Mesalands’ graduates encouraged to continue to soar

After receiving their degrees, certificates and diplomas from Mesalands College Board of Trustee’s Chairman J. Bronson Moore, the  2014 graduating class of Mesalands Community College turns to the audience and are applauded for their achievement.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   Mesalands Community College’s President Thomas Newsom urged Mesalands’ 2014 graduates to take pride in their associate’s degrees, certificates and General Education Diplomas and continue to pursue new achievements and goals and reach and surpass their potential. In all, 35 associates, 35 certificates and 19 GED graduates walked across the […]

Logan High’s graduates earn $360,000 in scholarships

Valedictorian James Egerton addresses classmates and community at Logan High School’s graduation ceremony.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Logan High School’s 17 graduates for 2014 walked away with more than $360,000 in scholarships, as well as the diplomas they received in cermonies Saturday in the Logan High School gym. Anna Hibner, the school’s registrar announced long lists of scholarships won by the graduates as they head for […]

San Jon celebrates 2014 graduates


QCS Staff Seven San Jon High School seniors received diplomas at graduation ceremonies Friday. The ceremony was held in the San Jon High gymnasium as community members watched. Valedictorian Charlotte Young praised her classmates for perseverance and talked about overcoming some recent struggles of her own. She said her classmates taught her to “laugh when […]

One man taken into custody after a fight with two Tucumcari residents involving a gun

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New Mexico State Police Officers stand guard outside of an ambulance that is transporting a man who was taken into custody by Tucumcari Police officers Friday evening. The man was involved in an altercation with two local motel employees that involved a handgun.

  By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A local man has been charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault after apparently shooting at two employees of the Best Western Discovery Inn Friday afternoon, said Deputy Chief Peter Rivera. John Blackmon, 23, of Tucumcari, was charged Monday in Quay County Magistrate Court on two fourth-degree […]

Question in Jones’ trial is premeditation


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The question jurors must decide upon in the murder case against Randall Jones is whether Jones’ slaying of Shirley Pacheco in July 2011 was premeditated, according to opening arguments presented Tuesday in Jones’ murder trial. Jones’ trial began Monday in Tenth Judicial District Court with Ninth Judicial District Judge […]

Candidate Q&A: County Commission District 3


Editor’s Note: Candidates are listed in ballot order.   Candidates for Quay County Commissioner, District 3   QCS Staff       Franklin McCasland Q: Why are you seeking office? A: As a born and raised lifelong Quay County resident, I am humbled at the opportunity to give back to the community that has provided […]

THS greenhouse nurtures science


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The Tucumcari High School students are seated on wheeled garage benches doing one of two things. Some are propping up branches that carry tomatoes with plastic hangers. The others are using automatic toothbrushes to do the work of honeybees, transferring pollen between flowers on the tomatoes. It’s science, says […]

Haymaker named District 1 Commissioner


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The Tucumcari City Commission on Thursday named Rick Haymaker to the  first district commissioner position vacated March 24 by Dora Salinas-McTigue’s resignation. Haymaker, a business owner, musician and pastor, was one of three candidates interviewed in a work session before Thursday’s city commission. The other candidates were Jerry Lopez […]

Vintage autos gather in Tucumcari


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Many people see Tucumcari’s Route 66 as a trip back to the 1950s and 1960s but visitors experienced a whole different time warp last week as a gathering of Model T’s and Model A’s drove around town, recalling an even earlier time. The Tin Lizzies, a statewide group of […]

Candidates square off in Nara Visa

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Candidates for local and state primary election gathered Thursday night for a forum at the Nara Visa Community Center.

QCS Staff   Thirteen candidates for state and local offices sought voter’s support  at a candidate forum Thursday and helped the Nara Visa Community Center raise $3,000 in donations to help with the upkeep of the community center’s building. The candidate forum shared space with an enchilada supper and  a pie auction in the community […]