Felony charges dropped against state police officer

Isaac Vigil

Staff report Felony child abuse charges were dropped against a New Mexico State Police officer in Quay County Magistrate Court on Thursday morning. Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett found no probable cause to support child abuse allegations against Isaac Vigil, who has been a state police officer for about a year and a half, following a […]

Payless Inn, abandoned house destroyed by fire


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The abandoned Payless Inn in Tucumcari and an abandoned house were destroyed in fires that occurred within an hour of each other early today. Firefighters were battling a fire in an abandoned house at 524 N. Fourth St. beginning at about 1:30 a.m. today, when the Payless Inn fire […]

Area lakes draw in 20,000 over Labor Day

Five members of the Kessler family from Tijeras near the end of their last boat ride of the summer on Labor Day at Conchas Lake. From left, dad Russell, Josie, mom Nina, Patrick and Grace are aboard.  Jason, the oldest of the four children, brought the truck and trailer to load the boat for the trip home.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Visitation numbers were up for Sumner Lake and Conchas Lake, while Ute Lake and Oasis State Parks saw a decline in visitors this Labor Day weekend, compared to last year’s Labor Day period. Sumner Lake State Park in Fort Sumner recorded 1,200 visitors over the weekend, 100 more than the […]

Rattlers fall, Logan and San Jon host blowout openers

The Vaughn Eagles’ Esequiel Lucero prepares to be grounded by the Grady-San Jon Coyotes’ Adrian Lunsford.  The Eagles’ Larance Salazar (34) looks on, while the Coyotes’ Nico Sanchez moves in to help with the tackle.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Tucumcari, Logan and San Jon high school football teams will all be on the road in the second week of the fall high school football season. The Longhorns and Coyotes won with blowouts at home, and the Rattlers lost a close one on the road to start off the fall […]

Logan passes its way to big victory over Tatum Coyotes

Longhorn quarterback Wyatt Strand is ranked second in the nation in total yards among 8-man quarterbacks, according to MaxPreps.com. Strand views the accolade more as a distraction than an honor as he and the Longhorns prepare to play Foothill Friday for the district  hampionship.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   The Longhorn’s potent passing offense was too much for the Tatum Coyotes’ young secondary as Logan won Friday’s home opener 54-16. “I am pleased with how the guys performed tonight, though I think we can more plays out of our offense,” said Kene Terry, Longhorn’s head coach. Terry said […]

Quay County high schools begin fall season

Tucumcari High Rattler defenders tackle a Robertson Cardinals running back for a short gain during Thursday’s scrimmage at Rattlers’ Stadium.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Area high school sports teams begin their seasons this holiday weekend, some on the road and some hosting home openers. Six-Man The Grady-San Jon Coyotes will kick off the football season for Quay County high schools with a home game at 4 p.m., Thursday against the Vaughn Eagles. “The […]

Beetles cross state line to threaten invasive salt cedar

The empty, red-orange stems of salt cedar bushes stripped of their leaves by the tamarisk leaf beetle glow amid darker vegetation on the shore of Tucumcari Lake.

  By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor   It’s not often that news of an insect infestation makes people smile, but in this case the victim plants are salt cedars, and almost no one is complaining. A quarter-inch bug called the tamarisk beetle (and there are greater and smaller versions of this critter) are laying […]

Appeals court rejects Logan’s attempt to halt Ute intake construction

The intake structure under construction on the south shore of the Ute Lake Reservoir near Logan by the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority is scheduled to be completed in October.

By Robin Fornoff PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com A federal court of appeals in Denver has refused to reverse a decision giving the green light to construction of an intake at Ute Lake Reservoir, part of the Ute Lake Project plan to pipe drinking water to communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties. The decision made Monday rejects […]

First Ranch Rodeo action highlights Quay County Fair

Stetson Cates and Kiptyn Bidegain run out to the arena Saturday to take part in the calf scramble during the Ranch Rodeo at the Quay County Fair.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Local ranchers displayed their skills Saturday for the first-ever ranch rodeo competition held as part of the Quay County Fair in Tucumcari. “I thought we had a great crowd, some have told me it is the biggest crowd they have seen at the rodeo arena in a long time,” […]

Former Marine walking across country to aid veterans

Justin Kuhel gives a thumbs up as he poses with K-Bobs employees in Tucumcari. Kuhel was treated to free meal at the restaurant as a show of appreciation for his efforts for veterans.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A Marine veteran from Ohio is walking across the country to raise awareness of the needs of veterans help raise money for two organizations that assist veterans. Justin Kuhel left Tuesday morning from Tucumcari on his 78th day of walking on his 2,534-mile voyage from Camp Lejeune near Myrtle […]