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Articles from the September 4, 2012 edition

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  • My first ... concert

    Jerrene Bradley QCS staff writer|Sep 4, 2012

    We asked area residents about their first music concerts. This is what they said: • Stella Watson, 59, Tucumcari Ranch Supply: "My first concert was in Las Cruces at the Pan American Center. We saved our money for two months so we could go see Neil Diamond. It was great." • Patty Nelson, 45, employee at Security Finance: "My first concert was when I saw ZZ Top in Las Cruces at the Pan American Center. The lazer light show was the greatest. I was 18 years old." • Dody Nunez, 43, employee at Tucumcari Ranch Supply: "My first concert was in Las C... Full story

  • Music festival hits silver mark

    Benna Sayyed CMI staff writer|Sep 4, 2012

    The Clovis Music Festival turns 25 on Thursday, and according to Randy Petty, its almost quarter century of existence offers proof of the city's significant influence on rock 'n' roll. The Clovis Music Festival was started in 1987 by Vi Petty, widow of Clovis musician and record producer Norman Petty. It offers live music celebrating the city's rock 'n' roll heritage. Each year recording artists of national acclaim perform at the festival. The lead act this year is Chubby Checker. He performs at 7 p.m. Saturday. Event coordinator Courtney Gano... Full story

  • Senior Menus, Sept. 5

    Sep 4, 2012

    The following are the lunch menus for the upcoming week at the Tucumcari Senior Center. Thursday Hawaiian pork, tossed salad with dressing, whole wheat bread, strawberries and vanilla pudding. Friday Baked dill fish, corn and peppers, breadstick with margarine, pears, low fat yogurt. Monday Sloppy joe, parsley potatoes, mixed vegetables, pickle and onion slices, cottage cheese, pineapple salad. Tuesday Baked pork chop, rice pilaf, peas and carrots, dinner roll Jell-o w/strawberries. Wednesday Barbecue chicken thighs, creamy coleslaw, green...

  • At labor or rest, we must remember time is limited

    Sep 4, 2012

    Monday was Labor Day, signaling the end of summer. Although summer doesn't actually end until Sept. 22 this year, school started a little more than two weeks ago. While that's not very long, most students probably enjoyed Labor Day as a welcomed break or new lease on life (some children probably thought their life had ended when school started). Still, because Tucumcari has a four-day school week, and there's little room for time off, there's school this Friday to make up for the holiday. Life is like that. While no one knows exactly how much...

  • Fishing Report, Sept. 5

    Sep 4, 2012

    This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Cabresto Lake: The lake and campground closed May 14 and will stay closed for about six months while the dam is being rebuilt. Charette Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week. Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake...

  • Calendar, Sept. 5

    Sep 4, 2012

    Friday Lodgers' Tax Advisory Board at 5:30 p.m., Golf Course Quay County Commission at 9 a.m., Quay County Courthouse Monday Economic Development Corp. at 5:15 p.m., EDC Sept. 13 City Commission Work Session at 5 p.m., City Hall City Commission at 6 p.m., City Hall Sept. 19 Tucumcari/Quay Regional Emergency Communication Board at 10 a.m., City Hall Cemetery Advisory Board at Noon, City Hall Sept. 24 Quay County Commission at 9 a.m., Quay County Courthouse Library Advisory Board at 5:15 p.m., Library Sept. 25 City Finance Board at 10 a.m., City...

  • Our Page, Sept. 5

    Sep 4, 2012

    Strong Christa Grace Strong, daughter of Stan and Clair Strong, of Tucumcari, celebrated her 1st birthday on Aug. 10. She celebrated with her family and friends at the Elks Lodge of Tucumcari with a pool party and Watsons BBQ. The special guests who came where her grandparents, Robert and Gay Strong of Portales, along with lots of other family and friends. Her birthday theme was Hello Kitty and had a birthday cake made special by Dora Maes of Maes Special Occasions. Christa is loved and adored by her two brothers, Jaegar and Park and her two...

