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 […]

Rattlers & Longhorns start state baseball tournament play

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Tucumcari Rattlers Saul Moriel moves in front of the bunted ball to field it and make the throw to first base during practice.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The (7-8) (4-5) Logan Longhorns and (13-9) (4-5) Tucumcari Rattlers are scheduled to play today in the first round of the 1A and 2A state baseball tournament. Both teams will be facing tougher opponents that either has seen during the regular season. The eighth-seed Longhorns jump right into heavy-duty competition […]

Chuck wagon cook-off draws over 250 visitors to Ute Lake State Park in Logan

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Tron Walters of the Rising 'W' chuck wagon batters tenderized steaks during Saturday cook-off with the help of Jentry Bressler.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   Over 250 residents and visitors braved Saturday’s high winds to immerse themselves in the rustic sights and atmosphere of the 14th annual Chuck Wagon Cook-Off at Ute Lake State Park in Logan. This year’s competition featured six chuck wagons and crews preparing meals using wood fires and traditional […]

Fridge causes blockage in Arch Hurley canal

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Workers work to clear a clogged ditch on Saturday by pushing 275-feet of steel pipe through underwater debris  in the canal.

QCS Staff A crimp in the first flow of water in three years through the Arch Hurley Conservancy District’s canals was repaired Saturday evening as Arch Hurley crews worked more than four hours to clear a refrigerator that clogged  the tunnel of a siphon ditch south of Tucumcari. “The water is flowing and the district’s […]

Wellness fair offers tests, information

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QCS Staff About 600 Quay County residents visited the Quay County Community Wellness Fair Saturday morning at the Tucumcari Convention Center to learn about matters that affect health, receive small souvenir items and medical screening tests, according to Alida Brown, coordinator of the Quay County Health Council. The health council and Quay County Government sponsored […]

Head Start kids, volunteers participate in clean-up

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With help from Jeanine Apodaca, left, and Tracy Neal, teachers at Eastern Plains Head Start, Tucumcari, Head Start students Isabella Salas, left, Jonathan Montoya and Jude Rosas plant flowers at Tucumcari City Hall.

QCS Staff Pre-kindergarten students at the Eastern Plains Head Start facility in Tucumcari and a hardy band of older volunteers helped Tucumcari observe the Great American Cleanup last week. Veronica Sandy, Tucumcari’s building enforcement officer, doubled up as a beautification coordinator to coordinate the cleanup activities. During the week, batches of Head Start children arrived […]

THS students mark Earth Day with service projects

Courtesy photo: Katherine Sena, THS.
Tucumcari High School seniors Leah Encinias (left), Brianna Molinas, Madeline Wiegel, Caitlin Elebario and Olana Romero clean up the grounds at NMSU Agricultural Research Station, Tucumcari. The cleanup was part of Earth Day activities at THS on Tuesday.

QCS Staff Tucumcari High School students spent Tuesday morning cleaning up at sites around Tucumcari and earning some community service credit as they observed Earth Day, according to Christina Fleming, a teacher who coordinated the day’s activities for the high school. Junior students cleaned up trash and debris at Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery, hauling away […]