Cowboy musicians, poets share talents

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Members of the Eastern New Mexico Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Association play a bluegrass melody at the Nara Visa Cowboy Gathering.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor There was a wistful country instrumental airing flawlessly on fiddle, mandolin and guitars, and a breeze wafting in from the wide, two-story-high windows in the Nara Visa Community Center’s auditorium. The silence of the listeners seemed to proclaim that it would have been hard to find a better three […]

Rattlers to face Fort Sumner

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Rattlers’ running back Zack Martinez gets hit by several Dexter Demons.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The (1-2) Tucumcari Rattlers will not dwell on Friday’s 49-0 routing by the Dexter Demons but instead will push on as they prepare to travel to Fort Sumner to face the (2-2) Foxes. “We can not dwell on last Friday’s loss or it will snowball on us,” said Wayne […]

Garden shop reopens after four years


QCS staff A ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday marked the grand re-opening of Tucumcari’s Casa Verde flower and garden shop after a four-year absence. Gary and Nancy Jaynes opened the store they left behind four years ago after finding that “retired life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be,” said Nancy Jaynes. Before retiring in 2009, the […]

Lake levels up, creek floods after rain


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Last week’s three-day soaking of Quay County from Tuesday to Thursday, and more storms Sunday, left total rainfall readings of 4 to 5 inches in some parts of the county, and raised the levels of both Conchas and Ute lakes by several feet. The rainfall overloaded Pajarito Creek just […]

Proposed Ute study debated


By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects Editor A recent call for an independent study of the much-vaunted Ute Water Project has two key players swirling in a pool of political rhetoric. Clovis Mayor David Lansford and former Mayor Gayla Brumfield, once friends, now passionate political enemies, stand on opposite sides of the shore when it […]

Mesalands president sees potential for expansion

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New Mesalands President sees an expanded role for the North American Wind Research and Training Center.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Mesalands Community College’s new president has spent his first month in office meeting with the public, officials and faculty in order to discuss new ways to help increase the success of the institution and community. “A college’s success is measured on helping our students to become employable or helping […]

‘Library’ sign may not meet city codes

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This sign at 623 South Lake St., Tucumcari, has garnered considerable attention recently, but it may require a permit.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor There is no doubt that the professionally lettered sign in Tucumcari labeling a sheet-metal structure the size of an outhouse as “Obama’s Presidential Library” expresses an opinion. There is some doubt, however, whether the sign, located at 623 S. Lake St., meets city codes. Doug Powers, Tucumcari’s city manager, […]

Love’s Travel Stop general manager kisses pig

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As promised, Love's Travel Stop Manager Dewayne Juarez, kissed a squealing three-week-old piglet Saturday after his team doubled last year's contributions to the Children's Miracle Network, raising $5,200 thus far in an ongoing campaign.

QCS staff Love’s Travel Stop’s general manager has delivered on his promise by puckering up for a good cause. Dewayne Juarez kept his promise to kiss a pig on Saturday after his team in Tucumcari raised more than $5,200 for Children’s Miracle Network, according to a press statement. That goal doubled the proceeds from last […]

Locals compete in Texaco Country Music Showdown

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Amanda Gasper, left, and Jessica Morey of Jalea belt out their first-prize performance at the Texas Country Showdown.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The Pausewangs traveled from Goldthwaite, Texas, 120 miles west of Waco, Texas, to be there and the family band, the Pausitive Band, won second place among seven contenders in the Texaco Country Music Showdown in Tucumcari, cosponosored by KTNM/KQAY Radio, Saturday night. Local favorite Olana Romero, who won last […]

Rattlers win first home game 26-14 against NMMI’s Colts


Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers overcame a slow first half and capitalized on second-half errors to run away with a 26-14 victory over the (0-2) New Mexico Military Institute’s Colts Friday night at Rattler Stadium. The Rattlers are now 1-1. “These boys showed character by the way they kept playing,” said Wayne […]