Three female detainees accuse jailer of sex crimes

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By Ryan Lengerich A Quay County Juvenile Detention Center officer was arrested Monday and charged with sex-related crimes against three juvenile detainees, police said. Robert Gonzales, 27, of Tucumcari was arrested and charged with two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor, court documents […]

Rattlers make all district teams, (complete list here)

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QCS Reports Eleven different Rattlers were placed on the District 2, all-district first or second team for the 2003 season. Senior A.J. Molinas and junior Chris McCasland made the team at three different positions, which was more than any other players. “I was extremely pleased,” said Rattlers coach Dub Smith. “I was hoping that the […]

N.M. needs respectable education

By Lynn Moncusa: Comments from the Canyon Noting that our state ranks 49 and 50 (worst in the nation) in math and reading certainly caused this woman from Ima to pause one more time. Both the student and teacher in me became a little chagrined and rather embarrassed. I don’t necessarily believe in ranking by […]

Students receive financial aid

By Angela Peacock After waiting more than a month since the semester’s first financial aid disbursement, eligible Mesalands Community College students are now able to receive the second half of this semester’s aid. In previous years Mesalands awarded its aid in one lump sum at the beginning of the semester, but after a decision by […]

Water board solicits support

By Ryan Lengerich LOGAN — Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority board members said Wednesday they were encouraged by a recent trip to Washington. Clovis Mayor and ENMRWA board president David Lansford, Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and ENMRWA program manager Scott Verhines met with both New Mexico senators Nov. 13 to discuss federal funding for […]

Just Passin Through: Across America to visit family

By Angela Peacock Editor’s note: Just Passin’ Through is a weekly feature profiling the interesting people who stay only briefly in the community. Traveling across America to spend time with family isn’t anything new for John and Jean Miller of Derby, Vt. or for Linette and John Winsler of Salina, Kan. The Millers and Winsler’s […]

Historical Commentary: Secrets of the city

By Don McAavy, QCS Correspondent This town harbors deep secrets. A railroad had been built from the east to the west in eastern New Mexico prior to Clovis and Texico. Killings were commonplace in this new tent town, which for its first year went by the name of “Six-Shooter Siding.” Ill feelings between the gandy […]

Repeat hopes crushed

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By Ryan Lengerich Rattlers head coach Dub Smith wanted to force Hatch out of their dominant passing game, but didn’t expect a dominant running game as a substitute. That is exactly what happened when junior Chon Pallares rushed for 155-yards and a touchdown as No. 2 ranked Hatch Valley (10-2) invaded the defending champion’s home […]

Man creates art from scrap

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By Angela Peacock When Mike Lucero wants to relax he usually does so by using the skills he’s obtained by taking art courses at Mesalands Community College to create masterpieces out of scrap metal. Lucero started off working with wood, but after taking a bronzing course from Djean Jawrunner at Mesalands he discovered his new […]

City police make two drug busts

By Ryan Lengerich Tucumcari police served two search warrants last week leading to three arrests and the seizing of drugs worth more than an estimated $8,000, police said Monday. According to police reports, around 3 p.m. Thursday, officers entered the residence of Loretta Muller, 41, at 125 N. 6th in Tucumcari. It was there police […]