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  • Our page - June 6

    Jun 5, 2012

    Birthday Goen Justin Goen Justin Goen of Tucumcari will celebrate his 3rd birthday June 10, 2012 with family. The celebration will be hosted by Justin's parents, Jason and Jessica Goen, grandparents Joye and Jack Goen, James and Billie Biggers and siblings. — Submitted by Jessica Goen...

  • Honor rolls - June 6

    Jun 5, 2012

    Tucumcari Middle School Gold Sixth grade Angelina Arellano Kyeli Collins Melina Encinias Sydney Goldston Kamelia Lamm Davey Mardo Shania Martinez Darpan Patel Ethan Rogers Orlando Tenorio Seventh Grade Brenna Benton Shant Bhakta Shiv Bhakta Kayla Cherry Jordyn Diaz Ryanne Lopez Trestin Peterson Avery Shipley SaBrea Skinner Eighth grade Andreas Anaya Cyann Armijo-Seth Ashlee Bradley Kinley Jaynes Cellisha Martinez Chance Romero Silver Sixth grade Christopher Arellano Cayd Bilbrey Brittni Brockman Desiree Brown Sarah Brown Tyler Fanska Daniel...

  • Faith helped get Americans through tough times

    Debra Whittington QCS columnist|Jun 5, 2012

    "Be strong and of a good courage..." Joshua 1:6 This past weekend I watched a documentary covering the time period from the stock market crash through the 1930's. It was interesting as it incorporated actual news reels of the day. Updated, much of it was the same subject material of today. One of the reasons the stock market suffered was due to greed and people buying on margin. However it survived and is still in existence today. During the 1930's our part of the country was in the midst of a severe drought, even worse than what we are experie...

  • Fire investigations continue

    Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer|Jun 5, 2012

    No arrest have been made in the arson investigation of the May 21 fire at the Tucumcari Animal Hospital, which claimed the lives of over 50 animals, said State Police Lt. Lance Bateman. Bateman said state police investigators are still following up on tips and awaiting lab results taken from the scene. He said state police are working in conjunction with the Tucumcari Police Department to resolve this case. Tucumcari Police Chief Jason Braziel said the department and state police are working to determine if the animal hospital fire has a... Full story

  • Veterinarian offered shelter to animals over the years

    Sharna Johnson QCS correspondent|Jun 5, 2012

    Over the years, Dr. Jean Corey gave shelter to animal after animal. Sometimes it was because an owner died or was placed in a nursing home, sometimes people brought their animals in for care and just never came back, and most often people in the community brought animals in that they had found, hoping they could have a chance at something else. Whether left in a box in front of the hospital door — sometimes with a bag of food, most times not — or left at the hospital by owners that couldn't pay the bill, Corey said she worked to find homes for...

  • Clovis biodiesel plant plans to sell fuel locally

    Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer|Jun 5, 2012

    CLOVIS — A biodiesel producer at the Clovis Industrial Park is setting up to sell its product locally. Renewable Energy Group is prepping a wholesale terminal at the plant, with product available for delivery in July. Alicia Clancy, corporate affairs manager for REG, said the terminal will have an inventory capacity of 500,000 gallons, with three tiers of potential consumers — petroleum refineries, petroleum wholesalers and companies with large trucking fleets that keep diesel on site. "The facility right now, as it stands, is 40 percent (co...

  • Plateau offering fiber optics

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Jun 5, 2012

    Plateau's new fiber optics data service will optimize data services for city, county and medical offices in Tucumcari. "There is a considerable difference in speed," said County Manager Richard Primrose. Plateau Chief Executive Officer Tom Phelps said fiber optics is geared towards those who need a large bandwidth, including hospitals and government offices. Phelps said Plateau offers residents wireless Internet, and said at this time the fiber optics service is not geared towards residential customers. "Eventually we'll offer the service to... Full story

  • Editorial: Government needs reminder of responsibilities

    Clovis Media Inc|Jun 5, 2012

    Now that we've narrowed the field for our next set of elected representatives, let's remind them all what they're supposed to be doing on our behalf: Securing our unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Three recent news stories suggest they need a good reminding. Somehow we doubt the Founding Fathers would have approved of today's government efforts to imprison Roger Clemens, make chicken pens bigger or outlaw Big Gulps. It's not that we necessarily approve of the baseball pitcher's antics, tiny spaces for critters,...

