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Articles from the July 17, 2012 edition


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  • Editorial: Quick sale may not be in state's best interest

    Albuquerque Journal|Jul 17, 2012

    At first blush, it might sound like a good idea to unload the state's supercomputer, Encanto, as a symbol of Gov. Bill Richardson-era excess, a la the state jet. After all, it supposedly can't pay its bills, and its once lofty ranking of third-fastest in the world has slipped out of the top 100. But just as Gov. Susana Martinez found an experienced broker with the right connections to get the best possible deal for the jet — $2.5 million six years after it had been purchased for $5.5 million, and saving the state almost $500k annually in o...

  • Mr. Wood was a true role model

    Karl Terry CMI columnist|Jul 17, 2012

    Portales lost one of the most kind and gentle men it has ever known this past week and heaven has inherited a wonderful grade school principal with the passing of Morris Wood. He was my grade school principal and I guess I didn't know a lot about the man until I read his obituary. I knew he had been an athlete and a good basketball player in his day. I didn't know that he'd been part of a Floyd basketball team that had won a big state championship in 1935. I didn't know he was in the New Mexico Athletic Hall of Fame or that he had played in... Full story

  • Police blotter - July 18

    Jul 17, 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 12:29 a.m., a woman reported a burglary at a residence on the 700 block of W. Escuela Avenue. - At 1:39 a.m., a man reported a fight at a lounge on the 800 block of W. Route 66. - At 7:11 a.m., a woman reported a stolen vehicle at a residence on the 2500 block of S. Third Street. - At 11:56 a.m., a man reported a disturbance on the 600 block of E. Oak Avenue. - At 12:43 p.m., a man visited the...

  • Our page - July 18

    Jul 17, 2012

    Birthday Anaya Maaja Dawn Anaya turns 1 year old on July 21, 2012. Parents are Desaray and Gabriel. Brothers are Eric and Daymion. Grandparents are the late Dawn Urioste and Steve Urioste, also Carolyn Anaya and Albert Anaya. Celebration for her birthday will be a Sesame Street theme, one of her favorites with her family and friends. — Submitted by Carolyn Anaya...

  • Farmers market draws more than 160

    Jerrene Bradley QCS staff writer|Jul 17, 2012

    Quay County's farmers' market is held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10 a.m. on Saturdays at Wailes Park on east Tucumcari Boulevard. The Hayes family tables were full of fresh baked goods and vegetables. Baked goods and tie dye t-shirts were sold at this vendor's table. A big turn out of patrons for the market on Saturday. Tables full of all kinds of rolls and sweet breads. Market Manager Sheryl Gamberdella said there were 13 vendors and 165 patrons in attendance on Saturday. Here are some special events coming up, according to Gamberdella: -...

  • Former resident will compete in Olympics

    QCS Staff|Jul 17, 2012

    A former Tucumcari resident will take to the world's stage once again as she competes in the 2012 Olympics in London. Courtesy photo Amber Campbell, who lived in Tucumcari from 1983 to 1995, competed in volleyball, basketball and track and field at Tucumcari Middle School. Campbell will once again compete in the Olympics. Amber Campbell was preparing to compete in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, where she finished 21st in the women's hammer throw with a mark of 222 feet. The women's hammer is a 4 kilogram (8.8 lbs) steel ball on a 4-foot l...

  • Relatives to pay respects to Civil War veteran

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Jul 17, 2012

    More than a dozen great- and great-great-grandchildren will visit the grave site of their Civil War veteran relative Wednesday at Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery. Courtesy photo Alfred Shelby served in the Confederate Army as a sergeant in Company F of the 34th Texas Cavalry. Shelby died and was buried in Tucumcari in September 1914. QCS photo: Thomas Garcia Kenneth Glaze, an employee of Glaze Monument Company in Clovis, placed a military marker for Alfred Shelby on Sept. 7. Donna Scott, of Billings, Mont., will return to Tucumcari along with...

