Court asked to deny Mitchell’s judge application

By Steve Hansen Staff Writer A committee that helped oust Tenth District Court Judge Albert Mitchell from the bench has asked the state supreme court to ensure Mitchell cannot fill the vacancy himself. Voters on Nov. 4 chose not to retain Mitchell after a campaign led by a group calling itself The Committee for Law […]

WWII Navajo Code Talker speaks at Mesalands

Eugene Ross of Tucumcari talks to his friend Thomas H. Begay, one of the Code Talkers from World War II.

QCS Staff Eugene Ross of Tucumcari talked a friend of his to make a visit to Tucumcari, and on Tuesday that friend, Thomas H. Begay, told about 100 students, and others about his experiences as one of the now-famed Navajo Code Talkers in World War II. Begay’s talk was part of Native American Heritage Day […]

Teachers challenge evaluation system

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Teachers and school administrators agree New Mexico’s system of teacher evaluation is unfair and puts too much emphasis on standardized test scores. Their views are similar to those of the New Mexico National Education Association, which sued New Mexico’s Public Education Department last September. The case has a request […]

Roads difficult, snow to let up late this morning in Quay County area

Road and weather update, 9:15  a.m. Nov. 16:The New Mexico Department of Transportation reports that U.S. 54 has been closed from Tucumcari to the Texas state line due to an accident at the state line. The department notes difficult driving on the following roads: • Interstate 40 from Dahlia to Glenrio. • U.S. 54 from […]

ALCO declares bankruptcy; fate of local stores not known

QCS Staff ALCO Stores, Inc., with outlets in Tucumcari and Muleshoe, has declared bankruptcy. Local stores will continue to operate while the bankruptcy proceeds, officials said. ALCO, based in Coppell, Texas, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Dallas U.S. District Court on Oct. 12. A report from Reuters News Service said ALCO plans to sell […]

Albuquerque judge appointed to nominating panel to name Mitchell’s successor

By Steve Hansen Staff writer A judge in the Second Judicial District will represent the Tenth Judicial District on the commission charged with nominating a successor for Judge Albert Mitchell. Mitchell was unseated by voters on Nov. 4. State Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Vigil appointed Denise Barela-Shepherd on Thursday. Mitchell, who was the Tenth […]

Mitchell seeking bench despite ouster

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Among the candidates for ousted District Judge Albert Mitchell’s position will be Mitchell himself. Mitchell was one of two New Mexico judges who did not receive enough votes to be retained in the general election Nov. 4. The other was Sheri Raphaelson, a judge in the First Judicial District […]

Sierra Club sues to hold dairy hearings in Santa Fe

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor New Mexico’s Sierra Club chapter has asked a Santa Fe district court to require the state’s water quality control board to hold hearings on dairy farm water pollution prevention rules in Santa Fe, rather than in Roswell, where previous hearings on the issue have been held. The suit filed […]

San Jon churches host community block party

First Baptist Church volunteers cook hot dogs for the San Jon block party.

By Lillian Bowe QCS Staff writer Even for a small community like San Jon, getting together is a rare occasion. Seeing that the only time the residents of San Jon gather is at funerals, the preacher at the San Jon First Baptist Church wanted to change that. Michael Erwin worked with the other area churches […]

Tucumcari motel is end point for 900-mile bike ride

Jacob Evans (left), Philip Sterling and Lynn Ballard gladly pedal their last few cranks as they enter the parking lot of Tucumcari’s Roadrunner Lodge to finish the Ride Across Texas, a 900-mile endurance ride across dirt roads from Texarkana, Arkansas, to Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Tucumcari’s Roadrunner Inn put out a big welcome sign, but still, it seemed a modest ending point for some monumental achievements. Cyclists in the Ride Across Texas trickled in starting Friday to the Roadrunner Inn’s parking lot.  Tired, mud-streaked and proud, they cranked the pedals for that last mile […]