Area volleyball teams in district play

Lady Rattlers seventh grader Jasmine Jones jumps to block the kill from the Lady Lions middle hitter during Saturday match up against Santa Rosa. The Lady Rattlers won the match up in two sets.

QCS Staff The (6-7) (0-1) Tucumcari Rattlers will be seeking their first district win Thursday against the (0-10) Lady Tigers at Raton. The Lady Rattlers made some great progress and played tough at the Santa Fe Indian tournament this last weekend, said Lawrence Sena, Lady Rattlers head coach. Sena said the team got to play […]

Randall Jones sentenced to life for murder of Shirley Pacheco of Tucumcari

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Defense attorney Michael Rosenfield and his client Randall Jones awaiting the sentencing from Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen K. Quinn Thursday at the Quay County District Court in Tucumcari. Jones was convicted by a jury in May 2014, for the July 9, 2011 murder of Shirley Pacheco of Tucumcari. Jones was sentenced to life for the 1st degree murder and 10 1/2 additional years to be served consecutively for associated counts in the case.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Randall Jones was sentenced to life in prison Thursday at a hearing in Tenth Judicial District Court for the murder of Shirley Pacheco of Tucumcari. In addition to the life sentence, special Judge Stephen K. Quinn of the Ninth Judicial District sentenced Jones to 21 years for associated counts […]

Fired Up! event features contests, performances

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The four- and five-year-old candidates for the Princess Cari contest are interviewed by Karen Alarcorn (right) of radio station KTNM.  The candidates are from left, Rhiannon Rey-Montoya, Cambry Benevidez, Melanie Otero, Mikiyah Reese and  Malea Mericle. Rhiannon Rey-Montoya won the contest at the Fired Up! event Saturday.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor About 2,000 visitors watched competing blacksmiths, fire dancers and a pottery maker, among other attractions and demonstrations at the fourth annual Fired Up! event from 4 p.m. to 9  p.m. Saturday. As with previous Fired Up! events, the focal point of the downtown Tucumcari event was the Tucumcari Train […]

Rattlers take on Eunice; Longhorns at Mountainair

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Fort Sumner Foxes fullback Charley Rodriguez is smothered by the Tucumcari Rattlers’ tacklers short of a first down at mid-field during Friday night’s homecoming game at Rattlers’ Stadium.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Here are summaries of the week to come for Quay County high school football teams: 11-man The (0-5) Tucumcari Rattlers are set to take on the (0-4) Eunice Cardinals Friday night at Rattler Stadium. The Rattlers had a rough homecoming losing 52-14 to the Fort Sumner Foxes. “We need […]

Lady Longhorns seek win over Melrose

Tucumcari Lady Rattlers’ Maribel Villa hits the volleyball past the Lady Buffaloes’ defender to score a point and keep the lady Rattlers alive in the third set Thursday night against Melrose.

QCS Staff The (12-1) Logan Lady Longhorns will play a district game Saturday against the (8-3) Melrose Lady Buffaloes, the only team to beat them so far this season. “Our only loss is to the Buffaloes at our tournament in Logan,” said Robert Young, Lady Longhorns’ head coach. Young said the team had a great […]

Fourth building in a month destroyed by suspicious fire in Tucumcari

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Tucumcari volunteer firefighters extinguish hot spots at an abandoned house that burned to the ground Friday night on the 800 block of East Main Street. Tucumcari Fire Chief Larry Rigdon said there were two fires set at abandoned buildings Friday night, bringing the total of suspicious fires in Tucumcari up to five in the past month.

QCS Staff An abandoned house at East Main and South Dawson streets, Tucumcari, was destroyed and a second abandoned building damaged in suspicious fires Friday night, according to Larry Rigdon, Tucumcari Fire Chief. Rigdon said Friday night’s fires bring the total of suspicious fires in the city within one month to five.  While firefighters were […]

Latin Comedy Jam’s success prompts second show

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Roberto Rodriquez comes out pumping his fist and dancing to the music to get the crowd excited Saturday night during the  Latin Comedy Jam at the Tucumcari Convention Center.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   Over 300 Tucumcari and Quay County residents were delighted by the performances in the Latin Comedy Jam Saturday night at the Tucumcari Convention Center. The performers had a great time, too, and are already planning a return engagement. “It was an excellent show. I really hope they come […]

Semi-arid cropping specialist joins Ag center staff

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Murali Darapurneni joined the staff of the New Mexico State University Agricultural Experiment Station, Tucumcari, two months ago.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Murali Darapurneni thinks eastern New Mexico farmers should think globally as they farm locally in near-desert conditions and unpredictable rain and snow patterns. His thinking recalls advice one hears in corporate circles to think globally but act locally. For two months, Darapurneni has been on the staff of the […]

Volunteers fill food sacks for kids

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Ruth Ann Litchfield, Tucumcari’s mayor pro tem; city commissioner Amy Gutierrez and Jared Langenegger, coordinator of Blessings in a Backpack for Tucumcari, load sacks full of good food Wednesday that can help kids who may not otherwise have nutritious food on weekends.

QCS Staff Community leaders joined volunteers of all ages, including high school and junior high students Wednesday evening to fill cloth bags with food for elementary school children for the Blessings in a Backpack program. Jared Langenegger, who organized the volunteer effort said that Wednesday’s efforts filled 170 bags with nutritious foods that included instant […]

Nara Visa Cowboy Gathering honors Western heritage

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Randy Mackey sings one of his original songs with help from “Rodeo Kate” Howell-Chapman, who shared the stage with several performers Saturday at the Cowboy Gathering in Nara Visa.

QCS Staff Nara Visa hosted another easy-going roundup of cowboy singers and poets Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the annual Cowboy Gathering. A total of 77 persons, not including the 27 performing acts, attended the concerts and 120 persons lined up for the annual chuck wagon steak dinner prepared again this year by Rhett Cauble […]