Area high school basketball teams in mid-district play

Rattler Zedric Henderson-Green fights for the rebound against a Santa Rosa
Lions defender during Friday night’s district game in Santa Rosa. Tucumcari
defeated the Lions 49-47. The Rattlers next game will be Friday at Clayton.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Making free-throws, taking care of the ball and not letting the Clayton Yellowjackets’ Mark Craine move freely underneath the goal will be crucial factors for the Tucumcari Rattlers to win Friday in Clayton, said Rattlers head coach John Span. Span said the Rattlers 19-3, 2-1, will have to do […]

Poetry readers return with fiery words and high drama

Words and reading by Levi Mericle, interpretive dance by his sister Hannah
Mericle and music by Rick Haymaker, all Tucumcari residents, highlight an
evening of poetry reading Friday at the Eastern New Mexico Artspace gallery in

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor For a second time, about 50 Tucumcari area residents enjoyed supercharged words and fiery deliveries Friday evening as the Eastern New Mexico Artspace gallery hosted local and guest poets. The turnout matched last year’s poetry session of the gallery’s “Criss-Cross Applesauce” series of monthly artistic programs. Fil Peach, president […]

Strand signs to play football at ENMU

Logan Longhorn Wyatt Strand, center, signs his letter of intent to play football for Eastern New Mexico University in Portales as his mother Tammy Gates Velasco, left, his father Wade Strand, right, and teammates watch.  The signing ceremony occurred Wednesday.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Logan Longhorn senior Wyatt Strand has accepted a football scholarship at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. He signed his letter of intent Wednesday, National Signing Day,  in front of his family, and the Logan School student body, from kindergarten to high school seniors. Strand has signed to play […]

Sisters reflect on 20 years of restaurant ownership

Yvonne Braziel (left) and her sister Yvette Braziel-Peacock pose
by the wine rack in the dining room of Del’s Restaurant. They
bought Del’s from their mother 20 years ago, and now own three
restaurants on Historic Route 66 in Tucumcari.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer It started with a shared desire to be their own bosses and build a successful business in Tucumcari, and with no working capital they got in over their heads but emerged 20 years later with three signature restaurants along Route 66 in Tucumcari. Sisters Yvonne Braziel and Yvette Braziel-Peacock […]

City funds sufficient for Sands Dorsey disposal


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The demolition and disposal of the Sands Dorsey building’s remains in downtown Tucumcari can be accomplished with existing city funds, City Manager Jared Langenegger announced Thursday to the Tucumcari City Commission. That announcement and reports of progress on arranging to rid the downtown area of its most prominent eyesore […]

Tucumcari hires Shane Warner as new city fire chief

Shane Warner

QCS Staff Shane Warner hired on as Tucumcari’s fire chief on Jan. 27, and two days later, he was asking  the Tucumcari City Commissionfor permission to apply for about $400,000 in state Emergency Medical Services Act funds. The commission readily approved the request.  Warner said the money will cover costs associated with ambulances and equipment […]

Area high school basketball teams set for district play


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers–17-3, 1-1–and Lady Rattlers–8-12, 1-1–started district play last weekend with a pair of losses to Clayton and wins over Raton and are preparing to travel Friday to Santa Rosa. The Rattlers and Lady Rattlers next games are against an all-too-familiar opponent, the Santa Rosa Lions and Lady […]

County hires emergency manager to be prepared

Curtis Simpson is Quay County’s new emergency manager. He will help coordinate
emergency preparedness activities for the county and assemble the
county’s emergency and hazard mitigation plans.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor To the Boy Scouts of America it’s “be prepared” and to the U.S. Coast Guard it’s “semper peratus,” which means the same thing, and it’s also the motto of Quay County government’s new emergency manager. Curtis Simpson began his duties Monday as the county’s emergency manager, a job in […]

Rattlers, Longhorns prepare for homecoming games

Lady Rattlers Head Coach Gary Hittson works with the defense on cutting off the lane and limiting the options for the opposing point guard. The Lady Rattlers and Rattlers will begin district play at 6 p.m. Friday with a homecoming game against Clayton.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers 15-2 and Lady Rattlers 7-10 will contend against homecoming distractions Friday as they start district play against the always-daunting Clayton Yellowjackets. The second season, district competition, is about to begin. “All the games leading up to Friday’s game against Clayton have been preparing us for what […]

Roch, Woods address issues to county leaders

Colin Taylor (left), superintendent of San Jon schools, and Aaron
McKinney, superintendent of Tucumcari schools, discuss education
issues with state Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview, at a breakfast
meeting with Woods and state Rep. Dennis Roch sponsored
by the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Business climate, jobs and education were the main themes of remarks by state Rep. Dennis Roch,  R-Logan, and state Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview, at a breakfast session Wednesday that drew local school and government officials and community leaders from throughout Quay County. The legislators appeared at the meeting sponsored […]