Local hospice receives donation

Tucum Sams President, Sue Tillman, gives Mary
Jimenez of Helping Hands Hospice a check for
$820.12 to help fund their patient care.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer After 22 years of touring the country via recreational vehicle and raising funds for local organizations the Tucum Sams RV group closed its charter Tuesday with one final donation to the Helping Hands Hospice in Tucumcari. Sue Tillman, president of the Tucum Sams RV group, presented a check for […]

Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital holds 50th

Residents explore the displays
hung in the hallway as pat of the
50th anniversary celebration
Thursday at Dan C. Trigg
Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Scattered rain showers did not sway 60 residents, city and county officials and physicians and staff from celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital Thursday in Tucumcari. “What has stood the test of time is not the brick and mortar of this building,” said Lance Labine, […]

Tucumcari woman trying to keep Rawhide memories rollin’

Courtesy photo: Rosie Walker
Rawhide cast members Paul Brinegar and Clint Eastwood posed with fans for this photo behind the Tucumcari Hall Motel in 1959. Rosie Walker, who lives in Mission Texas, said she's not sure who took the photo but her family members include Edna Mae Smelley of Clovis, left, and Imogene Turpin, just to Brinegar's right. Both of Walker's aunts had traveled to Tucumcari in hopes of meeting 'Rawhide' cast members.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ — a Tucumcari woman is trying to keep those memories rollin’ about the time five episodes of the television show “Rawhide” were filmed at ranches near Tucumcari in 1959. Karen Alarcon, who works for radio stations KTNM and KQAY in Tucumcari, said she was talking about the […]

Logan PD arrests California man for warrant finds meth, guns in car

Meth and guns

Staff Report A California man was arrested for an outstanding US Marshall’s warrant Sunday in Logan has also been charged with trafficking $296,800 worth of methamphetamine that was hidden in his car. At 12:24 p.m., Sunday an officer with the Logan Police Department stopped a vehicle driven by Jose DeJesus Munoz, 26, Wilmington, California, that […]

Parents remember a son they lost too soon

The parents of 17-year old Patrick A. Gonzales share memories of their son who was fatally shot on Thursday on
the 700 block of South Seventh Street in Tucumcari.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Patrick “Pat” Gonzales had a smile that would light up the world, if you could get him to show it. He enjoyed sports, music and the occasional dance, loved his family and friends unconditionally and was working to perfect the art of making a grilled cheese sandwich. This is […]

Shooting results in death of juvenile

Police vehicles block the road in front of the residence where a shooting that
claimed the life of 17-year old Patrick A. Gonzales Thursday in Tucumcari.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau is continuing to investigate a shooting that claimed the life of 17-year-old Patrick A. Gonzales and injured another 15-year-old male Thursday in Tucumcari. The family of Gonzales, a resident of Tucumcari and student of Tucumcari High School, confirmed with QCS staff Tuesday […]

Fired Up! draws 2,000-plus to Tucumcari

Odd-Lab performers Sarah Harke and Gina Armendariz dazzle the crowd with their dance with fiery
finger tips Friday night during the Fired Up! event at the Tucumcari Train Depot. The Odd-Lab performs
put on two shows for the crowd each of them with unique elements using fire.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Fire dancers, car show, blacksmith competition and a chance to dunk the city’s manager, commissioner and chief of police were just a few of the things people enjoyed Saturday at the fifth annual Fired Up! in Tucumcari. “I walked around the event and there were numerous activities for the […]

Rattlers, Longhorns, Coyotes looking for another win

Rattlers running back Billy Sandoval leaves the Foxes’ defenders behind as he rushes 87 yards for a touchdown during Friday night's 28-17 win over Fort
Sumner at Rattler Stadium.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers, 2-3, are looking for another win Friday night when they take on the 1-3 Cardinals at Eunice. The Cardinals have a new coach who runs a new system with a spread offense that will most likely rely heavily on its passing game, said Rattlers head coach […]

Former TPD officer sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison for arson

Dustin Lopez, center,  and codefendent Robert Sandoval, far right, stand as their sentences are delivered Friday by district judge Albert J. Mitchell.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Former Tucumcari Police officer Dustin Lopez was sentenced Friday to four-and-a-half years  in the New Mexico Department of Corrections on six charges related to a pair of arsons in 2014. Lopez and co-defendant Robert Sandoval — sentenced to three-and-a-half years — both pleaded guilty July 24 to charges in connection […]

Business growth promising for Tucumcari

Work crews clear the concrete from the parking lot and debris of the Greyhound Bus station north of
the McDonald’s restaurant on the 2300 block of South First Street in Tucumcari. The site being
cleared will be where the new McDonald’s building is to be constructed.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Construction at the Tucumcari Mountain Cheese Factory and new construction near McDonald’s are signs of growth that show great things are in the works for Tucumcari, said Pat Vanderpool, executive director of Tucumcari’s Economic Development Corporation. Vanderpool said the construction going on at the two sites are examples of […]