Foster parent facing child molestation charges

Manuel Preciado

QCS Staff A Tucumcari foster parent is facing five felony charges, accused of inappropriately touching a 16-year-old male, according to a state police press release. State police arrested Manuel Preciado 64, of Tucumcari, on Monday.  Preciado was a treatment foster parent employed by Turquoise Health and Wellness in Tucumcari. Preciado has been charged with kidnapping, […]

Thanksgiving food drive successful

Pictured with nearly 1,600 items collected in FCCLA’s Thanksgiving Food Drive are FCCLA officers  Isaac Arias (left), Nadia-Ranae Lujan, Maria Apodaca,  Gabby Gray, and Natalia Gutierrez.

QCS Staff The Tucumcari Middle School FCCLA has just finished its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, collecting items from Tucumcari Middle School and Tucumcari Elementary School for the Ministry of Hope, a local charity. While elementary school officials did not count the items collected there, the middle school collected nearly 1,600 items, which Ministry of Hope […]

TES students make cards to cheer wounded

Tucumcari Elementary students hold up holiday cards they made for military service members.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Kindergarten students at the Tucumcari Elementary School sent letters to military service members who are currently undergoing treatment at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington D.C. to bring them a bit of holiday cheer. The students were excited about the idea of writing and mailing letters […]

Logan Longhorns lose state championship to Melrose

Courtesy Photo: Joshua Lucero.
Longhorn juniors Michael Estrada, left, and Kohl Ciemny, right, take down Melrose freshman Cade Barnard during the Longhorns championship game against the Melrose Buffaloes Saturday afternoon at Melrose High School.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com MELROSE — The Melrose Buffaloes put Logan in a situation the Longhorns hadn’t been in all season on Saturday — playing from behind. Freshman Cade Barnard ran for three touchdowns, passed for two and caught one and the Buffs were in control from the start in a 76-37 victory […]

Tucumcari ALCO store to close; all ALCO stores liquidating

Tucumcari's ALCO store posted this "store closing" sign Friday.  It will close its doors on Dec. 4, along with all other ALCO stores.

Please note:  On Nov. 21, we erroneously reported the  closing date  as Dec. 4.  The company has not announced a closing date. All ALCO Stores, Inc., stores,  including the outlet in Tucumcari, will close their doors  after the company declared bankruptcy,  according to an advertisement on the home page of the ALCO Stores website Friday. […]

WWII Navajo Code Talker speaks at Mesalands

Eugene Ross of Tucumcari talks to his friend Thomas H. Begay, one of the Code Talkers from World War II.

QCS Staff Eugene Ross of Tucumcari talked a friend of his to make a visit to Tucumcari, and on Tuesday that friend, Thomas H. Begay, told about 100 students, and others about his experiences as one of the now-famed Navajo Code Talkers in World War II. Begay’s talk was part of Native American Heritage Day […]

Lady Longhorns fall to Ramah in state semi-final match

Courtesy Photo:Brianna Archuleta 
Lady Longhorns Kippi Webbb and Shana Sorrels await the serve during Saturday’s 2A state volleyball semi-finals match against Ramah. The Lady Longhorns lost the game in three sets.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Logan Lady Longhorn’s volleyball season may have ended Saturday with a loss to Ramah in the 2A state tournament semi-finals, but Head Coach Robert Young and the upcoming underclassmen said they are excited about the future. Young said the Lady Longhorns have made it to the state tournament […]

Longhorns face Buffaloes for state championship

Logan Longhorn Michael Estrada leaps high and into the endzone after avoiding a tackle from a Gateway Christian defender during Saturday’s eight-man state tournament semi-final match-up in Logan. Estrada caught three touchdown passes from Quarterback Wyatt Strand and picked up an interception on defense during the 62-12 win over the Warriors. The Longhorns will play for the eight-man state championship at 2 p.m. Saturday against the Buffaloes at Melrose.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Logan Longhorns have secured their spot in the eight-man state football championship game Saturday against Melrose though it comes in the wake of a bittersweet victory. The Longhorns punched their ticket to the state championship by beating the Gateway Christian Warriors 62-12 Saturday in Logan in the state […]

San Jon churches host community block party

First Baptist Church volunteers cook hot dogs for the San Jon block party.

By Lillian Bowe QCS Staff writer Even for a small community like San Jon, getting together is a rare occasion. Seeing that the only time the residents of San Jon gather is at funerals, the preacher at the San Jon First Baptist Church wanted to change that. Michael Erwin worked with the other area churches […]

Tucumcari motel is end point for 900-mile bike ride

Jacob Evans (left), Philip Sterling and Lynn Ballard gladly pedal their last few cranks as they enter the parking lot of Tucumcari’s Roadrunner Lodge to finish the Ride Across Texas, a 900-mile endurance ride across dirt roads from Texarkana, Arkansas, to Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Tucumcari’s Roadrunner Inn put out a big welcome sign, but still, it seemed a modest ending point for some monumental achievements. Cyclists in the Ride Across Texas trickled in starting Friday to the Roadrunner Inn’s parking lot.  Tired, mud-streaked and proud, they cranked the pedals for that last mile […]