Graduates bid farewell to THS

Benjamin Carlos Aragon looks for his family in the crowd as
Brandon Thomas Aragon reflects silently on the diploma he
received at Friday’s graduation.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Valedictorian, salutatorian, state champions, pretty much the entire class of 2015 — along with everyone else in attendance — cheered as Principal Nicole Bright-Leslie called out Nathaniel Richard Lopez-Martinez’s name to receive his diploma Friday during the Tucumcari High School graduation at the Snake Pit. Lopez-Martinez, is not all that […]

Students, teachers honor TMS’ retiring principal

Roberta Segura sits with
students and staff during
a slide show the prepared
in honor of her
retirement as princapal
of Tucumcari Middle

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer For the students, faculty and staff of Tucumcari Middle School, the May 20 awards assembly marked more than the end of the year. It was the final assembly Roberta Segura would officiate as the school’s principal. “We love you, Mrs. Segura!” was the chant heard from the students as Segura […]

Mesalands holds spring graduation

Mesalands Community College's President Thomas Newsom presents Tonie Martinez's posthumous associates degree to her daughter Mandi Martinez, grandson Marvin Reese and son Josh Martinez during Friday night's graduation.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Mesalands Community College’s student speaker Cynthia Anaya encouraged the 37 fellow students to use the accomplishment of graduating as the fuel to drive them towards their grand ambition. Mesalands President Dr. Thomas Newsroom introduced Anaya as the student speaker for Friday’s commencement ceremony at the Tucumcari Convention Center. Newsom […]

Kodiak Fresh Produce ceases operations in Tucumcari

The gates are padlocked and the doors are shut at
the warehouse that once housed the Kodiak Fresh
Produce in Tucumcari.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Kodiak Fresh Produce outlet in Tucumcari closed its doors on May 12 leaving the city with another vacant building and the loss of 25 jobs. “As of today, Kodiak’s doors are closed but the company is working with the city manager to open a farmers market in the next […]

Tucumcari man injured in a house fire

Firefighters battle a fire at a residence on the 600 block of East Smith Avenue. It is not know at this times if the residents were inside the residence when the fire start. No official reports of injuries have been released.

Staff Report A Tucumcari resident was transported to Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital with burn injuries sustained Wednesday in a house fire on the 600 block of East Smith Avenue in Tucumcari. At 1:15 p.m., firefighters responded to a two-story building on fire on the 600 block of East Smith Avenue, said Fire Chief Shane […]

Mesalands’, San Jon’s graduations set for Friday

Kimberly Hannah, left, Mesalands Public Relations Director, helps Cythina Anaya fine tune her student
commencement speech she will deliver during Friday’s graduation ceremony.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Among the 38 certificates and degrees handed out on Friday at Mesalands Community College’s commencement ceremonies will be a posthumous Business Administration associcates degree to the family of Tonie Martinez. Martinez died in a single-car accident on Nov. 1, 2014 on State Highway 469 near Logan. Martinez had enrolled […]

Ute Pipeline receives $4.2 million

In April 2014, construction crews work on the first
phase the Ute Pipeline project, an intake structure at
the Ute Lake. This phase of the project is scheduled to
be complete by June.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority is anticipating an estimated $4.2 million in grants to help speed up construction of the Ute Pipeline in the next few months, according to authority leaders. “The Water Trust Board funding is becoming available as well as the Bureau of Reclamation,” said […]

Area track teams bring home gold

Longhorn Mike Estrada clears the pole vault bar while competing on March 27 at the Logan track meet. Estrada won the 2A state pole vault title Friday competing
in the state track and field tournament at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Area high school track teams turned in great performances, including a boys teams state championship title on Friday and Saturday at the 1A-3A state track and field tournament in Albuquerque. The Logan Longhorns tied for the 2A boys track team championship with Magdalena, piling up 71.50 points and had […]

Lady Rattlers set to face top-ranked Dexter

Lady Rattler Sarah Brown tags out teammate Emma Garcia during Monday’s practice. The Lady Rattler softball team will play in the first round of the state tournament  today at 10 a.m., at Dexter.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Lady Rattler softball team will play the Lady Demons today in the first round of the 3A state softball tournament at Dexter. The 16th-seed Lady Rattlers are the last team to make the tournament, “but if we play with confidence we can compete with the first place Lady […]

Rattlers proud of season despite first-round loss

The 2015 Rattler baseball team.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer It was the kind of fairy tale ending that later becomes a Hollywood movie. The only problem was that for the Tucumcari Rattlers baseball team, the other team in the story enjoyed the ending. It was the bottom of the seventh inning, the Rattlers — 11-13, and 6-3 in league […]