Car trouble leaves cowboy trapped

By Baxter Black: On the edge of reason It happened to Brett, a country boy in college on a rodeo scholarship. His folks sent him off to college in a well-used 3/4 ton pickup with mud and snow and a grill that looked like the gate on a Russian prison, a 16-foot stock trailer the […]

Young found guilty in Santa Rosa prison case

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun An Albuquerque jury late Friday found Robert Young guilty of felony murder and other charges in the 1999 death of Santa Rosa prison guard Ralph Garcia, according to a press release from the N.M Attorney General’s office. Sentencing is expected in the latter part of January, 2009, the release […]

November 1950

W.T. Williamson, city manager, reported the city’s power plant had doubled its electrical output in the last five years. …Adoph Kappel, 36, twice convicted of the ax slaying of his wife in Tucumcari and sentenced to life in prison, escaped from the state penitentiary work gang riding a prison mule and wearing prison denims. Kappel, […]

Man convicted in famous case dies

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A man convicted of brutally raping and murdering a Clovis convenience store clerk more than 30 years ago died Tuesday in a state prison. Stanley Deon Melton, who suffered a long battle with cancer and was seriously ill, was 66, prison officials said Friday. Melton died Tuesday while in long-term […]

No loafing around done here

By Marlena Hartz: FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS Some detention centers in America are trying a new menu item called prison loaf — that day’s meal ground up, floured, baked, and served in a bread-like form. The idea is to curb food fights or make them less of a mess. Clovis jail officials have tried the prison loaf, […]

Abuses can’t be regarded as acceptable

Just suppose you were on Route 66 Boulevard and came upon a man systematically destroying Bibles. Maybe he’d be burning them, one by one. Or tearing them to pieces with his hands. Or maybe he’d just put them on the ground and spit on them. You’d be outraged, wouldn’t you? While the man would certainly […]

Gifts bought for children of inmates

William Thompson Dozens of children in the Quay County area and surrounding counties will be receiving Christmas gifts in the mail from their fathers. The fathers of the children are incarcerated in prisons throughout the U.S. Judy Scott, a volunteer for Prison Fellowship Ministries, said two gifts for each child were purchased by volunteers as […]

Local man sentenced to 36 years

William Thompson A Tucumcari man last week was sentenced to 36 years in prison for criminal sexual acts involving a juvenile female. Richard Taylor entered an Alford plea in 10th Judicial District Court on Wednesday. An Alford plea enables the defendant to maintain innocence while admitting sufficient evidence exists to convict. Donald Schutte, Quay County’s […]

Car food — don’t even ask

TV Hagenah I had someone offer me a cantaloupe the other day and I had to refuse to take it. Now, let me explain that I love cantaloupe, but I had reached my limit of car food. Car food is any food left inside the car long enough to become a high school science experiment. […]