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  • Mesalands bull rider makes finals

    Thomas Garcia, Staff writer|Jun 6, 2018

    The Mesalands Community college Rodeo team's bull rider will compete June 10-16 in the 20th College National Finals Rodeo at Casper, Wyoming. Levi Gray from Dairy, Oregon, finished 10th in the year-end national standings and claimed the Grand Canyon Regional Reserve Championship Title in Bull Riding with 536.5 points. "I feel very blessed to have this opportunity and I love it down here(in Tucumcari)," Gray said. "I enjoy being on the rodeo team. It's very positive and encouraging. It becomes...

  • County employee starting pay concerning to commissioner

    Thomas Garcia, Staff writer|Jun 6, 2018

    Public perception of a proposed increase to elected official’s salaries, starting pay for county employees and a need for a more diverse Economic Development Corporation were among the concerns voiced by a Quay County Commissioner. District 1 Commissioner, Sue Dowell, voiced her concerns following a discussion about the 2018-2019 preliminary budget approval during the commission’s May 25 meeting. “When I started on the commission six years ago, I was concerned about how low the starting pay was for county employees,” Dowell said. “It was hard...

  • Suit filed against Village of Logan

    Thomas Garcia, Staff writer|Jun 6, 2018

    Former Logan Village Manager has filed suit against the Village in the 10th Judicial District Court alleging a violation for the New Mexico Whistle Blower Protection Act. The suit was filed on April 27 by Trevor Thompson, who was fired on Jan. 30 as the village manager by the Village Council following a special executive session. Thompson is being represented by The Gilpin Law Firm based in Albuquerque, who could not be reached for comment before publication. He is seeking damages for lost wages, benefits and suffering as a result of his...

  • Music Showcase a celebration of culture

    Thomas Garcia, Staff writer|Jun 6, 2018

    More than 450 people capped off the second annual New Mexico Music Showcase dancing, enjoying the music of Cuarenta Y Cinco and Darren Cordova and family Saturday at the Tucumcari Convention Center. "There was a lot of trial and error but overall I feel this year's showcase was a success," said Jerry Lopez, event coordinator. Lopez said in its second year, the Tucumcari Knights of Columbus Club's showcase brought a mixture of traditional and new era New Mexico music to Tucumcari. "This event...

  • Mesalands president job down to two finalists

    Thomas Garcia|Jun 6, 2018

    Two presidential finalist were selected by the Board of Trustees to visit Mesalands Community College next week to be a part of campus, public forums. "The board of trustees selected these two candidates for their potential to lead the institution," said James Streetman, trustee chair. The board to trustees made the announcement on Thursday, following an executive session held during a special meeting at Mesalands. The two candidates selected by the board of Trustees are Robert M. Munoz from...

  • THS graduates step into the future

    Thomas Garcia, Staff writer|May 30, 2018

    The graduates of the Class of 2018 must be kinetic to move forward in life and succeed, said Tucumcari High School Salutatorian Sydney Goldston. Family and friends gathered to celebrate during Friday's commencement ceremony of more than 54 graduates at the Snake Pit in Tucumcari. "It has been go, go, go since the start of Senior Week," said Jimmy Encinias, father of graduate Melina Encinias. Encinias said Melina's graduation will make the fifth graduation from their home, with one more to go....

  • Local MMA fighter returns to cage

    Thomas Garcia, Staff writer|May 30, 2018

    A local mixed martial arts fighter will return to the octagon for the first time in more than four years with the goal of not only surpassing his opponent, but himself as a fighter. "This fight will be a rematch against an opponent who I beat back in 2010, a fight that they have told me changed their life and career,' Abel 'The Silent Assassin' Cullum said. On Saturday, Cullum (20-6) will fight against Joshua Montoya (11-9) in a 135 pound bantam weight competition at the Isleta Casino in...

  • Logan High School graduates 12

    Thomas Garcia, Staff writer|May 30, 2018

    Family and friends gathered for the commencement ceremony celebrating the graduation of 12 students Saturday at Logan High School. "Don't worry about the things you cant change, you will do nothing but waste energy," said Trevellion Rinestine, valedictorian. Rinestine said graduates should also not worry about the things they can change, instead they need to work to change the things they can. He said only by taking action can one shape their life and future. "We have the potential to make a...

