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  • Quay County Fair schedule

    Aug 14, 2012

    Wednesday Entries in all deparments 8 a.m. — Departments open to receive entries Noon — Entry Deadline: Home arts sweepstakes applications due, agriculture products, rabbits poultry, commercial exhibits, all booths and flower show Noon to 5 p.m. — Home Arts and Flower Exhibits closed for judging 5 p.m. — FAIR OPENS 5 p.m. — Shepherd's Lead Contest (Show Arena) Followed by Swine Show (Show Arena) Thursday 9 a.m. to noon — 4-H Dog Show (Show Arena) TBA — Beef Showmanship Clinic 1 p.m. — 4-H Make and Take puppets (North End) 5 p.m. — Goat Sho...

  • Notes from the Church lady: Good idea to take breaks from technology

    Debra Whittington QCS columnist|Aug 14, 2012

    "Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statues..." Technology is a wonderful thing which makes life easier for us (most of the time). Typing this column is much easier than writing it with pen and paper, and sending it by email is much easier, except the times one's computer fails to cooperate. When I started writing this column almost 20 years ago, I had to go to the office, type it out on the computer, print it out, and paste it on the template that would become the printed page. Now it is a matter of sending it out through email where new... Full story

  • Senior fitness program offered

    Staff reports|Aug 14, 2012

    The Quay County Extension Service and Mesalands Community College will offer the Strong Seniors Stay Young Program, an exercise program for middle-aged and older men and women in Tucumcari, starting Aug. 28. The 12-week session will be offered 9 a.m.-10 a.m Tuesdays and Thursdays at the college, and will be led by MCC Fitness Center Director Tom Morris and Quay County Home Extension Economist Brenda Bishop. Information and registration packets are available at the extension office, 216 E. Center St. Registration is $20 and requires a doctor's... Full story

  • Senior Olympic team competes at state games

    Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer|Aug 14, 2012

    Despite having half the number of its normal competitors, the Tucumcari Senior Olympic team won 16 medals at the State Senior Olympics in Las Cruces. "This year we only had five compete in the state games, and in the past we have had 10 or more seniors attend the event," said Jessica Elebario, director of senior programs at the Tucumcari Senior Citizens Center. Elebario said the Olympics help to promote healthy and active lifestyles to the seniors. She said it also gives them a sense of pride and confidence to represent their communities on...

  • Volleyball teams start practice

    Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer|Aug 14, 2012

    Area high school volleyball practices are in full swing this week in preparation of the 2012-2013 season. QCS photos: Thomas Garcia Lady Rattlers middle blocker Briana Molinas digs for the ball during Tuesday's practice at the Snake Pit. "We are excited to start off our season competing in the Eunice tournament," said Lady Rattlers head volleyball coach Lawrence Sena. Sena said the team has been working hard to improve their communication on the floor,a problem that plagued them last season. He said he knows his seniors will be strong leaders a... Full story

  • 'Texas' timeless tale for everyone

    Karl Terry CMI columnist|Aug 14, 2012

    It had been awhile since we'd all been to "Texas" and a recent trip to Palo Duro Canyon didn't disappoint. We had great weather, if anything it was a little too hot in the amphitheatre with its cozy, close-together seating and the trip was relaxing. My wife and I went to see the West Texas musical not long after we were married 30 years ago. The basic story of the struggle to settle the dusty, thorn-covered terrain of the Texas Panhandle was unchanged but the technical capabilities of the show and the talent of the cast has greatly increased....

  • Editorial: Football exciting sport, but filled with danger

    Clovis Media Inc|Aug 14, 2012

    If you're ready to play some football, make sure your safety gear fits properly, it's used properly and you pay close attention to the rules related to contact. One of our favorite sports can be dangerous, and it's attracting attention from those who want to protect us from ourselves. Lawmakers have already instituted rules by which we must abide, even in New Mexico. The 2010 state Legislature unanimously passed Senate Bill 1, which requires coaches to sit players who exhibit signs of concussions. Most high school and youth football coaches...

