Public Record, Dec. 3, 2003

The following are samples of calls received by Tucumcari police within the last week. According to the reports: Nov. 30 • About 5 p.m. a man called police and said his step-daughter had been shot in the back of the leg with a BB gun on the 600 block of East McGee. He said it […]

Police: Bad decision cause of Ute Lake drownings

By Angela Peacock Two Portales men who drowned in Ute Lake last August made a “bad decision” to leave their boat and try to swim through unfamiliar waters in the dark, a state police official said Monday. Toxicology reports released Monday show small amounts of alcohol were present in the bodies of both victims, but […]

Helping Hands Hospice hosts annual fundraiser

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By Angela Peacock Joe Cooper said he didn’t mind volunteering Friday evening at the Helping Hands Hospice’s annual enchilada dinner at the Tucumcari Elk’s Lodge Nov. 21. He enjoys being able to help others he said it enriches his life. “It’s the most important cause in town because it cares about a unique moment in […]

Travelers feed homeless

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By Angela Peacock Traveling across America to feed the homeless and spead their love is how members of the self proclaimed business “Yo Mammas Kitchen” spend their days. Erin Rowles, of Illinois, Dale Paulman, of Minnesota, Jade Seitz and Bob Towers, of New York, all travel in a two door Isuzu pickup with a camper […]

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 […]