One man taken into custody after a fight with two Tucumcari residents involving a gun

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New Mexico State Police Officers stand guard outside of an ambulance that is transporting a man who was taken into custody by Tucumcari Police officers Friday evening. The man was involved in an altercation with two local motel employees that involved a handgun.

  By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A local man has been charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault after apparently shooting at two employees of the Best Western Discovery Inn Friday afternoon, said Deputy Chief Peter Rivera. John Blackmon, 23, of Tucumcari, was charged Monday in Quay County Magistrate Court on two fourth-degree […]

Question in Jones’ trial is premeditation

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By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The question jurors must decide upon in the murder case against Randall Jones is whether Jones’ slaying of Shirley Pacheco in July 2011 was premeditated, according to opening arguments presented Tuesday in Jones’ murder trial. Jones’ trial began Monday in Tenth Judicial District Court with Ninth Judicial District Judge […]

Candidate Q&A: County Commission District 3

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Editor’s Note: Candidates are listed in ballot order.   Candidates for Quay County Commissioner, District 3   QCS Staff       Franklin McCasland Q: Why are you seeking office? A: As a born and raised lifelong Quay County resident, I am humbled at the opportunity to give back to the community that has provided […]

THS greenhouse nurtures science

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By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The Tucumcari High School students are seated on wheeled garage benches doing one of two things. Some are propping up branches that carry tomatoes with plastic hangers. The others are using automatic toothbrushes to do the work of honeybees, transferring pollen between flowers on the tomatoes. It’s science, says […]

Haymaker named District 1 Commissioner

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By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The Tucumcari City Commission on Thursday named Rick Haymaker to the  first district commissioner position vacated March 24 by Dora Salinas-McTigue’s resignation. Haymaker, a business owner, musician and pastor, was one of three candidates interviewed in a work session before Thursday’s city commission. The other candidates were Jerry Lopez […]

Vintage autos gather in Tucumcari

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By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Many people see Tucumcari’s Route 66 as a trip back to the 1950s and 1960s but visitors experienced a whole different time warp last week as a gathering of Model T’s and Model A’s drove around town, recalling an even earlier time. The Tin Lizzies, a statewide group of […]

Candidates square off in Nara Visa

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Candidates for local and state primary election gathered Thursday night for a forum at the Nara Visa Community Center.

QCS Staff   Thirteen candidates for state and local offices sought voter’s support  at a candidate forum Thursday and helped the Nara Visa Community Center raise $3,000 in donations to help with the upkeep of the community center’s building. The candidate forum shared space with an enchilada supper and  a pie auction in the community […]

Odeon Theater screens free movie at grand opening

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Robert Lopez works the controls of the Odeon Theater’s new movie projector.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The Odeon Theater’s owners celebrated the theater’s grand opening last week with a free public screening of “Bless Me Ultima” and received recognition for restoring the old theater and keeping it in business. On Tuesday, civic leaders gathered in the theater for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, using the Chamber of […]

Tucumcari/Quay County chamber hosts annual banquet

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Attendees of the annual chamber banquet Friday night at the Convention Center danced to the music of the Will Banister Band.

QCS Staff The Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce held an Old Time Barn Dance and Barbeque Dinner as its annual banquet and fundraiser Friday evening. The event drew about 250 persons.  Those who attended paid $35 for a dinner and dance and enjoyed events and socializing, as well as prizes. Guests had the opportunity to […]

Unicyclist passes through Tucumcari

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Hirotaki Kenji, also known as Kikenji, rides his unicycle Sunday on First Street in Tucumcari.

QCS Staff   On Sunday, eastbound drivers on I-40 between Santa Rosa and Tucumcari were treated to the sight of a man pedaling a unicycle along the side of Interstate 40. He reached Tucumcari at around 7 p.m. and found his way to McDonald’s and a place to sleep and get a shower. He goes […]