  • Senior Josh Walker on the move

    Thomas Garcia, Staff writer|May 23, 2018

    Selected to play North-South Tucumcari senior Josh Walker has been selected to the North-South Baseball All-Star series for Classes 1A-4A. The teams were released Monday by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. The senior-only games will be played as a best-of-three June 8-9 at the University of New Mexico. The series will begin 7 p.m. Friday, with the second game 10 a.m. Saturday and the third game, if necessary, at 1 p.m. In all, four players from Tucumcari's district were selected....

  • Graduates start journey

    Thomas Garcia, Staff writer|May 16, 2018

    More than 100 Mesalands Community College students began a new journey in their life during Friday's commencement ceremony. "The journey you all have been on has shaped your lives and changed you in way you are yet to understand," said Nasha Torres, Dean of Students, University of New Mexico. Torres, the keynote speaker, said each graduate's journey does not end after the gradation. She said a choice on where the journey goes next will be made by each graduate. "Some will choose to continue...

  • Republican voters outweigh Democrat in county

    Thomas Garcia, Staff writer|May 16, 2018

    For the first time in the recorded history of Quay County, the number of registered Republican voters is higher than the registered Democrats in an election, according to Quay County Clerk Ellen White. White said at the end of books closing for the 2018 Primary Election, in May 8, the registered number of Republicans is 2408 and Democrats are 2400. She said as far back as records could be researched, this is the first time in Quay County history the Republican voters outnumber the Democrat voters. White said Quay County has 5934 total...

  • Earth Day antics

    Thomas Garcia, Staff writer|May 16, 2018

    Local elementary students took part in several educational presentation, activities during Friday's Earth Day event at the Tucumcari Elementary School's Outdoor Classroom. "This event gives the students an opportunity for hands-on learning," said Tommy Filpi, TES fifth-grade teacher. Students learned about electrical currents and solar energy while visiting Robert Hockaday's, Energy Related Devices station. The students were also showered by water that was pumped by a solar powered motor. The...

  • Mesalands gets Xcel grant

    Thomas Garcia, Staff writer|May 16, 2018

    Mesalands Community College plans to use a $25,000 grant from Xcel Energy for scholarships to attract more students to the institute's wind energy program. "This money will create scholarship opportunities for those interested enrolling on our wind energy program," said Jim Morgan, director of the North American Wind Research and Training Center. Morgan and Mesalands Interim President Natalie Gillard, received the grant on May 8 from David Essex, Xcel's manager for Community and Economic...

  • Foote signs with Howard

    Thomas Garcia, Staff writer|May 16, 2018

    The courses to build a future were what prompted an area high school senior's decision to accept a full scholarship to play basketball for Howard Junior College in Big Spring, Texas. "What it came down to, was Howard College has the equine science courses I need to pursue a career in equine chiropractic therapy," said Kaylee Foote, Logan High School senior. Foote signed with the Lady Hawks program in April surrounded by her family, friends, teachers and coaches at Logan High School. "We are tick...

  • Rawhide Days draws thousands

    Thomas Garcia, Staff writer|May 9, 2018

    More than 3,000 people took part in the western heritage activities during the third annual Tucumcari Rawhide Days Festival in Tucumcari. "The parade was shorter than those held in the past but it still was one of the unique events," said Karen Alarcon, event coordinator, founder. The festival, held Friday through Sunday, held the main events on Saturday at the Tucumcari Convention Center and Quay County Fairgrounds. "Overall the event was a success," Alarcon said. "There are so many people I...

  • Veteran cross country trekker returns

    Thomas Garcia, Staff writer|May 9, 2018

    By Thomas Garcia QCS Staff Writer [email protected] Three years had passed since the last time U.S. Marine veteran Wesley Roy Brady Jr. passed through Tucumcari on a cross country trek to raise awareness for combat-wounded veterans. "I am continuing my crusade to raise awareness about the issues facing our veterans and their families all across the nation," Brady said. Brady, a 22-year Marine veteran, has seen first-hand the effect of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain...

  • City, county officials educated on new election processes

    Thomas Garcia, Staff writer|May 9, 2018

    More than 40 county and city officials from across eastern New Mexico learned about the House Bill 98 that will consolidate all elections through county clerk offices. This will go into effect July 1, repealing all municipal election code with the state’s election code, said Sen. Daniel Ivy-Soto. Soto spoke to the county clerks, city clerks and the deputy clerks during a presentation on May 2 at the Quay County Fairgrounds. Counties and cities attending included Tucumcari, Quay County, Clayton, Harding County, Union County, Santa Rosa and Q...

