TJ O’Quinn preps for judgeship

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer On top of preparing for a host of new challenges as the new Quay County Magistrate Court Judge Timothy TJ O’Quinn wants to clarify to the public his father is not closing his practice. “I go by TJ, but when they said Timothy O’Quinn was selected as judge everyone […]

Local charged with assault on officer


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A local man was arrested and charged Friday with battery on a peace officer after an incident with an off-duty officer at the K-Bob’s restaurant in Tucumcari. Justin Fisher, 28, is accused of assaulting Tucumcari Police Officer Christopher Valdez, according to a criminal complaint by Officer Max Farren. According […]

Council on alcoholism in spotlight

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer New Mexico State Police may be investigating the Greater Santa Rosa Council on Alcoholism, but there is no scandal, according to its director, Ralph Moya of Tucumcari. “There is no wrongdoing to be found,” Moya said. “I really feel that the officer was just trying to aid a local […]

What’s happening — Nov. 23

Thursday-Friday City and county offices will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Monday Quay County Commission: 9 a.m., Quay County Courthouse Library Advisory Board: 5:15 p.m., Library Service clubs Altrusa Club of Tucumcari: First and third Wednesday of each month, noon, Pow Wow Restaurant, 801 W. Route 66. Call 575-461-1377. Support groups Alcoholics Anonymous unity […]

Menus — Nov. 23

The following are the menus for the senior centers and schools in Quay County for today through Nov. 30: Senior centers Coffee, tea and milk served daily Thursday: Closed for Thanksgiving Friday: Closed for Thanksgiving Monday: Chicken and dumplings, green beans, carrots, sugar cookie, pears Tuesday: Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, mixed vegetables, […]

Pages past — Nov. 23

November 1973 • Mrs. Lee Pearson and Dorothy Bell of the Sears store said they appreciated the new sidewalk laid on Main Street as part of the new Main Street Mall that was being constructed. • Fred Butler was elected as the new president of the Quay County Farm and Livestock Bureau. • The Tucumcari […]

Ministry thankful for donations

Staff photo: Thomas Garcia
Tucumcari Middle School FCCLA students Stephen Salas, Felicity Lopez, Dominick Jasper and Reece Goldston prepare to load donations for a Thanksgiving food drive.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Despite a decline in canned and dry food donations from the Tucumcari Middle School, the Ministry of Hope and the community are thankful for all of the student efforts, said Doyle Fraiser, MOH director. This year the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s canned food drive brought in […]

Basketball season starts

Staff photo: Thomas Garcia
Staff photo: Thomas Garcia
Tucumcari’s Ashley Shipley dribbles along the baseline during Thursday’s Purple and Gold Scrimmage at the Snake Pit.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Rattlers and Lady Rattlers started the 3A basketball season Tuesday against Floyd at the Snake Pit. “We’ve been concentrating on being ready to play against Floyd,” said John Span, Rattlers head coach. “The boys know they need to be ready to play come Tuesday.” Span said the […]

12 schools attend wrestling tourney

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Tucumcari’s Jasmine Weeks locks up with Justin Graves of Los Lunas during a 120-pound consolation match.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer More than 240 middle school wrestlers from New Mexico and Texas got some much-needed mat time with strong competition during Saturday’s Rattler wrestling tournament at the Snake Pit. “The turnout for this year’s tournament was phenomenal,” said Tim Clark, TMS wrestling coach. Clark said 12 schools attended the tournament, […]

4-H recognizes excellence, volunteers

Staff report Quay County 4-H recognized members and supporters Sunday during the Italian themed Annual Achievement Program at the Quay County Fairgrounds. The local 4-H members were recognized with a completion pin for the years they have been in 4-H if they completed their projects, said Brenda Bishop, Quay County extension agent. Bishop said the […]