Year in review: September 2005

In honor of another 12 months gone by, QCS is compiling a year in review to be published in installments.
The air show flew high in September, along with the following 2005 news.

Sept. 2: Thank God It’s Friday, a program held for kindergarten through fifth grade students who no longer had school on Friday’s, kicked off at First Christian Church.
Sept. 5: Labor Day.
Sept. 6: Tucumcari Middle School students had to throw away their cafeteria food when the Mesa Cafeteria food line was temporarily shut down. The New Mexico Environment Department found the food was not in compliance. Operation specialist Sue Bilson and District Manager Sandra Adam said the incident, in which the department found the food not to be the proper temperature, would not occur again.
Sept. 7: Two Logan firefighters, Rex Stall and Brenda Rivale, packed for a business trip with flashlights and sleeping bags when they were deployed to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Sept. 8: An e-commerce workshop headed by New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service logged on to Tucumcari with a two-day workshop to increase business over the internet. Local boot maker Tim Bishop and other area vendors saw how they could sell their goods in faraway places with the click of a mouse.
Sept. 9: Tucumcari Rattlers boosted their football season record to 3-0 after rolling over Estancia 57-6.
Sept. 10: Tucumcari’s Janet McCoy told QCS readers how she and her husband lived off the land with their garden, their greenhouse and livestock. “I guess we’d survive if a bomb went off,” she said, indicating her fully stocked pantry of homegrown goods.
Sept. 10: The Quay County critter was a turtle.
Sept. 11: The weather was breezy, breezy, breezy.
Sept. 12: Quay’s juvenile detention center was planned to become a thing of the past to cut county costs on their annual $300,000 bill. “This frees us up a lot,” said detention center assistant administrator T.J. Rich, referring to the space in the center that will become available.
Sept. 14: Former juvenile detention center officer Robert Gonzales, who was accused of sexual misconduct with inmates, accepted a plea agreement that included three years probation.
Sept. 15: Heavy enforcement of the city’s Solid Waste Ordinance went into effect, with the goal of cleaning up yards quite cluttered with debris. The results were tickets, fines, upset citizens – and less debris.
Sept. 16: The Quay-Z Quilters went Quay-Z with their quilt show at the convention center that ran through Sept. 18.
Sept. 17: Constitution Week was declared by Quay County commissioners when they scrawled their John Hancocks on an official proclamation.
Sept. 18: Big Brother Big Sisters was extending open arms – and its organization – to include Quay County.
Sept. 21: A federal grant for $400,000 specifically geared for youth suicide prevention in New Mexico was granted. These were much-needed funds, said U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, as the state has the highest rate of suicide among children in the nation.
Sept. 22: The weather was breezy, breezy, breezy – and 94 degrees.
Sept. 23: The two-day festivities of Heritage Dayze swept the Tucumcari Historical Museum, as it does every year, with costumes, fanfare and, of course, the Bread Lady.
Sept. 24: The largest annual coast to coast, single-day volunteer restoration effort for America’s public lands kicked off at designated sites in New Mexico and across the nation.
Sept. 24: New Mexico residents could fish for free when the state Game Commission waived license fees for a day.
Sept. 25: Mesalands Community College had a Latin exhibit going on with more than 100 artifacts, photos, biographies and videos of some famous and not-too-famous Hispanic notables.
Sept. 28: Despite dreary weather, the 13th annual Rotary Air Show took the skies with the Canadian Air Force Snowbirds, USAF A-10’s, helicopter stunts, barnstorming acrobatics, Greg Poe Air Show, Eric Beard’s Yak 54 Russian Thunder, the world’s only twin jet sailplane, a display of 40 aircraft and a crowd that was ready to be wowed.