Chuck wagon cook-off draws over 250 visitors to Ute Lake State Park in Logan

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Tron Walters of the Rising 'W' chuck wagon batters tenderized steaks during Saturday cook-off with the help of Jentry Bressler.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   Over 250 residents and visitors braved Saturday’s high winds to immerse themselves in the rustic sights and atmosphere of the 14th annual Chuck Wagon Cook-Off at Ute Lake State Park in Logan. This year’s competition featured six chuck wagons and crews preparing meals using wood fires and traditional […]

Fridge causes blockage in Arch Hurley canal

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Workers work to clear a clogged ditch on Saturday by pushing 275-feet of steel pipe through underwater debris  in the canal.

QCS Staff A crimp in the first flow of water in three years through the Arch Hurley Conservancy District’s canals was repaired Saturday evening as Arch Hurley crews worked more than four hours to clear a refrigerator that clogged  the tunnel of a siphon ditch south of Tucumcari. “The water is flowing and the district’s […]

Wellness fair offers tests, information


QCS Staff About 600 Quay County residents visited the Quay County Community Wellness Fair Saturday morning at the Tucumcari Convention Center to learn about matters that affect health, receive small souvenir items and medical screening tests, according to Alida Brown, coordinator of the Quay County Health Council. The health council and Quay County Government sponsored […]

Head Start kids, volunteers participate in clean-up

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With help from Jeanine Apodaca, left, and Tracy Neal, teachers at Eastern Plains Head Start, Tucumcari, Head Start students Isabella Salas, left, Jonathan Montoya and Jude Rosas plant flowers at Tucumcari City Hall.

QCS Staff Pre-kindergarten students at the Eastern Plains Head Start facility in Tucumcari and a hardy band of older volunteers helped Tucumcari observe the Great American Cleanup last week. Veronica Sandy, Tucumcari’s building enforcement officer, doubled up as a beautification coordinator to coordinate the cleanup activities. During the week, batches of Head Start children arrived […]

THS students mark Earth Day with service projects

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Tucumcari High School seniors Leah Encinias (left), Brianna Molinas, Madeline Wiegel, Caitlin Elebario and Olana Romero clean up the grounds at NMSU Agricultural Research Station, Tucumcari. The cleanup was part of Earth Day activities at THS on Tuesday.

QCS Staff Tucumcari High School students spent Tuesday morning cleaning up at sites around Tucumcari and earning some community service credit as they observed Earth Day, according to Christina Fleming, a teacher who coordinated the day’s activities for the high school. Junior students cleaned up trash and debris at Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery, hauling away […]

Water flows to Arch Hurley members

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Water flows through canals from Conchas Lake to croplands of the Arch Hurley Conservancy District.  The water started flowing on Tuesday and was expected to reach Arch Hurley customers in 24 to 40 hours, Arch Hurley Manager Franklin McCasland said. The district is allocating water to its clients for the first time in three years.

QCS Staff The Arch Hurley Conservancy District opened the gates Tuesday to send water to the district’s canals and ditches from Conchas Lake for the first time in three years. Franklin McCasland, district manager, said Tuesday the water would take 24 to 40 hours to reach Tucumcari. McCasland said that spread across the district’s 42,000 […]

Three file for commission appointment

District 1 candidates are, from left, Jerry Lopez, Rick Haymaker and Gary Southern.

QCS Staff Three candidates have applied for Tucumcari’s vacant First District Commission seat, according to Angelica Gray, city clerk. The deadline for filing applications was Monday. The three are Rick Haymaker, a musician, pastor and business owner; Gary Southern, a retiree who recently ran for Tucumcari municipal judge; and Jerry Lopez, a life-long resident of […]

Don Chalmers, Tucumcari racino investor, dies

Don Chalmers

QCS Staff Don Chalmers, the Albuquerque auto dealer who was also the principal partner in the Coronado Park Racetrack and Casino proposed for Tucumcari, died Sunday after a two-year bout with cancer, according to a news release from Don Chalmers Ford, a dealership he owned in Albuquerque. “He has been the driving force behind this […]

700 students learn at Earth Day outdoor classroom event

First-grader Angelica Pacheco reaches out to touch a bullfrog.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Whether it was by touching toads, trying on wind turbine climbing gear or getting a quick solar-powered shower, about 700 school children from three counties observed Earth Day on April 16 with learning by sight, sound and touch at Tucumcari’s Outdoor Classroom. The federal Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Tucumcari […]

Local Chinese restaurant owner teaches cooking class

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Tammy Fang gives step-by-step instructions on how to prepare a Chinese dish to the students enrolled in her cooking class.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Over a dozen students learned about Chinese heritage and how to cook a Chinese meal from Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant owner Tammy Fang as part of Mesalands Community College’s Community Education Course. The class, originally designed for five students, expanded rapidly as the registration deadline neared earlier this month. Donna […]