More than 400 Tucumcari grads roll in for Rattler Reunion


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The motto of Tucumcari High School’s Class of ’83 was “Let the Good Times Roll.” Thirty years later, good times rolled once more as the 1983 grads returned to organize the 2013 Rattler Reunion. The reunion events, the luncheons, mixers, golf tournament, and parade, culminated Saturday night with the […]

Teacher returns to address reunion luncheon


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor At 22, Leon Cooper began his professional life as a science teacher to seventh graders in Tucumcari. He taught there for seven years. Now 83, Cooper returned to address the Golden Luncheon of the Rattler Reunion Saturday after a lifetime of science and engineering at the highest levels, writing […]

Six middle school students attend youth conference


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Six Tucumcari Middle School students developed and enhanced their leadership skills at the Junior National Young Leadership Conference held during June and July in Washington D.C. Their seventh grade math teacher, Bobbie Sandoval, nominated the six students who attended different session dates of the conference. “Through the conference activities, […]

Home visitation program launches


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor As a first step in improving Quay County’s last-place position among New Mexico counties in child well-being, a home visitation program now offers assistance to parents-to-be and parents of children up to age 3 who want help and advice to keep children healthy and safe and prepare them for […]

Water authority committed to completing intake structure

QCS photo: Thomas Garcia
Ute Lake Project officials said a controlled underwater blast at the site of Phase I on Friday killed an unknown number of fish at the lake.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority remains resolute in its plans to complete the intake structure at Ute Lake despite a projected water shortage before the project’s completion, pending litigation with the Village of Logan and continued loss of Ute Lake water due to evaporation and lack of inflow […]

Local student participates in leadership forum


Special to QCS H.D. McClure, 15, a student at Mesalands Community College and Tucumcari High School, participated in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law (NYFL) and Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), in Washington, D.C., July 16-21. McClure was one of 487 high school students from across the U.S. who were selected to take part in […]

Cowboy singer performs in Tucumcari

QCS photo: Steven Hansen
Steve Cormier performs for a capacity crowd at the North American Wind Research and Training Center at Mesalands Community College.

Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor When Steve Cormier sings a cowboy song, you can hear more than a seasoned folk voice and smooth guitar picking. His performance reflects deep from both hands-on experience and thorough academic examination of history, especially ranching history. Cormier performed before an appreciative capacity crowd in the 75-seat lecture hall of […]

Commissioner: Speed limit requirements unreasonable

QCS photo: Steve Hansen
Quay County officials have limited ability to set speed limits on county roads that border on homes, like this stretch of County Road 64.5 east of Tucumcari.  State Rep. Dennis Roch (R-Texico) said the state law that requires expensive studies and state approval for speed limit changes on county roads should be re-examined.

Steve Hansen QCSun Managing Editor Under New Mexico state law, a county government cannot set speed limits on a county road without conducting expensive engineering surveys, traffic investigations, and getting the approval of the state transportation commission. Quay County Commissioner Sue Dowell thinks the requirements are unreasonable, and recently got some support for that view […]

Mesalands’ rodeo coach resigns


QCS Staff C.J. Aragon, who led the Mesalands Community College rodeo teams to national prominence, has resigned to take over the head coaching position for the Odessa College Wranglers in Odessa, Texas. Aragon, 38, said he tendered his resignation as Mesalands Community College’s intercollegiate rodeo coach last week after accepting the offer to head the […]

Mesalands new president takes office effective Aug.1

Thomas Newsom

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Thomas Newsom will start his two-year term as Mesalands Community College’s new president effective Aug. 1, overseeing the college’s daily operations. “I am thrilled we finally have a new president,” said Jim Streetman, board of trustees secretary and chair of the presidential search committee. The board of trustees voted to […]