New Ute water project program manager in place

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Kevin Wilson The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority on Tuesday cut its ties with longtime Program Manager Scott Verhines, clearing the way for him to fill the office of state engineer. He was replaced with Paul van Gulick, an engineer who worked with Verhines when he first started working on the Eastern New Mexico [...]

Heavy snow fall expected in Quay County

Thomas Garcia Temperatures will drop to freezing or below as a winter storm system moves into Quay County, said Jennifer Palucki of the National Weather Service Albuquerque. “The actual snow fall will begin Friday evening,” Palucki said. “The heaviest band of snow is expected to pass over Quay County or just to the west of [...]

Logan schools smart phone program worries parent

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Thomas Garcia By Thomas Garcia tgarcia@qcsunonline.com A parent is voicing concerns over the use of a smart phone system at Logan Schools. “I had no idea these phones were even being given to my son,” said Shayne McSmith of Nara Visa. McSmith said his son came home from school but instead of text books and [...]

New system will alert residents about severe weather and disasters

Thomas Garcia A new system will soon be available to alert Quay County residents about severe weather and disasters. “We will be able to alert the public via land line, cell phone, email and fax,” said Tucumcari Emergency Manager Scot Jaynes . Jaynes said the system being installed is an Everbridge SmartGIS. He said it [...]

Residents plan protest of pipeline project

Thomas Garcia By Thomas Garcia QCS staff writer Residents, business owners and public officials are using the social network Facebook to organize a protest against the start of Phase 1 of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System’s Ute Pipeline Project. The groundbreaking for the ENMRWS project is set for 11:30 a.m. Aug. 11 along [...]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Nia Vardalos on her adoption journey: ‘A peacefulness came over me when I met our daughter’

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Jenny Schafer Actress Nia Vardalos stole our hearts in the sleeper hit “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” The Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and her good friend Tom Hanks co-wrote “Larry Crowne” which is in theaters this weekend. Nia opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her adoption journey while shattering myths about the American foster care [...]

Community briefs — June 29

Liberty report now available Liberty Mutual Domestic Water System Association advises its members that the 2010 Liberty Mutual Domestic Water System Association Consumer Confidence Report is available to its members. If a member is interested in receiving a copy, call 575-461-1913. —Staff reports

Denmark firm donates equipment to Mesalands

Kimberly Hanna The North American Wind Research and Training Center at Mesalands Community College recently received an oil filtration system from C.C. Jensen, an international company based in Denmark with offices worldwide. C. C. Jensen donated an offline oil filtration system, which is used to remove small particles that collect over time that can damage [...]

Arch Hurley board applies for federal funds

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Russell Anglin The Arch Hurley Conservancy District Board of Directors passed two resolutions to apply for federal assistance which will help seal the district’s canal system Tuesday. The requests, one for $206,000 and another for $122,000, would require in-kind contributions from the board. District Manager Franklin McCasland said the board expects to hear an answer [...]

Entrepeneur sees solar potential in Tucumcari

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QCSun Staff At their Nov. 11 meeting, city commissioners unanimously agreed to back an engineer’s effort to secure a loan for a prototype solar energy conversion system to help power the Tucumcari Wastewater Treatment Facility. Robert Hockaday, engineer and president of Energy Related Devices, is seeking a $550,000 bank loan to fund the project. The [...]