Holiday shopping underway

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By Angela Peacock and Ryan Lengerich Perhaps put to sleep by a Thanksgiving feast, Tucumcari shoppers took to local stores early Friday morning on the nation’s biggest shopping day of the year. Tucumcari K-Mart opened at 6 a.m. Friday to kick off the season of Christmas shopping for Tucumcari residents, but was disappointed after learning […]

Turkey day safety tips

By Angela Peacock By planning ahead, applying common sense and adhering to a few simple travelers tips, everyone can help to create safer driving conditions on all New Mexico roadways this Thanksgiving, according to state highway officials. “We want everyone traveling New Mexico’s highways to have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday,” said New Mexico […]

Suspected killer captured in Texas

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Ryan Lengerich A suspected killer with Quay County ties was captured Sunday after eluding police for more than five weeks. Scott James Eizember, 42, is suspected of killing an elderly couple in Depew, Okla. on Oct. 18, Creek County (Okla.) police said. According to a police report, Eizember was captured in Lufkin, Texas after an […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]