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Articles from the July 10, 2012 edition


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  • Torres to be arraigned Wednesday

    CNJ staff|Jul 10, 2012

    Noe Torres Accused child killer and former fugitive Noe Torres is due back in Clovis Wednesday to face murder charges. District Attorney Matt Chandler said the U.S. Marshals Service returned Torres to New Mexico on Tuesday from Mexico City, where he was captured Jan. 25 after almost seven years on the run. Torres, 32, is accused of being part of a gang that fired several bullets into a Clovis home in September 2005, resulting in the death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. The target of the gang...

  • Veterans counseled on workforce

    Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer|Jul 10, 2012

    Joshua Baca, an adviser for the Veterans Business Outreach Center of Albuquerque, sat at a table with First Sgt. Robert Scales of the New Mexico Army National Guard and businessman Donald Sawyer. Alisa Boswell: CMI staff First Sgt. Robert Scales, left, of the New Mexico Army National Guard, and businessman Donald Sawyer, center, talk about business strategies with Joshua Baca, advisor for the Veterans Business Outreach Center of Albuquerque. Baca counseled veteran business owners and veterans in... Full story

  • Curry, Roosevelt keeping fire restrictions in place

    Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer|Jul 10, 2012

    Roosevelt and Curry counties will keep fire restrictions in place for now even though the New Mexico State Forestry Division will lift statewide fire restrictions 8 a.m. today. The state ban being lifted includes smoking, fireworks, camp fires and open fires. Curry County's fire restriction expires the end of July. Roosevelt County's around the first of August. Curry County Commissioner Wendell Bostwick said he feels many parts of the county are still dry, so he believes the county restrictions should remain in place. "I think it's better serve... Full story

  • Animal rescue group hosting health fair

    ByThomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer|Jul 10, 2012

    The city of Tucumcari Volunteer Animal Rescue will hosting the 2012 dog and cat health fair Aug. 9-11 at the Tucumcari Convention Center. The Santa Fe Humane Society's mobile spay and neuter van will be providing services to pre registered patients, said Christina Fleming, event coordinator. Fleming said the cost is set at $10, payable to the Santa Fe Humane Society, with donations accepted. She said the first two days should be covered by the state and humane society's funding, with the rescue group trying to raise money to keep the van in...

  • State police increase presence for holiday

    Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer|Jul 10, 2012

    An increased presence of law enforcement this holiday weekend was geared towards promoting safety, according to New Mexico State Police officials. QCS Photo: Jerrene Bradley An increased presence of New Mexico State Police could be seen Friday in Tucumcari as these officers met at the corner of South Fourth Street and West Washington Avenue. There were additional patrol officers, a boat and two boating officers and four officers from the motorcycle patrol brought in to Logan due to the increased holiday population, said Sgt. David O'Leary....

  • Police blotter -¬†July 11

    Jul 10, 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 1 a.m., a man reported a disturbance on the corner of S. Third Street and E. Barnes Avenue. At 1:44 a.m., a woman reported a suspicious man at a fuel station on the 2600 block of S. First Street. At 10:55 a.m., a man reported a theft at a business on the 3500 block of W. Route 66. At 11:10 a.m., an alarm was reported at a residence on the 1400 block of Sunburst Drive. At 1:05 p.m., an alarm was report...

  • Comments from the Canyons: Reunion annual offers memories of high school years

    Lynn Moncus QCS columnist|Jul 10, 2012

    Shortly after receiving THE GOLDEN RATTLER DIRECTORY, the Rattler Alumni received the TUCUMCARI HIGH SCHOOL 2012 RATTLER REUNION ANNUAL. Its colorful cover lets us know that the Class of 1982 will be hosting the reunion Aug. 2-4. After capturing our attention that way, the editor leads us directly to the schedule of events, major announcements, and provides a map of the parade route. The reader then meets the Class of 1982 as they appeared in the Tucumcari High School YUCCA in 1982. Seeing all those young faces is a real treat and reminds us... Full story

  • Grant to fund municipal airport upgrades

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Jul 10, 2012

    Continued renovations and improvements at Tucumcari Municipal Airport will help the area's economic appeal, according to city officials. Recent Federal Aviation Administration grants for $307,800 will be used to overlay the airport's 7,100-foot runway and make any additional repairs, said B.J. Molinas, city grant administrator. Molinas said the total project cost of the runway work is $342,000, the city's and state match for this project is $17,100. This will be the second round of improvements at the airport this year. In May, a $561,617...

