Logan seniors urged to remember to have fun


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer For the 18 graduating seniors of Logan High School, Saturday’s ceremony marked both the transition from the familiarity and comfort of high school to the unfamiliarity of the world beyond the school campus. “We are feeling anxious, confused and a little sad as we are about to be pulled […]

Rattlers ready to begin new journey


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer For the 56 Tucumcari High School graduates, Friday’s ceremony in front of their families, friends, underclassmen and teachers marked both the end and beginning of a journey. “All of us will have to face failure to make it to success,” said valedictorian Ashlee Bradley in her commencement speech to […]

Graduates urged to find their purpose


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer With their families and friends in attendance, more than 40 Mesalands Community College graduates took the next step toward their future Friday night during commencement ceremonies at the Tucumcari Convention Center. “You now have a higher education which is a privilege and an honor but with it comes responsibilities, […]

Highway 54 repairs planned


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The New Mexico Department of Transportation held a public meeting Tuesday to discuss proposed $16 million improvements to four miles of U.S. Highway 54 from Interstate 40 to just north of Tucumcari. Representative of the NMDOT and Wilson and Company Engineering, out of Albuquerque, outlined three possible improvements projects […]

County nears Work Ready status

Buena Vista Labs owner John Mihm explains how the ACT WorkKeys test benefited his business and
employees during Friday presentation at Mesalands Community College.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The recent achievement by a group of area educators, business owners, and state and local officials has given Quay County and Tucumcari a nationally recognized tool that can be used to attract new economic development. “One of the main things businesses look at in a potential site for expansion […]

Local high school athletes honored


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Coaches, players and managers of Quay County high school basketball teams competing in the 1A, 2A and 3A state tournaments received honors Thursday at the Tucumcari Elks Club. The Tucumcari Rattlers, Lady Rattlers, Logan Longhorns, Lady Longhorns and San Jon Coyotes were recognized for competing in the 2016 state […]

Comedians bring the laughter


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   Hearing the laughter of the crowd and knowing they were having a good time was all that mattered to three comedians as they took the stage Saturday during the Latin Comedy Jam at the Tucumcari Convention Center. Saturday’s crowd of more than 100 was smaller than those drawn […]

Panelists talk water, land issues


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer One way for rural communities and smaller entities to protect their water rights and interests is to band together, said Blair Dunn, attorney with Western Agriculture, Resource and Businesses Advocates. Land and water-rights issues and options for constructive and profitable uses of those water rights were the topics covered […]

Chuckwagon cookoff draws more than 300 to Ute Lake State Park


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Chuckwagons, cowboys and cowgirls and the smell of food cooking in cast iron skillets and Dutch ovens overwhelmed the visitors Saturday at Ute Lake State Park in Logan. Each year residents are drawn to the 16th annual Chuckwagon Cookoff featuring Old West chuckwagon cooking, according to Sharon Reid, event […]

San Jon family donates antique printing press to museum

Gerlad White, left, demonstrates to Gilbert Rivera, right, how the Challenge Gordon printing press works.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A San Jon family donated a 19th-century Challenge Gordon platen-job printing press that has been in their family since 1950, to the Tucumcari Historical Museum. Gerald White and Carol White Nash watched as a skid loader lifted and removed the more than 200-pound press that had been in the […]