Cross-country cyclists stop at San Jon

Brandon Downing hands out keys to the Village of San Jon to the Bike-4-Friendship riders Monday as they stopped in San Jon. The key symbolizes to the riders that they can stop in San Jon at any time and be welcomed with open arms.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Eight cyclists on a cross-country ride to promote programs that support children with special needs stopped Monday in San Jon as part of their 3,100-mile trek from San Diego to New York City. The riders are participating in the Bike 4 Friendship sponsored by Investors Bank.  The ride promotes […]

Bill Curry’s art recognized with gallery show, reception

“Who’s got  Who?” is the title of this Bill Curry bronze that depicts what happens when a  reckless cowboy ropes a bear.

QCS Staff Artist Bill Curry’s reception Friday was an arts and culture event, but done up Quay County style. Coats and ties were out, Stetsons and jeans were the dress code of the day to honor a self-described cowboy artist and the extensive display of his work on exhibit at the Eastern New Mexico Arts […]

Three die in medical helicopter crash near Tucumcari

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 By Thomas Garcia and Steve Hansen QCS Staff The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a helicopter crash July 17 near Newkirk that claimed the lives of three employees of Tristate CareFlight, a helicopter medical flight service that serves Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari. New Mexico State Police identified the crash victims as […]

Fire ravages Tucumcari’s Hampton Inn; no injuries reported

Tucumcari firefighters fight flames on the roof of Tucumcari's Hampton Inn Wednesday morning.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor The New Mexico Fire Marshal’s office is continuing its investigation into a blaze that destroyed Tucumcari’s Hampton Inn hotel July 16, as concerns voiced by some of the evacuated guests have raised questions about the motel’s fire alarm system. One of the owners of the Hampton Inn, Neil Patel, […]

Youth program provides experience

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By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Construction, repairs and maintenance jobs at various city locations are enriching the resumes of seven Tucumcari young people and giving them college credit this summer in the city’s Youth Conservation Corps. If they stay with the program for four years, the young workers can choose a $500 lump sum […]

Archers compete in 3D shoot at Ute Lake Reservoir

Tobe Slater of San Jon retrieves arrows from a three-dimensional target at Saturday’s 3D shoot at Logan Park.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Even with sights, balancing mechanisms and hardware shaped more like a trestle bridge than a bow, there is something primitive about archery. No booms, flashes, recoils or cordite haze.  As in the days of Robin Hood, the archer pulls back on the line with the arrow notched inside, takes […]

Arrest made in Clovis shooting death

Eric Valdez

Staff report Clovis police have made an arrest in connection with the homicide discovered Monday. Eric “Spanky” Valdez is charged with murder. Police say he shot Jose Barrera, 33, of Tucumcari, in a dispute that involved Valdez’ minor daughter. Valdez is in the Curry County Detention Center with bond set at $100,000, a police press […]

Herds may not increase despite rain

Cattle graze in deep green grass in a Quay County field.  Despite more grazing grass due to improved rainfall this year, herds are not likely to grow soon.  Ranchers are cautious.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Reductions in cattle herds have followed the drought in Quay County, and even as normal rainfall seems to have returned for at least the summer, herds are down further, and they aren’t likely to grow this year. Local ranchers say that while rebuilding of herds always takes time, they […]

49,000 visit area over July 4 holiday

People gathered along the street Saturday in Logan to watch the annual Fourth of July parade.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Increased water levels and favorable weather conditions at Ute Lake and Conchas Lake state parks drew more than 49,000 visitors for the Fourth of July weekend to the Quay County area, according to Jim Winchester, New Mexico State Parks public information officer. For the Independence Day weekend, Conchas Lake recorded […]

Tucumcari man found dead in Clovis

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Police are investigating the homicide of a Tucumcari man found at a vacant residence on Sheldon Street Monday afternoon.

A Tucumcari man found dead Monday afternoon in a vacant residence on Sheldon Street was either shot or bludgeoned to death, according to Capt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department. Whitney said Monday evening the man’s identity is being withheld until family is notified. Whitney said the victim suffered severe trauma to the head […]