CMI staff capture awards at contest

CMI staff The Clovis News  Journal captured the top prize, the General Excellence Award, Saturday at the  annual New Mexico Press Association/Associated Press Managing Editors Better  Newspaper Contest in Albuquerque. Clovis Media Inc. staff also captured  multiple individual awards. The contest saw 1,777 entries, the largest  number of entries in its history and judging was […]

Three men escaped from the Roosevelt County Jail

Robert Claudio

CMI Staff Report One man accused of a violent crime remained at large and two others were captured early this morning in the second escape from the Roosevelt County jail in three months. All three men escaped from the Roosevelt County jail late Friday, according to Sheriff Darren Hooker said. Robert Claudio, 31, of Portales, […]

Tucumcari Commission votes to fire city manager Powers

Doug Powers

    The Tucumcari City Commission voted 3-2 to fire City Manager Doug Powers at Thursday night’s regular meeting. The surprise move came at the end of the commission’s regular meeting. Commissioners Jimmy Sandoval, Ernie Dominguez and Dora Salinas-McTigue voted to dismiss Powers. Commissioners Robert Lumpkin and Mayor Amiel Curnutt voted against the move. The […]

The “Pop of Death” and Finding God’s Instructions

I started writing this two weeks ago, hoping that before I finished it, I’d know the end of the story. It was a Sunday afternoon. That means the dog and I had an appointment for a nap, but man’s best friend was away visiting other family and friends, including her real owner, so I had […]

Middle ground needed on Ute water project

The Ute water pipeline project, some insist, is needed to sustain life across eastern New Mexico for our children and grandchildren into the next century. Opponents claim it’s too expensive and won’t help anyway when the Ogallala aquifer is depleted in the next decade or three as experts predict. It seems there’s not a lot […]

Dinosaur museum to unveil new exhibit


By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum and Natural Science Laboratory will unveil their newest exhibit Saturday as they participate in the ninth annual Museum Day Live!, sponsored by the Smithsonian Magazine,  along with museums across the nation. Free tickets, good at any participating museum nationwide, are available online at: […]

Cowboy musicians, poets share talents

QCS Photo: Steve Hansen
Members of the Eastern New Mexico Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Association play a bluegrass melody at the Nara Visa Cowboy Gathering.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor There was a wistful country instrumental airing flawlessly on fiddle, mandolin and guitars, and a breeze wafting in from the wide, two-story-high windows in the Nara Visa Community Center’s auditorium. The silence of the listeners seemed to proclaim that it would have been hard to find a better three […]

Arch Hurley reaffirms vote not to allocate water

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Despite some objections and concerns from some members, the Arch Hurley Conservancy District board on Thursday reaffirmed its earlier vote to not allocate water this fall to store a water supply for an early release next spring. “We will be ready to deliver water to our members in March, with […]

Social services personnel prepare for health act to take effect

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor After years of endless haggling over the merits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), much of it is on the verge of taking effect, and New Mexico applicants for health insurance benefits may start applying as early as Oct. 1. Representatives of Health Action New Mexico made a stop […]

Mesalands rodeo team wins championship title

QCS Staff Mesalands Community College’s Rodeo team began the season winning a men’s tie-down roping championship title at Diné College in Tsaile, Ariz. Competing in this season’s first Grand Canyon Region rodeo, Mesalands’ sophomore Kit Pettigrew won the long round of the tie-down roping event and second place in the short round. Pettigrew, of Fort […]