Lady Longhorns set to host district 6 2A championship

Lady Longhorn Shana Sorrels lunges for the lose ball during Friday night’s
district game against Melrose at Logan. The Lady Longhorns won 61-57 and
forced Melrose into a playoff game Saturday in Tucumcari for first place in the
District 6 2A standings. Logan won that game 60-57 and will host the district
championship at 7 p.m. Friday at Logan.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer After back-to-back nail-biting wins over the Melrose Lady Buffaloes, the Lady Longhorns have earned the first-seed in the district 6 2A tournament and will host the championship Friday at Logan. “The Lady Longhorns know whichever team they play on Friday will be challenge to overcome,” said Clair Rachor, Lady […]

Rattlers, Lady Rattlers take on rival Lions in district play

The Rattlers’ Michael Eldridge (22) shoots back a rebound as Rattler Zedric
Henderson-Green (32) tries to avoid a collision. Santa Rosa defender Dante
Torello (22) attempts to block the shot as Nathan Sanchez (21), Joseph
Esquibel (11) and Pryce Marez (23) watch for another rebound.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor In a night of roof-raising spectator noise and good, hard, clean basketball, the Tucumcari Rattlers and Lady Rattlers ended their regular season by taking on their archrivals, Santa Rosa’s Lions and Lady Lions, Friday at the Snake Pit. The Rattlers—now 21-4, 4-2— won their contest against the Lions 50-40, […]

Former Tucumcari superintendent marks 100th

Horace Wood expresses thanks to the city
for proclaiming Friday as Horace Ward Day,
honoring Ward’s 100th birthday. Mayor
Robert Lumpkin, right, presented the award
proclamation to Wood at Thursday’s
Tucumcari City Commission meeting.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Horace Wood used a walker to get to the podium Thursday, but he needed no help in a projecting to the commission chamber a short speech thanking the Tucumcari City Commission for a proclamation naming Sunday, his 100th birthday, as Horace Wood Day. In his talk, he quoted a […]

$700,000 in federal funds allocated to Ute pipeline

The quality of the water at Ute Lake Reservoir where
the first phase of the Eastern New Mexico Water
Utility Authority’s $550 million Ute Pipeline Project,
is scheduled to be completed by the end of March
(above), was discussed at one of many meetings
that will be used to create a Ute Reservoir watershed plan.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority’s interim pipeline has been awarded $700,000 from the federal Bureau of Reclamation, according to a news release Thursday from U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich. The money is part of $2.2 million Udall secured in last December’s omnibus funding bill for […]

Chamber group presents gift bags to state legislators

The Tucumcari delegation receives recognition
Thursday from the New Mexico Legislature. From
left, City Commissioner Rick Haymaker, Russell
Braziel, Gail Houser (standing), Carole Keith, Kathy
McClelland, Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Ann Litchfield and
Gail Sanders

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor When New Mexico legislators arrived for a prayer breakfast Thursday morning, each found on their workspace a cloth sack full of food items, useful things and souvenirs from Quay County businesses and organizations. A delegation from the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce had placed them there Wednesday night, and […]

Quay County enrollment in health insurance strong

Ruby Lindsey (right), of Tucumcari receives some free gifts from Presbyterian
Health Service financial specialists Cindy Naranjo (left) and Erica Smythe in
January during a New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange recruitment visit to
Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A month before last Sunday’s deadline to sign up for health insurance under the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange (NMHIX), 124 Quay County residents had enrolled in insurance plans through the program, figures from the federal Health and Human Services Department show. The number was “encouraging,” Alida Brown, Quay […]

Rattlers, Longhorns and Coyotes near district finals

Lady Rattler Melissa Gardea secures the rebound during the Feb. 7 district
game against the Lady Lions at Santa Rosa. The Lady Rattlers lost that game
69-37. Lady Rattlers head coach Gary Hittson said boxing out and getting the
rebound and limiting Santa Rosa’s chances at second and third shots will be
key to winning on Friday against the Lady Lions at the Snake Pit.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers—20-4, 3-2—could lock up the number 2 seed in the district 5 3A with a win Friday night against the Santa Rosa Lions at the Snake Pit. “The Lions are a team that travels well and it is sure to be rocking in the Snake Pit come […]

Ten Rattler wrestlers heading to 4A state tournament

The Rattlers’ wrestling team has qualified 10 members to compete at the 4A state tournament Friday and Saturday at Rio Rancho.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Ten Tucumcari Rattler wrestlers have qualified for the 4A state wrestling tournament that will be held Friday and Saturday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. “I can’t help but be proud of these guys,” said Eddie Encinias, Rattlers head wrestling coach. Encinias said eight wrestlers qualified […]

Tucumcari MainStreet committees ready for action

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The Tucumcari MainStreet board of directors has divided itself into four committees to align with guidelines from the National Main Street Center, and is now ready to “accelerate the  program,” Gail Houser, MainStreet’s executive director said. Tucumcari MainStreet is poised for action due to other factors, as well, Houser […]

Water, economic issues discussed with Udall reps

Bianca Wertheim, left, of U.S. Sen. Tom
Udall’s staff, talks with Tucumcari Mayor
Robert Lumpkin and City Manager Jared
Langenegger at Tucumcari City Hall.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The proposed Ute Lake pipeline to Roosevelt and Curry countites and economic development were two main topics in an unplanned conversation Jan. 3 between Tucumcari and Quay County leaders and members of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s staff. Tucumcari Mayor Robert Lumpkin, City Manager Jared Langenegger and Quay Commissioner Sue […]