  • Rattlers start season off right

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Sep 4, 2012

    The Tucumcari Rattlers started the season Friday night with a 35-13 victory over the Raton Tigers at Rattler Stadium. The Rattlers did most of their damage on the ground, rushing 34 times for 275 yards and three touchdowns. Leading the way was Jeffery Cordova with 109 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. Zach Hurd added 95 yards on seven carries and a touchdown and Dillon Woods rushed 13 times for 65 yards. QCS photo: Thomas Garcia The Rattlers did most of their damage on the ground, rushing 34 times for 275 yards and three touchdowns....

  • Pet ownership not to be taken lightly

    Sep 4, 2012

    People love pets. Let me rephrase that; pets have a welcome place in many households around the country. Approximately 1/3 of all homes in the U.S. have a cat or dog. It is a common response when students are asked why they chose to go into the veterinary medicine or vet tech professions, to say, "I just love little animals!" Psychologically it is possible for some humans to literally "love animals." They can develop an extreme attachment to them or, more likely, to one individual pet be it a dog, cat or horse. I would guess the preponderance... Full story

  • Pioneers didn't have our luxuries

    Sep 4, 2012

    I admire our country's 19th century pioneers for a lot of reasons. Facing down wild Indians, working hard and plowing with mules, cooking on a wood stove, communicating without Facebook and otherwise living life large. But stop some day when it's 105 degrees outside and wonder how they ever made do without air conditioning. All I can say is I'm pretty weak compared to my forefathers. This past week or so it became clear just how spoiled I am. First I cranked up the old evaporative coolers at the Merchants Building at the fairgrounds. Those...

  • Editorial: Horse abuse prosecution needs teeth

    Sep 4, 2012

    Jess A Zoomin should have run in Monday's $2.4 million All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. But instead of racing for one of the sport's richest purses, the 2-year-old sorrel gelding had to be euthanized on Aug. 17 after breaking down at a race at the Ruidoso track. Jess A Zoomin had been the second-fastest qualifier for the Futurity and was one of nine horses that tested positive for the illegal Class A drug dermorphin during May 25 trials for upcoming high-stakes races. Five of those horses, including Jess A Zoomin, were trained by the sam...

  • Clovis coach gets record 311th win

    Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer|Sep 4, 2012

    CLOVIS — As junior Steven Beckum plunged into the end zone, the cannon exploded for one final time Friday night in the south end zone of Leon Williams Stadium, and the only head coach Clovis has known since 1978 ascended to the top of the New Mexico wins list. In a game that quickly turned into a coronation of coach Eric Roanhaus, the Wildcats cruised by rebuilding Santa Fe Capital 55-0 in a game called midway through the third quarter. "I'm glad it's over," said Roanhaus, who has guided Clovis to 10 state titles and moved past Jim Bradley w... Full story

  • Clovis has remote possibility of Amtrak service

    Sep 4, 2012

    There's a remote possibility Amtrak could reroute passenger service through Clovis sometime within the next four years, according to a railroad spokesman. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said the railroad is working with government agencies to find funding for maintaining deteriorating track along current routes for its Southwest Chief. The train carries passengers daily between Chicago and Los Angeles. Magliari said decisions and financial commitments to keep the current route intact will be needed by the end of 2014. If they are not in place,...

  • Peanut producer honored

    Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer|Sep 4, 2012

    Sunland Peanuts Inc. of Portales was recognized as one of the top 100 privately-owned businesses in New Mexico last week at a luncheon in Albuquerque. The New Mexico Private 100 luncheon held Thursday was sponsored by Albuquerque businesses and recognized privately-owned businesses which largely impact New Mexico economy and create a high number of jobs. "We tend to lose sight of the fact that the smaller privately-owned businesses are the cornerstone, the baseline for employment in New Mexico," said Steven Keene, a regional partner with Moss... Full story

  • Coyote patrol helps dairies avoid losses

    Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer|Sep 4, 2012

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services division has saved dairy operations and others in Curry and Roosevelt counties an estimated $2 million through a program that captures and kills coyotes, according to USDA officials. Brian Archuleta, New Mexico southeast district supervisor for the USDA, said coyotes are an issue for dairies because they kill and injure calves. Archuleta said there was $7,000 worth of actual damage done to Roosevelt County dairy calves in the last fiscal year (July 2011-June 2012) and more than $31,000... Full story

