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Articles from the April 9, 2013 edition


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  • Five face charges in local burglary

    Jerrene Bradley QCS staff writer|Apr 9, 2013

    Five Tucumcari residents face felony burglary charges for the recent burglary of a local business. Four adults and a juvenile were arrested Friday for the March 31 burglary at The Smokin' Body Jewelry, said Deputy Police Chief Pete Rivera. Rivera said the store was burglarized during the evening and items estimated to be worth $800 were stolen. Lee Smith, owner of Smokin' Body Jewelry said security footage of a suspect shows the thief rummaging through the store for about three minutes putting items in his pockets and in a bag he was carrying....

  • Thomas: Need to take more time to catch up with people

    Apr 9, 2013

    I was wondering the other day about how long has it been since I had called a friend or family member for the sheer sake of just doing so. Now, don't get me wrong, I text a lot of family and friends all the time. In fact, many of them will probably tell you I talk too much as it is anyway. No, what I am talking about is calling someone just to say hi and maybe catch up on what's going on in his or her lives. What brought this on is a discussion I had with a friend about how our fathers will call at random times of any given day just to say hi...

  • Comments from the canyons: Privilege to listen to someone who lived history

    Apr 9, 2013

    Recently, we have visited about the different calls I have received about our area history and the fun I have had in trying to find a few answers. Most such calls come from younger people who have the notion that I am almost as old at the mountain. Frequently, they want to know about happenings in the early 1900's and seem almost surprised that I wasn't around to witness such events. Last week, I was most honored to receive a call from Rachel Sparks, who still maintains her home at lma but who now lives with her daughter in Clovis. Rachel and...

  • Notes from the church lady: Lonely being cut off from world

    Apr 9, 2013

    "...Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least...ye have done it unto me." Matthew 25:40 Just over a month ago, Mark and I took a trip through Kansas. We were heading towards Lebanon, Kansas, the geographic center of the continental United States and thought it might make an interesting side trip. It was a cold, snowy day that grew worse the farther we traveled east. I read a brochure on the marker of the exact location and was disappointed to learn it was off the beaten path. With the weather we were traveling through I decided there... Full story

  • Golf results

    Apr 9, 2013

    Reslus from the Tucumcari High School Golf Invitational on Monday: Team Results Boys 1. Tucumcari 330 (state qualifying score) 2. East Mountain 396 Girls Tucumcari (no score) Boys Varsity - Tucumcari Kyle Lease 78 (state qualifying score) John Paul Garcia 79 (state qualifying score) Luke Smith 81 Sean Austin 92 Tyler Ferguson 101 Boys Junior Varsity - Tucumcari Shayan Patel 95 Shant Bhakta 100 Shiv Bhakta 123 Girls Varsity - Tucumcari Mariah Garcia 118 Avery Shipley 128 Anisha Bhakta WD... Full story

  • State police investigating explosive device

    CMI Staff|Apr 9, 2013

    SANTA ROSA — New Mexico State Police are investigating after an explosive device was found at a famous diving spot in eastern New Mexico. Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez said the state police bomb squad was called out to the Blue Hole on Thursday after a visitor noticed a suspicious device in the fresh-water spring. The park was evacuated, and the bomb squad determined that the device was in fact an explosive. Gutierrez says there were no injuries or property damage. State police divers also conducted a sweep of the water in Blue Hole as a p...

  • Police seek help in hunt for burglary suspect

    Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer|Apr 9, 2013

    New Mexico State Police are seeking assistance from the public to locate a burglary suspect officers were unable to locate following a seven-hour search on April 4 by air and ground on U.S. Highway 54 near Logan. Capt. Jimmy Glascock said on April 4 at 8 a.m., residents in Nara Visa reported a man later identified as John Michael Mitchell Jr., burglarizing the Nara Visa Truck Stop. Glascock said the residents called 911 and described Mitchell and the 2005 Maroon Chevy Suburban he was driving. Mitchell was traveling on U.S. Highway 54 when he...

