Tucumcari man arrested in Arkansas after nationwide manhunt


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A Tucumcari man with a record of violent crimes and running from the law has again been apprehended after allegedly committing two felonies in Tucumcari last September and hitting the road again. Nikko Nathan, 24, of Tucumcari has been formally charged with aggravated battery and with possession of a […]

Churches combine choirs for Christmas performance

QCS photo: Steve Hansen
Sopranos and altos sing out on Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” Front row from left: Fran Tollett, Jacklyn Gonzales, Jessica Braziel; middle row from left: Janet Griffiths, Betty Ragan, Amy Pospichal; Back row from left: Kenna McKenzie-Young, Olana Romero and Amber McClure.

QCS Staff The combined choirs of the Center Street United Methodist Church and Presbyterian Church of Tucumcari presented their annual Christmas Cantata on Friday at the Methodist church sanctuary. The 32-voice choir under the direction of Harold Sloan, choir director for the Methodist church, sang selections from A Musical Christmas, created and arranged by Tom […]

Rattlers, Lady Rattlers lose home games

QCS photo: Thomas Garcia
Tucumcari Rattlers D'Ontee Sandoval goes up for the lay-up during Friday night's 46-42 loss to the Floyd Broncos at the Snake Pit.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers and Lady Rattlers both lost home games Friday night to the Floyd Broncos at the Snake Pit. The 3-5 Rattler boys lost a close one heading into the Christmas break, falling 46-42 to the 6-5 Broncos. “Its not going to get any easier when we start […]

Wrestling team hosts annual tournament


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers Wrestling team hosted its annual tournament Saturday at the Snake Pit, giving the Rattlers and several New Mexico and Texas teams much-needed mat time before the Christmas break. “It is so amazing to see the stands filled with our supporters and the supporters of these teams […]

Two arrested on drug trafficking charges


Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A Tucumcari woman and Albuquerque man were arrested and charged with drug trafficking after Tucumcari police said they seized more than an ounce of methamphetamine from their hotel room. Crystal Lynn Cochran, 26, of Tucumcari and Adrian Lawrence Bogdan, 26 of Albuquerque were arrested at 2 p.m. Wednesday at their […]

Steve: Holidays good time for musicians

Christmas is a time of year when even mid-level serious amateur musicians can find themselves overbooked. Just about all of us with any claim to musical ability can find work during the holidays. When you run yourself ragged for the season, as I have a few times, you wonder why you keep volunteering. There are […]

Menus — Dec. 24

The following are the menus for the senior centers in Quay County for Dec. 26- Jan. 3: Senior centers Thursday Round steak with mushroom gravy, cauliflower and pepper salad, salad, potluck roll, margarine, strawberry shortcake. Friday Baked fish, tartar sauce, tater tots, coleslaw, dinner roll, margarine, apricots. Monday Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, […]

Police blotter — Dec. 24

he following is a sampling of calls received by the central dispatch office for Quay County, based at the Tucumcari Police Department: Dec. 16 • At 6:21 a.m., an alarm was reported at a retail store on the 900 block of West Route 66. An officer advised all was OK. • At 10:33 a.m., a […]

County unemployment down from October

QCS Staff Quay County’s unemployment rate for the month of November was 5.6 percent, down from 5.9 percent in October and 6.2 percent in November 2012, according to the New Mexico Dept. of Workforce Solutions. Quay County’s labor force was 3,729 in November 2013, compared with 3,733 in October and 3,799 in November 2012. Labor […]

Project leaders: Ute lake intake structure could be completed by July


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Ute Lake intake construction project is on schedule with about half of the $14 million allocated to the project spent, Construction Manager Alan Ortega of Occam Engineering reported Wednesday at a public progress report session in Logan. Project leaders believe the structure will be completed by July, Ortega […]