THS greenhouse nurtures science


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The Tucumcari High School students are seated on wheeled garage benches doing one of two things. Some are propping up branches that carry tomatoes with plastic hangers. The others are using automatic toothbrushes to do the work of honeybees, transferring pollen between flowers on the tomatoes. It’s science, says […]

Haymaker named District 1 Commissioner


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The Tucumcari City Commission on Thursday named Rick Haymaker to the  first district commissioner position vacated March 24 by Dora Salinas-McTigue’s resignation. Haymaker, a business owner, musician and pastor, was one of three candidates interviewed in a work session before Thursday’s city commission. The other candidates were Jerry Lopez […]

Vintage autos gather in Tucumcari


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Many people see Tucumcari’s Route 66 as a trip back to the 1950s and 1960s but visitors experienced a whole different time warp last week as a gathering of Model T’s and Model A’s drove around town, recalling an even earlier time. The Tin Lizzies, a statewide group of […]

Candidates square off in Nara Visa

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Candidates for local and state primary election gathered Thursday night for a forum at the Nara Visa Community Center.

QCS Staff   Thirteen candidates for state and local offices sought voter’s support  at a candidate forum Thursday and helped the Nara Visa Community Center raise $3,000 in donations to help with the upkeep of the community center’s building. The candidate forum shared space with an enchilada supper and  a pie auction in the community […]

Odeon Theater screens free movie at grand opening

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Robert Lopez works the controls of the Odeon Theater’s new movie projector.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The Odeon Theater’s owners celebrated the theater’s grand opening last week with a free public screening of “Bless Me Ultima” and received recognition for restoring the old theater and keeping it in business. On Tuesday, civic leaders gathered in the theater for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, using the Chamber of […]

Tucumcari/Quay County chamber hosts annual banquet

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Attendees of the annual chamber banquet Friday night at the Convention Center danced to the music of the Will Banister Band.

QCS Staff The Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce held an Old Time Barn Dance and Barbeque Dinner as its annual banquet and fundraiser Friday evening. The event drew about 250 persons.  Those who attended paid $35 for a dinner and dance and enjoyed events and socializing, as well as prizes. Guests had the opportunity to […]

Unicyclist passes through Tucumcari

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Hirotaki Kenji, also known as Kikenji, rides his unicycle Sunday on First Street in Tucumcari.

QCS Staff   On Sunday, eastbound drivers on I-40 between Santa Rosa and Tucumcari were treated to the sight of a man pedaling a unicycle along the side of Interstate 40. He reached Tucumcari at around 7 p.m. and found his way to McDonald’s and a place to sleep and get a shower. He goes […]

Rattlers & Longhorns start state baseball tournament play

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Tucumcari Rattlers Saul Moriel moves in front of the bunted ball to field it and make the throw to first base during practice.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The (7-8) (4-5) Logan Longhorns and (13-9) (4-5) Tucumcari Rattlers are scheduled to play today in the first round of the 1A and 2A state baseball tournament. Both teams will be facing tougher opponents that either has seen during the regular season. The eighth-seed Longhorns jump right into heavy-duty competition […]

Chuck wagon cook-off draws over 250 visitors to Ute Lake State Park in Logan

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Tron Walters of the Rising 'W' chuck wagon batters tenderized steaks during Saturday cook-off with the help of Jentry Bressler.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   Over 250 residents and visitors braved Saturday’s high winds to immerse themselves in the rustic sights and atmosphere of the 14th annual Chuck Wagon Cook-Off at Ute Lake State Park in Logan. This year’s competition featured six chuck wagons and crews preparing meals using wood fires and traditional […]

Fridge causes blockage in Arch Hurley canal

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Workers work to clear a clogged ditch on Saturday by pushing 275-feet of steel pipe through underwater debris  in the canal.

QCS Staff A crimp in the first flow of water in three years through the Arch Hurley Conservancy District’s canals was repaired Saturday evening as Arch Hurley crews worked more than four hours to clear a refrigerator that clogged  the tunnel of a siphon ditch south of Tucumcari. “The water is flowing and the district’s […]