Couple constructing Route 66 wedding chapel

QCS Photo: Steve Hansen
Leigh Williams takes a pause in her preparations to ready the Route 66 Wedding Chapel for its first customers on July 1.

Staff report Getting hitched?  Try Route 66. Rhys and Leigh Williams, who recently opened an Old Time Photo Studio and a Christmas store in Tucumcari, are constructing a Route 66 Wedding Chapel in a corner of their store at 824 E. Route 66 Blvd., Tucumcari. They already have weddings booked, starting July 1, so they’re […]

Rockabilly on the Route producers making plans for next year

QCS photo:  Steve Hansen
The pinup contest was just one of many events and attractions  of Rockabilly on the Route June 5-8 in Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor With a reported profit of $258, Ungelbah Davila and Simon Cantlon, producers of Rockabilly on the Route, are ready to do it again in 2015 with a five-day rockabilly ‘50s and ‘60s lifestyle event in Tucumcari. Their plans have even gone worldwide. “We want to give it an international […]

Rain, wind cause damage in city

This tree was uprooted Friday on the 1300 block of South Fourth Street in Tucumcari by wind gusts that were reported up to 70 miles per hour by the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   A brief and powerful storm system that moved through the Tucumcari area Friday evening produced winds gusts as high as 70 miles per hour, almost an inch of rain and toppled trees onto a house and a car in the city. Shortly after 5 p.m., the National Weather […]

Man walks for wounded warriors

Josh Lydell walks through Tucumcari Monday on his way across the U.S. to raise money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior project.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Josh Lydell says he isn’t much for walking, but you’d never know from the job he’s given himself. The Charleston, S.C. stonemason is traveling on foot 2,800 miles from his home town to San Francisco, Calif., to raise funds and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization […]

Blake’s burrito gets top 50 rating

The Tucumcari Blake’s Lotaburger outlet has been chosen as one of 50 New Mexico restaurants on the state’s Breakfast Burrito Byway.

QCS Staff The Tucumcari Blake’s Lotaburger outlet is home to one of the top 50 breakfast burritos in New Mexico, and therefore has been designated as a stop on the New Mexico True Breakfast Burrito Byway, according to a news release from the state’s department of tourism. The Blake’s outlet is located at 2523 S. […]

‘Eyes on 66’ mural completed for hospice organization

Helping Hands Hospice volunteers stand beside the “Eyes on 66” wall mural, painted by Doug Quarles (second from right).  Also pictured: Bill Greenfield (left), Carrie Bruhn, Mary Jimenez and Betty Wayne.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A five-year project ended with a quiet gathering of  Helping Hands Hospice board of directors members and artist Doug Quarles, who posed for pictures Monday at the Eyes on 66 mural in Tucumcari. Quarles, a former Tucumcari resident whose murals have given the city the nickname “the City of […]

Rockabilly repeats kicks on Route 66

Terrah Acosta, Tucumcari, a pinup contestant, cuts a rug with Jordy Donovan of Tucumcari at Saturday’s Rumble on the Route.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor   At about 7:15 on Saturday evening, Ungelbah Davila, publisher La Loca Magazine and chief organizer of Tucumcari’s second Tucumcari on the Route, was pacing the main hall of the Tucumcari Convention Center. At most, 20 people inhabited the hallways. The crowd had dispersed quickly when wind-driven rain started […]

Young Tucumcari basketball team makes nationals

Members of the Tucumcari’s Finest basketball team wash a car to raise money for a trip to AAU basketball finals.  From left, Kalani French, Tori Chavarria, Ashley Shipley and Lenora Trujillo.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor In the shadow of Rockabilly on the Route on Saturday, the girls of Tucumcari’s Finest held a car wash and bake sale in the Radio Shack parking lot next to the Tucumcari Convention Center.. Tucumcari’s Finest, a basketball team of now sixth- and seventh-grade girls from Tucumcari, have qualified […]

Tucumcari native opens dance instruction studio

Hannah Mericle shows her students how it’s done. From left, the students are Alayna Sena, Haisley Huffman and Celina Ashcroft.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor On Monday, the first day of business for her dance studio,  “Hannah M. Dance with Me,” Tucumcari resident Hannah Mericle enrolled 33 students. Mericle is teaching classes in ballet, jazz and hip-hop styles to groups of girls grouped by age. Already on the studio’s first official day of business […]

Former Logan graduate wins internship

Rylee Stenberg

QCS Staff Rylee Stenberg, a former resident of Tucumcari and a Logan High School graduate,  is working as an intern in the Leadership Internship program for Think New Mexico. Think New Mexico as a nonpartisan, results-oriented think tank, according to founder and chief executive officer Fred Nathan. Previously, Stenberg interned with the American Civil Liberties […]