Field Day highlights center’s work

People gather on two trailers to go on a hay ride around the New Mexico State University Science
Center of Tucumcari property.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A mixture of 50 local officials, farmers, ranchers and residents attended the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari’s annual Field Day. Mesalands Community College President Thomas Newsom and Arch Hurley Conservancy District’s Manager Franklin McCasland were among the officials attending the event. Lowell Catlett, dean emeritus […]

400 Rattler alumni descend on city

The host class of the 45th annual Rattler Reunion, Class of 1965, rides a float in Saturday's parade
proudly displaying its class sloga,n "The Biggest and The Best."

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Rattler Reunion drew 400 Tucumcari High School alumni back to the city over the weekend. On Saturday, the Golden Rattler Luncheon was held at the Tucumcari Convention Center for the alumni from the class of 1964 or earlier. This year’s attendance was the same as last year’s reunion, […]

Residents fight to keep armory

Residents, local and state officials gathered
Thursday at Mesalands to speak with the National
Guard about the future of its armory in Tucumcari.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Local and state officials, veterans and residents met with New Mexico National Guard Army and Air Force generals on Thursday at Mesalands Community College to determine how to keep the local armory from closing. “Give us a hard goal that we need to meet to keep the armory in […]

Rattler Reunion begins this weekend


  By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The 45th annual Rattler Reunion is set to begin Thursday through Saturday at the Tucumcari Convention Center and will be hosted by the class of Class of 1985. Through the years that the Rattler Reunion has been held many of the events are well known and attended including […]

Former Tucumcari Police Officer pleads guilty to arson charges

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Former Tucumcari Police Officer Dustin “Dusty” Lopez and Robert Sandoval pleaded guilty to felony arson charges Friday at the Quay County Courthouse. With Tenth Judicial District Judge Albert J Mitchell presiding, Lopez and Sandoval entered pleas separately during the hearing for charges in connection to a Sept. 3, 2014 […]

City works toward downtown growth

Vendors at the Tucumcari Farmer’s Market discuss local news and talk shop Saturday morning at the
Tucumcari Train Depot. The market was moved to the depot in a effort to draw people downtown.

By Jacob Sanchez QCS Staff Writer Take a walk around downtown Tucumcari. You’ll notice a business here and there, but what you’ll mostly see are empty run-down buildings. If City Manager Jared Langenegger has his way, downtown will become the heart of economic activity for the city. The city has taken the first step toward […]

Vigil guilty of sexual assault

George Vigil

Staff Report A Clayton man was convicted on July 15 in the Quay County District Court for the sexual assault of a mentally disabled Tucumcari resident. George Vigil, Jr., 58, accepted a plea agreement deferring a nine-year prison sentence for 20 years of supervised probation and lifetime registration as a sex offender, said 10th Judicial […]

County 4-Hers place at state


Staff Report Quay County 4-Hers placed in the top five in several events on July 13- 6 at the 92nd annual state conference in Las Cruces. Twelve Quay County 4-Hers competed at the state conference with the land judging teams winning first and second place. The first place team members were Kyle Knight, Kyle Hamilton, […]

Sandoval agrees to tentative plea

Dustin Lopez left and Robert Sandoval plead guilty to arson charges Friday in the Tenth Judicial District Court in Tucumcari.

Staff Report Tucumcari’s Robert Sandoval has entered a tentative plea agreement relating to arson charges from last year. Chico Gallegos, Sandoval’s attorney, said Sandoval reached the deal with prosecutors on Friday. He’s accused in setting fires that destroyed the Payless Motor Inn and an abandoned house on Sept. 3, 2014. Gallegos said a tentative verbal […]

Holiday draws 37,000 to Ute Lake


Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Despite visitation numbers at Ute Lake State Park being down compared to last year for the Fourth of July weekend, Logan Ute Lake Chamber officials were excited about the turnout. It was successful weekend for the community and several area business owners even felt it was a record weekend for […]