Christmas celebrations stay the same

Celebrating Christmas for the last time during Territorial days, the citizens of this area had great plans. All churches in town were having special services, and most communities had such services at their schools or in larger homes. The town was decorated as it had been for several years with simple items and much greenery. […]

Expansion in the works for college

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By QCS Staff Further development and expansion of existing programs is the focus of Mesalands Community College’s faculty and staff, said president Mildred Lovato. “The colleges, faculty and staff are a cut above the rest,” Lovato said. Lovato said taking over as president of the college has been everything she has expected and more. “My […]

Letter to the editor: Government-run programs efficient

Your recent editorial headlined “Conse-quences of health care unfolding” is a continuing dog and pony show to maintain the status quo for the moneyed interests. This is the same ideology of no controls on business and free market knows best — hello financial crisis and oil spill. A short summary of what the “revered” plan […]

Tucumcari part of development program

QCS Staff Portales and Tucumcari MainStreet programs have been chosen to serve as models in creating a New Mexico MainStreet entrepreneur development initiative. “I am excited,” said Mark Lake, director of Tucumcari’s MainStreet program. Lake said this is a great opportunity for the city of Tucumcari. The state Economic Development Department says the initiative includes […]

School programs deserve funds

By Dennis Roch, Guest columnist As the state Legislature deliberates over New Mexico’s budget shortfall, I have frequently heard the statement, “Every program must take its share of cuts.” This statement assumes every program is of equal value, and has an equal return for our future benefit, an idea which is far from the truth. […]

Local colleges offer workforce help

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By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun Area community colleges are offering programs designed to help students earn state certification allowing them to enter the workforce with more opportunities. For many, a traditional four-year college education such as programs offered at Eastern New Mexico University is just not an option. While ENMU has adjusted to offer […]

How rural communities can seek stimulus funds

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Chelle Delaney In addition to $1.8 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for New Mexico, an additional $78 billion in grant funds is available to the states for programs from health care to weatherization, said Lt. Governor Diane Denish. Denish and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan spoke to community and government leaders on […]

Police: Most effective tool is community assistance

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Thomas Garcia The Tucumcari Police Department will try to use new programs and equipment to offset crime in the new year, but police still say help from the community is their biggest asset in fighting crime. The department has a new record keeping program, a new phone system, and will soon receive new patrol cars, […]

Teambuilders plans fundraisers for summer programs

By QCS Staff TeamBuilders Counseling Services, a non-profit agency that provides behavioral health services to children and their families, will hold a series of fundraising events in April and May to help raise funds for summer programs planned for the children in their care, according to a press release.Although these activities will be great fun […]

Two Pre-K programs tagged for funds

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun Two schools in Quay County will receive a portion of a $14 million dollar Pre-K Expansion Fund, according to a press release from Gov. Bill Richardson. The schools are in Logan and San Jon. “We are happy to receive the funds to continue with early childhood development,” said Logan […]