  • Residents seek animal health care out of town

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Jun 5, 2012

    A fire on May 28 damaged and has temporarily closed the Tucumcari Animal Hospital, forcing residents to travel out of town for their animals care. QCS PHOTO: Thomas Garcia Styx has a cone placed around his neck to prevent him from biting at the stitches on his stomach. Two days after the fire Tami Simpson's dog, Styx, was attacked by a German Shepherd and his abdomen was punctured by the Shepherd's bite. "I was frantic; I had called to locate a vet who would come out that night and had no luck," Simpson said. Simpson said this would have never...

  • Mesalands provides summer math academy

    Special to the QCS|Jun 5, 2012

    Mesalands Community College will be hosting a Texas Tech University Summer Math Camp Academy sponsored by the National Science Foundation, June 11-17. During this academy, students will have the opportunity to collaborate via the Web with Texas Tech mathematics faculty and staff, and will be exposed to many different facets of mathematics, and learn to apply these skills through projects and research. This program is designed to encourage high school students to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines. "It's importa...

  • Charges dropped against former Clovis police officer

    Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer|Jun 5, 2012

    CLOVIS — Criminal charges against a Clovis police officer involved in a fatal vehicle accident in 2010 were dropped Friday. Attorney Dan Lindsey said Judge Teddy Hartley dropped charges after ruling interference in grand jury deliberations. Officer Stephen Gallegos, no longer with the Clovis Police Department, was indicted in January 2011 on charges of vehicular homicide and causing great bodily injury. The charges stemmed from a November 2010 accident in which investigators said Gallegos ran a stop sign in his police cruiser and crashed i... Full story

  • City seeks money for ramp lighting

    QCS staff|Jun 5, 2012

    The city of Tucumcari is working with the New Mexico Department of Transportation to secure funding for additional lighting at Interstate 40 and U.S. Highway 54 interchange. City manager Doug Powers said it's a matter of safety and promoting Tucumcari. "It's dark at those ramps," Powers said. "So dark it may discourage travelers from taking those exits." Powers said a design using high mast lighting is currently being reviewed by the state. He said the lights should be enough to light up the off and on ramps and a portion of U.S. Highway 54....

  • Hope children rediscover fun of playing outside

    Lynn Moncus QCS columnist|Jun 5, 2012

    Last week while driving around town, I nearly wrecked the car when I saw a couple of young children playing softball on a vacant lot. The ball and bat were much in use, and a lot of running was going on. Laughter was most pleasant to hear as the batter would miss the ball or hit it over the pitcher's head so he would have to run a distance to retrieve it. I rolled down the window in order to hear that laughter and the shouts between the two as they were having such fun. As I drove on by, I considered the scene and thought about how usual such...

  • City to work on water projects

    Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer|Jun 5, 2012

    City of Tucumcari will use $1.5 million from the New Mexico Finance Authority to improve its water infrastructure. City Manager Doug Powers said the money ($1,594,790) will be used for two water projects, radio read water meters and a new 500,000-gallon water tank. The radio meters are guaranteed accurate for 20 years, said Water Department Superintendent Charlie Sandoval. Sandoval said the system will free up one of his staff who would normally read meters 12 to 15 days a month. "It's a great system that will allow us to be more efficient,"...

  • Primary turnout up

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Jun 5, 2012

    An increased turnout of voters in the Tuesday primary election resulted in a pair of close races and one landslide victory. QCS photo: Thomas Garcia County Clerk Ellen White, right, reads off election result numbers from Precinct 2 (Forrest), as Franklin McCasland writes the results for the residents keeping tally during Tuesday's primary election. "It was a wonderful turnout," said Sue Dowell, District 1 County Commission seat winner. Dowell defeated incumbent Robert Lopez by 13 votes, and felt having a close race showed community involvement...

  • Woods takes District 7 position

    Robin Fornoff CMI content managing editor|Jun 5, 2012

    A low-key Pat Woods declared victory over challenger Angie Spears late Tuesday in one of the most bitter and closely watched races in New Mexico. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks District 5 county commission candidate Danny L. Powell, left, congratulates Pat Woods on his District 7 state senate win Tuesday night at a victory party at a private residence in Clovis. The final vote was 2,283 to 1,991. Woods, speaking at a victory party on Clovis' northeast side said it was time for conciliation in a...

