Former Tucumcari police officer faces felony charges in arson fires

Dustin Lopez (left), Robert Sandoval and Dani Martinez

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Recently resigned Tucumcari Police Officer Dustin “Dusty” Lopez was charged Tuesday with arson and conspiracy to commit arson in Quay County Magistrate Court, according to nmcourts.gov. New Mexico State Police Investigation Bureau Officer Chester Bobbit filed the charges with Quay County Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett. Lopez had been the […]

Jobs council session studies employment factors

Tucumcari MainStreet director Gail Houser (left), Raymond Mondragon of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments (EPCOG), and state Rep. Dennis Roch (R-Logan) join EPCOG Executive Director Sandy Chancey (seated) in conversation at a workshop for the Legislative Jobs Council in Tucumcari.  The workshop was held Oct. 21and 22 in Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor TUCUMCARI — Job creation in eastern and northern New Mexico is hampered by lack of access to capital, workforce skills, lack of community leadership and business building inventories. Those were consensus conclusions in a day-and-a-half workshop in Tucumcari held Oct. 21and 22. The meeting gathered government and business leaders […]

County jail roof contract approved

QCS Staff The Quay County Commission Monday approved a contract for repair of the Quay County Detention Center’s roof. The contract for $361,451 was awarded to J3 Construction, an Albuquerque contractor. J3 submitted the lowest bid, County Manager Richard Primrose.  The project will be paid for with legislative  capital outlay funds, and the contract must […]

Candidate questionnaire: Quay County Sheriff

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  QCS Staff The election of the Quay County Sheriff is the only contested local race in the Nov. 4 general election ballot. The candidates are Russell Shafer, Republican, and Nathan Wallace, Democrat. The Quay County Sun asked each candidate the same five questions. Here, with candidates presented in ballot order, are their responses to those […]

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

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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.  […]