New high school opens

More than 100 attended the official opening of the completed $22 million Tucumcari High School building. "The students will have a chance to start the year off right in this newly constructed school," said Nicole Bright-Lesley, principal. Bright-Lesley said she always joked about being confused when she took the job as principal, and was given […]

More than 400 alumni attend 51st annual Rattler Reunion

Whether it was a few blocks or 4,000 miles, more than 400 traveled to attend the 51st annual Rattler Reunion in Tucumcari. QCS photo: Thomas Garcia The annual Golden Rattlers Luncheon was held this year at the Tucumcari Train Depot. Norma Jean Crelli, right, walks through the depot making sure everyone is having a good […]

Local singers to compete

Three local youths will compete in a country music singing competition Saturday in Tucumcari. The KTNM radio station will hold the Texaco Country Showdown at 8 p.m. at the Pow Wow Lizard Lounge, said Charlie Morrison, general manager, KTNM KQAY radio stations in Tucumcari. Morrison said three local singers, Feliciana Marie Lovato, Olana Romero and […]

Police blotter - Aug. 8

The following is a sampling of calls received by the central dispatch office for Quay County, based at the Tucumcari Police Department. Friday At 3:42 a.m., an alarm was reported at a business on the 500 block of S. Lake Street. At 6:26 a.m., an alarm was reported at a residence on the 2200 block […]

Officials seek simpler budget breakdown

City commissioners expressed an interest to have a simpler breakdown of the $15.772 million 2012-2013 budget. "I would just like a simple budget comparison for straight answers to straight forward questions," said Daniel Lopez, District 3 commissioner. Lopez said the commissioners need to be able to make sense of the budget in order to have […]

Comments from the Canyons: Meeting former students, classmates touching

Thanks to the Rattler Alumni Board of Directors and the many people who helped them, we had one more great Rattler Reunion! Seeing so many classmates, friends, and former students was a major thrill for this aging Rattler Alumna and former teacher. Our great class of 1952 celebrated our 60th anniversary of graduation as 14 […]

Officials break ground on new power station

More than a dozen residents, city and county officials joined the staff of Xcel Energy Tuesday to break ground on a new backup power plant in Tucumcari. QCS photo: Thomas Garcia Mike McLeod, Xcel's regional manager for community and economic development, speaks to the crowd during Tuesday's ground breaking of the planned back up power […]

Event offers health care for animals

More than 100 animals will receive services at the 2012 Dog and Cat Health Fair at the Tucumcari Convention Center this weekend. There are only 105 reservations for the spay and neutering services, though pet owners should come out and take advantage of the other services which will be available without appointments, said Christina Fleming, […]

My past now belongs in museum

We all want some of the things we touched in life to live on for posterity but it's a shock to walk into a history museum and find an item you had personal experience operating. Such was the case recently when I made a stop at the Roosevelt County Museum on the campus of Eastern […]

Editorial: State needs better oversight over agencies

A potential financial quagmire at the New Mexico Finance Authority, brought to light by a fraudulent 2011 audit report, has spurred concern about oversight of quasi-governmental agencies. Discovery of the fake audit last month has wreaked havoc with the authority's ability to make loans and issue bonds for capital projects for school districts and municipalities. […]