  • Parishioners to celebrate church's 102nd anniversary

    Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer|Jul 10, 2012

    The parishioners of Saint Anne's Catholic Church are preparing for their annual fiesta, celebrating 102 years of service in Tucumcari. The fiesta begins with a reception at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Tucumcari Historical Museum's annex building, Clara Rey, Saint youth coordinator. Rey said display has been set up at the museum containing historical documents and relics from the church's past. A Novena, a series of prayers said over the course of nine days to ask for grace, dedicated to Saint Anne, will begin after the 7 a.m., mass on July... Full story

  • Teen helps out community

    QCS staff|Jul 10, 2012

    Jeffrey Cordova, 17, has worked with Youth Conservation Corps for two years now. He said he signed up because he always wanted to be able to help the community out. QCS photo Jeffrey Cordova, 17, said he joined the youth conservation corps to help the community. Jeffrey said his favorite project since joining was being able to work on the dug-outs at the baseball fields. "Helping the town grow and seeing more tourist stop at the beautification sites is what is most important to our community," he said. He said that more youths outide of the...

  • Holiday event draws 800

    Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer|Jul 10, 2012

    An estimated 800 people attended a street dance this holiday weekend in Logan, according to Logan/Ute Lake Chamber of Commerce officials. Logan Taylor and the Thunderbirds headline a Fourth of July Street Dance in Logan. The Logan/Ute Lake Chamber of Commerce sponsored a free barbecue and bean feed Saturday at Ute Lake State Park. Residents enjoy live music and free barbecue and the fixings Saturday at Logan. Stands were set up in the parking lot in front of Logan Schools as the street was block off for a street dance. The residents dance to...

  • First car has special spot in my heart

    Karl Terry QCS columnist|Jul 10, 2012

    I'll never forget the curves on my very first. Her lines were classic as they curved toward her backside. She was dark green with supple vinyl upholstery and eight-track quadraphonic stereo. After reading a recent story in one of the local papers about people's first car, I was feeling a little left out so here's my story about my first vehicle. The first vehicle I drove after I got my driver's license was a 1967 Chevy pickup that was an extra vehicle my dad kept to chase parts, haul diesel or whatever. Not long before I got my license a drunk...

  • Editorial: Fake lifeguard has no place at municipal pool

    Clovis Media Inc|Jul 10, 2012

    Pranksters and spin doctors try to trick news reporters all the time. Newspapers across the country have learned to guard against fake obituaries, altered photos and multiple other efforts to mislead readers, embarrass the paper or simply win a bar bet. Most such successful shenanigans are harmless or at least corrected during the next news cycle. But an effort to fool a Quay County Sun reporter last week raised questions about safety at the Tucumcari municipal swimming pool. The reporter's assignment was to interview a lifeguard. A young man... Full story

  • Lauriualt: Christians should be witnesses of Jesus' presence in their lives

    Leonard Lauriault Local columnist|Jul 10, 2012

    Here's a riddle for ya (don't worry, I'll give the answer): How can someone run all four red lights in an intersection in one maneuver? Sound impossible? It's not (at least, that's what I think). While on vacation recently in another state, I had missed my destination and needed to turn around when I came upon a secluded intersection with a lot of space. So, I made a U-turn from a green arrow, but by the time I cleared the intersection, I had passed three red lights and my original green arrow had turned red (it was a very short light indeed).... Full story

  • Letter to the editor: Old health system was not working

    Jul 10, 2012

    The article "Obama care threat to insurers" is the usual approach used by conservatives to discredit the Affordable Health Care Act. The act's enemies have not been able to make an honest case against it nor has there been an alternative plan to oppose it. State Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Texico, said "This law is a solution to a problem, which is not as wide spread as they have led us to believe." Under our old system 30,000-plus people died per year due to being unable to have insurance. The insurance companies have had free rein to deny coverage,...