City funds sufficient for Sands Dorsey disposal


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The demolition and disposal of the Sands Dorsey building’s remains in downtown Tucumcari can be accomplished with existing city funds, City Manager Jared Langenegger announced Thursday to the Tucumcari City Commission. That announcement and reports of progress on arranging to rid the downtown area of its most prominent eyesore […]

Tucumcari hires Shane Warner as new city fire chief

Shane Warner

QCS Staff Shane Warner hired on as Tucumcari’s fire chief on Jan. 27, and two days later, he was asking  the Tucumcari City Commissionfor permission to apply for about $400,000 in state Emergency Medical Services Act funds. The commission readily approved the request.  Warner said the money will cover costs associated with ambulances and equipment […]

Area high school basketball teams set for district play


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers–17-3, 1-1–and Lady Rattlers–8-12, 1-1–started district play last weekend with a pair of losses to Clayton and wins over Raton and are preparing to travel Friday to Santa Rosa. The Rattlers and Lady Rattlers next games are against an all-too-familiar opponent, the Santa Rosa Lions and Lady […]

County hires emergency manager to be prepared

Curtis Simpson is Quay County’s new emergency manager. He will help coordinate
emergency preparedness activities for the county and assemble the
county’s emergency and hazard mitigation plans.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor To the Boy Scouts of America it’s “be prepared” and to the U.S. Coast Guard it’s “semper peratus,” which means the same thing, and it’s also the motto of Quay County government’s new emergency manager. Curtis Simpson began his duties Monday as the county’s emergency manager, a job in […]

Rattlers, Longhorns prepare for homecoming games

Lady Rattlers Head Coach Gary Hittson works with the defense on cutting off the lane and limiting the options for the opposing point guard. The Lady Rattlers and Rattlers will begin district play at 6 p.m. Friday with a homecoming game against Clayton.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers 15-2 and Lady Rattlers 7-10 will contend against homecoming distractions Friday as they start district play against the always-daunting Clayton Yellowjackets. The second season, district competition, is about to begin. “All the games leading up to Friday’s game against Clayton have been preparing us for what […]

Roch, Woods address issues to county leaders

Colin Taylor (left), superintendent of San Jon schools, and Aaron
McKinney, superintendent of Tucumcari schools, discuss education
issues with state Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview, at a breakfast
meeting with Woods and state Rep. Dennis Roch sponsored
by the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Business climate, jobs and education were the main themes of remarks by state Rep. Dennis Roch,  R-Logan, and state Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview, at a breakfast session Wednesday that drew local school and government officials and community leaders from throughout Quay County. The legislators appeared at the meeting sponsored […]

Manuel Preciado facing new felony child abuse charges

Manuel Preciado

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A former Tucumcari foster parent already facing five felony charges related to sexual contact with a minor has been charged with nine more felony counts of sexual penetration and contact of a minor, state police and Quay County Magistrate Court records show. Manuel Preciado, 64, of Tucumcari, is now […]

Rattlers, Longhorns basketball teams on the road

The Tucumcari Rattlers and Santa Fe Prep Blue Griffins scramble for the
rebound during the Jan. 10 game at the Snake Pit. The Rattlers won the game
in overtime 62-60. The Rattlers travel on Thursday to play the Demons at

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Quay County high school teams, boys’ and girls’, and wrestling teams continue regular season action this week. The Tucumcari Rattlers, 13-2, will travel Thursday to take on the Demons, 4-12, at Dexter. The Rattlers had an impressive overtime win against the Santa Fe Prep Blue Griffins on Jan. 10 […]

Newsom calls free two-year college plan ‘monumental’

Diana Cassidy (left), administrator for Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs
at Mesalands Community College, helps students
Bethany Bishop and Cellisha Martinez get oriented
to new iMac computers in a computer lab.
Tuesday was the first day of classes for Mesalands’
Spring 2015 semester.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor President Barack Obama’s proposal to make two years of community college free of charge for an estimated 9 million students a year is “monumental,” Thomas Newsom, president of Mesalands Community College, said Wednesday. Newsom compared its potential impact to that of the Morrill Land Grant Act of 1862, which […]

Two young women recognized for saving life

Rebecca Trujillo (left) and Angelica Gonzales receive certificates
from Tucumcari Mayor Robert Lumpkin recognizing their heroic
actions that saved the life of an injured truck driver after a fatal
accident Dec. 13 on U.S. 54 near Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Rebecca Trujillo and Angelica Gonzales were on their way from Tucumcari to a basketball tournament in Logan on the evening of Dec. 13 when they saw smoke. They had no idea they were soon to become heroines.  They received certificates of heroism Thursday from Mayor Robert Lumpkin at a […]