  • City to use federal grant for street projects

    Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer|Jul 17, 2012

    A $480,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development will pay for the replacement of water lines, service lines and street paving on several city streets. New water lines and meters will be installed from Main Street to Heman Avenue and Adams Street to Rock Island, also known as the Dobbs addition, said City Manager Doug Powers. Powers said water lines, meters and service lines will be installed all at the same time in an effort to complete the project efficiently for the city and the residence. He said in the past the... Full story

  • 4-H horse show draws 37 contestants

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Jul 17, 2012

    The annual State 4-H Horse Show and Rodeo will be held July 27-28 at the Quay County Fairgrounds. There are 37 contestants signed up for each day of the competition, said Tonya Hodges, rodeo secretary. Hodges said there was an early concern on the number of contestants who would sign up for this years rodeo. She said over the past few years the cost of traveling and lowered the number of entries for the annual event. Hodges said there was some discussion of a rodeo that had been sanctioned and scheduled at the same time in Las Cruces would... Full story

  • Benefit dinner features columnist

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Jul 17, 2012

    Local residents reach out to renowned poet Baxter Black in an effort to help veterinarian Jean P. Corey re-establish her practice in Quay County. A tragic fire on May 21, claimed the lives of more than 50 animals and damaged the Tucumcari Animal Hospital leaving Corey without a place to care for animals. In an effort to help Corey, a dinner and show featuring Cowboy Poet Baxter Black was organized for July 27 at the Quay County Fair Barn by the Friends of Tucumcari Animal Hospital. "We must not forget those animals who died in vain, nor those...

  • Publication honors local motel

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Jul 17, 2012

    An attention and dedication to nostalgic detail is why Tucumcari's Blue Swallow Motel was listed as a top 10 vintage motel in USA Today. "It's very exciting, to have been selected for this list," said Kevin Mueller, owner, Blue Swallow Motel. QCS Photo: Jerrene Bradley The Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari was recently named one of the top ten vintage motels in a USA Today Article. Mueller and his wife Nancy own and operate the Blue Swallow Motel, which was recently listed as one of 10 vintage motels in USA Today. The article was written by...

  • Youth program continues

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Jul 17, 2012

    A memorandum of understanding between the city of Tucumcari and Eastern Plains C.A.A. Inc. Head Start program will ensure a continuity of services for local youths. QCS Photo: Jerrene Bradley Kenia Cepeda, a teacher with Head Start reads with a group of infants Tuesday morning. QCS Photo: Jerrene Bradley These children are enjoying a break from their studies Tuesday morning at the Head Start program. A program like this is a large help to the youth of the community, by giving them an early start on their educational development, said Doug...

  • Students should consider post high school education

    Colin Taylor Guest columnist|Jul 17, 2012

    If you pick up most any tangible item you will see it was made in Mexico or China. More and more we see labor exported from the United States to countries where labor costs are cheaper. If you followed the GM bailout story a few years ago, it became obvious to all (including the labor unions) they would have to make deep cuts to remain a solvent company. GM could no longer pay a worker $100 per hour to turn a wrench when other foreign companies were building cars just as good, if not better, for cheaper. This resulted in new workers to GM...

  • Notes From a Church Lady: We are all winners in God's Olympic games

    Debra Whittington QCS columnist|Jul 17, 2012

    "I will run the way of thy commandments". Psalm 119:32 In a matter of days U.S. athletes will compete in the London Olympic Games. Each one has practiced long and hard in their event hoping to win a gold medal. There are numerous events, like track and field and gymnastics are well-known to the average spectator. However there were some like badminton and canoeing that are lesser known Olympic events. With all of these athletes, I know there will be at least one that will stand out due to their performance. Perhaps they will win several gold...

  • Coin-operated water machine replaced

    Jerrene Bradley QCS staff writer|Jul 17, 2012

    The coin-operated machine at Tucumcari's water pump station located at Third and Main streets has been replaced. QCS photo: Jerrene Bradley City water department employees Chris Gries and Michael Esquibel install the new money machine, which will accept more denominations of cash from customers. Officials said the machine quit working recently and a city employee had to fill farmers' and ranchers' water wagons. The new machine went into operation on Monday, still offering 50 gallons of water for a quarter. Water Department Superintendent... Full story

  • City, researchers collaborate on wastewater project

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Jul 17, 2012

    A wastewater reuse project will create job and research opportunities at the New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari. The project is a collaboration between the city and the science center, said City Manager Doug Powers. Powers said the wastewater, which has been processed and disinfected by the city's waster water treatment plant will be pumped to the science center in order for them to continue research at that location. He said the goal is to help keep jobs in Tucumcari and keep the center viable. This project...

  • Moncus: Hard to give up writing letters by hand

    Lynn Moncus QCS columnist|Jul 17, 2012

    Through the years, we have visited much about writing letters as well as the joy of receiving such missives. Although such correspondence has been taken over by various electronic inventions, some of us in the over-the-hill gang still like to use real paper, to walk to the mail box, and to retrieve letters from our friends at the end of that walk. Recently, an Aggie friend called to do a bit of visiting and began to complain about lack of personal letters in his life. He asked when I had last written such a letter. He seemed a little surprised...

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