Mesalands qualifies 7 for College National Finals Rodeo

QCS Staff Seven members of the Mesalands Community College Rodeo Team have qualified to compete in the 2014 College National Finals Rodeo by delivering strong performances at their final rodeo of the season April 26-27 at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Mesalands brought home three championship titles and qualified enough student athletes to […]

Q&A: Candidates for Quay County Sherriff sound off


    QCS Staff   The following is a Q&A with the eight candidates running for the Quay County Sherriff’s Office.   Editor’s Note: The Candidates are listed in ballot order.   Frankie Gutierrez   Q. What would you do to solicit and act on more community input on Sheriff  Department policy and operations? A: […]

Mesalands’ graduates encouraged to continue to soar

After receiving their degrees, certificates and diplomas from Mesalands College Board of Trustee’s Chairman J. Bronson Moore, the  2014 graduating class of Mesalands Community College turns to the audience and are applauded for their achievement.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   Mesalands Community College’s President Thomas Newsom urged Mesalands’ 2014 graduates to take pride in their associate’s degrees, certificates and General Education Diplomas and continue to pursue new achievements and goals and reach and surpass their potential. In all, 35 associates, 35 certificates and 19 GED graduates walked across the […]

Logan High’s graduates earn $360,000 in scholarships

Valedictorian James Egerton addresses classmates and community at Logan High School’s graduation ceremony.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Logan High School’s 17 graduates for 2014 walked away with more than $360,000 in scholarships, as well as the diplomas they received in cermonies Saturday in the Logan High School gym. Anna Hibner, the school’s registrar announced long lists of scholarships won by the graduates as they head for […]

San Jon celebrates 2014 graduates


QCS Staff Seven San Jon High School seniors received diplomas at graduation ceremonies Friday. The ceremony was held in the San Jon High gymnasium as community members watched. Valedictorian Charlotte Young praised her classmates for perseverance and talked about overcoming some recent struggles of her own. She said her classmates taught her to “laugh when […]

One man taken into custody after a fight with two Tucumcari residents involving a gun

QCS Photo: Thomas Garcia
New Mexico State Police Officers stand guard outside of an ambulance that is transporting a man who was taken into custody by Tucumcari Police officers Friday evening. The man was involved in an altercation with two local motel employees that involved a handgun.

  By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A local man has been charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault after apparently shooting at two employees of the Best Western Discovery Inn Friday afternoon, said Deputy Chief Peter Rivera. John Blackmon, 23, of Tucumcari, was charged Monday in Quay County Magistrate Court on two fourth-degree […]

Early testimony in Jones case focuses on reconstructing time of murder

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Hours after he killed Shirley Pacheco with up to 11 blows from a claw hammer, Randall Jones was smoking methamphetamine with friends at a home in Tucumcari, and apparently acting as if nothing unusual had happened. That was the testimony of several witnesses who recounted memories from the day […]

Shelburne: Can we come back after we’ve been broken?

Can we “come back” after we’ve been broken? That’s the question. Anything columnist Charles Krauthammer writes is worth reading, so I wasn’t surprised that his recent book Things That Matter, a compilation of some of his best columns, is filled with gems of uncommon sense. Krauthammer tells an amazing “come back” story from the world […]

Run for Wall riders to pass through Tucumcari

At about 2 p.m. Friday, about 250 motorcycle riders in the Run for the Wall are expected to pass through Tucumcari on Interstate 40 on their way to Glenrio, their next stop on their trip to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, according to Chris Trimm, a ride organizer. The riders, who are veterans, […]

Wheatland school reunion set for May 24

A Wheatland School reunion will be held on May 24, starting at 8 a.m., at the Grady Senior Citizens Center. The event will consist of a gathering and a potluck luncheon.  Guests are asked to bring a covered dish item, according to Catherine Heber, an event organizer. The event will continue through the afternoon, Heber […]