Mesalands named among most affordable schools

Special to QCS Mesalands Community College has been named among the top 10 in a listing of the 50 most affordable community colleges in the nation by AffordableColleges.com, the community college announced in a news release. Mesalands was ranked seventh in the nation with an average in-state tuition of $1,152 per semester and a 47-percent […]

Guadalupe Mountains park offers stunning scenery

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About 25 miles south of Carlsbad Caverns, just over the Texas state line, lies Guadalupe Mountains National Park. The mountains themselves are a limestone reef that about 300 million years ago was home to some of the same Permian-period plants and animals that became petroleum deposits, the foundation of the nearby Permian Basin’s current economy. […]

Farm Bill subsidies may not aid drought-stricken Quay farmers

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Quay County farmers who grew little or no crops from 2008 to 2012 due to drought may not be able to use new subsidy options under the federal Farm Bill passed this year, according to Brandon Terrazas, a U.S. Department of Agriculture program specialist with the Farm Services Agency. […]

Motorcycle riders deliver food, toys to Ministry of Hope

Santa Claus (Larry McClure) places a sack of donated
clothing into a shopping cart Saturday at the
Ministry of Hope. Don Daniels (left) carries another
sack that was collected by the American Legion
Riders Chapter 15 and the Eagles 3526 Riders and donated to the MOH.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The American Legion Riders Chapter 15 and the Eagles 3526 Riders made their fifth annual food and toy run on Saturday delivering 716 pounds of food and 178 pounds of clothing to the Ministry of Hope In Tucumcari. “Without the help of organizations like the Legion and Eagles riders, […]

Mesalands students present research in North Carolina

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Mesalands Students Sanda Garrett, Nikki Vazquez and
Stephen Smith presented their research at the Fall 2014 Colloquium in North Carolina.

Special to QCS Three students from Mesalands Community College recently presented at the Community College Undergraduate Initiative Fall 2014 Colloquium at Gaston College in Charlotte, North Carolina. This event was  co-hosted with Bio-Link and funded by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program that focuses on improving the education of technicians, who work in […]

Norovirus ‘stomach flu’ virus spreading in southeast NM

QCS Staff Norovirus, commonly called “stomach flu,” has been increasing in New Mexico, according to the state department of health. The department recommends that everyone take precautions, especially around the very young, elderly and those with weakened immuned systems, who are at risk for more serious illness due to norovirus infection. The Department does not […]

Rattlers, Coyotes to play at home, Logan attends Clayton tourney

Tucumcari Lady Rattlers work on their defensive assignments and anticipating
the pass during Monday night’s practice. The Lady Rattlers and Rattlers will
host the Dexter Demons Thursday at the Snake Pit.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Tucumcari and San Jon boys and girls basketball teams will be in single game competition at home this week while Logan will be competing in the Orange and Black Classic tournament at Clayton. The Tucumcari Rattlers (6-2) and Lady Rattlers (2-3) will host the Dexter Demons on Thursday at […]

Tucumcari wrestlers prepare to host annual tournament

QCS Staff The Tucumcari Rattlers wrestling team is preparing to host its annual wrestling tournament Saturday at the Snake Pit. Head coach Eddie Encinias feels the local meet will be tougher than the state tournament. “We are going to have some stout competition at this tournament and it is sure to be a gut-check not […]

Two Quay school board races Feb. 3 to be contested

QCS Staff Two positions in Quay County’s Feb. 3 school board elections will be contested, and one position has no candidates at all, according to documents filed Tuesday, filing day, in the Quay County Clerk’s office. The Fifth District school board race in Tucumcari will have three participants, including Todd Smith, Evelyn C. Hayes and […]

Former officer pleads not guilty to arson charges

QCS Staff Dustin “Dusty” Lopez, a former Tucumcari police officer facing felony arson charges, entered a not-guilty plea to the charges on Monday before  District Judge Albert Mitchell in Tucumcari. Co-defendant Robert Sandoval of Tucumcari also entered a not-guilty plea, Mitchell said. Mitchell said both defendants were ordered to continue to wear GPS ankle bracelets, […]