Rattlers win double-header against Clayton

Tucumcari Rattlers’pitcher Javier Villanueva advanced from the mound to catch the pop fly for the final out at the top of the third inning during Saturday’s district game against Clayton.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers baseball team opened district play this weekend winning a double header over the visiting Clayton Yellowjackets, leaving the Rattlers 2-0 in district play and 10-4 for the season. “We need to continue playing as a team and concentrate on limiting our errors on defense,” said Javier Villanueva, […]

Dispatch officials seek new fund source

Central Dispatch’s Supervisor Cindy Brashear answers a phone call while checking the information relayed to her by an officer conducting  a traffic stop.

By Thomas Garcia Senior Writer Local administrators are exploring a new gross receipts tax to pay a portion of the cost of Quay County’s emergency communications system, which includes 911 emergency response. The system provides service for residents of Quay County and portions of San Miguel and Harding counties, as well as travelers on I-40 […]

Fire 7 miles east of Tucumcari destroys workshop building

Volunteer firefighter Kyle Evetts, left, awaits his next task, while Rural District 2 Chief Danny Wallace and firefighter Tommy Morris talk strategy while fighting a fire on Quay Road 62 east of Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Fire destroyed a building that served as a workshop and barn on property belonging to Baker Evans in the 3200 block of Quay Road 62 about seven miles east of Tucumcari Monday, according to Rural District 2 Fire Chief Danny Wallace. The fire sent up columns of black and […]

Decorated local veteran dies


QCS Staff Jose “Tito” Terrazas, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran and a long-time resident of Tucumcari, died March 31 in Albuquerque, according to Terrazas’ son, Joseph Terrazas. Terrazas was buried in a ceremony with full military honors Thursday at the Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery. He was 66 years old, born Feb. 6, 1948, the younger […]

Local author, 94, tells of life as a teenage transient

Local author Joseph Lapuzza wrote a book about his life  experiences

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Joseph LaPuzza was sitting with some friends atthe Tucumcari McDonald’s when the Greyhound bus pulled in. Some of the passengers looked pretty scruffy, he said, and his friends speculated about sitting next to one of them. “I wore better clothes when I was riding freight,” LaPuzza, 94, remembers telling […]

NRA banquet raises youth funds


QCS Staff   Food, family fun and firearms were the order of the evening Saturday as the Quay County chapter of Friends of the National Rifle Association held its annual fundraising banquet. Estimates of attendance ranged from 450 to 500. Ruth Nelson, the new manager of the Tucumcari Convention Center, which hosted the event, said […]

Lesser prairie chicken ‘threatened’

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The lesser prairie chicken has been listed as threatened.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service on Thursday declared the lesser prairie chicken a threatened species but kept in place a regional plan developed by officials from five states to protect the species. The LPC’s five-state habitat area includes parts of southeastern Quay County, and the Quay County area […]

Students encouraged to be safe during spring break

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Mesalands’ student Hayli Toenyan tries to navigate the obstacle course wearing the Fatal Vision goggles.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Mesalands Community College held a student appreciation/safety week to encourage students to be safe during spring break. The college held events throughout the week designed to encourage the students to make good choices while they were on holiday break. As part of the events, Mesalands chose to honor the […]

VFW 2528 welcomes veterans home

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Ron Wilmot, field representative for U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan,D-N.M., reads a statement from Rep. Lujan Saturday at the Welcome Home Veterans ceremony Saturday in Tucumcari.  Looking on are, from left, Col. David Wiesner, U.S. Air Force, and State Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Logan.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor When the rest of the nation declared March 22 as Welcome Home Vietnam Vets day, Tucumcari’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2528 took it a step further. “We decided to use this day to welcome home all veterans from all wars,” said Fred Porter, president of Tucumcari’s Delfinio Gonzalez […]

Enforcing Tucumcari building code difficult

City officials have not found the owner of this parcel at 908 E. Smith St.

By Steve Hansen The abandoned and neglected properties that worry Tucumcari city leaders are also a frustration for the people who try to enforce the city’s building codes. There are two main reasons some abandoned properties are not maintained, according to Veronica Sandy, the city’s building code enforcement offer. One is lack of funds — […]