William Shatner treks through Tucumcari

William Shatner and his wife Elizabeth prepare to leave Tucumcari on Saturday, heading west. They're traveling Route 66 to raise awareness for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship.

Staff Report Actor William Shatner briefly stopped Saturday in Tucumcari, traveling from St. Louis to Los Angeles along old Route 66 as part of a campaign to raise awareness for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship. Shatner is best known for his portrayal of Capt. James T. Kirk in the original “Star Trek” TV series. He […]

Classic cars race through Tucumcari

Driver Trevor Stahl of Chesterfield, Mississippi, and navigator Josh Hull of Roanoke, Virginia, are the
first to arrive in Tucumcari as part of the 2015 Great Race.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer More than 130 classic, vintage cars participating in the 2015 Great Race — from Kirkwood, Missouri, to Santa Monica, California — gathered Tuesday at the Tucumcari Convention as part of their scheduled stops along Route 66. The cars began arriving at 11:30 a.m., and gathered at the Tucumcari Convention […]

Sheriff’s Office, Tucumcari schools aids stranded bus riders

Passengers from the Greyhound bus sit in the patio
area of the McDonald’s restaurant in Tucumcari to
get out of the sun. The 50 passengers were stranded
on June 18 after their bus broke down 10 miles east of Tucumcari on Interstate 40.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer An act of kindness from a stranger and the quick thinking of the Quay County Sheriff’s Office and Tucumcari School District aided 50 stranded passengers Thursday from a broken down Greyhound bus on Interstate 40 East of Tucumcari. The Greyhound bus broke down around 10 a.m., 10 miles East […]

Veteran walking across country stops in Tucumcari

Marine veteran Wesley
Roy Brady Jr., is walking
across the country to
raise awareness for
combat wounded veterans.

Staff Report On the same day the Great Race passed through Tucumcari, U.S. Marine veteran Wesley Roy Brady Jr. made his way through town on his own cross country trek to raise awareness for combat-wounded veterans. “I want to raise awareness for an issue that affects all combat veterans and their families across the nation,” […]

Cyclists for a cure pass through Tucumcari

Sherri Kole, Mary Ann Taylor, and Gary Heiman pedal to the end of a day’s ride at Tucumcari’s Historic
Route 66 Motel.

  By Steve Hansen Special to the Quay County Sun When cycling groups pass through Tucumcari on cross-country journeys, you can usually count on trim young people on the sleekest of rolling hardware. But the cyclists-for-a-cause who stopped in Tucumcari on Sunday before heading east were an exception. The “Bike for the Cure for Huntington’s […]

Landmark’s demolition nearing

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Staff Report Tucumcari’s efforts to rid the downtown area of the defunct Sands Dorsey building will clear another milestone Thursday as bidding closes for the demolition of the prominent eyesore that has festered at its current condition since 2007. At the June 4 City Commission meeting, City Manager Jared Langenegger informed commissioners that the bidding […]

Rockabilly draws 4,000 visitors

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Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The third annual Rockabilly on the Route was a success, attracting 4,000 people to Tucumcari over the weekend, said Simon Cantlon, event co-organizer, adding that the estimated unofficial visitor total came from Tucumcari Mayor Robert Lumpkin. “Each year the city of Tucumcari is so great to us and its always […]

County buys Teambuilders’ building to expand office space

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By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Quay County Commission approved the purchase of the Turquoise (formerly Teambuilders) office building on the 1100 block of East High to address crowding at the County Courthouse. The building will allow the county to relocate offices and free up space at the courthouse, said County Manager Richard Primrose, […]

New Chamber director starts

Chamber

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Eve Calderon began her duties on May 26 as the new director of the Tucumcari Quay County Chamber of Commerce. “I’m becoming familiar with the administrative portion of the job; the rest is just getting out and introducing myself to the community,” Calderon said. Calderon said during her first […]

Hollywood comes to Tucumcari

Actor Chris Pine waits patiently in a car with co-star
Ben Foster to begin filming a scene for the movie
“Comancheria,” Monday morning in Tucumcari.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Scenes of the upcoming movie “Comancheria,” starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster were filmed Monday in Tucumcari, bringing revenue and national attention into the city — but the filming of them also created some mixed reactions from area officials, offices and businesses. “This was an excellent opportunity […]