Snow closes area schools

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Snow crowns desert cactus and brush in Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Quay County got through the weekend’s cold snap and snowstorms with minimal injury or damage. Plummeting temperatures on Thursday gave way to snowstorms, wind and occasional fog that made roads hazardous and caused school closings and delays. The cold weather broke on Tuesday and snow started disappearing as temperatures […]

Local organizations help provide holiday meals

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Volunteers Rita Pacheco, left, and Theresa Ramirez assist clients of the Ministry of Hope, Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor About 275 Quay County families will be able to make special Thanksgiving meals they might not have been able to afford through the help of two faith-based organizations in Tucumcari. Working together, the Ministry of Hope, a non-denominational Christian charity, and Tucumcari’s chapter of the Society of St. Vincent […]

Transformer failure to blame for power outage


By Emily Crowe CMI staff writer A transformer failure is to blame for Tuesday morning’s power outage affecting nearly 20,000 customers in Clovis, Texico, Farwell and Tucumcari, according to Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves. “We had a transformer failure in our Curry County interchange near Clovis,” Reeves said, “But the cause of that failure has […]

Veterans honored at ceremony


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Veterans’ Day is our way of honoring those who answered the call to serve, to fight for our rights and freedoms, and those who made the bravest sacrifice and did not return home, said Col. Timothy Paul, New Mexico National Guard Chief of Staff. Paul was the guest speaker […]

In tribute: Bataan survivor remembered as strong, kind


By Steve Hansen QCS managing editor Friends and family said he was strong, mostly quiet, and kind. M.C. Waltmon didn’t talk much about his experiences during the Bataan Death March in the Philippines during World War II. But he wrote that he survived through some luck, and good friends. Waltmon, 96, died Oct. 29 in […]

At end of football season, coaches hope players gained experience


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The football season came to an end in Quay County with coaches hoping their young players gained valuable experience this year. The (1-9) Tucumcari Rattlers season ended on Friday with a 52-0 loss to the (10-0) Santa Rosa Lions at Rattlers Stadium. “We had some success sustaining offensive drives […]

‘Junkman’ teaches sound, music with nontraditional instruments


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor You wouldn’t think you would go to music class and learn to use a drill. For students at Tucumcari Elementary School, however, construction has been part of musical education for two weeks that end Thursday under the direction of Donald Knaack, who calls himself The Junkman. Knaack’s program combines […]

Four arrested, more than two ounces of meth seized in bust


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A joint investigation by local law enforcement agency has lead to the discovery of an operational methamphetamine lab, the arrest of four local residents, and the seizure of more than two ounces of meth, according to 10th Judicial District Attorney Tim Rose’s office. “Its important to know that my […]

Local poet receives outside attention


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Much of Levi Mericle’s poetry comes from pain, but to an avid Facebook following measured in thousands, the Tucumcari resident’s work brings enlightenment. His verse has rhythm and rhyme, but greeting-card doggerel it is not. Mericle’s intense verses speak of his own experiences with physical illness and the dark […]

Three residents face burglary charges

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Three Tucumcari residents are facing burglary charges after they were caught n the act, according to police. Two of the suspects are facing three felony counts of non-residential burglary, larceny and conspiracy after they were arrested early Thursday inside a building they had entered illegally, police said. Louis Padilla, […]