Route 66 Museum sticking around

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Bob Beaulieu (left) and John Duggar take measurements before hanging porcelain signs from the 1940s on the wall of the New Mexico Route 66 Museum, Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor This year when the Rockabilly on the Route event shut down on June 8, the New Mexico Route 66 Museum did not pack up and go with the Rockabilly exhibitors. The museum stayed and is now open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday on the south […]

Police getting ready for September coat drive


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The end of June is an unlikely time to think about winter outerwear, but three officers of the Tucumcari Police Department are already making plans to launch the department’s second Cops and Coats campaign in September. That’s when they would like to start soliciting donations of cold-weather jackets and […]

Business marks first day of summer with party


Staff report Tucumcari Ranch Supply and Watson’s Barbecue marked the first day of summer with  a “Welcome Summer Lot Party” featuring booths selling baked goods, refreshments and merchandise, information booths and live entertainment. Among the performers were Rick Haymaker, who played duets with a young guitar student, Garrett Lopez; Hannah Mericle, who recently opened the […]

Couple constructing Route 66 wedding chapel

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Leigh Williams takes a pause in her preparations to ready the Route 66 Wedding Chapel for its first customers on July 1.

Staff report Getting hitched?  Try Route 66. Rhys and Leigh Williams, who recently opened an Old Time Photo Studio and a Christmas store in Tucumcari, are constructing a Route 66 Wedding Chapel in a corner of their store at 824 E. Route 66 Blvd., Tucumcari. They already have weddings booked, starting July 1, so they’re […]

Rockabilly on the Route producers making plans for next year

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The pinup contest was just one of many events and attractions  of Rockabilly on the Route June 5-8 in Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor With a reported profit of $258, Ungelbah Davila and Simon Cantlon, producers of Rockabilly on the Route, are ready to do it again in 2015 with a five-day rockabilly ‘50s and ‘60s lifestyle event in Tucumcari. Their plans have even gone worldwide. “We want to give it an international […]

Rain, wind cause damage in city

This tree was uprooted Friday on the 1300 block of South Fourth Street in Tucumcari by wind gusts that were reported up to 70 miles per hour by the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   A brief and powerful storm system that moved through the Tucumcari area Friday evening produced winds gusts as high as 70 miles per hour, almost an inch of rain and toppled trees onto a house and a car in the city. Shortly after 5 p.m., the National Weather […]

Man walks for wounded warriors

Josh Lydell walks through Tucumcari Monday on his way across the U.S. to raise money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior project.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Josh Lydell says he isn’t much for walking, but you’d never know from the job he’s given himself. The Charleston, S.C. stonemason is traveling on foot 2,800 miles from his home town to San Francisco, Calif., to raise funds and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization […]

Blake’s burrito gets top 50 rating

The Tucumcari Blake’s Lotaburger outlet has been chosen as one of 50 New Mexico restaurants on the state’s Breakfast Burrito Byway.

QCS Staff The Tucumcari Blake’s Lotaburger outlet is home to one of the top 50 breakfast burritos in New Mexico, and therefore has been designated as a stop on the New Mexico True Breakfast Burrito Byway, according to a news release from the state’s department of tourism. The Blake’s outlet is located at 2523 S. […]

‘Eyes on 66’ mural completed for hospice organization

Helping Hands Hospice volunteers stand beside the “Eyes on 66” wall mural, painted by Doug Quarles (second from right).  Also pictured: Bill Greenfield (left), Carrie Bruhn, Mary Jimenez and Betty Wayne.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A five-year project ended with a quiet gathering of  Helping Hands Hospice board of directors members and artist Doug Quarles, who posed for pictures Monday at the Eyes on 66 mural in Tucumcari. Quarles, a former Tucumcari resident whose murals have given the city the nickname “the City of […]

Rockabilly repeats kicks on Route 66

Terrah Acosta, Tucumcari, a pinup contestant, cuts a rug with Jordy Donovan of Tucumcari at Saturday’s Rumble on the Route.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor   At about 7:15 on Saturday evening, Ungelbah Davila, publisher La Loca Magazine and chief organizer of Tucumcari’s second Tucumcari on the Route, was pacing the main hall of the Tucumcari Convention Center. At most, 20 people inhabited the hallways. The crowd had dispersed quickly when wind-driven rain started […]