Kitten survives 90-foot plunge

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The kitten "Petty" shakes in the hands of his rescuer and eventual owner after she was rescued from falling down a 90 foot Friday morning at Ute Lake.

QCS staff A small kitten got more than it bargained for when its dash for shelter led to a death-defying, 90-foot plunge that ended with the kitten shaking in the hands of her rescuer and eventual owner. Most people add kittens to the family as gifts, giving into the persistent pleading of a child, or […]

No definitive answers from Ute study writer

CMI staff photo: Robin Fornoff
Retired engineer John J. Whipple camped on the shores of Ute Lake while preparing his landmark study of the reservoir. Whipple said he’s not sure if there is a need for a new study, but he doesn’t think one would change his conclusions of 20 years ago.

By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects Editor Almost 20 years ago, engineer John J. Whipple spent several nights camped out on the shores of Ute Lake to get a first-hand look and feel for one of New Mexico’s largest bodies of water and the community of Logan surrounding the reservoir. Whipple was gathering data to eventually […]

Rattlers to face Clayton

QCS photo: Thomas Garcia
Longhorns Dennis Earle will not be denied as he pulls in Devils quarterback Thomas Casper for the sack.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers travel north Friday to face the (7-1) (1-1) Yellowjackets of Clayton in a District 2 showdown. The (1-7) (0-2) Rattlers are healing from injuries and the offense is banged up, though the rest of the team will give it their all against the Yellowjackets, said Wayne Ferguson, […]

Riders benefit from bronc riding school

QCS photo: Thomas Garcia
More than 200 bronc horses were ridden by 30 students during the Taos Muncy and Cody Taton Bronc Riding School Friday-Sunday at the Quay County fairgrounds.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Bronc riders with the Mesalanads Community College and from schools across the country benefited from the Taos Muncy and Cody Taton Bronc Riding School held last weekend at the Quay County rodeo arena. The bronc riding school was very well received by the community and those who participated in […]

A silver lining in Rattlers 21-20 loss to Wolverines


Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Despite a 21-20 homecoming loss to the Texico Wolverines Friday night the Tucumcari Rattlers played with heart and had their best game so far this season, said Head Coach Wayne Ferguson. “We grew up a lot on that field tonight,” Ferguson said. Ferguson said the team still had some mistakes, […]

Mesalands hosts intercollegiate rodeo competition


Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Mesalands Community College’s rodeo team finished with a fourth place men’s team and a bull riding championship as it hosted its sixth annual intercollegiate rodeo competition for the Grand Canyon Region last weekend at the Quay County Fairgrounds. “The Sixth Annual Mesalands Rodeo was a huge success, and I […]

Farmers urged to help preserve prairie chicken


QCS Staff New Mexico’s Game and Fish Department Director Jim Lane urged farmers and ranchers Monday to sign on to a five-state cooperative effort to help preserve the lesser prairie chicken before federal regulators impose stricter guidelines that may not work as well. Lane was the featured speaker at a dinner Monday in Tucumcari sponsored […]

Powers reinstated as Tucumcari city manager


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The Tucumcari City Commission reinstated Doug Powers to the city manager’s job Thursday before a standing-room-only crowd, most of whom cheered when the vote to reinstate Powers was made final. Like the vote to fire Powers taken on Sept. 26, the commission’s vote to reinstate Powers was 3-2. Commissioners […]

Opinion split on wastewater issues’ urgency


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Tucumcari’s wastewater treatment plant is facing issues, but there are questions about whether the treatment plant’s problems are greater or more urgent than those of other city departments. Michael Rivera, interim supervisor of the wastewater plant, told Tucumcari City Commissioners on Sept. 26 that the plant was underfunded, understaffed […]

Event explores new thinking on farming, manufacturing


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Robert Falco has had manure on his mind lately, along with other waste materials. As the director of the Institute for Energy Resourcefulness, however, his thinking about all this waste is along the lines of resources. Manure and dairy processing wastes, he said, plus minimal amounts of water could […]