Motorcyclists brave cold for toy run

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Five motorcyclists leave the Children, Youth and Families Dept. facility in Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Motorcycle riders, especially armed forces veteran riders, are a pretty tough bunch. Take members of Conchas Chapter 9 of the American Legion Riders and the Logan Eagle Riders groups. They didn’t let temperatures as low as 20 degrees keep them from completing their seventh annual Toy Run Saturday, some […]

Winter sports teams in action


Area high school winter sports teams will be in action this weekend on the hardwood and wrestling mats. The Tucumcari Rattlers, Lady Rattlers, Logan Longhorns and Lady Longhorns will be competing Thursday-Saturday in the Melrose Tournament at Melrose. “We are going to see a lot of good competition at this tournament which is exactly what […]

Vandals shoot out car, building windows


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Vandals shot out car and building windows at “three or four” Route 66 businesses over the weekend, according to Pete Rivera, assistant chief of the Tucumcari Police Dept. Rivera said the weekend shooting spree was likely “a very isolated incident.” The weapon was probably a BB or pellet […]

Mesalands donates laptops to area schools


QCS Staff Mesalands Community College has donated five laptop computers to public schools in Grady, House and Logan. The donations were funded through a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) grant the college received in 2012 for Hispanic-serving institutions from the U.S. Dept. of Education, a news release from the college said. The release said […]

Black Friday leisurely for some, busy for others


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor On Black Friday in Tucumcari, you don’t see parking lots overflowing like you see in larger cities, but you see more cars in the lots than you’re used to seeing on most shopping days. One of Tucumcari’s Black Friday success stories, however, was found not in its retail sector […]

Snow closes area schools

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Snow crowns desert cactus and brush in Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Quay County got through the weekend’s cold snap and snowstorms with minimal injury or damage. Plummeting temperatures on Thursday gave way to snowstorms, wind and occasional fog that made roads hazardous and caused school closings and delays. The cold weather broke on Tuesday and snow started disappearing as temperatures […]

Local organizations help provide holiday meals

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Volunteers Rita Pacheco, left, and Theresa Ramirez assist clients of the Ministry of Hope, Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor About 275 Quay County families will be able to make special Thanksgiving meals they might not have been able to afford through the help of two faith-based organizations in Tucumcari. Working together, the Ministry of Hope, a non-denominational Christian charity, and Tucumcari’s chapter of the Society of St. Vincent […]

Transformer failure to blame for power outage


By Emily Crowe CMI staff writer A transformer failure is to blame for Tuesday morning’s power outage affecting nearly 20,000 customers in Clovis, Texico, Farwell and Tucumcari, according to Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves. “We had a transformer failure in our Curry County interchange near Clovis,” Reeves said, “But the cause of that failure has […]

Veterans honored at ceremony


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Veterans’ Day is our way of honoring those who answered the call to serve, to fight for our rights and freedoms, and those who made the bravest sacrifice and did not return home, said Col. Timothy Paul, New Mexico National Guard Chief of Staff. Paul was the guest speaker […]

In tribute: Bataan survivor remembered as strong, kind


By Steve Hansen QCS managing editor Friends and family said he was strong, mostly quiet, and kind. M.C. Waltmon didn’t talk much about his experiences during the Bataan Death March in the Philippines during World War II. But he wrote that he survived through some luck, and good friends. Waltmon, 96, died Oct. 29 in […]