Decorated local veteran dies

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QCS Staff Jose “Tito” Terrazas, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran and a long-time resident of Tucumcari, died March 31 in Albuquerque, according to Terrazas’ son, Joseph Terrazas. Terrazas was buried in a ceremony with full military honors Thursday at the Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery. He was 66 years old, born Feb. 6, 1948, the younger […]

Local author, 94, tells of life as a teenage transient

Local author Joseph Lapuzza wrote a book about his life  experiences

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Joseph LaPuzza was sitting with some friends atthe Tucumcari McDonald’s when the Greyhound bus pulled in. Some of the passengers looked pretty scruffy, he said, and his friends speculated about sitting next to one of them. “I wore better clothes when I was riding freight,” LaPuzza, 94, remembers telling […]

NRA banquet raises youth funds

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QCS Staff   Food, family fun and firearms were the order of the evening Saturday as the Quay County chapter of Friends of the National Rifle Association held its annual fundraising banquet. Estimates of attendance ranged from 450 to 500. Ruth Nelson, the new manager of the Tucumcari Convention Center, which hosted the event, said […]

Lesser prairie chicken ‘threatened’

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The lesser prairie chicken has been listed as threatened.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service on Thursday declared the lesser prairie chicken a threatened species but kept in place a regional plan developed by officials from five states to protect the species. The LPC’s five-state habitat area includes parts of southeastern Quay County, and the Quay County area […]

Students encouraged to be safe during spring break

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Mesalands’ student Hayli Toenyan tries to navigate the obstacle course wearing the Fatal Vision goggles.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Mesalands Community College held a student appreciation/safety week to encourage students to be safe during spring break. The college held events throughout the week designed to encourage the students to make good choices while they were on holiday break. As part of the events, Mesalands chose to honor the […]

VFW 2528 welcomes veterans home

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Ron Wilmot, field representative for U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan,D-N.M., reads a statement from Rep. Lujan Saturday at the Welcome Home Veterans ceremony Saturday in Tucumcari.  Looking on are, from left, Col. David Wiesner, U.S. Air Force, and State Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Logan.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor When the rest of the nation declared March 22 as Welcome Home Vietnam Vets day, Tucumcari’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2528 took it a step further. “We decided to use this day to welcome home all veterans from all wars,” said Fred Porter, president of Tucumcari’s Delfinio Gonzalez […]

Enforcing Tucumcari building code difficult

City officials have not found the owner of this parcel at 908 E. Smith St.

By Steve Hansen The abandoned and neglected properties that worry Tucumcari city leaders are also a frustration for the people who try to enforce the city’s building codes. There are two main reasons some abandoned properties are not maintained, according to Veronica Sandy, the city’s building code enforcement offer. One is lack of funds — […]

Lady Rattlers qualify in four events at home meet

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Lady Rattlers Kinley Jaynes placed sixth in the 100-meter hurdles event Saturday during the Rattlers Relays.

QCS Staff The Tucumcari Rattlers girls’ track team qualified for state competition in four events on Saturday during the annual Rattler Relays track meet at Rattler Stadium. The Lady Rattlers 400-meter relay team qualified for state competition with a time of 53.52. In field events, two Lady Rattlers had state qualifying throws in the discus. […]

McTigue leaves commission

Dora Salinas-McTigue resigned from the Tucumcari City

QCS Staff Citing urgent family health issues, Tucumcari’s First District Commissioner Dora Salinas-McTigue resigned from the city commission on Tuesday, effective immediately. Salinas McTigue said she is resigning “with a heavy heart.” “It is not an easy decision to make, but my family comes first,” she said. McTigue was elected to the commission in 2012 […]

Local FCCLA students will compete at nationals

Tucumcari High School FCCLA competitors includ, back row, from left: Teacher Joyce Garrett, Mark Gutierre, Michael Shelton and Laura Evans.  Front, from left: Romy Diaz, Ashle Brown, Kassie Lamm, Roxanne Awais and Sarah Silva.

QCS Staff Tucumcari High School and Tucumcari Middle School are sending a total of 11 students to compete at the national level in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) competition. Jodi Lamm, the middle school FCCLA advisor, won the “Spirit of Advising” award and was elected to the New Mexico FCCLA Board […]