Arch Hurley allocates 6 inches per acre

Conchas Lake is the source of irrigation water for the Arch Hurley
Conservancy District. The lake has maintained enough elevation
to allow the Arch Hurley board on Tuesday to authorize an allocation
of water to district customers for a second consecutive year,
after three years of no allocation due to insufficient water in the lake.

Staff Report Arch Hurley Conservancy district irrigation customers will start receiving six inches of water per acre this growing season as soon as the district receives orders enough to sustain water flow of 40 feet per second for three days, the district’s board decided Tuesday. The board also agreed that it will adjust allocations up […]

Marathoners combine distance running and sight-seeing


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Run a marathon.  See a park. That was the formula for having fun Saturday and Sunday for a hardy group of vacationers who combined long-distance runs with sight-seeing at Ute Lake and Conchas Lake state parks. Sponsored by Mainly Marathons, a Las Cruces company that caters nationwide series of […]

Rattlers, Longhorns, Lady Longhorns and Coyotes at state tourney

Rattler Michael Eldridge shoots a jump shot over
a Skyhawk defender who fell during the struggle
for a rebound during Saturday’s first round game
of the 3A state basketball tournament at the
Snake Pit. Tucumcari beat Newcomb 74-52 and
will play Santa Fe Prep in the quarterfinals at
11:30 a.m. today at Bernalillo High School in Albuquerque.

By Thomas Garcia and Steve Hansen The fourth-seed Tucumcari Rattlers, 23-5, plays today against the Santa Fe Prep Blue Griffins in the quarter-finals of the 3A state basketball tournament at Bernalillo high school in Albuquerque. To advance to the quarter-finals, the Rattlers beat the 13th-seed Newcomb Skyhawks 74-52 Saturday night at the Snake Pit in […]

Mesalands’ annual Iron Pour in full swing

Mesalands Community College President Thomas
Newsom talks with Susan Byrnes, a returning iron
pour artist from Cincinnati, Ohio, Monday as she
works on a wax mold to be converted to cast-iron

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor “Peachy Keen” will debut Friday at Mesalands Community College’s 17th annual Iron Pour. The nine-foot tall coke-burning, iron-melting furnace will replace the usual two cupolas that produce red-hot liquid metal for the annual fine-art event that runs through Saturday at Mesalands Community College. Peachy Keen’s debut will occur at […]

Lady Longhorns set to play Mountainair in the 2A state basketball quarterfinals

Lady Longhorn Kylee Foote’s jump shot is contested by two Lady Chief defenders during Friday's 2A state basketball tournament at Logan. The Lady Longhorns won the game 63-28 and will play Mountainair at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bernalillo High School in Albuquerque.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Logan Lady Longhorns 20-7, have advanced to play Mountainair  Tuesday in the 2A girls state basketball tournament after routing the Mescalero Apache Lady Chiefs 63-28 Friday at Logan. The Lady Longhorns held Mescalero Apache to 11 points in the first half and 17 points in the second half. […]

Estrada retains college trustee seat

Elizabeth Estrada, left, receives congratulations for retaining her
seat on the Mesalands Community College Board of Trustees
Tuesday from her opponent, Jim Keith.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Elizabeth Estrada was elected to another six-year term on the Mesalands Community College Board of Trustees Tuesday over opponent James Keith. Estrada will continue to represent District 5 on the board.  She won with 56 votes.  Keith received 35. Overall, the election attracted only 112 voters of the 4,532 […]

Science quizzes mix with lunch for middle schoolers

The boys are ready to do a math problem at the
board. From left, Brock Beadle, Landon Stewart,
Dwight Brown and Wyatt Giles.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Science is: a. hard b. competitive c. fun d. all of the above For the students who spend lunch periods in Andrea Rinestine’s science classroom at Tucumcari Middle School, the answer is d. Along with nourishment for the body, the students speed-stuff their heads with rapid-fire questions on math […]

Coyotes fall to Broncos in tight district title battle

The Floyd Broncos’
Josue Gonzales (21)
chases the San Jon
Coyotes’ D.C. Lee, with
the ball, during
Saturday’s District 4 1A
championship game.
The Broncos won 67-64.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The San Jon Coyotes almost pulled a district championship out of a last-minute lead Saturday, but the Floyd Broncos scored during the closing single-digit seconds, edging out a championship at 67-64. The Broncos held the lead throughout the game until the Coyotes tied it up at 61 with 1:09  […]

Rattlers lose district title match to Yellowjackets in overtime

Rattler Michael Eldridge goes up to block Yellowjacket Kadar Gayle’s jump shot during the District 5 3A championship at Clayton. The Rattlers lost 83-79 in overtime.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers rallied back from an 18-point deficit to force overtime during Monday night’s District 4 3A championship but fell short 83-79 to the Yellowjackets in Clayton. “We played good enough to win tonight but we missed some opportunities,” said John Span, Rattlers head coach. At the start […]

Lady Buffaloes defeat Lady Longhorns in close title matchup

Lady Longhorn Kippi Webb shoots a jump shot over Lady Buffalo Cayle Barnard during the District 6 2A championship Saturday at Logan.  The Lady Longhorns lost 72-64 in overtime. The Lady Longhorns and Longhorns, who beat Melrose 74-68 Monday for the District 6 2A championship, now wait to be seeded in the 2A state basketball tournament.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Logan Lady Longhorns’ hopes for a District 6 2A championship were dashed Saturday night as a  47-point performance from Caley Barnard propelled the Melrose Lady Buffaloes to a 72-64 win in overtime at Logan. “Our girls played tough and I’m proud of them,” said Clair Rachor Lady Longhorns […]