Police Blotter / Jail Log — April 20-22

The following is a sampling of calls received by the central dispatch office for Quay County, based at the Tucumcari Police Department. April 20 • 4:02 a.m., a woman reported a domestic dispute at a motel on the 1700 block of East Route 66. An officer advised the parties were separated for the night. • […]

Arson trial for former Tucumcari officer Lopez to begin on July 27

Staff Report Trial has been set for July 27 to July 28 for ex-Tucumcari Police Officer Dustin “Dusty” Lopez and Robert Sandoval, Tucumcari, on arson charges stemming from fires that destroyed the Payless Motor Inn and an abandoned house on Sept. 3, court records show. A trial date has not been set for a third […]

Police Blotter / Jail Log— April 17-19

The following is a sampling of calls received by the central dispatch office for Quay County, based at the Tucumcari Police Department. April 17 • 8:01 a.m., a man reported vandalism at a residence on the 1700 block of South Monroe Street. • 8:09 a.m., a woman reported vandalism of a vehicle on the 2000 […]

Elementary students get environmental lessons for Earth Day

Robert Martin of
Ogalalla Commons, a
non-profit conservation
group, gets a variety of
reactions to a salamander
that he allowed children
to touch at the April
16 Earth Day celebration
April 16 at the Outdoor
Classroom near
Tucumcari Elementary

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Tucumcari’s Outdoor Classroom came alive April 16 as children from Tucumcari and San Jon elementary schools gathered to celebrate Earth Day by touring demonstrations of environmental, conservation and safety exhibits. in all, 615 children from both cities, from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, were guided through 10 exhibits, where they […]

Helena Rodriguez : Grandma never slowed down till the end

By Helena Rodriguez Guest Columnist My Grandma Chaya died on Jan. 30. I drove two hours and prayed 50 hail Marys, a rosary that is, hoping to make it to Lubbock to see her before she breathed her last breath. I wanted to be there. I deeply believed it mattered, regardless of the fact that […]

Pages Past— April 22

On this date … April 17, 1970: A tornado struck the McAlister community, causing an estimated $1 million in damages, but no injuries. The Church of Christ sustained the most damage, losing its roof and glass from the windows. Officials also said fences, windmills and irrigation systems in the region were destroyed. McAlister-area residents were […]

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 […]

Teenagers to be taught money sense

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Local branches of the Wells Fargo bank in Quay Curry and Roosevelt County will be hosting a Teen Financial Education Day’s on Friday and Saturday to help the youth of our area build a strong financial future. “We’re here to help our communities to succeed financially,” said Ben White, […]

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 […]

Rabies clinics scheduled for May 2

Rabies clinics will be held May 2 at various locations in Quay County, according to Tucumcari Animal Control officials. Rabies vaccinations are available for $7 each at the clinic, and owners are asked to bring dogs and cats in carriers, officials said. Times and locations include: • Nara Visa, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. […]