Wellness fair offers tests, information


QCS Staff About 600 Quay County residents visited the Quay County Community Wellness Fair Saturday morning at the Tucumcari Convention Center to learn about matters that affect health, receive small souvenir items and medical screening tests, according to Alida Brown, coordinator of the Quay County Health Council. The health council and Quay County Government sponsored […]

Head Start kids, volunteers participate in clean-up

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With help from Jeanine Apodaca, left, and Tracy Neal, teachers at Eastern Plains Head Start, Tucumcari, Head Start students Isabella Salas, left, Jonathan Montoya and Jude Rosas plant flowers at Tucumcari City Hall.

QCS Staff Pre-kindergarten students at the Eastern Plains Head Start facility in Tucumcari and a hardy band of older volunteers helped Tucumcari observe the Great American Cleanup last week. Veronica Sandy, Tucumcari’s building enforcement officer, doubled up as a beautification coordinator to coordinate the cleanup activities. During the week, batches of Head Start children arrived […]

THS students mark Earth Day with service projects

Courtesy photo: Katherine Sena, THS.
Tucumcari High School seniors Leah Encinias (left), Brianna Molinas, Madeline Wiegel, Caitlin Elebario and Olana Romero clean up the grounds at NMSU Agricultural Research Station, Tucumcari. The cleanup was part of Earth Day activities at THS on Tuesday.

QCS Staff Tucumcari High School students spent Tuesday morning cleaning up at sites around Tucumcari and earning some community service credit as they observed Earth Day, according to Christina Fleming, a teacher who coordinated the day’s activities for the high school. Junior students cleaned up trash and debris at Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery, hauling away […]

Water flows to Arch Hurley members

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Water flows through canals from Conchas Lake to croplands of the Arch Hurley Conservancy District.  The water started flowing on Tuesday and was expected to reach Arch Hurley customers in 24 to 40 hours, Arch Hurley Manager Franklin McCasland said. The district is allocating water to its clients for the first time in three years.

QCS Staff The Arch Hurley Conservancy District opened the gates Tuesday to send water to the district’s canals and ditches from Conchas Lake for the first time in three years. Franklin McCasland, district manager, said Tuesday the water would take 24 to 40 hours to reach Tucumcari. McCasland said that spread across the district’s 42,000 […]

Three file for commission appointment

District 1 candidates are, from left, Jerry Lopez, Rick Haymaker and Gary Southern.

QCS Staff Three candidates have applied for Tucumcari’s vacant First District Commission seat, according to Angelica Gray, city clerk. The deadline for filing applications was Monday. The three are Rick Haymaker, a musician, pastor and business owner; Gary Southern, a retiree who recently ran for Tucumcari municipal judge; and Jerry Lopez, a life-long resident of […]

Don Chalmers, Tucumcari racino investor, dies

Don Chalmers

QCS Staff Don Chalmers, the Albuquerque auto dealer who was also the principal partner in the Coronado Park Racetrack and Casino proposed for Tucumcari, died Sunday after a two-year bout with cancer, according to a news release from Don Chalmers Ford, a dealership he owned in Albuquerque. “He has been the driving force behind this […]

700 students learn at Earth Day outdoor classroom event

First-grader Angelica Pacheco reaches out to touch a bullfrog.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Whether it was by touching toads, trying on wind turbine climbing gear or getting a quick solar-powered shower, about 700 school children from three counties observed Earth Day on April 16 with learning by sight, sound and touch at Tucumcari’s Outdoor Classroom. The federal Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Tucumcari […]

Local Chinese restaurant owner teaches cooking class

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Tammy Fang gives step-by-step instructions on how to prepare a Chinese dish to the students enrolled in her cooking class.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Over a dozen students learned about Chinese heritage and how to cook a Chinese meal from Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant owner Tammy Fang as part of Mesalands Community College’s Community Education Course. The class, originally designed for five students, expanded rapidly as the registration deadline neared earlier this month. Donna […]

Walker family saga begins in Quay

Daisyann Walker Palmer signs a copy of her book “A Walker Trilogy: Three to Read on Walker Mountain” for Joy Young, a member of the Tucumcari Historical Museum staff, at the museum. The museum hosted a book signing event for Palmer on Saturday.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Walker Mountain, an abrupt rise among the mesas and cattle-ranch plains of the Quay Valley, still looks much as it did when it was the destination for Lawrence Walker and his family, who journeyed by covered wagon from Kansas to what they hoped would be better prospects in New […]

Historical Institute enjoys tales of growing up in eastern New Mexico

Craig Currell relates a tale about growing up in the Tucumcari area, while Mike Lucero shows his reaction at the Tucumcari Historical Research Institute annual meeting.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Craig Currell and Mike Lucero had different childhood experiences, but both have spent their whole lives in eastern New Mexico’s small towns and wide open ranges. They shared tales of their childhood years at the Tucumcari Historical Research Institute’s annual meeting Monday night at the Tucumcari Elks Club.  They […]