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Articles from the September 6, 2017 edition


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  • Tucumcari man charged with murder

    Thomas Garcia, QCS Senior Writer|Sep 6, 2017

    A Tucumcari man has been arrested and charged with murder following a homicide investigation Tuesday by New Mexico State Police in Tucumcari. Christopher Bamberg, 46, is charged with one count of murder following his arrest in connection to a fatal shooting of Justin Hoth in the 400 block of North College Street in Tucumcari. Hoth and a female lived in their recreational vehicle on his property for the last two months, according to a release from Carl Christiansen, NMSP spokesman. State police...

  • Pages Past - Sept. 1967

    Sep 6, 2017

    • Ernest Ballard was named manager of Tucumcari’s Foodway grocery store • Herman Moncus, president of the Tucumcari Historical Research Institute, accepted the deed to the old central school building which was converted into the Tucumcari Historical Museum. • Future Teachers of America held the first annual Miss San Jon Pageant. Contestants were: Shirley Koonsman, Ann Wood, Kay Terry, Celeste Tomlinson, Pam Wooten, Shirley Garrett, Rayma Terry, Janie Stone, Carol Ayres, Debbie Porter, Linda Purcell, Diane Cornelius, Rosie Diaz and Carolyn...

  • Lauriault: God's requests will never surpass your ability

    Sep 6, 2017

    School has started so watch out for the young’uns as they walk to school or wait for the bus. As we’re getting back into the swing of things, particularly, trying to be ready when the bus comes, I’m reminded of an incident that took place near the end of the last school year. We were under a plague of flies and while waiting for the bus one morning, our grandson came to me and stated proudly and with determination, “I crushed one of those big flies; one down, a lot to go!” That reminded me of a sermon illustration I heard years ago: A little...

  • Residents take trip to help Harvey victims

    David Grieder|Sep 6, 2017

    PORTALES - Tyler Lucas intended to bring a single small trailer of supplies for the hurricane-stricken communities on the Texas Gulf Coast. He started that effort Thursday morning, and by Sunday evening he and four others departed for Houston hauling about 40,000 pounds of water and food. "I said if I was going to go down there I might as well take some supplies with me, and it kind of just blew up from there," said Lucas, a Clovis firefighter. "I was definitely surprised by the support we got...

  • Wilson: Great deeds don't need PR campaign

    Sep 6, 2017

    “The purest form of giving is anonymous to anonymous. We gon’ make it there, I promise this.” — Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, “Nickels and Dimes” I wasn’t sure what to say about Monday, when a Clovis teenager walked into Clovis-Carver Public Library with a pair of handguns, and exacted revenge for who-knows-what against people he’d never met — fatally shooting two beloved librarians and injuring four others. There’s a helpless feeling knowing my words won’t matter — and it pains somebody who has built a career on words mattering to admit that. We...

  • Not so random acts

    Kevin Wilson|Sep 6, 2017

    CLOVIS - Trae Clark believes in random acts, and he does them whenever he can. But he thinks the act he just finished Sunday wasn't random at all. The intricate series of events that put a jersey in his hands and Air Force-flown flags in two others, Clark said, all came together for a reason. "This is all God," Clark said. "This started at a Bible study." The Tennessee Titans website and social media accounts include clips of a flag presented to receiver and former Clovis High athlete Rishard...

  • Strand, Greyhounds pull upset over No. 18 Southwest Baptist

    Jamie Cushman|Sep 6, 2017

    PORTALES - A 20-yard run by Eastern New Mexico University quarterback Wyatt Strand on fourth-and-12 set up a game-winning 41-yard field goal by Bailey Hale with just seven seconds remaining to complete the Greyhounds 23-21 victory over No. 18 Southwest Baptist in their season opener. ENMU (1-0) looked down-and-out when the Bearcats stopped a fourth-and-2 run by running back Kamal Cass and took over at the Greyhounds 19-yard line with three minutes left to play. That was before ENMU's defense...

  • Logan claims win in Tucumcari invite

    Thomas Garcia|Sep 6, 2017

    Redemption and a tournament championship are two perks the Logan Lady Longhorns earned Saturday during the Lady Rattlers' volleyball tournament a the Snake Pit. The Lady Longhorns' 3-2 championship win over the Santa Fe Waldorf Lady Wolves was hard fought and will give the girls confidence as the season progresses, said Robert Young, Lady Longhorns head coach. "You can see the improvement we have made from last year," said Kylee Foote, Lady Longhorn outside hitter. Foote said against the Lady...