  • Senior menus - Aug. 15

    Aug 14, 2012

    The following are the menus for schools in Quay County. Logan Monday Breakfast: Baked cheese sticks, cereal, fruit, juice, milk. Lunch: Spaghetti with or without meat, breadsticks and sauce, green beans, salad, fruit, milk. Tuesday Breakfast: Breakfast pizza, cereal, fruit, juice, milk. Lunch: Hamburger/cheeseburger with all the trimmings, fries, fruit, milk. Wednesday Breakfast: Biscuits and gravy, cereal, fruit, juice, milk. Lunch: Chicken nuggets/strips, mashed potatoes and gravy, wheat roll, corn, salad, fruit, milk. Thursday Breakfast:... Full story

  • Slice of life: Farmer's Market

    Jerrene Bradley QCS reporter|Aug 14, 2012

    Farmer's Market QCS photo: Jerrene Bradley QCS reporter Jerrene Bradley spent 30 minutes Saturday morning at the corner of Route 66 and Lake Street. I spent 30 minutes on Saturday morning at the Farmer's Market, watching life pass in front of me. Here is what I saw: - People were walking through all the booths and visiting with their neighbors. - Martha Waters and Elizabeth Morris were carrying their bags of goodies. - Serena Gore was standing by one of the picnic tables visiting with others. - Boots and Janet McCoy were wandering through the... Full story

  • Quay County all-stars finish season with district title

    Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer|Aug 14, 2012

    The Quay County Senior League all-stars finish their year with a district championship and a state tournament appearance. "I am so proud of these guys. They were a very dedicated group, coach B.J. Molinas said. Molinas said the team lost their two state games, though he is so proud of the progress they made this year. Molinas said the players showed their dedication all summer long, a few quitting their jobs or switching jobs to accommodate practices and games. He said their dedicated parents got them to practices early and made the games as...

  • Comments from the Canyons: Exhibit features Rattler spirit

    Lynn Moncus QCS columnist|Aug 14, 2012

    If you didn't have time during Rattler Reunion to visit the special Rattler Exhibit at Tucumcari Historical Museum, you still have until the end of the month to enjoy it. Thanks to Elizabeth Morris, secretary of the Tucumcari Historical Institute Board, this exhibit was placed in the annex and contains an overview of school history often focusing on some of the decade classes that celebrated their special years at the reunion. She collected memorabilia from a number of people to represent the Rattler spirit. That collection includes rings,... Full story

  • Free certification training continues

    Special to the QCS|Aug 14, 2012

    The North American Wind Research and Training Center of Mesalands Community College will feature a one-semester occupational certificate in basic wind energy technology. A total of 28 students have received the certificate from Mesalands, including Orlando Encinias of Albuquerque. A May graduate, the 43-year-old Encinias oversees eight fulltime employees and 40 wind turbines as site supervisor at the High Lonesome Wind Farm in New Mexico. "I will put it this way; I don't think I would have ever gotten this position if I didn't go to that...

  • Police blotter - Aug. 15

    Aug 14, 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 3:02 a.m., a woman reported a burglary at a residence on the 1600 block of S. Jackson Street. - At 8:14 a.m., a woman went in to the Police Department on the 200 block of E. Center Street to report an assault. - At 10:18 a.m., a man reported a burglary at a residence on the 1600 block of S. Jackson Street. - At 11:46 a.m., an alarm was reported at a residence on the 1800 block of S. Sixth Street. -... Full story

  • Spay/neutering bus services 102 pets

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Aug 14, 2012

    Quay County residents are thankful to Santa Fe Humane Society's spay and neutering bus and the organizers of this weekends Dog and Cat health fair. QCS photos: Thomas Garcia Mychele Moody and Jennifer Toennies prep a dog for a neutering Friday afternoon aboard the Santa Fe Humane Society's mobile spay and neutering clinic. "I think it is absolutely wonderful, Quay County needs this kind of service," said Norma Billiot. Billiot was at the Tucumcari Convention Center to pick up her 4-year-old dog Scrappy after his neutering surgery. She said ther... Full story

  • Teen wins country music contest

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Aug 14, 2012

    A Tucumcari teen won the Texaco Country Showdown Saturday night earning her an opportunity to compete at the State Fair at Albuquerque. QCS photos: Thomas Garcia Olana Romero, left, is caught off guard as she is announced as the winner of the local round of the Texaco Country Showdown. Romero holds runner up's Tegan Stewart's , center, hand as Charlie Morrison, general manager of KTNM hands her the winning certificate. "Thank you everyone, thank you from the bottom of my toes to the top of my crazy hair," said Olana Romero, contest winner. "I...

  • Water allocation withheld

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Aug 14, 2012

    The Arch Hurley Conservancy District is continuing to maintain and repair canals in hopes of future water allocations. There has not been a water allocation since 2009, which was only 2 inches out of a possible 42 inches, said manager Franklin McCasland. McCasland said the last time water was allocated the elevation of Conchas Lake was at 4,168 acre feet. He said the current elevation of the lake was at 4,157.1 acre feet, one acre foot less than last year. This has prompted New Mexico State Parks and the United States Army Corps of Engineers to...