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 […]

“Smokey and the Bandit” run stops in Tucumcari

A group of participants in the Bandit Run 15 gather together with
a banner honoring the Bandit from the 1977 movie, "Smokey and
the Bandit," Monday at Love’s Travel Center in Tucumcari.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer More than 140 “Smokey and the Bandit” enthusiasts will pass through Tucumcari this week as they head “East Bound and Down” to Dallas, taking part in the eighth annual Bandit Run. “It’s an amazing event that grows more every year,” said Jill Braud, of Port Neches, Texas. “You get […]

Job Fair showcased local employment opportunities

Jerry Henrnandez about the employment opportunities
with New Mexico State Police. Hernandez was running
a booth Wednesday during the job fair

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor About 60 job seekers made the rounds of city, county, state and private employers April 29 at a job fair hosted by the city of Tucumcari. Recruiters from the Tucumcari Police Department, the Tucumcari Volunteer Fire Department, the city’s Emergency Medical Services and city administration hosted tables, representing the […]

Police charge Texas woman with stabbing that left local man hospitalized

Amanda Nunez

Staff Report Tucumcari police arrested a woman from Fort Worth, Texas, on charges of stabbing a Tucumcari man in the neck at his residence on the 1300 block of East Harmon Avenue, said Deputy Police Chief Pete Rivera. Rivera said on April 30, Amanda Nunez, 35, was charged with felony aggravated battery with a deadly […]

Local health committee working to open health trails

Dr. Linda Stogner shows one
of the Bear-themed trail signs
used to mark the walking
trails in Estancia.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A physician from Estancia and an engineer from Santa Fe Thursday talked about the details of establishing walking or bicycling trails to promote community fitness. Their audience was a committee that is working to establish such trails in Tucumcari. Dr. Linda Stogner, an Estancia family practice physician, and Tim […]

Rattler baseball team set to start state tourney run

The umpire calls Rattlers’ Saul Moriel safe at home after Raton’s catcher dropped the ball trying to tag Moriel for the out. The Rattlers lost the April 29 doubleheader
to the Tigers but swept the Clayton Yellowjackets on Friday. The Rattlers play today in the first round of the 3A state baseball tournament at Estancia.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The 11th-seeded Tucumcari Rattlers baseball team will be on the road for the first round of the 3A state tournament today facing sixth-seeded Estancia. The Rattlers finished their regular season at 11-12; two of those losses were to the 13-9 Bears. On April 4, the Rattlers lost to the […]