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Articles from the February 26, 2013 edition


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  • Letter to the editor - Feb. 27

    Feb 26, 2013

    Ute water plans make no sense What Clovis is doing to Logan and Ute Lake, not to mention Quay County, is a crime. It has decided the water we all enjoy belongs to others and is out to get it, no matter the cost to Logan. Curry County let all the dairies come in. How many gallons of water does each dairy use? How many pivots are in use to support the feed needed for all the cows? And now Clovis wants the water Quay County residents use for recreation and making a living around Ute Lake. There is money being made in Clovis and Portales, but what...

  • Wrestlers finish season with two-time state champion

    Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer|Feb 26, 2013

    The Tucumcari Rattlers finished their season with a two-time state champion and four additional wrestlers placed at 3A state title matches Saturday in Albuquerque. QCS Photo: Thomas Garcia The Tucumcari Rattlers Wrestling team had nine wrestlers compete at state competition in Albuquerque Friday and Saturday with five placing. Above: runnerup Rudy Vallejo, state champion Augstin Sandoval, Breysen Billings runner up, Timmy Skinner fourth place and not pictured Dillon Wood fourth place. Rattlers head coach Eddie Encinias said there were a lot of...

  • Advance action helps area weather blizzard

    Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer|Feb 26, 2013

    Advance action by police and other emergency agencies and citizens heeding numerous warnings to stay off the roads helped many weather the worst blizzard in a decade, officials said. QCS Photo: Thomas Garcia Residents drive down slushy and icy roads on South First Street Monday morning after a strong winter storm dropped eight inches of snow on Tucumcari. Officials credit the early closure of Interstate 40 for a low amount of accidents in Sunday's blizzard, which pummeled the region with 60 mph winds and dumped eight inches of snow on... Full story

  • Reader-submitted content: Vietnam vet remembered

    Feb 26, 2013

    Editor's note: Canuto Montano, a highly decorated Vietnam vet, died Feb. 27 in Clovis. The following tribute recounts some of his many accomplishments: Kenneth Joseph (Canuto) Montano moved to Tucumcari in 1945 with his parents, who came from Anton Chico. Canuto's father was working in the mines at Hiawatha, Utah, where Canuto was born in 1941. After moving to Tucumcari, his father worked for many years for the railroad. Canuto started at Central School, then moved to Four Points and junior high. In high school, he became disenchanted with...

  • Mother, daughter selected for all-state academic team

    Special to QCS|Feb 26, 2013

    Mother and daughter Julie Keck and Megan Williamson have been selected to the 2013 All-State New Mexico Academic Team, according to Mesalands Community College. Courtesy photo: Mesalands Community College Beth Sisneros, center, Phi Theta Kappa Advisor at Mesalands Community College, is joined by Mesalands students Julie Keck, left, and Megan Williamson at the State Capital last week as they were named to the 2013 All-State New Mexico Academic Team. Keck is Williamson's mother. Keck and Williamson were recently recognized at a ceremony held at... Full story

  • Commissioners approve grievance board decision

    Jerrene Bradley QCS Staff Writer|Feb 26, 2013

    Quay County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a grievance board decision regarding termination of a Quay County Detention Center employee. Barbara Jimenez was terminated in October 2012, accused of giving the wrong medication to an inmate a fourth time. The grievance board made the right decision by terminating Jimenez, said County Manager Richard Primrose. Jail Administrator Don Rich said Jimenez was warned and disciplined for three prior incidents involving inmates medication. Rich said he followed procedure and policy in regards...

  • Library hosting Seuss birthday party

    QCS staff|Feb 26, 2013

    The Tucumcari Public Library will be hosting the annual Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration on 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Tucumcari Convention Center. There will be storytellers, door prizes and refreshments provided and served by the Altrusa members. A birthday card contest is being held for students in Head Start, pre-school and kindergarten through fifth grade. A first, second and third place prize will be given for each grade. Winners will be announced at the birthday celebration....

  • Where does the white goes when the snow melts?

    Curtis K Shelburne Religion columnist|Feb 26, 2013

    Ah, we're snowed in today, and I love it! I am a snow man, no doubt about it. Not the abominable kind, I hope. Just the very ordinary kind. ("Snow person" might have been clearer, but that would be dangerously close to the politically correct ravaging and neutering of the English language evidenced by such atrocities as "chairperson," a term that should be relegated to bad science fiction movies.) I just love snow. Whoever said that "there is nothing in all of nature more beautiful than snow" was right. I never get enough of it. Of course, we... Full story

  • Comments from the canyons: With age goes fleeting memory

    Feb 26, 2013

    Although I don't read nearly as much as I used to, I still like to leaf through books to try to find a few words that express thoughts and feelings. Of course, poetry is a major source of those thoughts and feelings, and I really enjoy browsing through those carefully tailored words that say so much without being wordy. Thomas Bailey Aldrich, an American writer (1836-1907) when writing about memory, penned, "My mind lets go a thousand things, like dates of wars and deaths of kings." Those of us in the "over-the-hill-gang" can certainly apprecia... Full story

  • Notes from the church lady: Despite man's efforts, God in control

    Feb 26, 2013

    "To every thing there is ... a time to every purpose under the heaven." — Ecclesiastes 3:3 One of the weaknesses of man is his desire to be in control of everything. It is disconcerting when variables come into play making the outcome uncertain. Some men think they are smart enough to control their environment. Electric lights are man's attempt to dispel darkness. This is only true if one has enough batteries, a cord long enough, or a power source nearby. Man thinks he has altered his environment through heaters or air conditioners. Comfort i... Full story

  • Menus - Feb. 27

    Feb 26, 2013

    The following are the menus for schools and senior citizens in Quay County for Feb. 21 - Feb. 27: Tucumcari Thursday Breakfast: Cinnamon toast, fruit, milk Lunch: Pepperoni pizza, spinach salad, dressing, carrots, cucumbers, fruit, milk Snack: Chex mix, juice Monday Breakfast: French toast sticks, fruit, milk Lunch: Frito pie, shredded cheese, Mexican corn, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, oranges, milk Snack: Whole wheat crackers, juice Tuesday Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, toast, fruit, milk Lunch: Ham and cheese melt, broccoli and celery sticks, dip,...

  • Business workshop focuses on veterans

    Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer|Feb 26, 2013

    Area veterans attended a business-counseling workshop Thursday hosted by the New Mexico Veterans Business Outreach Center at Mesalands Community College. QCS Photo: Thomas Garcia Several local veterans attended a veteran business workshop Thursday at Mesalands Community College. "Our goal is to make veterans aware of the resources available for them to start a business," said retired Col. Joe Long of the outreach center. Long said the center has been traveling to outlining rural communities since 2010 to help veterans who do not know of the...

  • Police blotter - Feb. 27

    Feb 26, 2013

    The following is a sampling of calls received by the central dispatch for Quay County based at the Tucumcari Police Department: Friday - At 12:46 p.m. a man reported an unwanted subject n the 2000 block of South Mountain Road. - At 3:20 p.m. a caller reported a fight at the Damon Kvohls Park on Route 66. - At 4:34 p.m. a woman reported an unwanted subject on the 1600 block on East Route 66. - At 8:51 p.m. a man reported a hit and run on the 500 block of East Rankin Street. Saturday - At 2:38 a.m. a woman reported a fight o the 1700 block of... Full story

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