  • Two hurt in head-on crash

    QCS staff|Sep 4, 2012

    A New Mexico State Police officer was treated for minor injuries after his state police unit was struck head-on Monday night by an erratic driver from Clovis on U.S. Highway 54 near Logan, said Capt. Jimmy Glascock. Glascock said officer Joshua Campos and Severino Chavez, 19, of Clovis, were taken to Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital. He said Campos was released a few hours later with minor injuries. Chavez sustained serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, Glascock said. Courtesy photo Officer Joshua Campos' patrol unit was struck head-on... Full story

  • Police Blotter - Sept. 5

    Sep 4, 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 2:27 a.m., a woman reported a domestic dispute on the 2300 block of S. First Street. At 10:54 a.m., a man reported a suspicious vehicle on the 100 block of N. Tenth Street. At 2:30 p.m., a man reported a suspicious man on the 300 block of E. Turner Avenue. At 4:10 p.m., a man went in to the Police Department on the 200 block of E. Center Street to report harassment. At 6:10 p.m., a man reported a...

  • Trip through county more than sightseeing

    Sep 4, 2012

    Our Sunday drives into the country are most necessary for mental health and also provide great opportunities to appreciate nature. Because of the drought, we have seen very little wildlife and limited numbers of colorful wild flowers. As a result, we tend to appreciate any of the animals and plants we see more than ever. Recently I was able to watch a deer as she grazed on some elm leaves. She remained calm for several minutes, allowing me to take a few pictures and to admire her beauty She then threw her head back, took a flying leap, and was...

  • Action group formed

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Sep 4, 2012

    A new countywide group is working to bring progressive change to the area through involvement in multiple agencies projects and events. Quay County Action Group, which consists of local residents, is making an effort to better inform the public of the powerful and positive steps our community leaders and citizens have been and will be making to improve the quality of life in Quay County, said Ellen White, secretary. White said the group works to promote the progressive strides made by local entities and residents. She said one of these strides... Full story

  • School menus - Sept. 5

    Sep 4, 2012

    The following are the menus for schools in Quay County. Logan Monday Breakfast: Breakfast pizza, cereal, fruit, juice, milk. Lunch: Hot dogs, pork chop, macaroni and cheese, salad/veggies, dessert, milk. Tuesday Breakfast: Pancake on a stick, cereal, fruit, juice, milk. Lunch: Tacos hard or soft, beans or rice, taco garnish, red, white and blue chips, salsa, fruit, milk. Wednesday Breakfast: Baked cheese sticks, cereal, fruit, juice, milk. Lunch: Pizza, breadsticks and sauce, salad/veggies, fruit, milk. Thursday Breakfast: Yogurt, oatmeal,...

  • Rattlers seek improvements in Week 2

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Sep 4, 2012

    The Tucumcari Rattlers will be looking to limit mistakes in their second game of the season against (0-1) New Mexico Military Institute. "We need to cut down on the mistakes and missed assignments," said Wayne Ferguson, Rattlers head football coach. Ferguson said the Rattlers (1-0) will be looking for a different game style from the Colts on Friday night, one week after a 35-13 win over Raton. He said the Colts threw the ball quite a bit, though that was primarily due to them falling behind early in their 49-14 loss to Hatch Valley. Ferguson sa...

  • Local help sought

    Special to the QCS|Sep 4, 2012

    The Extension Association of Quay County will be hosting a time for communities to come together to make a gesture of helping others by making "Care Bags" for patients. The event will be held 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Quay County Fair Building. Each "Care Bag" will contain items that will help make individual treatment time more comfortable: caps/ turbans/ or scarves, gloves, and non-slip socks; journals, game-books, notepads, pens, and pencils; small unscented lotion packets; lip-balm and lemon-drops/mints, calendars to keep track of... Full story

  • Slice of life: Hustle and bustle of a busy day

    Sep 4, 2012

    I spent 30 minutes Tuesday morning at the corner of Adams Street and Aber Street, watching life pass in front me. Here's what I saw: Phil and Yetta Bidegain were seen pulling out of the post office after getting their mail. Juanita Curry, Dennis Hendren and Bobby Dominguez all went in the post office for their mail. Kenny Bell came out of Tucumcari Lumber carrying supplies. A state police car turned onto First Street headed south. Carl Unruh came out of the post office carrying a big package. Tucumcari Lumber Company employee was seen moving...