Veterans honored at ceremony


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Veterans’ Day is our way of honoring those who answered the call to serve, to fight for our rights and freedoms, and those who made the bravest sacrifice and did not return home, said Col. Timothy Paul, New Mexico National Guard Chief of Staff. Paul was the guest speaker […]

In tribute: Bataan survivor remembered as strong, kind


By Steve Hansen QCS managing editor Friends and family said he was strong, mostly quiet, and kind. M.C. Waltmon didn’t talk much about his experiences during the Bataan Death March in the Philippines during World War II. But he wrote that he survived through some luck, and good friends. Waltmon, 96, died Oct. 29 in […]

At end of football season, coaches hope players gained experience


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The football season came to an end in Quay County with coaches hoping their young players gained valuable experience this year. The (1-9) Tucumcari Rattlers season ended on Friday with a 52-0 loss to the (10-0) Santa Rosa Lions at Rattlers Stadium. “We had some success sustaining offensive drives […]

‘Junkman’ teaches sound, music with nontraditional instruments


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor You wouldn’t think you would go to music class and learn to use a drill. For students at Tucumcari Elementary School, however, construction has been part of musical education for two weeks that end Thursday under the direction of Donald Knaack, who calls himself The Junkman. Knaack’s program combines […]

Four arrested, more than two ounces of meth seized in bust


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A joint investigation by local law enforcement agency has lead to the discovery of an operational methamphetamine lab, the arrest of four local residents, and the seizure of more than two ounces of meth, according to 10th Judicial District Attorney Tim Rose’s office. “Its important to know that my […]

Local poet receives outside attention


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Much of Levi Mericle’s poetry comes from pain, but to an avid Facebook following measured in thousands, the Tucumcari resident’s work brings enlightenment. His verse has rhythm and rhyme, but greeting-card doggerel it is not. Mericle’s intense verses speak of his own experiences with physical illness and the dark […]

Three residents face burglary charges

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Three Tucumcari residents are facing burglary charges after they were caught n the act, according to police. Two of the suspects are facing three felony counts of non-residential burglary, larceny and conspiracy after they were arrested early Thursday inside a building they had entered illegally, police said. Louis Padilla, […]

Two arrested in Texas after chase


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Two California residents were arrested Saturday after Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and Oldham County Sheriff’s deputies shot out the tires of their vehicle to stop a chase that began in Tucumcari. Cornell Cooper Brown Jr., 19, of Lancaster, Calif., and Brandy Lynn Dain, 19, of Palmdale, Calif., […]

Kitten survives 90-foot plunge

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The kitten "Petty" shakes in the hands of his rescuer and eventual owner after she was rescued from falling down a 90 foot Friday morning at Ute Lake.

QCS staff A small kitten got more than it bargained for when its dash for shelter led to a death-defying, 90-foot plunge that ended with the kitten shaking in the hands of her rescuer and eventual owner. Most people add kittens to the family as gifts, giving into the persistent pleading of a child, or […]

No definitive answers from Ute study writer

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Retired engineer John J. Whipple camped on the shores of Ute Lake while preparing his landmark study of the reservoir. Whipple said he’s not sure if there is a need for a new study, but he doesn’t think one would change his conclusions of 20 years ago.

By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects Editor Almost 20 years ago, engineer John J. Whipple spent several nights camped out on the shores of Ute Lake to get a first-hand look and feel for one of New Mexico’s largest bodies of water and the community of Logan surrounding the reservoir. Whipple was gathering data to eventually […]