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Articles from the May 15, 2012 edition


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  • Our page - May 16

    QCS staff|May 15, 2012

    Engagement Butkovich-Burns Butkovich-Burns Steve and Kim Burns of Tucumcari announce the upcoming marriage of their son, Phillip, to Tasha Butkovich, Daughter or Mr. and Mrs. Michael Butkovich of Gallup. The couple will be married on July 7, 2012, in McGaffey at the Z Lazy B Mountain Resort. Phillip is a 2007 graduate of Tucumcari High School and is employed by Wagner Power Systems in Albuquerque. Tasha is a 2009 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University and is currently a pre-school teacher in Gallup. The couple will make their home in...

  • Tres Amigas to base in Albuquerque

    Christina Calloway CMI staff writer|May 15, 2012

    Tres Amigas has selected Albuquerque for its operations center and Rio Rancho for its backup center. New Mexico cities in the running included Clovis, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Belen. About 100 jobs were at stake. Clovis officials learned of the decision Thursday morning. Clovis Mayor David Lansford thinks Tres Amigas made a decision that is in the best interest of the company and says he plans to continue to work with them. "We congratulate Albuquerque for getting that operation and those jobs, but it won't change the fact that we're going...

  • Softball tourney registration open

    QCS staff|May 15, 2012

    The 2012 Tucumcari Softball Association is now taking entries for its summer co-ed softball lead. Entry fee is $350 per team, with each team required to provide .40 core softballs. Registration deadline is June 1. Information: Scott Simpson, 403-8491.... Full story

  • Car show planned

    QCS staff|May 15, 2012

    A car show will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Russell's Travel Center. There will be grab bags for participants, a $25 entry fee and a food booth. Classes to enter include muscle car, classic car, 4x4 truck, lowrider and golden oldies. Information: 576-8700....

  • Wind energy forum planned

    QCS staff|May 15, 2012

    Students interested in pursuing a career in wind energy technology are invited to attend an 6 p.m. Wednesday information forum at the North American Wind Research and Training Center. Students will learn more about the new summer program starting May 29. Upon successful completion of the courses, students will receive an Occupational Certificate in Wind Energy Technology. Students in the program will learn wind turbine technology, turbine maintenance, tower safety, and wind economics. Course topics include studies in electricity, hydraulics,...

  • Rain can brighten day

    Lynn Moncus QCS columnist|May 15, 2012

    Last week, Elizabeth Morris asked if I would like to do something special on Sunday. Well, of course, I thought of a trip to lma, and she seemed to be willing to ride along with Prissy and me. Little did we know what kind of day we would be spending out there or how little time we would walking. We decided to take a round-about way to reach those canyons by going to McAlister, House, and Hassell. I hadn't taken that trip in several years and was eager to see what had changed on those plains. As usual, so many memories flooded the mind that I wa...

  • Detour never quite explained

    David Stevens CMI editor|May 15, 2012

    Tucumcari has seen more than its share of travelers, thanks mostly to historic Route 66. Sometimes the strangers leave strange stories behind. That was the case when a confused, unemployed trumpet player passed through 50 years ago this month. B. William Kittler, 29, left his California home late on May 22, 1962, with his girlfriend, Judy Sell. They were en route to Kittler's former home in Bismarck, N.D., when they stopped for gas and cigarettes in Tucumcari. Sell said she was driving when they left town, headed for Texas, and Kittler was...

  • Former Mesalands employees file suit against college

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|May 15, 2012

    One current and two former employees have filed suit against Mesalands Community College. "These individuals want to bring to light the unethical, inappropriate and illegal actions at Mesalands," said Linda G. Hemphill, lead council for the plaintiffs. Hemphill said her clients, Joanna Gutierrez, Kenneth Cooper and Jennifer DeBord, are trying to shed light on practices that allegedly took place under former President Phillip O. Barry's administration at Mesalands. Mesalands released a statement in response: "We strongly refute the allegations...

  • Cold front could return to area

    QCS staff|May 15, 2012

    A backdoor cold front which brought rainfall should return to the area by the weekend, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. "There will be a similar cold front which produced the weekend showers which will move into Quay County on Sunday," said meteorologist Todd Shoemake. He said there will be a chance for showers to develop in the northern part of the state during the week, though the precipitation will be north of Tucumcari. Shoemake said Tucumcari reported 1.5 inches of rain, while San Jon reported 1.73 inches. In May...

  • Let's be thankful for mothers

    Karl Terry CMI columnist|May 15, 2012

    Things my mom actually did in her adventurous life ... - Sewed shirts from a pattern. - Invented the dookie bar. - Changed irrigation tubes from a Chevy station wagon. - Shot a bull snake out of our treehouse with a .22 rifle. - Learned to cut her children's hair herself. - Drove a school bus full of noisy children. - Operated a country store and café. - Operated a concession stand at the local stock car races. - Fried chicken every day for dinner (noon meal). - Always had enough on the table no matter how many sat down. - Figured her... Full story

  • Editorial: Public officials make too many deals in private

    Clovis Media Inc|May 15, 2012

    They say the words, claiming "transparency" and "the public's right to know" are priorities. But too many public officials are conducting public business in private. They call it "executive session," the part of the public meeting when city councilors or county commissioners say some magic words and then sneak off into a private room where they talk about who knows what, which often costs taxpayers money. It happens in Clovis, Portales and just about every other community across New Mexico. In Curry County, commissioners frequently adjourn for... Full story

  • Injunctions call for project halt

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|May 15, 2012

    Two new injunctions have been filed in the 10th Judicial District Court calling for a halt to current and future construction of an intake structure at Ute Lake that is part of the Ute Water pipeline. QCS photo: Thomas Garcia A shot of the south side lake view from 12 Shores Golf Course at Ute Lake. Both injunctions were filed May 5 and named the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority as the defendant. The water utility wants to pipe water from the man-made reservoir in Logan to communities... Full story

  • Rodeo team members finals bound

    Special to the QCS|May 15, 2012

    Coming off a season where its men's team finished first in the nation and its women's team sixth, the Mesalands Community College rodeo team will send a school-record 10 members to the College National Finals Rodeo. "This is the first year that our team will have a representative in every single event at the college finals," coach C.J. Aragon said. "It's pretty impressive to have that dominant of a year." The College National Finals Rodeo will be held in Casper, Wyo., June 10-16. Two members — Fran Marchand of Omak, Wash., and Macy Fuller of C...

  • Chalmers positive about racino

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|May 15, 2012

    Don Chalmers remains confident Tucumcari will one day be home to a racetrack and casino. In the meantime, he is encouraging area residents to trumpet the history of Route 66 and other treasures the community has to offer its visitors. About 300 residents and business owners heard Chalmers speak at the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce Banquet on Friday at the Tucumcari Convention Center. Many left inspired by the words of the Albuquerque businessman, who has played an active role in efforts to bring a racino to town. "He was really...

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