“Smokey and the Bandit” run stops in Tucumcari

A group of participants in the Bandit Run 15 gather together with
a banner honoring the Bandit from the 1977 movie, "Smokey and
the Bandit," Monday at Love’s Travel Center in Tucumcari.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer More than 140 “Smokey and the Bandit” enthusiasts will pass through Tucumcari this week as they head “East Bound and Down” to Dallas, taking part in the eighth annual Bandit Run. “It’s an amazing event that grows more every year,” said Jill Braud, of Port Neches, Texas. “You get […]

Job Fair showcased local employment opportunities

Jerry Henrnandez about the employment opportunities
with New Mexico State Police. Hernandez was running
a booth Wednesday during the job fair

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor About 60 job seekers made the rounds of city, county, state and private employers April 29 at a job fair hosted by the city of Tucumcari. Recruiters from the Tucumcari Police Department, the Tucumcari Volunteer Fire Department, the city’s Emergency Medical Services and city administration hosted tables, representing the […]

Police charge Texas woman with stabbing that left local man hospitalized

Amanda Nunez

Staff Report Tucumcari police arrested a woman from Fort Worth, Texas, on charges of stabbing a Tucumcari man in the neck at his residence on the 1300 block of East Harmon Avenue, said Deputy Police Chief Pete Rivera. Rivera said on April 30, Amanda Nunez, 35, was charged with felony aggravated battery with a deadly […]

Local health committee working to open health trails

Dr. Linda Stogner shows one
of the Bear-themed trail signs
used to mark the walking
trails in Estancia.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A physician from Estancia and an engineer from Santa Fe Thursday talked about the details of establishing walking or bicycling trails to promote community fitness. Their audience was a committee that is working to establish such trails in Tucumcari. Dr. Linda Stogner, an Estancia family practice physician, and Tim […]

Rattler baseball team set to start state tourney run

The umpire calls Rattlers’ Saul Moriel safe at home after Raton’s catcher dropped the ball trying to tag Moriel for the out. The Rattlers lost the April 29 doubleheader
to the Tigers but swept the Clayton Yellowjackets on Friday. The Rattlers play today in the first round of the 3A state baseball tournament at Estancia.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The 11th-seeded Tucumcari Rattlers baseball team will be on the road for the first round of the 3A state tournament today facing sixth-seeded Estancia. The Rattlers finished their regular season at 11-12; two of those losses were to the 13-9 Bears. On April 4, the Rattlers lost to the […]

Chuck Wagon Cook-off draws 200 to Ute State Park

Cross Wagon crew member Brad Ray flips chicken-ried steak during the 15th annual Chuck Wagon Cook-off at in Logan. The Cross Wagon was one of seven
chuck wagons competing in the event Saturday at Ute Lake State Park. The chuck wagons competed in cooking chicken fried steak and dessert.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer With cowboys and cowgirls, cast-iron Dutch ovens, campfires and chuck wagons, it looked like the Old West, but it was really the 15th annual Chuck Wagon Cook off Saturday in Logan. More than 200 residents turned out to see the seven wagons that competed in the cook-off and taste […]

Rain compresses Rattler district baseball schedule

Lady Rattler Alyssa Martinez hits for a double RBI in the bottom of the second inning during Thursday's 21-6 rout of Santa Rosa in Tucumcari.
Both teams have district games coming up.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers baseball team 9-10, 4-1, has rescheduled Tuesday’s double-header against a district opponent, the Raton Tigers, for today in Tucumcari. Monday’s rain was welcomed  by residents, but for the Rattlers who have state seeding on Sunday and four games left to play,  the rain could not have […]

Elementary students get environmental lessons for Earth Day

Robert Martin of
Ogalalla Commons, a
non-profit conservation
group, gets a variety of
reactions to a salamander
that he allowed children
to touch at the April
16 Earth Day celebration
April 16 at the Outdoor
Classroom near
Tucumcari Elementary

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Tucumcari’s Outdoor Classroom came alive April 16 as children from Tucumcari and San Jon elementary schools gathered to celebrate Earth Day by touring demonstrations of environmental, conservation and safety exhibits. in all, 615 children from both cities, from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, were guided through 10 exhibits, where they […]

Historical Society learns about scientific error

Mike Lucero holds up illustrations Monday as Axel Hungerbuehler, curator of
the Mesalands Community College Dinosaur Museum, explains features of a
phytosaur, a crocodile-like reptile that lived 200 million years ago.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Axel Hungerbuehler, Ph.D,  gave a history lesson from the science of pre-historic reptiles Monday in a talk to the Tucumcari Historic Research Institute. Hungerbuehler, a paleontologist, a scientist who studies dinosaurs and other ancient creatures, and curator of the Mesalands Community College Dinosaur Museum, was the guest speaker at […]

Upside-down flag causes controversy

Steve Benevidez stands proudly
beneath his flag flown upside
down Tuesday at his store on
Seventh Street, Tucumcari. The
inverted flag is his way of communicating
that the country and

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Steve Benevidez wanted to send a message. The country is in trouble and so is Tucumcari, the Vietnam Army veteran who calls himself a patriot said. He thinks the trouble is deep enough to be a crisis, so he decided to make his message as urgent as he thinks […]