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Articles from the June 19, 2012 edition


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  • Aunt: Missing girl has history of 'blanking out'

    David Stevens CMI editor|Jun 19, 2012

    Aly Marques' life has been more difficult than most. The former Forrest resident (2003-2010) had her first heart surgery to repair a leaky valve when she was 9 days old, said her great aunt, Laurie Haskell. In 2003, when she was 7, she was living with her father in Killeen, Texas, when he committed suicide. In January 2010, she was a passenger in a car that collided with a snow plow and left her with a broken collarbone and wrist. In March, she passed out at her Clovis home and was rushed to the hospital emergency room, where it was learned...

  • Cowboy storytelling

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Jun 19, 2012

    Poets and singers honoring the cowboy tradition and heritage helped to raise money for a local museum. "It's about the camaraderie," said Bill Crenshaw, poet. "People of a kindred spirit coming together to help a cause." QCS photo: Thomas Garcia Bill Crenshaw shares a cowboy theme story with the residents who attended the Cowboy Poetry Jamboree at the Tucumcari Historical Museum Saturday. Crenshaw was one of the performers at the Cowboy Poetry Jamboree held on Saturday to benefit the Tucumcari Historical Museum's Research Institute. "The... Full story

  • Police blotter -¬†June 20

    Jun 19, 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 10:06 a.m., a woman reported a theft at a residence on the 500 block of South Eighth Street. At 10:33 a.m., a man reported a burglary at a residence on the 600 block of South Monroe Street. At 3:22 p.m., a woman went in to the Police Department on the 200 block of East Center Street to report a theft. At 6:02 p.m., an alarm was reported at a building on the 1000 block of East Turner. Saturday At 1:35...

  • Notes from a churchlady: God makes people, animals in unique way

    Debra Whittington QCS columnist|Jun 19, 2012

    "...I am fearfully and wonderfully made..." Psalm 139:14 The last few weeks I thought we were running a kitten nursery around our house. Three stray mother cats each had kittens. We didn't see them for a long time but eventually they started darting around the garage. The mother cats were weaning them and ready for them to go. I don't mind a couple of cats around to take care of the mice, but I didn't need that many kittens. It was fairly easy to catch the first six kittens and each of them went to a good home. One kitten wasn't so compliant...

  • Report: Missing girl considered running away

    CMI staff|Jun 19, 2012

    A 16-year-old Clovis girl, missing since June 7, had thoughts of running away prior to her disappearance, according to a supplemental police report provided on Tuesday. Aly Marques also had been in contact with an Albuquerque-area woman affiliated with a church group and "mentions she might visit when school is out," the police report shows. Aly disappeared from her Clovis home on June 7 and hasn't been seen since, family members say. Aly Marques Laurie Haskell, Aly's aunt and guardian, has... Full story

  • Moncus: Letter takes writer on sentimental journey

    Lynn Moncus QCS columnist|Jun 19, 2012

    While Janie Stith and her relatives were going through items left to them by Mrs. Sue Tucek, they found a letter I had written to Mrs. Tucek in 1952. As a graduating senior, I was applying for a Delta Kappa Gamma scholarship. The letter was most definitely from a teenager who was dreaming of the future. At that time, neither of us even imagined I would be teaching Business Writing at New Mexico State University a few years later. As I look at this letter, I see one which would not have received a very high grade in that class. Although the... Full story

  • Hunting, fishing key to dad's trips

    Karl Terry CMI columnist|Jun 19, 2012

    Many people whose father has passed on can tell wonderful stories of all the places their dad took the family on vacation. I would say our family only took one traditional vacation while I was growing up. That's not to say my father never took us anywhere. It's just that wherever that Terry-style vacation took us, it had to meet some pretty strict requirements for dad. Number one, it couldn't interfere with any irrigating, harvest or major job prospect. Since much of that time he was either farming or custom harvesting that was more than...

  • Editorial: Security leaks should be investigated

    The Albuquerque Journal|Jun 19, 2012

    The White House is a busy place, what with compiling that "kill list" for terrorists and developing a cyberweapons strategy against Iran. So is the Justice Department, what with flirting with being held in contempt of Congress over withheld information on the bungled Fast and Furious weapons operation. So President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder should clear a little time on their BlackBerry schedules and consider having an independent special counsel investigate recent national security leaks. It is ludicrous to entrust a... Full story