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 kwilson@cnjonline.com 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

Staff Photo: Kevin Willson:
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 kwilson@cnjonline.com 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 […]

San Jon student chosen for state National Geographic Bee


Staff Report San Jon eighth-grader Alexander Lujan was chosen as one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2016 New Mexico National Geographic State Bee on April 1, at National Dance Institute in Albuquerque. “I am very excited for the opportunity to represent my school, my community and our county,” Lujan said. Lujan, son […]

Mesalands’ Iron Pour underway


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer More than 30 artists have arrived and started working on their projects for the 18th annual Iron Pour on Monday with more artists expected to arrive throughout the week at Mesalands Community College. A week-long event of mold building, art shows and events will take place for Mesalands’ Iron […]

Local, state candidates file for election


Federal, state and county candidates filed Tuesday for the June 7, 2016 Primary Election. The following candidate filings are unofficial until they are qualified today at the Quay County Clerk’s Office, said Ellen White, chief deputy clerk. White said that county residents must register and choose a party by May 10. She said May 10 is […]

Rattlers set to play Lions in state quarterfinals


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The fourth-seed seed Tucumcari Rattlers will face the 5 seed Santa Rosa Lions for the fifth time this season on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the 3A state boys basketball tournament in Rio Rancho. The Rattlers, 19-5, 6-0, beat Desert Academy 74-52 Saturday night to advance to the quarterfinal […]

City pharmacist charged with felonies


By Steve Hansen Correspondent Robert McClelland, pharmacist and owner of Bob’s Budget Pharmacy in Tucumcari, is facing four felony counts, three of which involve unlawfully obtaining dangerous drugs and controlled substances and one related to forgery, court records show. McClelland was arrested on these charges on Feb. 3, but the incidents for which he is […]

House fire claims life of Logan man


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A pair of weekend fires in Quay County resulted in the death of a Logan resident and the burning of more than 2,000 acres near Quay. Billy E. Sparks, 92, died Friday during a house fire at his residence on the 500 block of Zuni in Logan that reports […]