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Articles from the August 28, 2012 edition


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  • Swallows won't be gone for very long

    Karl Terry CMI columnist|Aug 28, 2012

    Just when I was beginning to think it was safe to go out on the front porch again — they're back. Several years ago I wrote about the barn swallows nesting on my front porch and how I put up with the mess for the sake of the birds. After the birds migrated off that fall I removed the mud nest above the door and the following spring when they tried to rebuild it there I took it down until they gave up and moved to the other end of the porch. Several nests of swallows fledged from that much more desirable location over the years. Then last y...

  • Editorial: DWI laws need to be enforced, not increased

    Albuquerque Journal|Aug 28, 2012

    What happened to Aileen Smith as she drove through New Mexico on one of the happiest journeys in a woman's life is a mind-numbing tragedy. But adding to the state's DWI laws in the name of getting tough on repeat offenders won't prevent the same tragedy from happening to someone else — unless and until New Mexico enforces laws already on its books. Smith was seven months pregnant on that day in June, and driving from her home in Colorado Springs with her husband, Zach Smith, to a baby shower in San Diego. She and her unborn son, Dimitri, w...

  • Senior menus - Aug. 29

    Aug 28, 2012

    The following are the lunch menus for August 30- September 5 for the Tucumcari Senior Center. Thursday Tuna salad sandwich, wild rice, buttered squash, strawberry, banana, peach and cantaloupe. Friday Stuffed bell pepper, baked beans, carrots, biscuit, fruit cocktail. Monday Closed in observance of Labor Day. Tuesday Chicken salad, cheese and carrots sticks, sliced tomatoes, crackers, banana. Wednesday Beef fajitas, pinto beans with chili, salsa, flour tortilla, oatmeal cookie, peaches....

  • Parent committee meeting set

    Staff report|Aug 28, 2012

    The Class of 2017 Parent Committee will meet 5:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Tucumcari Public Schools Central Office. It is important that all parents attend this meeting. Information: Jerry Lopez, 403-9308; Susan Lease, 403-8803; Valerie Apodaca, 403-6525; or Lorinda Martinez, 403-7344....

  • Mesalands holds welcome back barbecue

    Jerrene Bradley QCS staff reporter|Aug 28, 2012

    QCS photo: Jerrene Bradley Mesalands Community College welcome back barbecue had a very good turnout by returning and first year students. Mesalands held their welcome back barbecue Wednesday with a good turnout of returning students and first-year students attending. - Jordan Minor, second-year student, is part of the rodeo team in calf roping and team roping. Minor said he hoped to win the Grand Canyon Regional competition again and make the College National Finals Rodeo. - Jessie Case, first-year student, is from Estancia. Case said family...

  • On the shelves - Aug. 29

    Aug 28, 2012

    The following books are available from the Tucumcari Public Library. For information call 461-0295. Fiction "Black List," by Brad Thor. If the counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath can discover who targeted him for death, he can prevent a terrorist attack. "I, Michael Bennett," by James Patterson. A New York detective takes refuge with his 10 children in an upstate cabin. "Backfire," by Catherine Coulter. The F.B.I. agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock investigate the murder of a judge. "The Fallen Angel," by Daniel Silva. Gabriel Allon,...

  • Chamber of commerce budget OK'd

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Aug 28, 2012

    With an outpouring of support from more than 50 residents the city commission approved the 2013 budget for the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce. Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the $35,500 budget for the chamber, which will come from Lodger's Tax funds. The $35,500 will cover the cost of national and international advertising and other related expenses. Patsy Gresham, chamber director, appeared before the commission Thursday to ask them to approve their budget and reconsider the recommendation of the Lodger's Tax Board, in...

  • Mesalands, UNM expand partnership

    Special to QCS|Aug 28, 2012

    Mildred P. Lovato, president of Mesalands Community College, and Jerónimo Dominguez, vice provost, distance education programs and services at the University of New Mexico, recently signed an agreement to expand the partnership between both institutions in order to better serve the community. The new agreement allows for an advisor on the Mesalands campus to assist students enrolling in UNM upper-division and graduate-level courses. Last year, Mesalands and UNM signed an agreement to offer bachelor's and master's degree completion programs... Full story

  • Animal ordinance up for commission vote

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Aug 28, 2012

    The Quay County Commission will vote on a proposed animal ordinance during its regular meeting Sept. 7. The commission meeting has been moved to 9 a.m., Sept 7 from Sept. 10, said County Manger Richard Primrose. Primrose said one of the items which will be on the agenda for that meeting is Ordinance 44, which will outline the county's animal control policy. He said the commission previously approved the introduction of the ordinance for the publics viewing before the meeting. This is a project which the commissioners have been working on for a...

  • Commissioners approve Route 66 museum

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Aug 28, 2012

    A local committee received approval from the Tucumcari City Commission to convert portions of the Tucumcari Convention Center into the New Mexico Route 66 Museum. QCS photo: Thomas Garcia Warren Frost shows the city commissioners a concept layout of the proposed race track and casino that if awarded to Tucumcari would be a potential home of the New Mexico Route 66 Museum. "Having a 501(c)3 allowed us to coin that name," said Warren Frost, a member of the museum committee. "No other museum in the state will be able to have that name." Frost...

