Veterans benefits discussed at VFW


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer “The important thing is to help veterans get the help that they need and to let them know there is no shame in seeking help,” according to Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Day, a member of the New Mexico Army National Guard. Day was the special quest speaker at Wednesday’s […]

Fire officials warn of wildfire danger


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Despite the moisture from Saturday’s snowfall, local fire officials urge residence to continue to observe the countywide open fire ban due to the risk from high fire danger across the region. “You know it’s bad when a fire department does not want to attempt a controlled burn,” said Rex […]

U.S. Sen. Heinrich stays atop local issues

Staff Photo: Thomas Garcia.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich exits the hub of the North American Wind Research and Training Center’s 1.5-megawatt turbine Thursday during a tour of the facility at Mesalands Community College.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Renewable energy, economic development, water issues and veterans’ needs are a few of the discussions state and local officials held Thursday with U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich during his visit to Tucumcari. Heinrich started Thursday’s visit by climbing to the top of the North American Wind Research and Training Center’s […]

Local teachers serve up education


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Tucumcari Elementary School students had a rare opportunity on March 15, when teachers and staff gladly took their orders with a smile as part of McTeacher Night at the McDonald’s restaurant in Tucumcari. For two hours, 40 teachers and staff participated in this event, said Tonya Hodges, school principal. […]

Rawhide Days honors ties to TV series


Staff Report What started out as a simple question from a local radio personality about why there was no local celebration for the local filming of “Rawhide” has now developed into a planned two day event April 15-16 at Tucumcari. “It all started when I made a comment on air about why we didn’t have […]

Tucumcari, Logan softball and baseball teams in action


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers will compete in the Panthers baseball tournament Thursday at Pecos. The Rattlers, 1-2, opened their season at the Demons tournament on Thursday and Friday at Dexter. “I am proud of how the Rattlers bounced back after the first two loses at Pecos,” said Tony Alarcon, Rattlers […]

Let it pour: Artists, observers turn out for day of metalcrafting

QCS photo: Thomas Garcia
Molten iron splashes up from the sand mold being poured Friday at Mesalands 18th annual Iron Pour.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A week filled with myriad artistic styles, meticulous planning and the camaraderie of kindred spirits from all walks culminated Friday night with the pouring of 6,000 pounds of molten iron at Mesalands Community College. Shouts of joy filled the air as the first stream of fiery liquid poured out […]

Texico tops Tucumcari in 3A title game

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Texico senior Brannon Karger draws contact from Tucumcari defender Jose Flores-Duran in the second quarter of Saturday's Class 3A state championship at The Pit in Albuquerque. Karger had 24 points in Texico's 77-52 win.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR ALBUQUERQUE — The family joined the fraternity. Behind an attacking defense and a 46-point, 21-rebound effort from Brannon Karger and Nathan Phipps, the Texico Wolverines joined the ever-growing fraternity of state champions with a no-doubt 77-52 Class 3A win over Tucumcari to claim its fifth title in school history and […]

Lady Longhorns fall short to Melrose in 2A championship

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Logan sophomore Kaylee Foote goes up for two of her 14 points in Friday's Class 2A championship at The Pit in Albuquerque. Melrose defeated Logan 48-47.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR ALBUQUERQUE — Taylor Bostwick wasn’t going to be bothered by the fans, the noise or the atmosphere of The Pit. Her teammates weren’t going to be bothered by a No. 7 seed. Not when they had a championship to defend. The Melrose senior fought off foul trouble to score […]

Tucumcari Police, Quay Sheriff’s Office investigate shooting


Staff Report The Tucumcari Police Department and Quay County Sheriff’s Office are jointly investigating a shooting that occurred early Friday morning on the 900 block of East Rankin in Tucumcari, said Tucumcari Police Chief Jason Braziel. At 3:38 a.m., Friday, an officer responded to a 911 call that reported a shooting on the 1000 block of […]