Lady Rattlers win season opener against Fort Sumner


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Despite first-game jitters and a second-set rally by Fort Sumner, the Lady Rattlers won their volleyball season opener Tuesday night, 3-1, at the Snake Pit. “We had a few mental mistakes, but the girls played with a lot of energy and heart,” said Dana Benavidez, Lady Rattlers head coach. […]

Area volleyball teams set to open season on a positive note


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer As a new season of high school volleyball draws near, many teams are making the adjustments for lost players, new coaches and even a district rival. Dana Benavidez takes over as head coach for the Tucumcari Lady Rattlers this season, replacing Lawrence Sena, who took an administrative position in […]

Rattlers, Longhorns, Coyotes are ready for a new season


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer High school football returns to the area Friday with a road game for Tucumcari and home games for Logan and San Jon. Escalate is going to be a strong challenge for the Rattlers to open the season, said Wayne Ferguson, Rattlers head coach. Ferguson said the Lobos are the […]

Locals, visitors enjoy fair time


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Quay County Fair has come and gone for another year with this year’s attendance being estimated as greater than last year’s, according to Jason Lamm, county agriculture agent. Lamm said the fair produced a lot of increased numbers, including an increase in the number of entrants for the […]

Quay County Fair results updated— Aug. 24


The Following are results for the 2016 Quay County Fair Additional results will be added when they become available. Needle Work Open Division Knitting Afghan 1. Trude Bauler Vest 1. Sheryl Gambardella Socks, Slippers, Hat, Scarf Set or Purse 1. Kathleen Box 2. Trude Bauler Baby Blanket or Afghan 2. Trude Bauler Child’s Scarf/Hat 1. […]

Rattlers readying for Robertson

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Saul Ramos looks for a receiver Monday during Tucumcari Rattler varsity practice.

By Steve Hansen Staff Writer The Tucumcari High Rattlers will scrimmage beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday at home with the Cardinals of Las Vegas’ Robertson High School. It’s a scrimmage game that doesn’t count for either team.  Robertson isn’t even on Tucumcari’s schedule this year, head coach Wayne Ferguson said. The scrimmage, Ferguson said, “will […]

Local schools kick off year

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Four members of San Jon High School’s student council help kick off the school year Monday with a skit and announcements.  From left, Sahara Sherwood, secretary; Morgan Becerra, reporter; Brevin Stoner, vice-president; and Marcelina Acosta, president.

By Steve Hansen Staff writer New school years started Monday for Tucumcari and San Jon students. Logan and House schools begin their school years on Monday, Aug. 22 to accommodate the Quay County Fair, which begins today. San Jon Superintendent Colin Taylor began the school year with “more students than I have ever seen here.” […]

Mesalands shows off allied health program

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Maria Garcia of Tucumcari, a recent graduate of the Mesalands Community College phlebotomy program, demonstrates blood drawing on an artificial arm at an open house Thursday for Mesalands’ Allied Health program.

By Steve Hansen Staff writer Mesalands Community College’s new Allied Health education programs are in good condition, and the college held an open house Thursday to demonstrate their success to the community and potential new students. Visitors watched students and faculty members perform tests and examinations on human-like plastic dummies that could cough, speak, breathe and […]

Rattler alumni return to Tucumcari


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Another successful Rattler Reunion has come and gone — with more than 400 alumni returning to Tucumcari to “Return to the 80s.” The host class for the reunion was the Tucumcari High School Class of 1986. “This was a great time and brought back a lot of memories,” said […]

Two local men charged in the death of Anthony Gallegos

Quay County Under Sheriff Dennis Garcia aids the New Mexico State Police Investigators at the scene of Gallegos' death.

  By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Two local men have been charged with murder in connection with the slaying of Anthony Gallegos. Gallegos was found dead on June 22 in an alley on the 700 block of Sunset Avenue in Tucumcari. Timothy Skinner and Jerry Ingram on Wednesday were formally charged with Gallegos’ death, […]