  • Police blotter - Aug. 29

    Aug 28, 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 12:31 a.m., a woman reported an unwanted man at a hotel on the 4000 block of E. Route 66. - At 3:30 a.m., an alarm was reported at a business on the 100 block of W. Center Street. - At 8:25 a.m., a woman reported a burglary at a residence on the 1000 block of E. Whitemore Avenue. - At 8:52 p.m., an alarm was reported at a residence on the 1100 block of E. High Avenue. - At 2:26 p.m., an alarm was...

  • Senior menus - Aug. 29

    Aug 28, 2012

    The following are the lunch menus for August 30- September 5 for the Tucumcari Senior Center. Thursday Tuna salad sandwich, wild rice, buttered squash, strawberry, banana, peach and cantaloupe. Friday Stuffed bell pepper, baked beans, carrots, biscuit, fruit cocktail. Monday Closed in observance of Labor Day. Tuesday Chicken salad, cheese and carrots sticks, sliced tomatoes, crackers, banana. Wednesday Beef fajitas, pinto beans with chili, salsa, flour tortilla, oatmeal cookie, peaches....

  • Slice of life: Lunch and traveling

    Jerrene Bradley QCS reporter|Aug 28, 2012

    I spent 30 minutes Tuesday afternoon at the corner of First Street and Miel de Luna, watching life pass in front of me. Here's what I saw: QCS photo: Jerrene Bradley QCS reporter Jerrene Bradley spent 30 minutes Tuesday afternoon at the corner of First Street and Miel de Luna • Johnny Bruhn was headed north in his Escort pickup. - Pam King and Veronica Mares were at Sonic getting their afternoon drinks before going back to work. - Johnny Reid was going south on his way out to Discovery Inn to meet his wife Denise to have lunch. - Over at the E... Full story

  • School menus - Aug. 29

    Aug 28, 2012

    The following are the menus for schools in Quay County. Logan Tuesday Breakfast: Sausage rolls, cereal, fruit, juice, milk. Lunch: Chicken nuggets/strips, mashed potatoes/gravy, wheat rolls, corn, salad, fruit, milk. Wednesday Breakfast: Egg patties, bagel, cereal, fruit, juice, milk. Lunch: Grilled cheese/ham and cheese sandwich, tomato soup, chips, salsa, cold veggies, dessert, milk. Thursday Breakfast: Biscuit and gravy, cereal, fruit, juice, milk. Lunch: Enchiladas beef/chicken, beans, rice, salad, salsa, fruit, milk. Friday Lunch:...

  • Comments from the Canyons: Start of school special time

    Lynn Moncus Comments from the Canyons|Aug 28, 2012

    For those of us who enjoyed our school years, this is a special time as school begins. We were eager to meet our new teachers and to see all our friends again after a summer of work and or play. We were also eager to buy our school supplies and to receive our textbooks. Whether we needed a Big Chief tablet, notebook paper, pencils, pens or crayons, we wanted to see them as soon as possible and to begin to use them immediately. Just remember the feel of the paper in those tablets! The lines were wide so young hands could make their letters... Full story

  • Notes from the Church Lady: There is a season and time for everything

    Debra Whittington QCS columnist|Aug 28, 2012

    "To everything there is a season..." Ecclesiastes 3:1 Where did summer go? It seems as though we were just celebrating Memorial Day and already it is time for the last hurrah of summer with the approaching Labor Day holiday. We experienced an especially hot and dry summer and now many are predicting an early fall. Everywhere I go I hear about the drought that holds most of the country hostage. Is there no end in sight? Will our land ever be green and lush again? I think so. Recently I watched a show about the 1930s and was especially touched...

  • Tucumcari volunteer firefighter charged with DWI

    Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer|Aug 28, 2012

    A Tucumcari volunteer firefighter involved in a collision while responding to a fire call Sunday has been charged with driving while intoxicated. Edgar Shipley III, 36, failed to stop at a red light traveling north on First Street when his 2007 Jeep Wrangler collided in the intersection with a gray 2012 Dodge Challenger driven by Mario Rivera of Tucumcari, said New Mexico State Police Lt. Lance Bateman. Bateman said at 7:59 p.m., state police officers were summoned to the intersection of Tucumcari Boulevard and First Street in reference to a...

  • Letter to the editor: Important to look at candidate's history

    Aug 28, 2012

    When considering someone to fill a responsible position you have to carefully investigate their record. Let's look at GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's record. He supported Bush tax cuts for the rich. The tax cuts account for about half the deficit. He opposes ending the cuts. The Congressional Budget Office could not analyze Ryan's budget because there was no detail for thorough examination to back up his policy provisions. He stated in his budget that revenue was to go from 15 percent of Gross Domestic Product in 2010 to 19 percent...

  • Tumcumcari volunteer firefighter charged with DWI

    Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer qcsunonline com|Aug 28, 2012

    A Tucumcari volunteer firefighter involved in a collision while responding to a fire call Sunday has been charged with driving while intoxicated. Edgar Shipley III, 36, failed to stop at a red light traveling north on First Street when his 2007 Jeep Wrangler collided in the intersection with a gray 2012 Dodge Challenger driven by Mario Rivera of Tucumcari, said New Mexico State Police Lt. Lance Bateman. Bateman said at 7:59 p.m., state police officers were summoned to the intersection of Tucumcari Boulevard and First Street in reference to a... Full story

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