Rattlers tournament delivers stout wrestling competition


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari High School Rattlers wrestling team, along with 17 visiting teams, residents and families of the athletes, worked to pin a different type of opponent at the Rattler Invite, cancer. Despite having been diagnosed recently with cancer, Rattlers head wrestling coach Eddie Encinias remains adamant that he will […]

Tucumcari Rattlers, Lady Rattlers sweep Dexter at Snake Pit


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Lady Rattlers staved off last-minute rallies Thursday night by the Demons to sweep Dexter at the Snake Pit. It came down to point guard Ashley Shipley’s free throw giving the Rattlers (4-2) the 56-54)win over the Lady Demons. “I just thought, breath, take your time and make […]

Las Vegas comedian set to perform in February at Tucumcari Columbus Club

Carlos Medina, right, meets with residents of Tucumcari Thursday to promote his February comedy show at the Tucumcari Columbus Club.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Las Vegas-based comedian Carlos Medina made several appearances in Tucumcari to speak with residents today about his upcoming show on Feb. 6, at the Tucumcari Columbus Club. “I have developed a good following in Tucumcari, Clovis and Portales and I wanted to come to eastern New Mexico to perform for […]

Students honor friend’s memory

Debbie Montano, Frankie Joe Montano, Noah
Marquez, Nicholas Andrada, Destiny Zukevich,
Alicia DeLeon, Josue Grajeda, LaZara Garcia,
Maribel Lopez, Emma Garcia, Santiago Alires, Kyle
Lopez, and Sergio Reyes., Michael Bilopavlovich
and Patrick Gonzales made different kinds of grilled
cheese snadwiches to honor Patrick “Lil Pat”
Gonzales who died in October, in Tucumcari.

Staff Report Dual enrollment students from Tucumcari High School built a memorial website in honor of Patrick “Lil Pat” Gonzales, a classmate who died in Oct., for their final in CIS 101: Introduction to Computers at Mesalands Community College. Building a website is not a typical finals project for CIS 101, said Michael Bilopavlovich, course […]

Wrestling tournament, basketball games set for this weekend


Staff Report The Tucumcari Rattlers wrestling team will play host to 18 teams Saturday during their annual Rattler Invite tournament at the Snake Pit. “These guys are showing a lot of promise, I know I say that every year but we’ve got a great group of young men,” said Rattlers head coach Eddie Encinias. Encinias […]

Santa Claus meets kids in Tucumcari

Nine-year-old Taylor Enriquez, of Tucumcari shares his Christmas wish secretly with Santa Claus,
(Oran Watson) Thursday night during Mesalands Community College's annual lighting of the courtyard
in Tucumcari.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Area organizations held their annual lighting events over the weekend to help the community get into the Christmas spirit. On Thursday, 155 parents and children gathered at Mesalands Community College for the annual lighting of the courtyard, the reading of “The Christmas Story” and meeting with Santa Claus. “Mesalands […]

State legislators attend forum

Rep. Dennis Roch, left and Sen. Pat Woods, right
sign capital outlay request Monday night at a legislative
forum in Tucumcari. The request were given
to them to sign by Ray Mondragon, center, EPCOG’S
economic and community development planner.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Government representatives from Eastern New Mexico communities presented their capital outlay priorities to their state representatives and senators during a legislative forum Monday night in Tucumcari. Meeting and speaking with the constituents were state Rep. Dennis Roch (R) and George Dodge Jr. (D) and state Sen. Pete Campos (D) […]

Fire damages, closes Rockin Y’s

A fire burned the kitchen
of the Rockin Y’s restaurant
Sunday in

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer An early Sunday morning fire damaged and closed one of the three franchise restaurants owned by local sisters Yvonne Braziel and Yvette Braziel-Peacock. The call that shock our world came in at 2 a.m., Sunday morning notifying us that Rockin Y’s was on fire, said Braziel-Peacock. Braziel and Braziel-Peacock […]

Low temperatures, icy roads impact area

Michael Rubalcava knocks the ice out from the wheel well of the mini-van he and his family are traveling in to Clayton.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Travelers, retailers, residents, highway crews and first responders were able to weather a lingering winter storm system that blanketed Quay County, portions of the state and West Texas this Thanksgiving weekend. The system that moved into Quay County on Thanksgiving came from a strong cold front that combined with […]

Hazardous road conditions for the area


Staff Report Road conditions on Interstate 40 eastbound and westbound from Tucumcari and on US Highway 54 have been upgraded to fair, according to the New Mexico Department of Transportation. The road conditions had been affected Friday and Saturday by snow and ice accumulations on I-40 and US Highway 54. Visibility was limited due to […]