Railroad Days draws more than 800

Visitors both young and old enjoyed watching the model train operated by the ASHOME Model Train Club out of Albuquerque Saturday at the Tucumcari Railroad Days event. Additional photos on page 13.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   The inaugural Tucumcari Rail Road Days attracted over 800 people to the Tucumcari Train Depot last weekend. “I am truly pleased with how the event was received, not just by the tourists who came to the event, but by residents of Tucumcari and Quay County,” said Frank Turner, chairman […]

City Commissioners vote to hire new city manager

City commissioner John Mihm speaks to newly hired city manager Jared Langenegger.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   Tucumcari City commissioners unanimously voted during Thursday night’s meeting to hire Jared Langenegger as the new city manager of Tucumcari. “I appreciated the commissioners’ confidence in me and I will do my best to do what I can for the citizens of Tucumcari,” Langenegger said. Langenegger said he […]

Mesalands wins first team title of season at home rodeo

Edmiles Harvey of Tsalini Springs, Arizona, earned his second consecutive championship title in bareback for Mesalands on Saturday night during the championship rounds of the college’s fall rodeo in Tucumcari.

  Special to QCS from Mesalands Community College   The men’s intercollegiate rodeo team at Mesalands Community College won its first team championship of the season in the Grand Canyon Region last weekend at the seventh annual rodeo in Tucumcari. The men’s team dominated, winning the team championship with 605 points. It also claimed the […]

Letter to the Editor

Curb appeal is a must As president of the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce, I am writing to let the community know about the importance of curb appeal. All of our citizens should be willing to make our city trash free and attractive, not just for our benefit but for those traveling through. Keeping our […]

Peanuts hold historical value for me, Portales

By Karl Terry CMI Columnist Growing up in Goober Gulch you learn things can get a little nutty, especially in the month of October when the legumes ripen. Not only did I grow up in Goober Gulch, the story goes my mother actually found me under a peanut vine. That’s a pretty incredible story since […]

Meetings watch

Quay County Commission: Quay County DWI Compliance Administrator Bryan Rinestine reported to county commissioners they had 10 DWIs during the past quarter — seven first offenses, one second offense, one third offense and one fourth offense. Rinestine, speaking at Monday’s commission meeting, said all 10 were considered aggravated with the lowest blood alcohol level being […]

God’s plan is simple, like steps to boarding an airplane

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist I recently took two trips involving several flights using multiple airlines, one of which was going through a merger. Generally, there’s a consistency among airlines in loading passengers from the back to the front and that’s always made sense to me. Still, aisle-seated passengers who load first often have to […]

Rattlers on bye week, Longhorns and Coyotes in district play

Rattler’s D’Ontee Sandoval goes up for the touchdown pass from quarterback Tyler Ferguson for his second score of Friday night’s game against the West Las Vegas Dons.

  Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   The Tucumcari Rattlers (0-7) have a bye week before they start their district run at the Santa Rosa Lions (2-5) next week. The Rattlers’ last game was a 67-36 loss Friday night to the West Las Vegas Dons in Tucumcari. A bright spot: Tucumcari outscored the Dons 28-26 […]

Former Tucumcari police officer target of state police investigation

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Recently resigned Tucumcari police Officer Dustin “Dusty” Lopez is the target of a state police investigation in a series of arson fires in the city last month, according to court records. Lopez resigned Oct. 2, the day after New Mexico State Police searched his home. Investigators seized Lopez’s cell […]

Event to highlight Tucumcari’s railroad history

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The history of the railroad will come alive with working model train displays as well as visual and static displays Saturday and Sunday during the Tucumcari Railroad Days at the Historic Train Depot in Tucumcari. Railroad Days is a collaborative effort among the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce, Tucumcari […]