Rattlers on bye week, Longhorns and Coyotes in district play

Rattler’s D’Ontee Sandoval goes up for the touchdown pass from quarterback Tyler Ferguson for his second score of Friday night’s game against the West Las Vegas Dons.

  Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   The Tucumcari Rattlers (0-7) have a bye week before they start their district run at the Santa Rosa Lions (2-5) next week. The Rattlers’ last game was a 67-36 loss Friday night to the West Las Vegas Dons in Tucumcari. A bright spot: Tucumcari outscored the Dons 28-26 […]

Mesalands’ Stampede Days culminates with rodeo

Members of the Mesalands Community College’s rodeo team enjoy Frito pies during Tuesday’s chili cook off at the college. The chili cook off was one of the rodeo’s team events that will be held throughout Stampede Week, where they meet with the public.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Mesalands Community College’s men and women’s rodeo teams are reaching out to the community by participating in events during Stampede week leading up to their fall rodeo this weekend at the Quay County Fair Grounds. “We want the community to come out and meet the rodeo team members […]

Rattlers ready to overcome their early season adversity

After making the defender miss on a tackle senior Saul Moriel cradles the football and runs in for the touchdown during Friday nights game against the Eunice Cardinals.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Facing adversity head on, the Tucumcari Rattlers (0-6) are preparing for their next challenge against the West Last Vegas Dons (1-5) Friday night at Rattlers’ Stadium. “No one here is giving up,” said Wayne Ferguson, Rattlers head coach. The Rattlers lost 70-20 Friday night to the Eunice Cardinals (1-5) […]

Area volleyball teams in district play

Lady Rattlers seventh grader Jasmine Jones jumps to block the kill from the Lady Lions middle hitter during Saturday match up against Santa Rosa. The Lady Rattlers won the match up in two sets.

QCS Staff The (6-7) (0-1) Tucumcari Rattlers will be seeking their first district win Thursday against the (0-10) Lady Tigers at Raton. The Lady Rattlers made some great progress and played tough at the Santa Fe Indian tournament this last weekend, said Lawrence Sena, Lady Rattlers head coach. Sena said the team got to play […]

Randall Jones sentenced to life for murder of Shirley Pacheco of Tucumcari

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Defense attorney Michael Rosenfield and his client Randall Jones awaiting the sentencing from Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen K. Quinn Thursday at the Quay County District Court in Tucumcari. Jones was convicted by a jury in May 2014, for the July 9, 2011 murder of Shirley Pacheco of Tucumcari. Jones was sentenced to life for the 1st degree murder and 10 1/2 additional years to be served consecutively for associated counts in the case.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Randall Jones was sentenced to life in prison Thursday at a hearing in Tenth Judicial District Court for the murder of Shirley Pacheco of Tucumcari. In addition to the life sentence, special Judge Stephen K. Quinn of the Ninth Judicial District sentenced Jones to 21 years for associated counts […]

Fired Up! event features contests, performances

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The four- and five-year-old candidates for the Princess Cari contest are interviewed by Karen Alarcorn (right) of radio station KTNM.  The candidates are from left, Rhiannon Rey-Montoya, Cambry Benevidez, Melanie Otero, Mikiyah Reese and  Malea Mericle. Rhiannon Rey-Montoya won the contest at the Fired Up! event Saturday.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor About 2,000 visitors watched competing blacksmiths, fire dancers and a pottery maker, among other attractions and demonstrations at the fourth annual Fired Up! event from 4 p.m. to 9  p.m. Saturday. As with previous Fired Up! events, the focal point of the downtown Tucumcari event was the Tucumcari Train […]

Rattlers take on Eunice; Longhorns at Mountainair

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Fort Sumner Foxes fullback Charley Rodriguez is smothered by the Tucumcari Rattlers’ tacklers short of a first down at mid-field during Friday night’s homecoming game at Rattlers’ Stadium.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Here are summaries of the week to come for Quay County high school football teams: 11-man The (0-5) Tucumcari Rattlers are set to take on the (0-4) Eunice Cardinals Friday night at Rattler Stadium. The Rattlers had a rough homecoming losing 52-14 to the Fort Sumner Foxes. “We need […]

Lady Longhorns seek win over Melrose

Tucumcari Lady Rattlers’ Maribel Villa hits the volleyball past the Lady Buffaloes’ defender to score a point and keep the lady Rattlers alive in the third set Thursday night against Melrose.

QCS Staff The (12-1) Logan Lady Longhorns will play a district game Saturday against the (8-3) Melrose Lady Buffaloes, the only team to beat them so far this season. “Our only loss is to the Buffaloes at our tournament in Logan,” said Robert Young, Lady Longhorns’ head coach. Young said the team had a great […]

Fourth building in a month destroyed by suspicious fire in Tucumcari

QCS photo: Thomas Garcia
Tucumcari volunteer firefighters extinguish hot spots at an abandoned house that burned to the ground Friday night on the 800 block of East Main Street. Tucumcari Fire Chief Larry Rigdon said there were two fires set at abandoned buildings Friday night, bringing the total of suspicious fires in Tucumcari up to five in the past month.

QCS Staff An abandoned house at East Main and South Dawson streets, Tucumcari, was destroyed and a second abandoned building damaged in suspicious fires Friday night, according to Larry Rigdon, Tucumcari Fire Chief. Rigdon said Friday night’s fires bring the total of suspicious fires in the city within one month to five.  While firefighters were […]

Latin Comedy Jam’s success prompts second show

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Roberto Rodriquez comes out pumping his fist and dancing to the music to get the crowd excited Saturday night during the  Latin Comedy Jam at the Tucumcari Convention Center.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   Over 300 Tucumcari and Quay County residents were delighted by the performances in the Latin Comedy Jam Saturday night at the Tucumcari Convention Center. The performers had a great time, too, and are already planning a return engagement. “It was an excellent show. I really hope they come […]