Local schools kick off year

QCS photo: Steve Hansen
Four members of San Jon High School’s student council help kick off the school year Monday with a skit and announcements.  From left, Sahara Sherwood, secretary; Morgan Becerra, reporter; Brevin Stoner, vice-president; and Marcelina Acosta, president.

By Steve Hansen Staff writer New school years started Monday for Tucumcari and San Jon students. Logan and House schools begin their school years on Monday, Aug. 22 to accommodate the Quay County Fair, which begins today. San Jon Superintendent Colin Taylor began the school year with “more students than I have ever seen here.” […]

Mesalands shows off allied health program

QCS photo: Steve Hansen
Maria Garcia of Tucumcari, a recent graduate of the Mesalands Community College phlebotomy program, demonstrates blood drawing on an artificial arm at an open house Thursday for Mesalands’ Allied Health program.

By Steve Hansen Staff writer Mesalands Community College’s new Allied Health education programs are in good condition, and the college held an open house Thursday to demonstrate their success to the community and potential new students. Visitors watched students and faculty members perform tests and examinations on human-like plastic dummies that could cough, speak, breathe and […]

Rattler alumni return to Tucumcari


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Another successful Rattler Reunion has come and gone — with more than 400 alumni returning to Tucumcari to “Return to the 80s.” The host class for the reunion was the Tucumcari High School Class of 1986. “This was a great time and brought back a lot of memories,” said […]

Two local men charged in the death of Anthony Gallegos

Quay County Under Sheriff Dennis Garcia aids the New Mexico State Police Investigators at the scene of Gallegos' death.

  By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Two local men have been charged with murder in connection with the slaying of Anthony Gallegos. Gallegos was found dead on June 22 in an alley on the 700 block of Sunset Avenue in Tucumcari. Timothy Skinner and Jerry Ingram on Wednesday were formally charged with Gallegos’ death, […]

Lady Rattlers volleyball will start season with new coach


Staff Report The Tucumcari Lady Rattlers varsity volleyball team will feature six returning seniors but will be under the direction of new head coach Dana Benavidez. “We have not begun official practices yet but the girls have already begun working on their fundamentals and conditioning,” Benavidez said. Benavidez said the prospects for this season are […]

Organizations projects aim to beautify city


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Two projects by the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce and Tucumcari Rotary Club spruced up Route 66 and Tucumcari Mountain in advance of the annual Rattler Reunion. Tucumcari High School alumni will return Thursday through Saturday for the 45th annual Rattler Reunion at the Tucumcari Convention Center. This year, […]

Law enforcement honored by city


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer City Manager Jared Langenegger plans to speak to a company about the possibility of placing solar-powered LED lights at Interstate 40’s exit 329 and along Route 66 into Tucumcari. Langenegger, who was attending Thursday’s meeting via Skype from the Municipal League’s City Managers conference in Ruidoso, said he met […]

Families gather to remember


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer More than 150 people attended Saturday’s dedication of a veterans memorial at the Autumn Blessing assisted living home in Logan. The veterans memorial was donated to Autumn Blessing by the family of Alfred Haws, a current resident. Haws is a World War II veteran and a survivor of the […]

Annual Ag field day nears


Staff Report New Mexico State University’s new dean for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, will give the keynote presentation on Aug. 2 during the annual field at the Agricultural Science Center in Tucumcari. Dean Rolando Flores, is no stranger to agricultural research and production. For the past 10 years, he has served […]

Kitten rescued from storm drain by residents and local officials

Courtesy Photo: Dennis Garcia.
This kitten was rescued by residents and local officials Thursday morning in Tucumcari after a group of children discovered it the night before in a storm drain.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Residents and local agencies came together to rescue a kitten from a storm drain in Tucumcari. The kitten was raised from the storm drain Thursday morning in a cat trap that was set the night before by concerned citizens and local officials. On Wednesday, children taking part in a […]