Ute watershed meeting addresses water quality issues

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 Canadian River Riparian Restoration Project hosted a hearing on March 18 at the Tucumcari Convention Center that was one of many held in New Mexico as the state assembles a Ute Reservoir Wateshed Plan. The CRRRP is listening to county, city and state officials, ranchers and others on […]

Chef on Demand program offers food education

Rene Ruiz, a Summit Food
Service Management chef, supervises
on March 18 as Santiago Alires prepares
to chop butter for melting.
Students Delayna Swearengin and
Kayla Cherry look on. Ruiz visited
Tucumcari High School’s culinary arts
kitchen and supervised food preparation
as part of Summit’s Chef on
Demand program.

  Staff Report It’s not every day that Tucumcari High School students get parmesan chicken wraps for lunch, but it’s also not every day the school gets a visit from a real chef. Rene Ruiz, a chef for Summit Food Service Management, Inc., which operates Tucumcari school cafeterias, presided over preparation of the lunch Wednesday […]

It’s not the iron, it’s the people

Courtney Ford of Asheville, North Carolina, hammers away at a
sand mold to reveal the landscape sculpture she poured Friday
during the Mesalands Iron Pour. Foundry owner Donnie Keen
(standing left) of Houston, Texas, Mesalands Trustee Jim
Streetman and Iron Pour coordinator D’Jean Jawrunner discuss
the success of the event while Ford frees her sculpture.

  By Steve Hansen and Thomas Garcia QCS Staff There are always a thousand things to do for the students and artists who participate in Mesalands Community College’s Annual Iron Pour, but they keep coming back, event coordinator D’Jean Jawrunner said. While there were some new faces for the 17th Annual Iron Pour that ended […]

Higher bull prices signal recovery

Jared Jennings waves a bull into a pen, while Staci
Stanbrough blocks the animal’s way back after the
annual Bull Test at the NMSU research station,
Tucumcari. Stanbrough and Jennings were driving
the bull to a trailer for a ride to its new home.

  By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor More bulls and better prices Saturday at the Tucumcari Bull Test and auction than in past years are a signal that New Mexico ranchers are rebuilding cattle herds as they get relief from more than a decade of drought, according to ranchers and farmers who attended the event. […]

Plungers risk frigid water to raise funds for veterans

A dozen area residents ressed in Saint Patrick’s Day attire took a frigid swim Saturday during
the annual Polar Plunge at Conchas Lake. The Polar Plunge is an annual event put on by the
American Legion Post 19’s Chapter 9 Legion Riders to raise money for helping veterans.

  By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A dozen people took part in the annual Polar Plunge Saturday at Conchas Lake, braving frigid 33-degree waters in support of American Legion Post 19’s efforts to raise money to help veterans locally and nationwide. Lynn Hudson, president Chapter 9 Legion Riders, declared the event a success. Hudson […]

Late charge call goes against Longhorns in 61-60 loss

Logan team members console each other following the team’s 61-60 defeat to Magdalena in overtime in the Class 2A championship Saturday at The Pit in Albuquerque.

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE  — In a fast and furious finish to overtime, Logan’s Brinton Roach took the ball hard to the basket as the final seconds ticked away. With his team down by one and the state boys Class 2A championship on the line, he put in his driving shot and […]

Logan Longhorns advance to the Class 2A state basketball championship

Staff Photo: Josh Lucero
Longhorn senior Wyatt Strand goes for the shot past an Escalante defender during the first quarter of the Longhorns' 2A semifinal match against the Escalante Lobos Thursday night at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

Staff Report The third-seed Logan Longhorns have advanced to the Class 2A state basketball championship after upsetting the second seed Escalante Lobos 66-63 in Rio Rancho. With the win Logan will face Class 2A’s top ranked and unbeaten Magdalena Steers, 30-0, who beat Mora 78-65 in an earlier semifinals game. “The Longhorns and I are […]

Lady Longhorns fall short to Melrose in the Class 2A state basketball semifinals

Staff Photo: Josh Lucero.
Logan junior center Kippi Webb gets the rebound and looks for the shot over Melrose defenders during the Longhorns 2A semifinal game at Bernalillo High School

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com BERNALILLO — The Melrose and Logan girls basketball teams looked a bit like they’d come out of a football game after Friday’s Class 2A state semifinal at Bernalillo H.S. Meeting for the sixth time in just over a month, the district rivals slugged it out until the final buzzer […]

Lady Longhorns, Longhorns set to compete in state semifinals

Lady Buffaloes Caley Barnard lunges past Lady Longhorn defender Emily Collins to shoot during the district 6 2A championship on Feb. 28 at Logan. Melrose won the game 72-64. Barnard scored 47-points of Melrose’s points. The Lady Longhorns will need to contain Barnard during today’s semi-finals game against Melrose in the 2A state basketball tournament in Albuquerque. This will be the fourth meeting of the two teams in less than a month.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The third seed Logan Lady Longhorns will play an all-too-familiar district opponent, the second seed Melrose Buffaloes, in the 2A state basketball semifinals today at 3 p.m. at Bernalillo High School in Bernalillo. This will be the fourth meeting of the two teams in the past month. On Feb. […]

Arch Hurley allocates 6 inches per acre

Conchas Lake is the source of irrigation water for the Arch Hurley
Conservancy District. The lake has maintained enough elevation
to allow the Arch Hurley board on Tuesday to authorize an allocation
of water to district customers for a second consecutive year,
after three years of no allocation due to insufficient water in the lake.

Staff Report Arch Hurley Conservancy district irrigation customers will start receiving six inches of water per acre this growing season as soon as the district receives orders enough to sustain water flow of 40 feet per second for three days, the district’s board decided Tuesday. The board also agreed that it will adjust allocations up […]