  • Police blotter - June 6

    Jun 5, 2012

    The following is a sampling of calls received by the central dispatch office for Quay County, based at the Tucumcari Police Department. Friday - At 12:31 a.m., a woman reported a domestic dispute at a residence on the 500 block of S. Eighth Street. - At 1:16 a.m., a man reported a prowler on the 3700 block of E. Route 66. - At 2:07 a.m.,, a man reported a fight at a lounge on the 800 block of W. Route 66. - At 6:43 a.m., an alarm was reported at a residence on the 2000 block of S. Tenth Street. - At 11:27 a.m., a man reported a burglary at a...

  • Statewide primary election results

    Jun 5, 2012

    U.S. President Democrat Barack Obama 59,214 Republican Ron Paul 4,665 Newt Gingrich 2,703 Mitt Romney 35,836 Rick Santorum 4,812 U.S. Senator Democrat Martin Heinrich 41,536 Hector Balderas 26,926 Republican Heather Wilson 34,850 Greg Sowards 13,536 U.S. Rep District 3 Democrat Ben Ray Lujan 26,978 Republican Frederick Newton 6,795 Jeff Byrd 8,274 Judge of the Court of Appeals Democrat Monica Zamora 42,854 Victor Lopez 19,197 Republican J. Miles Hanisee 37,909 State Senate District 7 Republican Pat Woods 1,368 Mark Myers 82 Angie Spears 1,049... Full story

  • Voter turnout light statewide

    The Associated Press|Jun 5, 2012

    ALBUQUERQUE — Turnout was light across the state Tuesday as New Mexicans weighed in on the already decided Republican presidential primary and narrowed their field of candidates for U.S. Senate and Congress, Registered Republicans could cast ballots for presidential candidates Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney, although Romney sewed up the nomination last week with a win in Texas. Most eyes were on the Democrat primary, where Rep. Martin Heinrich and state auditor Hector Balderas were competing in a gentlemanly race for t... Full story

  • Six Clovis residents charged in boating accident

    CMI staff|Jun 5, 2012

    Six Clovis residents entered a no-plea Tuesday in Quay County Magistrate Court to multiple felony charges in connection with a Memorial Day weekend boating accident on Ute Lake that resulted in critical injuries to a friend. Brittany Holt, Jonathon Maes, Logan Denton, all 21, Tre Orozco, Kendra Gibbons, both 18, and Spencer Norris, 20, were released on bond, according to court records. The six defendants appeared before Judge Joel Garnett and faced charges including selling or giving alcoholic beverages to minors and contributing to...

  • Press release: Six charged in Ute Lake mishap

    Jun 5, 2012

    On Sunday May 27, 2012, New Mexico State Police Officers responded to a boating accident at the Ute Lake State Park. Upon arrival, it was learned that Shaina Pool (21) of Clovis had fallen out of the moving boat and was struck by the propeller. Pool was subsequently flown to a hospital in Amarillo, Texas with critical injuries. During investigation of the incident, it was determined that alcohol was being consumed by occupants on the boat, many of which were underage. New Mexico State Police filed felony charges on the following people related...

  • Press release: Six charged in Ute Lake boating accident

    Jun 5, 2012

    On Sunday May 27, 2012, New Mexico State Police Officers responded to a boating accident at the Ute Lake State Park. Upon arrival, it was learned that Shaina Pool (21) of Clovis had fallen out of the moving boat and was struck by the propeller. Pool was subsequently flown to a hospital in Amarillo, Texas with critical injuries. During investigation of the incident, it was determined that alcohol was being consumed by occupants on the boat, many of which were underage. New Mexico State Police filed felony charges on the following people related...

  • Sheriff: Lubbock man shot himself

    Jun 5, 2012

    MULESHOE — The Lubbock man discovered dead after a car crash in west Bailey County on Monday appeared to have suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Bailey County Sheriff Richard Wills confirmed on Thursday. Officials said Charles David Sharp, 51, died in a one-vehicle accident on State Highway 214, about 4 1/2 miles south of Farm Road 298. The crash happened late Monday morning. Officials said Sharp's 2011 Lexus veered off the roadway and went through a barbed-wire fence before striking a utility pole. He was declared dead at the scene. S...