Charley Neely, Irene Rush King

Charley Neely Charley Neely, age 82, of Portales, died Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. Charley Neely was born Oct. 16, 1921, in Troup County, Georgia, to Emmett Madison and Edna Iola Martin Neely. He married Helen Politiski Nov. 11, 1944, in Moorhead, Minn. As a young man, he served [...]

Rock ‘n Roll caps Route 66 Festival

TV Hagenah The 2004 edition of the Route 66 Festival is over and according to the president of the association, Johnnie Meier, things came off pretty well. “I was impressed with almost everything,” said Meier. “I think everyone had a good time. At least everyone I talked to did. And having a good time and [...]

Aggie takes over column writing

Lynn Moncus As you have discovered, the slave has kept me away from the computer for ages and would keep me away today if she weren’t otherwise occupied. When I say she is occupied, I really mean she is taking a nap and won’t be in here to bother me for the rest of the [...]

Blackout highlights needs

Lynn Moncus Through the years, we have visited about our dependence upon utilities and how we didn’t have to worry about them when we had no running water, electricity, or natural gas. We just went on about our business as long as we had carried in enough water, had plenty of coal oil, and had [...]

Local woman flies radio controlled planes

TV Hagneh Vickie Belisle has more airplanes than some small nations. She has 46 of them and all are in her ranch style home east of Tucumcari. There are planes, some with wingspans of more than nine feet across, hanging from the ceiling, some behind doors some in special racks, some on special tables, some [...]

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 [...]

Concert unites music fans

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By Ryan Lengerich The Air Force Band of the West jazzed up Tucumcari Tuesday evening and was treated to a standing ovation by the audience. More than 450 jazz and big band fans of all ages attended the hour and a half show by “Dimensions in Blue,” a 20-person unit of the United States Air [...]

Restoring New Mexico history to flying capacity

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By Angela Peacock Tucumcari is no longer just a resting place for road travelers, as of Monday, planes are also making a stop. After its battle days during World War II, the Beechcraft AT 11 aircraft that was used to train more than 5,400 combat soldiers is making its way back to Albuquerque. Scott Witshger [...]

Scared into loving the air show

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By Ryan Lengerich As I sat shotgun in air show pilot Greg Peterson’s Extra 300L Wednesday morning I wasn’t scared of the ride. I really wasn’t. I was scared that I may not receive a 23rd birthday present from my mom this month when she found out what I was doing. Maybe I should have [...]

Pilots make themselves at home in Tucumcari

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By Ryan Lengerich Standing on the wing of a TBM Avenger Navy Bomber, Bob Thompson explained the plane’s history to one wide-eyed child after another. Thompson, a Colonel with the Commemorative Airforce, flew the aircraft into to Tucumcari Tuesday for display at the Rotary Club Air Show as he has done several years past. He [...]