Today’s amenities cast a new light on childhood chores

A friend sent me a brief history of wash day (laundry day), and then we talked and laughed about our having had the privilege of living much of that history having to do with the work before washing machines came along. At lma, we had very few amenities, such as running water, electricity, or butane. […]

Counties fight to keep federal indigent fund share

CMI Staff The Dr. Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari is one of many New Mexico rural hospitals that could face severe funding shortages if their counties lose money for providing care to the poor. The cash is applied to obtain three times as much in federal matching money. The Legislature is wrestling with […]

New extension agent begins work

QCS Staff The Quay County Agricultural Extension Office has a new extension agent, Jason Lamb, who most recently taught agriculture at Quemodo High School in Quemodo but has held extension agent positions in Cibola and Sierra counties. Lamb will lead the extension office and coordinate junior livestock and shooting sports activities for Quay County 4-H […]

Not a lot of room in those friendly skies

“Honey, they shrunk the plane,” muttered my wife as we took our seats on a recent flight to Iowa. I assured her that the plane hadn’t been shrunk, we had just super-sized our meals too often at fast food places lately. That did little to improve her mood but the knot she put on my […]

You always have give and take in this world

We have lots of folks come through our office and home. We try to be hospitable. While cleaning up the office, I found a pair of glasses. They were the frameless kind that make you look like Benjamin Franklin. I asked around the office, yet no one claimed them. In the midst of all this […]

Tucumcari Rattlers looking for first district win

Lady Rattlers Kaycee Lease passes the ball past the Lady Lions defender during Friday night's 53-40 loss at Santa Rosa.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer As the end of the regular season approaches, the Tucumcari Rattlers and Lady Rattlers are hungry for their first district win. Friday’s opponents, the Texico Wolverines and Lady Wolverines, will be a tough challenges to overcome. “Putting together four solid periods of basketball and coming out with intensity at […]

Rattlers qualify 11 for state competition in Rio Rancho

Rattlers wrestler Joseph Otero avoids the take down from West Las Vegas’ Andres Lujan during the District 2 3A tournament Saturday at the Snake Pit. Otero won the 145 pound weight class.

  Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers placed third overall, clinched two individual district championships and qualified all 11 wrestlers for 3A state competition in a strong performance at the District 2 tournament Saturday at the Snake Pit. “I’m not sure when the last time was, if ever, that we qualified everyone who […]

You must acknowledge failure and approach God for forgiveness

I saw a bumper sticker that said, “I heart concrete,” causing me to think, “Hmm, that person must work in concrete.” Concrete is a very versatile product because it can be used for building all kinds of structures, including roads and bridges. In many cases, it’s used as the very foundation for whatever is being […]

Candidates offer their views at well attended forum


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor About 200 Tucumcari residents gathered at the Tucumcari Convention Center Tuesday to hear 11 candidates for city offices expound on their views of the city’s future. The forum was sponsored by the Tucumcari Rotary Club, the Quay Action Group, and radio stations KQAY and KTNM. Each candidate gave one-minute […]

Game Commission chair quits after cougar killing

Courtesy Photo:  State Sens. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and Pat Woods, R-Broadview, visit with Scott Bidegain after the Senate unanimously confirmed his appointment to the New Mexico Game Commission in 2013.

  By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Scott Bidegain of Tucumcari, chairman of the New Mexico Game Commission and representative for the commission’s 4th District, has resigned, accused of being part of the unlawful killing of a cougar. A complaint filed in Quay County Magistrate Court alleges Bidegain did “unlawfully counsel, aid or abet in […]