Fires destroy 2 abandoned Tucumcari motels

Tucumcari’s Payless Inn (left) and Tucumcari Motel, both abandoned, burned down in separate fires within a week of each other, the Payless on Sept. 3 and the Tucumcari Motel on Friday night.  The state fire marshal’s office is investigation the Payless Inn blaze.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Two abandoned Tucumcari motels burned to the ground in separate fires on Sept. 3 and Friday night.  An abandoned house was left charred but still standing in a Sept. 3 fire that occurred about an hour before the first motel blaze. The cause of all three fires is suspicious, […]

Tucumcari searching for first win against Estancia Bears

Rattler head coach Wayne Ferguson (left) and receivers coach John Span give players advice during a scrimmage.

  Thomas Garcia QCS staff   The Logan Longhorns look for a third win this weekend while the San Jon Coyotes and Tucumcari Rattlers look to right the ship after weekend losses.   8-man The (2-0) Longhorns will go into Friday’s game against the (1-1) Dora Coyotes with a lot of momentum from their 55-30 […]

Lady Longhorns triumph in Rattler volleyball tourney

Shana Sorrels blocks  a Lady Panthers’ hit Friday during the tournament. The Lady Longhorns won the Rattlers volleyball tournament on Saturday.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Logan Lady Longhorns won the Tucumcari Rattlers volleyball tournament Saturday, sweeping the Santa Rosa Lady Lions in three sets at the Snake Pit. “I was very pleased with their effort,” said Robert Young, Lady Longhorns head coach. Young said his team gained a lot from the tournament especially in […]

Felony charges dropped against state police officer

Isaac Vigil

Staff report Felony child abuse charges were dropped against a New Mexico State Police officer in Quay County Magistrate Court on Thursday morning. Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett found no probable cause to support child abuse allegations against Isaac Vigil, who has been a state police officer for about a year and a half, following a […]

Payless Inn, abandoned house destroyed by fire

taajburn3web

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The abandoned Payless Inn in Tucumcari and an abandoned house were destroyed in fires that occurred within an hour of each other early today. Firefighters were battling a fire in an abandoned house at 524 N. Fourth St. beginning at about 1:30 a.m. today, when the Payless Inn fire […]

Area lakes draw in 20,000 over Labor Day

Five members of the Kessler family from Tijeras near the end of their last boat ride of the summer on Labor Day at Conchas Lake. From left, dad Russell, Josie, mom Nina, Patrick and Grace are aboard.  Jason, the oldest of the four children, brought the truck and trailer to load the boat for the trip home.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Visitation numbers were up for Sumner Lake and Conchas Lake, while Ute Lake and Oasis State Parks saw a decline in visitors this Labor Day weekend, compared to last year’s Labor Day period. Sumner Lake State Park in Fort Sumner recorded 1,200 visitors over the weekend, 100 more than the […]

Rattlers fall, Logan and San Jon host blowout openers

The Vaughn Eagles’ Esequiel Lucero prepares to be grounded by the Grady-San Jon Coyotes’ Adrian Lunsford.  The Eagles’ Larance Salazar (34) looks on, while the Coyotes’ Nico Sanchez moves in to help with the tackle.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Tucumcari, Logan and San Jon high school football teams will all be on the road in the second week of the fall high school football season. The Longhorns and Coyotes won with blowouts at home, and the Rattlers lost a close one on the road to start off the fall […]

Logan passes its way to big victory over Tatum Coyotes

Longhorns’ quarter back Wyatt Strand tucks the football and runs 29-yards for the first touchdown in Friday’s 54-16 win over Tatum.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   The Longhorn’s potent passing offense was too much for the Tatum Coyotes’ young secondary as Logan won Friday’s home opener 54-16. “I am pleased with how the guys performed tonight, though I think we can more plays out of our offense,” said Kene Terry, Longhorn’s head coach. Terry said […]

Quay County high schools begin fall season

Tucumcari High Rattler defenders tackle a Robertson Cardinals running back for a short gain during Thursday’s scrimmage at Rattlers’ Stadium.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Area high school sports teams begin their seasons this holiday weekend, some on the road and some hosting home openers. Six-Man The Grady-San Jon Coyotes will kick off the football season for Quay County high schools with a home game at 4 p.m., Thursday against the Vaughn Eagles. “The […]

Beetles cross state line to threaten invasive salt cedar

The empty, red-orange stems of salt cedar bushes stripped of their leaves by the tamarisk leaf beetle glow amid darker vegetation on the shore of Tucumcari Lake.

  By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor   It’s not often that news of an insect infestation makes people smile, but in this case the victim plants are salt cedars, and almost no one is complaining. A quarter-inch bug called the tamarisk beetle (and there are greater and smaller versions of this critter) are laying […]