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Articles from the July 31, 2012 edition

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  • Notes from the church lady: Best course to stay as far from sin as possible

    Debra Whittington QCS columnist|Jul 31, 2012

    "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." 1 Peter 5:08 Imagine you are out for a casual ride without a care in the world and you come around a bend to discover a skunk right in the middle of the road! What do you do? Do you A: plow on ahead and run over that stinky varmint (after all he shouldn't be there)? What about Plan B: go off the road around him through the weeds? Finally there is Plan C: quickly turn around and go the opposite direction? Mark, Gracie and I... Full story

  • Tucumcari man recalls running in Olympics

    Kevin Wilson CMI STAFF WRITER|Jul 31, 2012

    There's always something for Tucumcari's Rex Maddaford to remember when a running of the summer Olympics comes to his television. CMI photo: Thomas Garcia Rex Maddaford, the course pro at the Tucumcari Municipal Golf Course, works on paperwork for the annual Vic Breen Memorial tournament. Maddaford, a member of New Zealand's 1968 Olympic team said he has a soft spot for track and field and New Zealand athletes but generally enjoys watching all events and participants. But the one thing that... Full story

  • Editorial: N.M. scientists' work should be applauded

    Albuquerque Journal|Jul 31, 2012

    If you needed further proof that New Mexico is a hotbed for scientific research, here it is. This week six researchers with New Mexico ties will be among 96 U.S. researchers to receive the 2011 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor awarded by the U.S. government to scientists and engineers in the early stages of their research careers. Among the six is 29-year-old Francis McCubbin, a geochemist and a senior research scientist whose work at the University of New Mexico's Institute of Meteoritics...

  • Reunions get better with time

    Karl Terry QCS columnist|Jul 31, 2012

    It's been 35 years since the Portales High School class of 1977 graduated but after a quick reunion in Ruidoso this past weekend it's clear the personalities are the same. I never would have guessed my class would have held four reunions by our 35th year but we wound up having a 10th, 20th, 30th and now 35th. Most classes would have hit the 20th and 30th and called it good. We're still overachieving though. Granted, having this one on a five-year cycle instead of 10 and holding it out of town limited the number of folks that attended but it... Full story

  • 2012 4-H rodeo and horse show results

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Jul 31, 2012

    The 51st annual state 4-H rodeo and horse show was a success despite a lower number of contestants compared to past years, said Brenda Bishop, Quay County extension agent. Bishop said here were 37 contestants enrolled in the horse show and 40 in the rodeo contest at Quay County Fairgrounds. She said rodeo helps to generate money to help cover the expenses of events the members of the Quay County 4-H attend. "I was pleased that there were about the same number of entries as their was last year," Jenny Vance, horse show superintendent. Vance... Full story

  • Press release: Xcel asks customers curb electricity use

    Jul 31, 2012

    AMARILLO, Texas – Xcel Energy is asking electricity customers in its Texas and New Mexico service territory to conserve energy because of expected high electricity demand and an unplanned generation outage. Extremely high electricity demand across a wide region has tightened power supplies, and a major Xcel Energy generating unit is down for unplanned repairs until later this evening. The utility company urges consumers to limit their power use through 7 p.m. in order to reduce the strain on the power grid. Xcel Energy should produce enough p... Full story

  • Power company confident it will meet demands

    Gabriel Monte CMI staff writer|Jul 31, 2012

    An Xcel Energy spokesman says the utility company is confident it will be able to meet power demands today one day after asking customers to conserve energy. Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said the company issued the alert after a power generator in Texas was taken off-line for maintenance on Monday when tubes in a boiler ruptured and needed replacing. Reeves said the utility was able to meet power demands on Tuesday without outages but issued an alert to consumers to scale back power use. Xcel Energy serves 17,000 customers in eastern New...

  • Rodeo team members earn academic honors

    Special to QCS|Jul 31, 2012

    Mesalands Community College announced their 2012 Academic All-American rodeo recipients: Bailey Bates of Mexican Springs, Macy Fuller of Clarkston, Wash.; Hayden Moore of Clovis and Fran Orozco-Marchand of Omak, Wash. Courtesy photo: Dan Hubbell Photography Macy Fuller at the 2012 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. Fuller was crowned CNFR Rookie of the Year and is a 2012 Academic All-American recipient. This honor is bestowed to students that have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average and qualified for the 2012 College National Finals...

  • Q&A: Superintendent stresses college readiness

    Compiled by QCS staff|Jul 31, 2012

    Colin Taylor is the new superintendant of the San Jon Public School system for the upcoming school year. He replaces Gary Salazar, who retired. Taylor What was your previos job, and what position did you hold? A: I was the high school pricipal at Valencia What drew you to the San Jon schools? I was happy where I was at, but when I came to San Jon it seemed like the place for me to be. What programs do you want to continue or improve upon at the school? San Jon has a rating of a C across the board (on standardizedtests). I want to make sure all...

