Fired Up event draws international visitor


Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Tucumcari MainStreet’s third annual Fired Up, drew an international tourist who came to Tucumcari specifically for the event, said Mark Lake, MainStreet director. Lake said one of the main goals of the event is to promote the residents pride in the city and bring them together to celebrate. He said […]

Thomas: Keep trying, even if it seems hopeless


I was making a breakfast burrito the other morning and much like the times when I make a sandwich, it didn’t come out quite as good as when one was made by someone else. I don’t think I’m alone when it comes to this situation, at least I hope I’m not the only par level […]

Tucumcari Commission votes to fire city manager Powers

Doug Powers

    The Tucumcari City Commission voted 3-2 to fire City Manager Doug Powers at Thursday night’s regular meeting. The surprise move came at the end of the commission’s regular meeting. Commissioners Jimmy Sandoval, Ernie Dominguez and Dora Salinas-McTigue voted to dismiss Powers. Commissioners Robert Lumpkin and Mayor Amiel Curnutt voted against the move. The […]

Dinosaur museum to unveil new exhibit


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum and Natural Science Laboratory will unveil their newest exhibit Saturday as they participate in the ninth annual Museum Day Live!, sponsored by the Smithsonian Magazine,  along with museums across the nation. Free tickets, good at any participating museum nationwide, are available online at: […]

Cowboy musicians, poets share talents

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Members of the Eastern New Mexico Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Association play a bluegrass melody at the Nara Visa Cowboy Gathering.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor There was a wistful country instrumental airing flawlessly on fiddle, mandolin and guitars, and a breeze wafting in from the wide, two-story-high windows in the Nara Visa Community Center’s auditorium. The silence of the listeners seemed to proclaim that it would have been hard to find a better three […]

Rattlers to face Fort Sumner

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Rattlers’ running back Zack Martinez gets hit by several Dexter Demons.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The (1-2) Tucumcari Rattlers will not dwell on Friday’s 49-0 routing by the Dexter Demons but instead will push on as they prepare to travel to Fort Sumner to face the (2-2) Foxes. “We can not dwell on last Friday’s loss or it will snowball on us,” said Wayne […]

Garden shop reopens after four years


QCS staff A ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday marked the grand re-opening of Tucumcari’s Casa Verde flower and garden shop after a four-year absence. Gary and Nancy Jaynes opened the store they left behind four years ago after finding that “retired life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be,” said Nancy Jaynes. Before retiring in 2009, the […]

Lake levels up, creek floods after rain


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Last week’s three-day soaking of Quay County from Tuesday to Thursday, and more storms Sunday, left total rainfall readings of 4 to 5 inches in some parts of the county, and raised the levels of both Conchas and Ute lakes by several feet. The rainfall overloaded Pajarito Creek just […]

Proposed Ute study debated


By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects Editor A recent call for an independent study of the much-vaunted Ute Water Project has two key players swirling in a pool of political rhetoric. Clovis Mayor David Lansford and former Mayor Gayla Brumfield, once friends, now passionate political enemies, stand on opposite sides of the shore when it […]

Mesalands president sees potential for expansion

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New Mesalands President sees an expanded role for the North American Wind Research and Training Center.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Mesalands Community College’s new president has spent his first month in office meeting with the public, officials and faculty in order to discuss new ways to help increase the success of the institution and community. “A college’s success is measured on helping our students to become employable or helping […]