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Officials concerned water project could affect tourism

Despite an 8 percent increase in visitors to Ute Lake near Logan over the Memorial Day weekend, state and local officials are concerned about misconceptions surrounding the Ute Water Project, and thei...


Mesalands board approves hiring firm for background checks

The Mesalands Community College board on Friday approved hiring an investigation firm to conduct background checks on candidates for president of the college. On the recommendation of Jim Streetman,...


Tucumcari high school graduates take the next step in their lives

As one chapter closes, another opens for us the graduates of Tucumcari High School, said Valedictorian, Keannette Perkins, during Friday's commencement ceremony at Rattler Gym. It was a short...


Tucumcari seniors prepare for next step

Excitement and anticipation fill the students and parents as they participate in the Tucumcari class of 2013's "Senior Week." QCS Photo: Thomas Garcia Joseph Marroquin helps his daughter Jolene with...


Swing band backing up 'Queen of Rockabilly' at festival

In little more than a week the streets of Tucumcari will be alive with music, Route 66 enthusiasts and classic cars for the 2013 Rockabilly on the Route. The event is sponsored by Tucumcari...


La Mesa's final appeal denied for racino license

Quay County is back in the running for the state's last racetrack and casino license after the Supreme Court of New Mexico denied La Mesa's final appeal on Monday. "This means that it is finally...


Second controlled explosion planned at intake site

A second scheduled controlled explosion is planned Thursday at the construction site of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority's Ute Water Project at Ute Lake near Logan. QCS Photo: Thomas Gar... Full story


School lockdown ends without incident

A lockdown at Tucumcari Public Schools ended at 2:45 p.m. today following local law enforcement's search for a man carrying a firearm. "The students are safe," said Dave Johnson, assistant superintend... Full story


Rattlers return from 2A state track and field competition with two champions

The Tucumcari Rattlers track team earned two state championships and 13 top-ten places at the 2A state track meet May 9-10 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. The Rattlers had a... Full story


Mesalands president applications being reviewed

Applications to fill Mesalands Community College's president vacancy are being reviewed by the appointed screening committee. The applications will be screened by the committee, which will make a... Full story


Low lake levels, silt buildup prevent water allocation

The Arch Hurley Conservancy District board reduced member assessments Tuesday by a dollar. However, due to the low level of Conchas Lake and silt build up in the district's intake channel, the... Full story


Mesalands Community College holds commencement ceremony

More than 120 received their associate degree, certification or general education diploma Friday during Mesalands Community College's graduation ceremony. "You are not here because you are lucky; you...


Sen. Pat Woods appointed to legislative committees

The Legislative Council made up of leaders of both the state Senate and House appointed Sen. Pat Woods as a voting member on three legislative committees. Woods, a Broadview Republican, was appointed... Full story


New tourism campaign announced at annual Chamber of Commerce banquet

Tucumcari is now one of eight cities to join the states Department of Tourism's New Mexico True tourism campaign. Monique Jacobson, tourism department cabinet secretary made the announcement Friday...


Mesalands board approves $11.1 million budget

The Mesalands Community College board approved a $11.1 million budget Tuesday for the 2013-2014 school year. The board approved the budget at a special meeting held for the 2013-2014 budget and to... Full story


Community effort aims to boost school spirit

A community effort is underway to boost spirit and highlight events and achievements at Tucumcari Public Schools. QCS Photo: Thomas Garcia The Tucumcari Ag metals class students work on the frame...


Lady Rattlers softball team hoping for win

The Tucumcari Lady Rattlers softball team need a win Thursday against East Mountain for a third place tie in district standing. QCS Photo: Thomas Garcia The pitch passes by the Lady Hawks batter for... Full story


State tourism director speaking at chamber banquet

New Mexico Tourism Department Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson is the keynote speaker Friday at the Annual Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce banquet. "Having the secretary speak at our...


Commission votes to rejoin EPCOG

The Quay County Commission voted to rejoin the Eastern Plains Council of Governments after a three-year absence from the organization. In 2010, commissioners had concerns about EPCOG's audits, which...


Rattlers baseball team stays unbeaten

Late inning wins against Santa Rosa and Texico help to keep the Tucumcari Rattlers baseball team unbeaten in district play. QCS photo: Thomas Garcia Tucumcari Rattler Jordan Walker beats the throw to...


Officials address Conchas concerns

linkQCS photo: Thomas Garcia The Big Mesa fire station in Conchas was filled with residents who attended Saturday's meeting with concerns and...


Couple travels historic route

A retired Michigan man traveling Route 66 stopped to enjoy a spaghetti dinner supporting the Tucumcari Rattlers class of 2016. QCS Photo: Thomas Garcia Mel and Charlotte Townsend of Sterling Heights,... Full story


Racing commission to discuss reopening license applications

The New Mexico Racing Commission will discuss reopening the application process for the state's last racing license during their April 25 meeting. Considering restarting the application process... Full story


Police seek help in hunt for burglary suspect

New Mexico State Police are seeking assistance from the public to locate a burglary suspect officers were unable to locate following a seven-hour search on April 4 by air and ground on U.S. Highway...


Man arrested for blowing up portable toilet

An Albuquerque man is out on bond after his arrest Tuesday for detonating a bomb police said destroyed a portable toilet at Conchas State Park. Todd Parey 42, was charged with dangerous use of... Full story


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