Rattlers advance to District 5 3A championship

Rattler John Paul Garcia takes flight to block the shot of Lion’s Nathan Sanchez during Thursday’s District 5 3A game against Santa Rosa at the Snake Pit. The Rattlers won 75-40 and have advanced to the District 5 championship against the Clayton Yellowjackets.  The championship game will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday at Clayton.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers—22-4, 5-2—will travel to Clayton Saturday to contend for the District 5 3A championship after beating the Santa Rosa Lions 75-40 Thursday night at the Snake Pit. “We played good tonight, but I still think we can do better,” said Rattler Zedric Henderson Greene. “In fact I […]

Q&A: Mesalands 5th district trustee candidates

Elizabeth Estrada

  There are two candidates, incumbent Elizabeth Estrada and challenger Jim Keith, running for the District 5 seat on the Mesalands Community College Board of Trustees. The victor will serve a six-year term. The election will be held March 3. The Quay County Sun asked both candidates the same five questions.  Here, in alphabetical order,  […]

Latin comedians share punchlines, insights

Comedian Roberto Rodriguez receives a handshake and pat on
the back in appreciation from Tucumcari resident Michael
Arellano after the Latin Comedy Jam Saturday at the Tucumcari
Convention Center. Rodriguez and the other comedians of the
show took time to thank area residents for attending the event.

By Thomas Garica QCS Senior Writer Area residents enjoyed a night of laughter Saturday night from the punchlines and life experiences of four performers at the Latin Comedy Jam at the Tucumcari Convention Center. Nothing was off limits as the comedians observed  personal, social and world events, each adding a unique insight and spin. “I […]

Logan returns to PreK initiative to prepare youngest

Courtesy Photo:
Logan preschool students enjoy lunch with their parent during the open house

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Logan Preschool has returned to the New Mexico Pre-K Initiative to help students develop learning and social skills that will benefit them from the first day of kindergarten through their post-secondary school years. The NM pre-K has expanded access to early childhood programs across the state to help children […]

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 […]