  • Former Logan principal honored

    Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer|Jul 31, 2012

    Met Life and the New Mexico Association of Secondary School Principals selected Logan school's former principal for the state's principal of the year award. QCS staff photo: Thomas Garcia Garry Miller stands with his plaque which he was awarded on July 25 in Albuquerque for being selected as the state principal of the year. Gary Miller, now principal of Clayton Municipal Schools, received the award for his achievements and recognition from his peers from his nine years service as principal at Logan (2003-2012). Miller received his award July...

  • City orders cleanup

    QCS staff|Jul 31, 2012

    A citywide clean up for the Rattler Reunion this weekend would show the alumni coming back home that residents still care about their community still cares, according to city code enforcement officer Veronica Sandy According to Sandy; - It is the city ordinance that everyone's property should stay clean from the curb to the alley. - When there is a violation a letter is sent out first giving 10 days to comply with the city's ordinance. - Failure to comply will result in a citation - Next step you will go to court and the judge will decide the... Full story

  • Comments from the Canyons: Reunion offers chance to relive memories

    Lynn Moncus QCS columnist|Jul 31, 2012

    Welcome home, Rattler alumni! This first weekend in August has been a special time for 50 years as we have celebrated our education from the Tucumcari Public Schools. From many parts of the world, former Rattlers have returned to Tucumcari to be with friends and families to remember our school years and to renew friendships. Obviously, we are proud of the education we received here and are pleased to gather each year to honor and share our memories. As we wander from group to group, we hear much laughter as people recall their experiences at...

  • Firm hired to study industry growth

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Jul 31, 2012

    The city of Tucumcari hired an Albuquerque-based engineering firm to conduct a preliminary engineering report for future industrial growth. City commissioners voted unanimously to approve an agreement for engineering services with Forsgren Associates, Inc. This type of report will identify the current infrastructure located on 250 acres South of Tucumcari Boulevard and east of South Mountain Road, said Misty Gulley, project coordinator the city's development division. The area has been slated by the Quay County Gaming Authority and city... Full story

  • Slice of life: Route 66 and Second Street

    Jerrene Bradley QCS staff|Jul 31, 2012

    I spent 30 minutes on Monday afternoon at the corner of Route 66 and Second Street, watching life pass in front of me. QCS photo: Jerrene Bradley QCS reporter Jerrene Bradley spent 30 minutes Tuesday morning at the corner of Route 66 and Second Street. Here is what I saw: - Customers at the First National Bank of New Mexico were pulling into the drive through making their deposits or withdrawals for the day. - Several tourists had gone shopping at the Lowe's grocery store, bringing out a couple of bags of groceries. - Employees of the grocery...

  • City to use grant to cap, close landfill

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Jul 31, 2012

    A solid waste facility grant from the New Mexico Environmental Department Solid Waste Bureau will help the city close and cap the old landfill. "We are extremely lucky to have received the $133,268 from the solid waste bureau," City Manager Doug Powers said. Powers said there was only $700,000 available from the bureau, which had received more than $3 million worth of request from around the state. Powers said not only does the city have to meet the requirements to close the landfill to prevent seepage or potential ground water contamination,...

  • Logan Schools hire principal, superintendent

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Jul 31, 2012

    There will be two new faces in administration at Logan Municipal Schools when the school year begins. Johnnie Cain is the new school superintended, replacing Richard Hazen, who retired. Craig Terry is the new principal. "Taking this job has brought me closer to home," Cain said. "I look forward to continuing and improving the school's strong academic and sports programs." Cain said he previously served as the superintendent of Vaughn Schools and took the position in Logan for its good reputation in academics and sport. He said he was raised in...

  • Food bank director hospitalized

    CMI staff|Jul 31, 2012

    Nancy Taylor Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico Executive Director Nancy Taylor has been hospitalized in critical condition, food bank board President Allan Isbell said on Tuesday. Isbell said Taylor had returned home Sunday after riding horses with friends, woke sometime during the night and complained of pain. She was taken to Plains Regional Medical Center and later transferred to the intensive care unit at Lubbock Covenant Hospital. Isbell said friends and family who are with Taylor said she... Full story

  • Press release: Farmers Electric declares energy alert

    Jul 31, 2012

    High electricity demand has led Farmers Electric Cooperative (FEC) to declare an Energy Alert within its service area. FEC is urging members to cut back on their use of electricity, each evening, until 8 p.m. FEC declares an Energy Alert only when a reduction in electricity use is urgently needed to maintain the electrical system and service to their members. Electricity demand could exceed the amount of power supplied to FEC unless members cut back on their use. Failure of voluntary reduction in electric demand could result in controlled...