Quay County enrollment in health insurance strong

Ruby Lindsey (right), of Tucumcari receives some free gifts from Presbyterian
Health Service financial specialists Cindy Naranjo (left) and Erica Smythe in
January during a New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange recruitment visit to
Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A month before last Sunday’s deadline to sign up for health insurance under the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange (NMHIX), 124 Quay County residents had enrolled in insurance plans through the program, figures from the federal Health and Human Services Department show. The number was “encouraging,” Alida Brown, Quay […]

Rattlers, Longhorns and Coyotes near district finals

Lady Rattler Melissa Gardea secures the rebound during the Feb. 7 district
game against the Lady Lions at Santa Rosa. The Lady Rattlers lost that game
69-37. Lady Rattlers head coach Gary Hittson said boxing out and getting the
rebound and limiting Santa Rosa’s chances at second and third shots will be
key to winning on Friday against the Lady Lions at the Snake Pit.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers—20-4, 3-2—could lock up the number 2 seed in the district 5 3A with a win Friday night against the Santa Rosa Lions at the Snake Pit. “The Lions are a team that travels well and it is sure to be rocking in the Snake Pit come […]

Ten Rattler wrestlers heading to 4A state tournament

The Rattlers’ wrestling team has qualified 10 members to compete at the 4A state tournament Friday and Saturday at Rio Rancho.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Ten Tucumcari Rattler wrestlers have qualified for the 4A state wrestling tournament that will be held Friday and Saturday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. “I can’t help but be proud of these guys,” said Eddie Encinias, Rattlers head wrestling coach. Encinias said eight wrestlers qualified […]

Tucumcari MainStreet committees ready for action

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The Tucumcari MainStreet board of directors has divided itself into four committees to align with guidelines from the National Main Street Center, and is now ready to “accelerate the  program,” Gail Houser, MainStreet’s executive director said. Tucumcari MainStreet is poised for action due to other factors, as well, Houser […]

Water, economic issues discussed with Udall reps

Bianca Wertheim, left, of U.S. Sen. Tom
Udall’s staff, talks with Tucumcari Mayor
Robert Lumpkin and City Manager Jared
Langenegger at Tucumcari City Hall.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The proposed Ute Lake pipeline to Roosevelt and Curry countites and economic development were two main topics in an unplanned conversation Jan. 3 between Tucumcari and Quay County leaders and members of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s staff. Tucumcari Mayor Robert Lumpkin, City Manager Jared Langenegger and Quay Commissioner Sue […]

Commission approves Sands Dorsey contract

The circled area above illustrates a possible
plan proposed by UNM architecture students
for the Sands Dorsey building site. The plan
would partially preserve three walls and
include a park. This view is looking down
from the northwest.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor If all goes according to the plan launched Thursday at a special Tucumcari City Commission, the rubble-strewn site of the Sands Dorsey building will be cleared and level by the end of October. The commission approved its first concrete step Thursday in a plan to rid downtown of a […]

Area high school basketball teams in mid-district play

Rattler Zedric Henderson-Green fights for the rebound against a Santa Rosa
Lions defender during Friday night’s district game in Santa Rosa. Tucumcari
defeated the Lions 49-47. The Rattlers next game will be Friday at Clayton.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Making free-throws, taking care of the ball and not letting the Clayton Yellowjackets’ Mark Craine move freely underneath the goal will be crucial factors for the Tucumcari Rattlers to win Friday in Clayton, said Rattlers head coach John Span. Span said the Rattlers 19-3, 2-1, will have to do […]

Poetry readers return with fiery words and high drama

Words and reading by Levi Mericle, interpretive dance by his sister Hannah
Mericle and music by Rick Haymaker, all Tucumcari residents, highlight an
evening of poetry reading Friday at the Eastern New Mexico Artspace gallery in

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor For a second time, about 50 Tucumcari area residents enjoyed supercharged words and fiery deliveries Friday evening as the Eastern New Mexico Artspace gallery hosted local and guest poets. The turnout matched last year’s poetry session of the gallery’s “Criss-Cross Applesauce” series of monthly artistic programs. Fil Peach, president […]

Strand signs to play football at ENMU

Logan Longhorn Wyatt Strand, center, signs his letter of intent to play football for Eastern New Mexico University in Portales as his mother Tammy Gates Velasco, left, his father Wade Strand, right, and teammates watch.  The signing ceremony occurred Wednesday.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Logan Longhorn senior Wyatt Strand has accepted a football scholarship at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. He signed his letter of intent Wednesday, National Signing Day,  in front of his family, and the Logan School student body, from kindergarten to high school seniors. Strand has signed to play […]

Sisters reflect on 20 years of restaurant ownership

Yvonne Braziel (left) and her sister Yvette Braziel-Peacock pose
by the wine rack in the dining room of Del’s Restaurant. They
bought Del’s from their mother 20 years ago, and now own three
restaurants on Historic Route 66 in Tucumcari.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer It started with a shared desire to be their own bosses and build a successful business in Tucumcari, and with no working capital they got in over their heads but emerged 20 years later with three signature restaurants along Route 66 in Tucumcari. Sisters Yvonne Braziel and Yvette Braziel-Peacock […]