Project leaders: Ute lake intake structure could be completed by July


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Ute Lake intake construction project is on schedule with about half of the $14 million allocated to the project spent, Construction Manager Alan Ortega of Occam Engineering reported Wednesday at a public progress report session in Logan. Project leaders believe the structure will be completed by July, Ortega […]

Couple building sustainable home north of Tucumcari

QCS photo: Steve Hansen
Robert and Nancy Carr are proud of the sustainable house, behind them, that they are building near Tucumcari.  The oversize roof will accommodate both solar water heating units and solar photovoltaic energy-producing cells.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Robert Carr used to live in Independence, Mo. Now he’s trying to live in independence (small “i”) in New Mexico. To call the house he and his wife Nancy are building just north of Tucumcari unconventional might be an understatement. He’s building it to be as ‘”renewable and green” […]

Parade lights Tucumcari


QCS Staff It was cool, not cold, for Tucumcari’s annual Parade of Lights Saturday evening, so people on the streets heard Santa’s “Merry Christmas” all along the parade route. In a colder year, people tend to watch the parade as a drive-in event — from their cars. As usual, Santa occupied the basket of a […]

Residents gather for Mesalands courtyard lighting


QCS staff About 220 Tucumcari residents, faculty, staff and students of Mesalands Community College gathered for the college’s courtyard lighting ceremony, combined with an annual reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” sponsored by radio stations KTNM/KQAY Thursday evening. The courtyard lighting ceremony was kept brief due to temperatures in the teens. Visitors then hurried […]

Oregon students, faculty using Mesalands turbines for research


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A professor and two graduate students from Oregon State University are using the wind turbine generator at Mesalands Community College for research aimed at evaluating the potential impact on birds and bats that may collide with turbine blades. Oregon State University’s School of Mechanical Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering is […]

Motorcyclists brave cold for toy run

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Five motorcyclists leave the Children, Youth and Families Dept. facility in Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Motorcycle riders, especially armed forces veteran riders, are a pretty tough bunch. Take members of Conchas Chapter 9 of the American Legion Riders and the Logan Eagle Riders groups. They didn’t let temperatures as low as 20 degrees keep them from completing their seventh annual Toy Run Saturday, some […]

Winter sports teams in action


Area high school winter sports teams will be in action this weekend on the hardwood and wrestling mats. The Tucumcari Rattlers, Lady Rattlers, Logan Longhorns and Lady Longhorns will be competing Thursday-Saturday in the Melrose Tournament at Melrose. “We are going to see a lot of good competition at this tournament which is exactly what […]

Vandals shoot out car, building windows


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Vandals shot out car and building windows at “three or four” Route 66 businesses over the weekend, according to Pete Rivera, assistant chief of the Tucumcari Police Dept. Rivera said the weekend shooting spree was likely “a very isolated incident.” The weapon was probably a BB or pellet […]

Mesalands donates laptops to area schools


QCS Staff Mesalands Community College has donated five laptop computers to public schools in Grady, House and Logan. The donations were funded through a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) grant the college received in 2012 for Hispanic-serving institutions from the U.S. Dept. of Education, a news release from the college said. The release said […]

Black Friday leisurely for some, busy for others


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor On Black Friday in Tucumcari, you don’t see parking lots overflowing like you see in larger cities, but you see more cars in the lots than you’re used to seeing on most shopping days. One of Tucumcari’s Black Friday success stories, however, was found not in its retail sector […]