Historical Society learns about scientific error

Mike Lucero holds up illustrations Monday as Axel Hungerbuehler, curator of
the Mesalands Community College Dinosaur Museum, explains features of a
phytosaur, a crocodile-like reptile that lived 200 million years ago.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Axel Hungerbuehler, Ph.D,  gave a history lesson from the science of pre-historic reptiles Monday in a talk to the Tucumcari Historic Research Institute. Hungerbuehler, a paleontologist, a scientist who studies dinosaurs and other ancient creatures, and curator of the Mesalands Community College Dinosaur Museum, was the guest speaker at […]

Upside-down flag causes controversy

Steve Benevidez stands proudly
beneath his flag flown upside
down Tuesday at his store on
Seventh Street, Tucumcari. The
inverted flag is his way of communicating
that the country and

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Steve Benevidez wanted to send a message. The country is in trouble and so is Tucumcari, the Vietnam Army veteran who calls himself a patriot said. He thinks the trouble is deep enough to be a crisis, so he decided to make his message as urgent as he thinks […]

Mesalands men’s rodeo team claims 2nd at home rodeo

Sophomore Edmiles Harvey works on keeping his
form during his first of two bareback bronc rides
during the Mesalands Spring Rodeo on April 17 in
Tucumcari. Harvey went on to win the championship,
his second home rodeo title win. Harvey
ended the season in first place, winning the bareback
riding regional championship title.

    Staff Report The Mesalands Community College men’s rodeo team earned reserve champion and won a bareback riding title this weekend at their first intercollegiate spring rodeo competition at the Quay County Rodeo Arena in Tucumcari. Tim Abbott, interim rodeo xoach at Mesalands said that he had about a dozen contestants and five rodeo […]

Rattlers hold of 3rd rank Panthers in extra innings

Rattler Saul Moriel is surrounded by his teammates as he crosses home plate following his walk off double that led Tucumcari to a 7-6 win on Monday against the Pecos
Panthers in the 10th inning.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers baseball team 8-9, staved off the Pecos Panthers in extra innings Monday at Tucumcari. It took 10 innings for the Rattlers to overcome the 13-7 Panthers. Rattler senior Saul Moriel hit the walk off double that brought in fellow senior Javier Villanueva for the winning run. […]

Patsy Gresham appointed as County Treasurer

Newly appointed County Treasurer Patsy Gresham, second right, is flanked by Quay County commissioners Mike Cherry,left, Sue Dowell, and Franklin McCasland Friday at the Commission chamber.  The commission appointed Gresham Friday to serve out the term of Nadine Angel, who resigned from the treasurer’s  post effective June 1.

By Thomas Garcia Senior Writer Patsy Gresham has been appointed to be the Quay County Treasurer to fill out the term vacated by the resignation of elected treasurer Nadine Angel, which ends Dec. 31, 2016. Angel said she is resigning for personal reasons. Gresham, executive director for the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce, was appointed […]

Mental Health Resources takes on Turquoise services

Before closing Turquoise Health and Wellness services
in Tucumcari, employees added farewell messages
to Turquoise and TeamBuilders Counseling
Services, which also occupied the building. The
services they provided are now offered by Mental
Health Resources.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Mental Health Resources (MHR) has taken over the behavioral health services that had been provided through Turquoise Health and Wellness, an Arizona firm that pulled out of behavioral health services in New Mexico on March 30. In Tucumcari, MHR has closed the building that housed Turquoise operations at 1110 […]

Tucumcari/Quay Chamber dinner, auction raise $5,000

Richard Randalls and his wife Linda Sims browse among the auction items Friday at the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce’s annual fund-raising banquet.

Staff report An evening of fun, food and prizes Friday resulted in about $5,000 to fund Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce activities for the year. About 230 people attended the chamber’s annual fund-raising event that featured a prime-rib dinner, a silent auction for donated items and a grand-prize drawing. The grand prize was an i-Pad […]

Garage wall mural honors Tucumcari’s neon past

Emily Priddy chalks in the glow as she prepares a garage wall mural of Tucumcari’s past neon signs.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Kevin Mueller, owner of Tucumcari’s Blue Swallow Motel, has a “passion for neon,” he said, as well as for Tucumcari’s history. To help him show that passion, he has hired Emily Priddy, an artist from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to convert one of the individual unit garages at the Blue […]

Rodeo athletes poised to qualify for nationals

Edmiles Harvey of Tsalini Springs, at the 7th Annual Mesalands Community
College Grand Canyon Region Fall Intercollegiate Rodeo. Harvey cinched his
second consecutive championship title in bareback for Mesalands with this
ride during the championship rounds of the college’s fall rodeo in Tucumcari.
Harvey recently secured his ticket to the 2015 CNFR in bareback riding with his
performance at the Navajo Technical College rodeo in Window Rock, Arizona.
He is currently second in the region.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Mesalands Community College will be hosting its first intercollegiate Spring Rodeo for the Grand Canyon Region and a Ranch Rodeo this weekend at the Quay County Rodeo Arena in Tucumcari. “This will be the largest weekend of rodeo and western activities in the city of Tucumcari, in recent history, […]

Two suspicious fires strike within 25 minutes in Tucumcari

Left photo: An abandoned mobile home and outbuilding burn in the 2000 block of Rock Island Street, Tucumcari: Right photo, Tucumcari volunteer firefighters Edgar Shipley, left, and Lucas Benevidez fight a garage fire at 403 E. Aber St., Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen and Thomas Garcia QCS Staff Three buildings, none occupied, were destroyed in two fires reported within 25 minutes of each other Wednesday evening in Tucumcari. Both fires are considered suspicious in origin, Tucumcari Fire Chief Shane Warner said. In the first fire, reported at about 6:10 p.m. Wednesday, an abandoned mobile home […]