Residents fight to keep armory

Residents, local and state officials gathered
Thursday at Mesalands to speak with the National
Guard about the future of its armory in Tucumcari.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Local and state officials, veterans and residents met with New Mexico National Guard Army and Air Force generals on Thursday at Mesalands Community College to determine how to keep the local armory from closing. “Give us a hard goal that we need to meet to keep the armory in […]

Rattler Reunion begins this weekend


  By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The 45th annual Rattler Reunion is set to begin Thursday through Saturday at the Tucumcari Convention Center and will be hosted by the class of Class of 1985. Through the years that the Rattler Reunion has been held many of the events are well known and attended including […]

Former Tucumcari Police Officer pleads guilty to arson charges

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Former Tucumcari Police Officer Dustin “Dusty” Lopez and Robert Sandoval pleaded guilty to felony arson charges Friday at the Quay County Courthouse. With Tenth Judicial District Judge Albert J Mitchell presiding, Lopez and Sandoval entered pleas separately during the hearing for charges in connection to a Sept. 3, 2014 […]

City works toward downtown growth

Vendors at the Tucumcari Farmer’s Market discuss local news and talk shop Saturday morning at the
Tucumcari Train Depot. The market was moved to the depot in a effort to draw people downtown.

By Jacob Sanchez QCS Staff Writer Take a walk around downtown Tucumcari. You’ll notice a business here and there, but what you’ll mostly see are empty run-down buildings. If City Manager Jared Langenegger has his way, downtown will become the heart of economic activity for the city. The city has taken the first step toward […]

Vigil guilty of sexual assault

George Vigil

Staff Report A Clayton man was convicted on July 15 in the Quay County District Court for the sexual assault of a mentally disabled Tucumcari resident. George Vigil, Jr., 58, accepted a plea agreement deferring a nine-year prison sentence for 20 years of supervised probation and lifetime registration as a sex offender, said 10th Judicial […]

County 4-Hers place at state


Staff Report Quay County 4-Hers placed in the top five in several events on July 13- 6 at the 92nd annual state conference in Las Cruces. Twelve Quay County 4-Hers competed at the state conference with the land judging teams winning first and second place. The first place team members were Kyle Knight, Kyle Hamilton, […]

Sandoval agrees to tentative plea

Dustin Lopez left and Robert Sandoval plead guilty to arson charges Friday in the Tenth Judicial District Court in Tucumcari.

Staff Report Tucumcari’s Robert Sandoval has entered a tentative plea agreement relating to arson charges from last year. Chico Gallegos, Sandoval’s attorney, said Sandoval reached the deal with prosecutors on Friday. He’s accused in setting fires that destroyed the Payless Motor Inn and an abandoned house on Sept. 3, 2014. Gallegos said a tentative verbal […]

Holiday draws 37,000 to Ute Lake


Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Despite visitation numbers at Ute Lake State Park being down compared to last year for the Fourth of July weekend, Logan Ute Lake Chamber officials were excited about the turnout. It was successful weekend for the community and several area business owners even felt it was a record weekend for […]

Quay County Little League All-Stars win district title

Quay County All-Star Bryce Merrill nears second
base and watches for the go ahead signal during
Thursday’s District 3 Championship game in

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Quay County All-Stars 9-10 year-old Little League baseball team (3-0) will be playing in the state sectionals on July 17-19 at Bayard. “The kids are very excited to play at sectionals its a big accomplishment for them to be there,” said Ricky Ragland, team manager. The Quay All-Stars advanced […]

Mesalands’ paleontology field class makes find

Courtesy Photo: Students from McClellan Community College’s summer paleontology field
class listen to Dr. Axel Hungerbuehler, before they excavate dinosaur-age fossils.

Special to QCS The paleontology summer field season at Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum and Naturals Sciences Laboratory that began in May has made several finds during field excavation projects. Axel Hungerbuehler,  curator of the museum said this summer field season has already been successful. He said this year students have found a variety of […]