  • Rattlers face Estancia in 3A second round

    Thomas Garcia, Staff writer|May 9, 2018

    The Tucumcari Rattlers will compete today in the second round of the 3A state baseball tournament against the second-seeded Estancia Bears at Cleveland High School in Albuquerque. “We have to play aggressively from the very start,” said Isaac Arias, Rattlers junior. “It will be important to for us to have the mentality focused on the intent to win.” The key to beating the Bears is for the guys to be mentally focused on executing the fundamentals and avoiding errors, said Dwayne Roberts, Rattlers head coach. Roberts said the team will have to...

  • Chuckwagon Cook-off 'went well'

    Thomas Garcia, Staff writer|May 2, 2018

    More than 260 people enjoyed the traditional cooking from five competing chuckwagons Saturday at the 18th annual Chuckwagon Cook-off at Ute Lake State Park in Logan. "The event went well considering we only had five wagons this year," said Sharon Reid, event coordinator. Reid said the chuckwagon teams were very accommodating by splitting the load of preparing 300 chicken fried steaks, mashed potatoes, beans and apple cobblers. She said including the judges' meals, each chuck wagon prepared 60...

  • UNM to host 1A-3A track tourney

    Thomas Garcia, Staff writer|May 2, 2018

    More than 40 area high school athletes will compete this weekend in the 1A-3A state track and field tournament at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. "In order for us to win a another championship, the boys will have to place where they are seeded and hope Dexter isn't as good as they look on paper," said Wayne Ferguson, Tucumcari head track coach. The Tucumcari Rattlers boys track and field team won the 2017 3A title and are poised to repeat. Ferguson said the odds look good if they...

  • Rawhide Ranch Rodeo seeking competitors

    Thomas Garcia, Staff writer|May 2, 2018

    The Tucumcari Rawhide Days festival may draw in musical performers from across the country, but the Rawhide Ranch Rodeo is still looking for local, area teams to compete. “We are hoping to have 10 three-man teams sign up for this inaugural event,” said Jaree Elliott, rodeo coordinator. Elliott said the rodeo is being held in conjunction with Tucumcari Rawhide Days. She said she is hopeful the event will appeal to those western enthusiast attending the festival. “Tucumcari Rawhide Days is a unique event that promoters say opens up the community...

  • State 3A play starts today

    Thomas Garcia, Staff writer|May 2, 2018

    The Tucumcari Rattlers baseball team will start its run in the 3A state tournament today against the Tigers at Raton. "The guys have high spirits going into this first-round game," said Dwayne Roberts, head baseball coach. The 3-A state tournament game will begin at 3:30 p.m., today at Raton. Roberts said the 10th-seeded Rattlers (8-10, 4-5) will visit the No. 7 Raton Tigers (16-10, 11-1) who won the District 2-3A championship. "The team is ready to take the field and play to continue their...

  • 'Move 'em on, head 'em up'

    Thomas Garcia, Staff writer|Apr 25, 2018

    Tucumcari Rawhide Days is a unique event that promoters say opens up the community to visitors and helps residents celebrate the western heritage. "I want to make this an event that people plan ahead to attend," event coordinator and founder Karen Alarcon said. "Tucumcari has so much to offer tourists. I want Tucumcari Rawhide Days to make Tucumcari a destination, not just a place to pass through." The third annual Tucumcari Rawhide Days festival will be held May 4-6 with events at the...

  • Cooking up vittles the old West way

    Thomas Garcia, Staff writer|Apr 25, 2018

    Despite a drop in participating teams, organizers say residents and visitors will not be disappointed at the 18th annual chuck wagon cook-off Saturday at Ute Lake State Park in Logan. Coordinator Sharon Reid said thanks to a publication in an Albuquerque-based magazine, there has been interest from as far as California in the upcoming cook-off. She said to date, five chuckwagons have entered the competition with another from Amarillo showing interest. "For those enthusiasts of the old west you...

  • 4-H Wranglers host candidate forum for June primaries

    Thomas Garcia, Staff writer|Apr 25, 2018

    A candidate forum gave the Quay County 4-H Wranglers Club an opportunity to learn about the June 5 primary election and raise money for a future community service project through a dessert auction. "For some of you, this election could be the first time for you to vote," said Ellen White, Quay County Clerk. White said for the first time in the state's history, anyone who is 17-years old and will be 18 before the November general election can participate in the primaries. She said voters have...

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