Rattlers sweep Lions, Longhorns split with Fort Sumner


Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer As players, coaches and fans watched the basketball sail through the air, the last thing Tucumcari High School Rattlers head coach John Span said he heard before the buzzer sounded and crowd erupted Saturday night was, “It’s in, coach!” Those words were spoken to Span by Rattlers John Paul Garcia […]

City Commission candidates sound off


The following is a Q&A with the candidates who will appear on the March 1 municipal election ballot for the position of Tucumcari City Commissioner in Districts 1 and 2. (Editor’s note: Ruth Ann Litchfield is running unopposed for the District 3 Commission seat. She was submitted Q&A answers in the event of a write […]

Tucumcari resident wins $90,000

Carlos Ysco

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Tucumcari native Carlos Ysco, knew he had hit big on the Roadrunner Cash drawing Jan. 22, but even he was surprised to learn it was $90,000 big. “When I go to Bingo and win I usually get this tingling feeling all over but at that moment I was too […]

Tucumcari NMDOT Patrol receives award

New Mexico Department of Trasportation's Tucumcari Patrol crew use a blade box they built to fix a
portion of Interstate 40 near Newkirk. The Tucumcari Patrol won the Best Practices award for developing
the box that saves time and allows the crews to repair and open roads to traffic quicker.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The staff and crew of the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s Tucumcari Patrol won the annual “Best Practice” Competition held on Jan. 20 at the department’s General Office in Santa Fe. In the competition representatives from all six NMDOT districts make a presentation on how their department found a […]

County receives state audit award

(Center)State Auditor Tim Keller presents Franklin McCasland, right and Richard Primrose and Mike Cherry the Audit Accountability

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior  Writer Quay County government received the Audit Accountability Award for the second time during the New Mexico Association of Counties Conference held on Jan. 20-21 at Santa Fe. Recognition for this award belongs to County Manager Richard Primrose and Finance Director Cheryl Simpson, said Franklin McCasland, county commission chair. During Monday’s […]

Logan sweeps Rattlers in close homecoming games

Lady Rattler Melissa Gardea's shot is contested by Lady Longhorn defenders during Friday’s
homecoming game against Logan at the Snake Pit. The Lady Rattlers fell 46-41 to the Lady
Longhorns. The Rattlers lost 63-55 to the Longhorns. The Rattlers begin their district games
Thursday at Clayton.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers and Lady Rattlers high school basketball teams lost to Logan on Friday for their homecoming in two fast-paced and close games that each of the coaches feel will strength their teams as they prepare for district play this week. Games like this help to prepare the […]

Elementary band plays at music festival

The Tucumcari ORFF Ensemble sets up its instruments before
they perform at the New Mexico Music Educators Association’s All
State Music Festival and In-Service Conference.

Staff Report The Tucumcari Elementary School’s ORFF Ensemble band put on a performance for teachers, staff and fellow music students as part of  the New Mexico Music Educators Association’s All State Music Festival and In-Service Conference held on Jan. 7 in Albuquerque. The 23-member band, comprising students from the fourth through the sixth grades, was […]

Rattlers, Lady Rattlers prep for stout Logan teams

Rattler John Fought takes the charge during the 47-35 win against the Estancia Bears on Jan. 12 at the Snake Pit. The Rattlers will host the Logan Longhorns
Friday for Homecoming.

Staff Report The Tucumcari Rattlers and Lady Rattlers basketball teams have a busy week coming up, taking on Dexter on Thursday and Logan Friday night for their homecoming at the Snake Pit in Tucumcari. “We have to be ready to play a strong game on the road and turn right back around and face a […]

Office dedicated in honor of slain D.A.

Left, Chipper Breen and Nola Hendrickson, nephew and niece of Victor C. Breen, were present
Monday for the first donation toward a memorial to honor their uncle who was served as the 10th
Judicial District Attorney for 20 years until he was murdered on Dec. 1, 1971 outside his home in
Tucumcari. District Attorney Tim Rose, right, presents the donation to commissioners Franklin
McCasland, Sue Dowell and Mike Cherry.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Tenth Judicial District Attorney Tim Rose received permission Monday from the Quay County Commission to dedicate and rename the new office on South Lake street in honor of former district attorney Victor C. Breen. “I feel like this is a fitting tribute to Victor C. Breen, a man who […]

Goliath’s effects begin to ease up in Quay County

Jan Klinger, Matt Klinger and Ron Wilmont, right, serve breakfast to motorist that stayed at the emergency shelter set up at the Tucumcari Convention Center.

  By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Stranded motorists left emergency shelters in Tucumcari at 10 a.m., on Monday after the New Mexico Department of Transportation opened eastbound and westbound traffic on Interstate 40 out of Tucumcari. The winter storm — named Goliath by the National Weather Service — dropped 8 to 10 inches of […]