Former Tucumcari Police Officer pleads guilty to arson charges

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Former Tucumcari Police Officer Dustin “Dusty” Lopez and Robert Sandoval pleaded guilty to felony arson charges Friday at the Quay County Courthouse. With Tenth Judicial District Judge Albert J Mitchell presiding, Lopez and Sandoval entered pleas separately during the hearing for charges in connection to a Sept. 3, 2014 […]

Steve Hansen: Must adhere to journalistic standards

By Steve Hansen Former QCS Managing Editor Last week, I wrote about an exchange in views on the future of newspapers that I had with M.E. Sprengelmeyer, owner, editor and publisher of the Communicator in Santa Rosa. I have since held a longer conversation with Sprengelmeyer, and I think his reasons for keeping newspapers on […]

Thomas Garcia: Good Ole’ boys never meant any harm

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer I don’t have the TV Land channel, but I do feel that its decision to pull the “Dukes of Hazzard” from its scheduled lineup is a bit much. I know it has been a few weeks since this happened but I wanted to share my thoughts on the pulling […]

Pages Past— July 22

July 16, 1975: Eli “Billy” Dominguez tossed a no-hitter to lead Tucumcari’s Senior League All-Stars to a 9-1 victory over Friona. Dominguez struck out 15 while walking five in the game. Dominguez also had two hits and scored the game’s first run. July 21, 1965: Tucumcari’s economy was recovering after a tough winter and spring, […]

City works toward downtown growth

Vendors at the Tucumcari Farmer’s Market discuss local news and talk shop Saturday morning at the
Tucumcari Train Depot. The market was moved to the depot in a effort to draw people downtown.

By Jacob Sanchez QCS Staff Writer Take a walk around downtown Tucumcari. You’ll notice a business here and there, but what you’ll mostly see are empty run-down buildings. If City Manager Jared Langenegger has his way, downtown will become the heart of economic activity for the city. The city has taken the first step toward […]

Vigil guilty of sexual assault

George Vigil

Staff Report A Clayton man was convicted on July 15 in the Quay County District Court for the sexual assault of a mentally disabled Tucumcari resident. George Vigil, Jr., 58, accepted a plea agreement deferring a nine-year prison sentence for 20 years of supervised probation and lifetime registration as a sex offender, said 10th Judicial […]

Sandoval’s arson plea delayed

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Tenth Judicial District Judge Albert J. Mitchell continued the plea hearing Tuesday after Tucumcari’s Robert Sandoval said he did not not understand the plea and needed to meet with his attorney. Sandoval was present in the courtroom with his attorney, Chico Gallegos, and special prosecutor Matt Chandler appearing via […]

State 4-H horseshow, rodeo begin Friday

Staff Report The 2015 Quay County 4-H Rodeo and 54th Annual State 4-H Horseshow will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the rodeo arena at the Quay County Fairgrounds in Tucumcari. The 54th Annual State 4-H Horseshow will kick off this weekend’s events at 6 p.m., Thursday under the leadership of Ruth Nelson. […]

Mesalands librarian retires after 25 years

Natalie Gillard,
Vice President of
Academic Affairs at
Mesalands Community
College, presents Susan
Reid, Library Technician,
with a retirement gift, a
rocking chair for her 25
years of service.

Special to QCS Mesalands Community College announced the retirement of library technician, Susan Reid, after 25 years of dedicated service. Reid was instrumental in assisting the college through four accreditation processes, acted as temporary librarian over the years, and was nominated by her colleagues as the 2015 Staff Member of the Year. “I’ve had the […]

County 4-Hers place at state


Staff Report Quay County 4-Hers placed in the top five in several events on July 13- 6 at the 92nd annual state conference in Las Cruces. Twelve Quay County 4-Hers competed at the state conference with the land judging teams winning first and second place. The first place team members were Kyle Knight, Kyle Hamilton, […]