Tucumcari ranks highest in housing affordability

QCS Staff Tucumcari is the lowest-cost housing market in New Mexico and ranks 21st in the nation in housing affordability, according to smartasset.com, a nationwide home finance website. Asees Singh, Smartasset’s spokesperson, said “Yes.  Tucumcari ranked as the most affordable place in New Mexico and ranked 21 nationally.” Tucumcari Commissioner Ruth Ann Litchfield announced Tucumcari’s […]

Economic Development board approves lease to Mesalands

QCS Staff The directors of the Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corporation on Jan. 27 approved the lease of about about 90 acres of economic development zone property to Mesalands Community College. The property will house facilities for the college’s animal and farrier science and rodeo programs,  and a multipurpose facility encompassing an indoor practice arena […]

Poetry champ, other visitors to join local poets for reading

Nationally ranked Albuquerque “slam poet” Zachary Kluckman and New Mexico State Poetry Society president Fil Peach will be featured artists at Criss Cross Applesauce Open Mic Poetry Event starting at 6 p.m. Friday in Tucumcari. The event will be held at the Eastern New Mexico Art Space gallery, 201 S. Second St., Tucumcari. Toni Haymaker, […]

Sisters reflect on 20 years of restaurant ownership

Yvonne Braziel (left) and her sister Yvette Braziel-Peacock pose
by the wine rack in the dining room of Del’s Restaurant. They
bought Del’s from their mother 20 years ago, and now own three
restaurants on Historic Route 66 in Tucumcari.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer It started with a shared desire to be their own bosses and build a successful business in Tucumcari, and with no working capital they got in over their heads but emerged 20 years later with three signature restaurants along Route 66 in Tucumcari. Sisters Yvonne Braziel and Yvette Braziel-Peacock […]

City funds sufficient for Sands Dorsey disposal


By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The demolition and disposal of the Sands Dorsey building’s remains in downtown Tucumcari can be accomplished with existing city funds, City Manager Jared Langenegger announced Thursday to the Tucumcari City Commission. That announcement and reports of progress on arranging to rid the downtown area of its most prominent eyesore […]

Hayes, Bruhn win school seats; bond approved

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Evelyn C. “Corrine” Hayes will serve as Tucumcari District 5’s representative on the Tucumcari school board after she beat out two opponents in a race that saw only 4.3 percent, or 197 of the city’s 4,532 voters, cast ballots. Tucumcari voters also approved the continuation of a $3 million […]

TeamBuilders lease payments questioned as self-dealing

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor From 2006 to 2011, TeamBuilders Counseling Services made more than $3.7 million in lease payments to limited liability companies owned by TeamBuilders chief executive officer Shannon Freedle and members of his family, the final report of a 2013 audit of New Mexico Behavioral Health providers made public Thursday says. […]

Tesla to install electric car charging stations

QCS Staff Tesla Motors will establish a Supercharging station in Tucumcari for its electric vehicles, according to Patrick Vanderpool, executive director of the Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corporation. Vanderpool said the station is currently in its design phase but will be located in front of Tucumcari’s Holiday Inn Express motel at 2624 S. Adams St. […]

Tucumcari hires Shane Warner as new city fire chief

Shane Warner

QCS Staff Shane Warner hired on as Tucumcari’s fire chief on Jan. 27, and two days later, he was asking  the Tucumcari City Commissionfor permission to apply for about $400,000 in state Emergency Medical Services Act funds. The commission readily approved the request.  Warner said the money will cover costs associated with ambulances and equipment […]

Mental Health Resources taking over behavioral health services from Turquoise

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com The executive director of Mental Health Resources announced it will be taking over behavioral health services from Turquoise Health and Wellness in Curry, Roosevelt, Quay, De Baca and Harding counties, effective April 1. “I really want all the communities that Turquoise has been serving, at least the five that […]