Water flows to Arch Hurley members

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Water flows through canals from Conchas Lake to croplands of the Arch Hurley Conservancy District.  The water started flowing on Tuesday and was expected to reach Arch Hurley customers in 24 to 40 hours, Arch Hurley Manager Franklin McCasland said. The district is allocating water to its clients for the first time in three years.

QCS Staff The Arch Hurley Conservancy District opened the gates Tuesday to send water to the district’s canals and ditches from Conchas Lake for the first time in three years. Franklin McCasland, district manager, said Tuesday the water would take 24 to 40 hours to reach Tucumcari. McCasland said that spread across the district’s 42,000 […]

Three file for commission appointment

District 1 candidates are, from left, Jerry Lopez, Rick Haymaker and Gary Southern.

QCS Staff Three candidates have applied for Tucumcari’s vacant First District Commission seat, according to Angelica Gray, city clerk. The deadline for filing applications was Monday. The three are Rick Haymaker, a musician, pastor and business owner; Gary Southern, a retiree who recently ran for Tucumcari municipal judge; and Jerry Lopez, a life-long resident of […]

Don Chalmers, Tucumcari racino investor, dies

Don Chalmers

QCS Staff Don Chalmers, the Albuquerque auto dealer who was also the principal partner in the Coronado Park Racetrack and Casino proposed for Tucumcari, died Sunday after a two-year bout with cancer, according to a news release from Don Chalmers Ford, a dealership he owned in Albuquerque. “He has been the driving force behind this […]

700 students learn at Earth Day outdoor classroom event

First-grader Angelica Pacheco reaches out to touch a bullfrog.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Whether it was by touching toads, trying on wind turbine climbing gear or getting a quick solar-powered shower, about 700 school children from three counties observed Earth Day on April 16 with learning by sight, sound and touch at Tucumcari’s Outdoor Classroom. The federal Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Tucumcari […]

Local Chinese restaurant owner teaches cooking class

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Tammy Fang gives step-by-step instructions on how to prepare a Chinese dish to the students enrolled in her cooking class.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Over a dozen students learned about Chinese heritage and how to cook a Chinese meal from Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant owner Tammy Fang as part of Mesalands Community College’s Community Education Course. The class, originally designed for five students, expanded rapidly as the registration deadline neared earlier this month. Donna […]

Walker family saga begins in Quay

Daisyann Walker Palmer signs a copy of her book “A Walker Trilogy: Three to Read on Walker Mountain” for Joy Young, a member of the Tucumcari Historical Museum staff, at the museum. The museum hosted a book signing event for Palmer on Saturday.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Walker Mountain, an abrupt rise among the mesas and cattle-ranch plains of the Quay Valley, still looks much as it did when it was the destination for Lawrence Walker and his family, who journeyed by covered wagon from Kansas to what they hoped would be better prospects in New […]

Historical Institute enjoys tales of growing up in eastern New Mexico

Craig Currell relates a tale about growing up in the Tucumcari area, while Mike Lucero shows his reaction at the Tucumcari Historical Research Institute annual meeting.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Craig Currell and Mike Lucero had different childhood experiences, but both have spent their whole lives in eastern New Mexico’s small towns and wide open ranges. They shared tales of their childhood years at the Tucumcari Historical Research Institute’s annual meeting Monday night at the Tucumcari Elks Club.  They […]

Rattlers win double-header against Clayton

Tucumcari Rattlers’pitcher Javier Villanueva advanced from the mound to catch the pop fly for the final out at the top of the third inning during Saturday’s district game against Clayton.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers baseball team opened district play this weekend winning a double header over the visiting Clayton Yellowjackets, leaving the Rattlers 2-0 in district play and 10-4 for the season. “We need to continue playing as a team and concentrate on limiting our errors on defense,” said Javier Villanueva, […]

Dispatch officials seek new fund source

Central Dispatch’s Supervisor Cindy Brashear answers a phone call while checking the information relayed to her by an officer conducting  a traffic stop.

By Thomas Garcia Senior Writer Local administrators are exploring a new gross receipts tax to pay a portion of the cost of Quay County’s emergency communications system, which includes 911 emergency response. The system provides service for residents of Quay County and portions of San Miguel and Harding counties, as well as travelers on I-40 […]

Fire 7 miles east of Tucumcari destroys workshop building

Volunteer firefighter Kyle Evetts, left, awaits his next task, while Rural District 2 Chief Danny Wallace and firefighter Tommy Morris talk strategy while fighting a fire on Quay Road 62 east of Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Fire destroyed a building that served as a workshop and barn on property belonging to Baker Evans in the 3200 block of Quay Road 62 about seven miles east of Tucumcari Monday, according to Rural District 2 Fire Chief Danny Wallace. The fire sent up columns of black and […]