Railroad Days draws more than 800

Visitors both young and old enjoyed watching the model train operated by the ASHOME Model Train Club out of Albuquerque Saturday at the Tucumcari Railroad Days event. Additional photos on page 13.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   The inaugural Tucumcari Rail Road Days attracted over 800 people to the Tucumcari Train Depot last weekend. “I am truly pleased with how the event was received, not just by the tourists who came to the event, but by residents of Tucumcari and Quay County,” said Frank Turner, chairman […]

City Commissioners vote to hire new city manager

City commissioner John Mihm speaks to newly hired city manager Jared Langenegger.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   Tucumcari City commissioners unanimously voted during Thursday night’s meeting to hire Jared Langenegger as the new city manager of Tucumcari. “I appreciated the commissioners’ confidence in me and I will do my best to do what I can for the citizens of Tucumcari,” Langenegger said. Langenegger said he […]

Meetings watch

Quay County Commission: Quay County DWI Compliance Administrator Bryan Rinestine reported to county commissioners they had 10 DWIs during the past quarter — seven first offenses, one second offense, one third offense and one fourth offense. Rinestine, speaking at Monday’s commission meeting, said all 10 were considered aggravated with the lowest blood alcohol level being […]

Former Tucumcari police officer target of state police investigation

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Recently resigned Tucumcari police Officer Dustin “Dusty” Lopez is the target of a state police investigation in a series of arson fires in the city last month, according to court records. Lopez resigned Oct. 2, the day after New Mexico State Police searched his home. Investigators seized Lopez’s cell […]

Event to highlight Tucumcari’s railroad history

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The history of the railroad will come alive with working model train displays as well as visual and static displays Saturday and Sunday during the Tucumcari Railroad Days at the Historic Train Depot in Tucumcari. Railroad Days is a collaborative effort among the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce, Tucumcari […]

Mesalands’ Stampede Days culminates with rodeo

Members of the Mesalands Community College’s rodeo team enjoy Frito pies during Tuesday’s chili cook off at the college. The chili cook off was one of the rodeo’s team events that will be held throughout Stampede Week, where they meet with the public.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Mesalands Community College’s men and women’s rodeo teams are reaching out to the community by participating in events during Stampede week leading up to their fall rodeo this weekend at the Quay County Fair Grounds. “We want the community to come out and meet the rodeo team members […]

Eastern New Mexico State Fair results

QCS Staff Eastern New Mexico State Fair Results for Quay County 4-H The 2014 Eastern New Mexico State Fair was held Sept. 28- Oct. 4 in Roswell, where 18 4-Hers from Quay County competed at the fair this year in the Junior Livestock division and five 4-H members made the Junior Livestock sale. The 4-H […]

Local woman convicted for drug trafficking

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor A Tucumcari woman may be facing 19 to 25 years in prison after being convicted Wednesday of a  drug trafficking felony and other drug-related charges by a jury in  Tenth Judicial District Court, Tucumcari, according to Tim Rose, Tenth Judicial district attorney. The jury found the woman, Donna Romero, […]

Texas man killed in accident

QCS Staff A man from Amarillo, Texas, was killed in a motorcycle crash Monday afternoon on New Mexico 469 near San Jon. At 5:54 p.m., officers from the New Mexico Motor Transportation Police responded to the scene of a motorcycle crash at mile marker 12, south of San Jon,  said Sgt. Chad Pierce, NMSP public […]

Randall Jones sentenced to life for murder of Shirley Pacheco of Tucumcari

QCS Photo: Thomas Garcia
Defense attorney Michael Rosenfield and his client Randall Jones awaiting the sentencing from Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen K. Quinn Thursday at the Quay County District Court in Tucumcari. Jones was convicted by a jury in May 2014, for the July 9, 2011 murder of Shirley Pacheco of Tucumcari. Jones was sentenced to life for the 1st degree murder and 10 1/2 additional years to be served consecutively for associated counts in the case.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Randall Jones was sentenced to life in prison Thursday at a hearing in Tenth Judicial District Court for the murder of Shirley Pacheco of Tucumcari. In addition to the life sentence, special Judge Stephen K. Quinn of the Ninth Judicial District sentenced Jones to 21 years for associated counts […]