Manuel Preciado facing new felony child abuse charges

Manuel Preciado

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A former Tucumcari foster parent already facing five felony charges related to sexual contact with a minor has been charged with nine more felony counts of sexual penetration and contact of a minor, state police and Quay County Magistrate Court records show. Manuel Preciado, 64, of Tucumcari, is now […]

Rattlers, Longhorns basketball teams on the road

The Tucumcari Rattlers and Santa Fe Prep Blue Griffins scramble for the
rebound during the Jan. 10 game at the Snake Pit. The Rattlers won the game
in overtime 62-60. The Rattlers travel on Thursday to play the Demons at
Dexter.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Quay County high school teams, boys’ and girls’, and wrestling teams continue regular season action this week. The Tucumcari Rattlers, 13-2, will travel Thursday to take on the Demons, 4-12, at Dexter. The Rattlers had an impressive overtime win against the Santa Fe Prep Blue Griffins on Jan. 10 […]

Newsom calls free two-year college plan ‘monumental’

Diana Cassidy (left), administrator for Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs
at Mesalands Community College, helps students
Bethany Bishop and Cellisha Martinez get oriented
to new iMac computers in a computer lab.
Tuesday was the first day of classes for Mesalands’
Spring 2015 semester.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor President Barack Obama’s proposal to make two years of community college free of charge for an estimated 9 million students a year is “monumental,” Thomas Newsom, president of Mesalands Community College, said Wednesday. Newsom compared its potential impact to that of the Morrill Land Grant Act of 1862, which […]

Two young women recognized for saving life

Rebecca Trujillo (left) and Angelica Gonzales receive certificates
from Tucumcari Mayor Robert Lumpkin recognizing their heroic
actions that saved the life of an injured truck driver after a fatal
accident Dec. 13 on U.S. 54 near Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Rebecca Trujillo and Angelica Gonzales were on their way from Tucumcari to a basketball tournament in Logan on the evening of Dec. 13 when they saw smoke. They had no idea they were soon to become heroines.  They received certificates of heroism Thursday from Mayor Robert Lumpkin at a […]

Rattlers edge top-ranked Santa Fe Prep in overtime

QCS Photo: Steve Hansen
Tucumcari Rattlers point guard D’Ontee Sandoval goes airborne for two points
during Saturday’s Rattler victory over Santa Fe Prep’s Blue Griffins, colliding
with the Griffins’ center Ian Andersson (25). Griffins Keenan Amer (20) and Tenzin Dorjee (22) look on.

Sometimes when you never let up even though you’re being outscored, you settle for a loss no one would be ashamed of, but sometimes you win. Victory is what happened with to the Tucumcari Rattlers, now 13-2 for the season, Saturday against the now 8-5 Santa Fe Prep Blue Griffins, a team that that was […]

Q&A: Ingle discusses state, regional issues for 60-day session

Stuart Ingle

Editor’s Note: New Mexico Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, has served in the  Legislature for 30 years and is the state Senate minority leader. His Senate District 27 has expanded over the years and now represents portions of Curry, Roosevelt, Chaves, De Baca and Lea counties in eastern New Mexico. As the Legislature prepares to convene […]

Gov. Martinez re-appoints Mitchell to Tenth Judicial District bench

Albert Mitchell was re-appointed judge for the Tenth Judicial District despite losing a retention vote Nov. 4.

By Steve Hansen Staff Writer Gov. Susana Martinez has reappointed Albert Mitchell as the judge for the Tenth Judicial District. Mitchell, who had lost a retention vote in the Nov. 4 general election, received the appointment over Don Schutte, another former judge, who had also applied to fill the position.  Both candidates were recommended to […]

Garnett swears in new Quay County officials

Quay County Assessor Vic Baum, left, Commissioner Franklin McCasland,
Probate Judge Nelda Burson and Sheriff Russell Shafer were sworn into office
on Friday by Judge Joel Garnett, third from left, at the Quay County Courthouse
in Tucumcari.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer In a ceremony Friday, Quay County Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett swore in four newly elected county officials, including District 3 Commissioner Franklin McCasland, County Assessor Vic Baum and County Probate Judge Nelda Burson. In the ceremony, held at the Quay County  Courthouse in Tucumcari, Quay County Sheriff Russell Shafer, […]

Sheriff Shafer starts duties 4 days ahead of time

From left, the Quay County Sheriff’s Office staff, deputies, Chief Deputy Dennis
Garcia and Sheriff Russell Shafer are sworn in to office Friday by Quay County
Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett at the Quay County Courthouse.

QCS Staff Quay County Sheriff Russell Shafer chose to take his oath of office four days before other new Quay County elected officials officially began their duties. Quay County Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett swore Shafer and Chief Deputy Dennis Garcia in on Dec. 29. “I wanted to get an early start to work,” Shafer said. […]

Storm blankets county with 8 inches of snow

Yolanda (left) and Sara Aragon, Tucumcari, put finishing touches
on a snowman yearning for the tropics Saturday after seven to eight inches of snow fell on Quay County.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Quay County awoke Saturday morning to thick snow, six to eight inches, and responded with snow shovels, slow driving, and having some fun. Tucumcari  and House received seven to eight inches of snow each and Logan stacked up six to seven inches, Jason Frazier, a National Weather Service meteorologist […]