  • Football roundup: Rattlers look to build off win

    Thomas Garcia|Sep 6, 2017

    The Tucumcari Rattlers will try to carry over the momentum from Saturday's road win into their Friday night home game against the Estancia Bears. The Rattlers (1-1) are coming off a 39-23 victory over the Albuquerque Academy Chargers. Tucumcari's offense produced a balanced 371 yards of total offense, with 180 passing and 191 rushing. Senior full back Xavier Garcia led the Rattler backfield with 134 yards and two touchdowns. Rattler quarterback junior Casey Carter connected with three different...

  • Menus - Sept. 6

    Sep 6, 2017

    The following are the menus for the Tucumcari and Logan senior centers and schools in Quay County for today through Sept. 13: Quay County Schools Logan Thursday Breakfast: Mini waffles, cereal, milk, juice Lunch: Chicken fried steak sandwich, fries, salad, fruit, milk Monday Breakfast: Breakfast pizza, cereal, milk, juice Lunch: Grilled cheese sandwich, tomato soup, salad, fruit, milk Tuesday Breakfast: Biscuit with jelly, cereal, milk, juice Lunch: Chicken fajitas, beans, rice, salad, fruit, milk Wednesday Breakfast: Eddy’s morning roll, cerea...

  • Fishing report - Sept. 6

    Sep 6, 2017

    The fishing report has been generated from the best information available from Department of Game and Fish officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, however, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Blue Hole Park Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week. Clayton Lake: Fishing was slow and fishing pressure was very light. The boat ramp is now open. Conchas Lake: The lake came up about eight feet this past week and fishing slowed considerably. A few largemouth...

  • Police blotter - Sept. 6

    Sep 6, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the Quay County Detention Center Aug. 26-Sept. 1: • Leon Holbrook, 42, warrant • Marcos Martinez, 30, battery upon a peace officer • Michael Martinez, 46, warrant • Sonny McKinney, 54, warrant • Whitney Sword, 25, distribution of marijuana • Dino Arellano, 41, warrant • Mario Armijo, 47, warrant • Fritz Barreras, 33, warrant • Kelly Casteel, 39, battery against a household member • Seth Chavez, 29, warrant • Matthew Howell, 26, warrant • Nikolas Molina, 20, resisting, evading or obstructing an offic...

  • MainStreet receives $16K grant

    Thomas Garcia|Sep 6, 2017

    Tucumcari MainStreet's efforts to revitalize the downtown attractions of the city got a $16,000 boost thanks to a grant from a local bank and its partners. The $16,000 grant funds were presented to Gail Houser, executive director of the Tucumcari MainStreet Corporation on Aug. 30, by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas and Tucumcari Federal Savings and Loan Association. "These funds will go a long way to helping improve the downtown attractions of Tucumcari," Houser said. This partnership grant...

  • Holding budget hostage for wall makes no sense

    Sep 6, 2017

    Last week, President Trump raised the possibility of shutting down the federal government unless Congress agrees to fund his “big, beautiful border wall” along the 1,989-mile U.S.-Mexico border — a wall he still says Mexico will pay for, despite repeated denials by the Mexican government. There’s little question border security is as important as it is non-existent. Border states like New Mexico that are dealing with drugs and crime know that better than anyone. But New Mexico is also highly dependent on federal jobs, and our workforce also kn...

  • Hansen: It's always good to be home

    Sep 6, 2017

    By the time this column is published, I will be back from California. As I write, I haven’t left yet. You can make the drive to where I’m going, a few miles short of Los Angeles proper, in one hard day, which is what I intend to do. I’ve got some old friends who make an annual visit worth the effort, while reminding myself of why I left the smog-tarnished Golden State in the first place. As hot weather fades in our corner of New Mexico, it is just starting in the inland valleys near Los Angeles. I have one outdoor event to attend and my cell...

  • Render: Press still doesn't understand Trump's draw

    Sep 6, 2017

    Whenever you see footage of our vaunted prime-time news reporters visiting a combat zone, take careful note of what they wear. For some reason they seem to believe that one item of clothing that is required to be a real honest to goodness combat correspondent is a shirt with epaulettes. Even better than that is some sort of bush jacket with the same accessory. Always conscience of the importance of appearances, reporters feel the need to look the part. Image is everything to reporters, and that may be why they ambushed First Lady Melania Trump...

  • Former county resident experiences Harvey's brunt

    Thomas Garcia|Sep 6, 2017

    After years of living in eastern New Mexico's climate, former Nara Visa resident could not believe the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which forced her family to evacuate their home. "I told my fiancé, 'I'm from New Mexico, I've never seen this much water at one time,'" said Dessaray Padilla, now of Baytown, Texas. Padilla, who moved from Nara Visa in 1998, said she is currently living in Baytown with her fiancee, Austin Wilson. She said the couple has been staying at the home of Wilson's...

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