Tucumcari Rattlers looking for first district win

Lady Rattlers Kaycee Lease passes the ball past the Lady Lions defender during Friday night's 53-40 loss at Santa Rosa.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer As the end of the regular season approaches, the Tucumcari Rattlers and Lady Rattlers are hungry for their first district win. Friday’s opponents, the Texico Wolverines and Lady Wolverines, will be a tough challenges to overcome. “Putting together four solid periods of basketball and coming out with intensity at […]

Rattlers qualify 11 for state competition in Rio Rancho

Rattlers wrestler Joseph Otero avoids the take down from West Las Vegas’ Andres Lujan during the District 2 3A tournament Saturday at the Snake Pit. Otero won the 145 pound weight class.

  Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers placed third overall, clinched two individual district championships and qualified all 11 wrestlers for 3A state competition in a strong performance at the District 2 tournament Saturday at the Snake Pit. “I’m not sure when the last time was, if ever, that we qualified everyone who […]

Candidates offer their views at well attended forum


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor About 200 Tucumcari residents gathered at the Tucumcari Convention Center Tuesday to hear 11 candidates for city offices expound on their views of the city’s future. The forum was sponsored by the Tucumcari Rotary Club, the Quay Action Group, and radio stations KQAY and KTNM. Each candidate gave one-minute […]

Game Commission chair quits after cougar killing

Courtesy Photo:  State Sens. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and Pat Woods, R-Broadview, visit with Scott Bidegain after the Senate unanimously confirmed his appointment to the New Mexico Game Commission in 2013.

  By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Scott Bidegain of Tucumcari, chairman of the New Mexico Game Commission and representative for the commission’s 4th District, has resigned, accused of being part of the unlawful killing of a cougar. A complaint filed in Quay County Magistrate Court alleges Bidegain did “unlawfully counsel, aid or abet in […]

Poetic minds share imaginative views


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Welcome to a world where Greek food is salted by tears, where souls on fire dance in the flames and heaven cups many million tears. Such is the world of a poet. Tucumcari’s Art Space was invaded by poets Friday night, who gave about 40 watchers and listeners a […]

Officers start coat drive for students


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor It all began when Tucumcari Police Sgt. Bryan Holmes and Officer Kenny Hernandez, on patrol at Tucumcari Elementary School, saw children shivering in the morning cold as they walked to school about two weeks before Christmas. But the real payoff was last week. Temperatures plummeted to single digits. Police […]

New outreach program to educate students on variety of subjects


Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A stranger who is a police officer is a good person to talk if children are confronted by strangers who could do them harm. That was a big part of the first message Tucumcari police officers delivered to San Jon school children in first through fifth grades Monday afternoon as […]

Small explosion brings police to Tucumcari High, causes no injuries


Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   A shop class incident that involved a small explosion that made a loud pop brought police to Tucumcari High School but resulted in no injuries Wednesday morning. Classes proceeded as usual after the incident, according to Dave Johnson, assistant superintendent of Tucumcari Municipal Schools. Johnson said during a morning […]

Tucumcari youth to ride at pro motocross event


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Eight-year-old Kaden Shaw of Tucumcari is one of 15 riders to compete in the KTM Jr. Supercross Challenge Feb. 15 in Arlington, Texas. Shaw’s father Darrick Shaw submitted an application for Kaden to compete in the Supercross Challenge, which will be held during the intermission of the Monster Energy […]

Coyotes celebrate homecoming with split wins against Mosquero


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer     The San Jon Coyotes see room from improvement and the Lady Coyotes are learning to play with confidence after splitting wins with Mosquero Thursday night for their homecoming. The (8-9) Coyotes ran away with the game early against the Mosquero Pirates thumping them 63-19. “The team still […]