Youth program provides experience


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Construction, repairs and maintenance jobs at various city locations are enriching the resumes of seven Tucumcari young people and giving them college credit this summer in the city’s Youth Conservation Corps. If they stay with the program for four years, the young workers can choose a $500 lump sum […]

Archers compete in 3D shoot at Ute Lake Reservoir

Tobe Slater of San Jon retrieves arrows from a three-dimensional target at Saturday’s 3D shoot at Logan Park.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Even with sights, balancing mechanisms and hardware shaped more like a trestle bridge than a bow, there is something primitive about archery. No booms, flashes, recoils or cordite haze.  As in the days of Robin Hood, the archer pulls back on the line with the arrow notched inside, takes […]

Arrest made in Clovis shooting death

Eric Valdez

Staff report Clovis police have made an arrest in connection with the homicide discovered Monday. Eric “Spanky” Valdez is charged with murder. Police say he shot Jose Barrera, 33, of Tucumcari, in a dispute that involved Valdez’ minor daughter. Valdez is in the Curry County Detention Center with bond set at $100,000, a police press […]

Herds may not increase despite rain

Cattle graze in deep green grass in a Quay County field.  Despite more grazing grass due to improved rainfall this year, herds are not likely to grow soon.  Ranchers are cautious.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Reductions in cattle herds have followed the drought in Quay County, and even as normal rainfall seems to have returned for at least the summer, herds are down further, and they aren’t likely to grow this year. Local ranchers say that while rebuilding of herds always takes time, they […]

49,000 visit area over July 4 holiday

People gathered along the street Saturday in Logan to watch the annual Fourth of July parade.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Increased water levels and favorable weather conditions at Ute Lake and Conchas Lake state parks drew more than 49,000 visitors for the Fourth of July weekend to the Quay County area, according to Jim Winchester, New Mexico State Parks public information officer. For the Independence Day weekend, Conchas Lake recorded […]

Tucumcari man found dead in Clovis

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Police are investigating the homicide of a Tucumcari man found at a vacant residence on Sheldon Street Monday afternoon.

A Tucumcari man found dead Monday afternoon in a vacant residence on Sheldon Street was either shot or bludgeoned to death, according to Capt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department. Whitney said Monday evening the man’s identity is being withheld until family is notified. Whitney said the victim suffered severe trauma to the head […]

Powers to be interim manager, then assistant


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Tucumcari City Manager Doug Powers is stepping down but not stepping out. While the Tucumcari City Commission voted Thursday to start advertising for Powers’ replacement as city manager, commissioners also voted to keep Powers on the city payroll as assistant city manager after his replacement is found. In the […]

Ceremony honors rebel soldier

Rex Gray of Quay Valley mans the cannon with Mike Lancaster of Amarillo Texas. Both are members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Abijah Keith received full graveside military honors Saturday at the Quay Cemetery in Quay Valley on behalf of a country that no longer exists, the Confederate States of America, 84 years after his death. Keith served in the Confederate Army in the Civil War and returned to Texas at […]

Longtime Quay author, teacher, historian Lynn Moncus dies at 79


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Lynn Moncus, a long-time columnist for the Quay County Sun, as well as an author, teacher and historian, died Monday evening after a bout with bone cancer.  She was 79 years old. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Dunn Memorial Chapel.  A brief graveside […]

Route 66 Museum sticking around

QCS photo: Steve Hansen
Bob Beaulieu (left) and John Duggar take measurements before hanging porcelain signs from the 1940s on the wall of the New Mexico Route 66 Museum, Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor This year when the Rockabilly on the Route event shut down on June 8, the New Mexico Route 66 Museum did not pack up and go with the Rockabilly exhibitors. The museum stayed and is now open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday on the south […]