  • Conchas Lake levels raise concerns

    Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer|Apr 9, 2013

    More than a dozen residents attended the Arch Hurley Conservancy District meeting Tuesday to speak with state and federal legislators about Conchas Lake levels. "I am an advocate of agriculture in the legislature," said State Sen. Pat Woods. The district members have not had an allocation of water in five years and several years prior to that they only received a partial allocation due to the low water levels at Conchas Lake, which supplies the district with irrigation water. The lake has a current elevation of 4,154 feet, which is 46 feet... Full story

  • Meetings watch: Quay County Commission

    Apr 9, 2013

    Quay County Commissioners met Monday and conducted the following business: - Bryan Rhinestine, DWI probation officer said for the first quarter of the year there were nine DWI arrests, three accidents and one fatality. There were 10 cases completed and 13 DWI probation successes. - Dr. Randall Brown and Linda Simms of the Quay County Medical Clinic said there had been a lot of doctors leaving during the past months and wanted to let the commissioners know that they were here to serve the community in any way that they could. Brown doctors that... Full story

  • Crowing roosters, chiming bells and change

    Curtis K Shelburne Religion columnist|Apr 9, 2013

    I woke up in my Key grandparents' old house in Robert Lee, Texas, this morning. My maternal grandparents had the good sense to live here all of their lives. A couple of times a year, for over thirty years, my brothers and I have gathered here, a gaggle of pastoral Shelburnes somewhat off-duty. I like to wake up here, even though the rooster who lives across the "patch" could use a short "For Dummies" course on "Ways and Means of Knowing When the Sun Actually Rises." His vocal apparatus could do with a little lubrication, too. But I've grown fon...

  • Schools holding registration, Child Find

    QCS staff|Apr 9, 2013

    Tucumcari Public Schools Elementary and Special Programs Department is holding its annual kindergarten registration and Child Find 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Tucumcari Elementary School Gym. Parents who have children up to age 5 are encouraged to bring them to Child Find. Developmental screenings will be provided; the Public Health Office will be available to update immunizations; and Tucumcari Elemetary will register all eligible children for kindergarten for the 2013-2014 school year. Any questions should be directed to 4...

  • Police blotter - April 10

    Apr 9, 2013

    The following is a sampling of calls received by the central dispatch office for Quay County based at the Tucumcari Police Department: Friday - At 9:39 a.m. a caller reported a fire on the 600 block of East Turner Avenue. - At 11:28 a.m. a caller reported harassment on the 1300 block of Douglas Street. - At 12:38 p.m. a caller reported a suspicious vehicle on the 1100 block of South Seventh Street. - At 2:00 p.m. a caller reported a scam on the 400 block of West Laguna Street. - At 2:03 p.m. a woman reported theft on the 200 block of East... Full story

  • On the shelves - April 10

    Apr 9, 2013

    Fiction "The Storyteller" by Jodi Picoult. A New Hampshire baker finds herself in the midst of two Holocaust stories: Her grandmother's story of survival and the confessions of an elderly German man, an SS officer. "The Striker" by Clive Cussler. In 1902, the young detective Isaac Bell discovers that provocateurs, not the union members he was hired to investigate, are causing trouble in the coal mines. "The Dinner" by Herman Koch. Two couples meet in an Amsterdam restaurant to discuss their sons' criminal activity. "Damascus Countdown" by Joel... Full story

  • Menus - April 10

    Apr 9, 2013

    The following are the menus for schools and senior center in Quay County for April 11-17: Tucumcari Thursday Breakfast: Home made muffin, fruit, milk Lunch: Red chile smothered burrito, mexicali corn, fresh vegetables, dip, fruit, milk Snack: Animal crackers, juice Monday Breakfast: Biscuit, sausage, fruit, milk Lunch: Grilled cheese, sweet tater tots, fresh vegetables, dip, fruit, milk Snack: Oatmeal squares, juice Tuesday Breakfast: French toast, fruit, milk Lunch: Green chile chicken enchiladas, saltines, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, pinto... Full story

  • Ticket calendar - April 10

    Apr 9, 2013

    My House of Old Things Museum in Ancho, 27 miles South of Corona on Highway 54. This house hold lots of antiques and collectibles for anyone's taste. Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information call 505-648-2546. Carlsbad Cavern, 727 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad. Visitors Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. with self guided tours of the caverns. Admission fees are for adults, $6, for children 15 and under are free. For information call 1-877-444-6777. Sitting Bull Falls, take US285 North of...

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