issues affect Tucumcari school operations

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The National Education Association New Mexico’s protest of the state’s teacher evaluation system has  made its effects known in the Tucumcari Public School District. Tucumcari Schools Superintendent Aaron McKinney told his school board Monday that a public records request from the teachers’ union seeking teacher evaluation forms is taking […]

San Jon flu clinic planned

QCS Staff The New Mexico Department of Health’s Quay County Public Health Office will be hosting a flu shot clinic from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday at the San Jon Senior Center, 1211 E. Main Ave. There is no charge to receive a vaccination, but persons desiring a vaccination should bring an insurance card, […]

Quay County unemployment rate drops to 5.3 percent

QCS Staff Quay County’s September unemployment rate was 5.3 percent, down a full percentage point from the August number, and nine-tenths of a percentage point lower than the September 2013 jobless rate, according to figures from the New M exico Department of Workforce Solutions. The county’s workforce increased in September, to 3,771, 32 higher than […]

Railroad Days draws more than 800

Visitors both young and old enjoyed watching the model train operated by the ASHOME Model Train Club out of Albuquerque Saturday at the Tucumcari Railroad Days event. Additional photos on page 13.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   The inaugural Tucumcari Rail Road Days attracted over 800 people to the Tucumcari Train Depot last weekend. “I am truly pleased with how the event was received, not just by the tourists who came to the event, but by residents of Tucumcari and Quay County,” said Frank Turner, chairman […]