Man pleads guilty to evidence tampering

A Tucumcari man pleaded guilty Tuesday in the Tenth Judicial District court to charges connected with a July 2011 beating death. Hendren Dennis Joseph Hendren, 36, pleaded guilty to three of six charges filed in connection to the July 9, 2011, homicide of 33-year-old Shirley Pacheco, and was sentenced to nine years — two suspended. [...]

Science center celebrating centennial

To celebrate its centennial, New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari is hosting a field day Aug. 2. The theme for the official New Mexico centennial event (http://nmcentennial.org) event is, "Basking in the Past, Looking to the Future." Registration for the field day starts at 4:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. [...]

Lauriault: Life tough without God’s wisdom

Some things appear as no-brainers, but they cause considerable confusion. For example, recently at a conference including scientists conducting research on wheat, I learned that the flour of new wheat varieties are evaluated for cookie diameter. Being a connoisseur of fine cookies (but not at all a baker), I asked if the flour's cookie diameter [...]

More than 100 pets registered for fair

Quay County residents registered more than 100 animals to take part in the 2012 Dog and Cat Health Fair, scheduled for Aug. 9-11 at the Tucumcari Convention Center. Although 180 animals were registered for the spay and neutering bus, only 105 of those animals will be treated, said Christina Fleming, event coordinator. Fleming said if [...]

Home economics bowl team tops contest

Nine Senior Quay County 4-Hers attended the state 4-H conference July 9-13 in Las Cruces. During the week they participated in leadership workshops, elected new state officers, and competed in a variety of contests. Senior members are ages 14-19. Courtesy photo Nine Senior Quay County 4-Hers attended state 4-H conference July 9-13 in Las Cruces. [...]

Editorial: Former resident to blog Olympic experience

The Olympic Games open Friday with 26 sports, 10,500 athletes representing nearly every country and millions of people watching from all over the world. We're looking forward to inspirational performances every day, but one athlete in particular has already made us swell with pride: our own Amber Campbell. America's top hammer thrower lives in Myrtle [...]

Officials raise concerns about proposal on grant changes

Count the Eastern Plains Council of Governments as one of numerous entities against a proposed change on Community Development Block Grant rules. Executive Director Sandy Chancey advised members of EPCOG's executive committee during a Monday morning meeting that she and Economic and Community Develop-ment Planner Raymond Mondragon plan to be at a Tuesday morning meeting [...]

EPCOG audits repeat findings from 2005 report

Audit reports from 2006 through 2008 at the Eastern Plains Council of Government repeat findings from a 2005 report — poor accounting practices that either contributed to misuse of government-provided monies, or at least provided such opportunities. Just like an auditor's report and financial statement of 2005 done by Woodard, Cowen and Co., the three [...]

College hosts week-long Summer Adventure Camp

Summer Adventure Camp was held last week at Mesalands Community College. This was a week-long camp of southwest themed classes that were both educational, as well as a fun experience for all ages. The campers learned hands-on techniques including, but not limited to, computer generated art, video and graphics editing, mural painting and dino digging. [...]

Class of 1978 donates billboard for reunion

The Tucumcari alumni will soon return home for the 50th annual Rattler Reunion. Local residents and those tourist traveling on South First Street in Tucumcari may notice a purple and gold reminder of the reunion. The class of 1978 has donated a billboard cover which highlights the events which will take place on Aug. 2-4 [...]