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 […]

Quay County Little League All-Stars win district title

Quay County All-Star Bryce Merrill nears second
base and watches for the go ahead signal during
Thursday’s District 3 Championship game in

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Quay County All-Stars 9-10 year-old Little League baseball team (3-0) will be playing in the state sectionals on July 17-19 at Bayard. “The kids are very excited to play at sectionals its a big accomplishment for them to be there,” said Ricky Ragland, team manager. The Quay All-Stars advanced […]

Mesalands’ paleontology field class makes find

Courtesy Photo: Students from McClellan Community College’s summer paleontology field
class listen to Dr. Axel Hungerbuehler, before they excavate dinosaur-age fossils.

Special to QCS The paleontology summer field season at Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum and Naturals Sciences Laboratory that began in May has made several finds during field excavation projects. Axel Hungerbuehler,  curator of the museum said this summer field season has already been successful. He said this year students have found a variety of […]

Rains keep area lake levels high

Boaters head out to enjoy some recreation time on
the water Monday at Ute Lake State Park at Logan.
The rainfall from spring 2014 and April and March of
this year has kept the lake levels up for visitors.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Spring rains have helped raise the water levels at Conchas and Ute Lake and other lakes around the region, boosting visitation to area state parks and creating a positive outlook for local crop growers. There have been a high number of visitors at Ute Lake State Park on both […]

William Shatner treks through Tucumcari

William Shatner and his wife Elizabeth prepare to leave Tucumcari on Saturday, heading west. They're traveling Route 66 to raise awareness for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship.

Staff Report Actor William Shatner briefly stopped Saturday in Tucumcari, traveling from St. Louis to Los Angeles along old Route 66 as part of a campaign to raise awareness for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship. Shatner is best known for his portrayal of Capt. James T. Kirk in the original “Star Trek” TV series. He […]

Classic cars race through Tucumcari

Driver Trevor Stahl of Chesterfield, Mississippi, and navigator Josh Hull of Roanoke, Virginia, are the
first to arrive in Tucumcari as part of the 2015 Great Race.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer More than 130 classic, vintage cars participating in the 2015 Great Race — from Kirkwood, Missouri, to Santa Monica, California — gathered Tuesday at the Tucumcari Convention as part of their scheduled stops along Route 66. The cars began arriving at 11:30 a.m., and gathered at the Tucumcari Convention […]

Sheriff’s Office, Tucumcari schools aids stranded bus riders

Passengers from the Greyhound bus sit in the patio
area of the McDonald’s restaurant in Tucumcari to
get out of the sun. The 50 passengers were stranded
on June 18 after their bus broke down 10 miles east of Tucumcari on Interstate 40.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer An act of kindness from a stranger and the quick thinking of the Quay County Sheriff’s Office and Tucumcari School District aided 50 stranded passengers Thursday from a broken down Greyhound bus on Interstate 40 East of Tucumcari. The Greyhound bus broke down around 10 a.m., 10 miles East […]

Veteran walking across country stops in Tucumcari

Marine veteran Wesley
Roy Brady Jr., is walking
across the country to
raise awareness for
combat wounded veterans.

Staff Report On the same day the Great Race passed through Tucumcari, U.S. Marine veteran Wesley Roy Brady Jr. made his way through town on his own cross country trek to raise awareness for combat-wounded veterans. “I want to raise awareness for an issue that affects all combat veterans and their families across the nation,” […]

Cyclists for a cure pass through Tucumcari

Sherri Kole, Mary Ann Taylor, and Gary Heiman pedal to the end of a day’s ride at Tucumcari’s Historic
Route 66 Motel.

  By Steve Hansen Special to the Quay County Sun When cycling groups pass through Tucumcari on cross-country journeys, you can usually count on trim young people on the sleekest of rolling hardware. But the cyclists-for-a-cause who stopped in Tucumcari on Sunday before heading east were an exception. The “Bike for the Cure for Huntington’s […]