9/14 Police blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by Tucumcari police during the past several days. According to the reports: Friday • At 12:51 a.m., a caller reported an attempted breaking and entering at a public transportation depot. Police found the door and window pushed inward but no sign of entry. • At 9:04 a.m., […]

Ex-detention officer agrees to plea deal

QCS staff A former juvenile detention officer accused of sexual misconduct with inmates has accepted a plea agreement that includes three years probation. Robert Gonzalez was charged with two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and two counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor after three inmates complained to authorities. The sex […]

Cutting cost of detention

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By Ryn Gargulinski With annual bills totaling about $300,000 to run the Quay County Juvenile Detention Center, county and detention center officials agreed the underage inmates are costing the county way too much money. And so county commissioners on Monday decided to send juvenile inmates to a facility in Curry County and, as a backup, […]

9/10 Quay personality

Who: Teresa Hartz She’s a new family nurse practitioner and medical director at Logan Family Health Center. Transplanted from Tennessee, her kids and grandkids live in Alabama. Claim to fame: This people person has worked with patients of all ages and families of all sizes in several states throughout the nation. She is enthused about […]

9/10 Police report

The following is a sampling of calls received by Tucumcari police during the past several days. According to the reports: Tuesday • At 12:50 a.m., a possible domestic violence situation was called in from a caller who the report said sounded like a child. Police arrived at the West Laguna location and found a verbal […]

9/10 Letters to the editor

Dear Editor: We were recently robbed. The thief took an old lawnmower and the gasoline that would power it. The lawnmower was left resting in the back yard while we ran a quick errand, between the time we had cut the back lawn and before we could address the front. It was early afternoon and […]

Cafeteria food fails inspection

QCS staff Tucumcari Middle School’s Mesa Cafeteria was shut down briefly on Tuesday and food already distributed was thrown away, according to a letter sent to parents from Summit Food Service Management. The letter states the New Mexico Environment Department found the food was not in compliance after an inspection. “The serving temperature was below […]

Fire fighters deployed to hurricane territory

By Ryn Garguilnski Logan’s Rex Stall and Brenda Rivale are going on a business trip. Instead of a briefcase and palm pilot, however, they’re packing sleeping bags and flashlights. The firefighters are being deployed to an unknown location ravaged by Hurricane Katrina after answering a call from the Federal Emergency Management Association on the Internet. […]

Area business owners look to Web

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By Ryn Gargulinski When boot maker Tim Bishop first started his Tucumcari-area shop several years ago, he said he had no idea he could easily sell his custom boots to people in other countries. But he said a quick two-day e-commerce workshop helped open his eyes to the miles of possibility the Internet offers. The […]

Living off the land

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS When Tucumcari native Janet McCoy needs a jar of tomato sauce, she ambles to her pantry for one she’s canned herself. If it’s milk she’s after, she heads out to her goats or cows. And she said the pig that now mud bathes in her yard is soon to be 175 […]