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 […]

City official calls for sign upgrade

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By Angela Peacock City Commissioner Betty Ditto wants people visiting Tucumcari to feel welcomed, and what better way to do it, she said, than with signs. Ditto raised the issue of repairing or erecting new welcome signs on roads around Tucumcari to city officials at a city commission meeting Thursday. Recently, Ditto traveled through Missouri, […]

Award winning artist displays works

By Ryan Lengerich Bernice Cosner’s passion for arts developed as much from necessity as it did from recreation. “When you have a rancher for a hubby, you need a hobby,” she said. Cosner was the featured artist for the Tucumcari Historical Museum’s presentation of Artist in the Annex for November. She displayed more than 20 […]

Officials: Issuing aid not easy

By Angela Peacock Don’t despair, financial aid funds for eligible Mesalands Community College students is on its way. Mesalands administration made the decision this semester to award students their aid in two separate disbursements, which Ken Brasher, director of enrollment, said was done for specific reasons. “Once students get used to the idea of two […]

Travelers concerned about NM

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By Angela Peacock For seven years Michael and Debra Pardue have celebrated their anniversary in a state they are disturbed to see dwindling away. The couple stopped at Stuckey’s Truck Stop in Polomas on Friday to check out some souvenirs before making the final duration of their trip home to Wichita Fall, Texas. Michael said […]

Vietnam marine shares war experiences

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By Angela Peacock Beautiful foreign women, opportunities to travel and a chance to earn cash were just a few reasons Robert Lumpkin signed up to become a U.S. Marine in 1964. The one detail his recruiter forgot to mention was that he would be traveling as a soldier to Vietnam, along with an estimated 40,000 […]

Veterans Day: make time to say thanks

By Angela Peacock More than just a day off, Nov. 11 is a time for Americans to locate and praise one of the 25 million living United States veterans who have served this nation. That was the message Quay County Commissioner Grace Madrid, expressed in her keynote address during Tucumcari’s Veterans of Foreign War annual […]

Mesalands hosts 3rd annual rodeo scholarship fundraiser

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By Angela Peacock Ludy Mitchell wore an ear-to-ear grin as she watched boyfriend Domingo Mendoza “cowboy up” for the last time this semester during the third annual Mesalands Community College Rodeo Scholarship Fundraiser Barbecue and Team Exhibition. “This rodeo is mainly a fundraiser, but basically the team is here to show off their skills,” Mitchell […]

Suspected killer remains on loose

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By Ryan Lengerich A man with ties to eastern New Mexico who is suspected of killing two Oklahoma residents last month is still on the loose. But Oklahoma police officials believe they have him contained. Scott James Eizember, 42, is suspected of killing an elderly couple Oct. 18 in Depew, Okla., police said. Prior to […]