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  • Help sought on storage burglaries

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Sep 25, 2012

    The Tucumcari Police Department and Crime Stoppers are seeking the public's help in solving a burglary at local storage unit complex. On Monday, officers responded to a report of a burglary at Bell Storage units in the 1500 block of West Route 66, said Jason Braziel, chief of police. Braziel said more than 12 units had been damaged, eight of those being entered. He said the amount of the items stolen or the cost of the damage done to the units is not determined. QCS photo: Thomas Garcia Kenny Bell stands outside his storage unit, which was one...

  • Foul play suspected in woman's disappearance

    CMI staff|Sep 25, 2012

    New Mexico State Police say they suspect foul play in the disappearance of Kimberly Draman, 53, of Tucumcari, missing since Sept. 13. Lt. Matt Broom declined to discuss details Tuesday regarding the suspicions of investigating officers. He did say investigators haven't received any tips and he renewed an appeal to the public for help in the case. Draman was last seen in the company of Frank Keller, 45, of Tucumcari, according to Broom. Keller Broom said Keller hasn't been charged in connection with Draman's disappearance. Keller, a convicted... Full story

  • Two plead, four to face charges in boating accident

    QCS staff|Sep 25, 2012

    Two Clovis residents have pleaded guilty and four others have been bound over for trial in district court on felony charges connected to what police say was an underage drinking party on Ute Lake resulting in critical injuries to their friend, Shaina Pool of Clovis. Gibbons - Holt - Maes Orozco - Denton - Norris Pool, who fell from a boat and was struck by the propeller, remains hospitalized. Kendra Gibbons and Tre Orozco, both 18, pleaded guilty Sept. 12 in Quay County Magistrate Court to possession of alcohol by a minor as part of a deal...

  • Air Tour set for Friday

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Sep 25, 2012

    The New Mexico Centennial celebration air tour will arrive in Tucumcari on Friday as part of a month long Centennial aviation celebration. The tour of about 30 aircraft will land at the Tucumcari Municipal Airport for the third stop on a weekend air tour, said Joyce Woods, co-director, New Mexico Pilots Association Woods said this stop in Tucumcari will celebrate the New Mexico Centennial and the recent renovation of the Tucumcari Municipal Airport terminal. She said the public is invited to come out to the airport to see the terminal since... Full story

  • Fired Up set for Saturday

    QCS staff|Sep 25, 2012

    The second annual Fired Up will run 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday at the Tucumcari Train Depot. So far this year there are about 30 venders selling foods, coffee, clothes and even a massage chair booth. Eastern New Mexico Blue Grass will be playing music starting at 4:45 p.m. and again at 5:40 p.m. Presentation of Colors/Union Pacific presentation will be held at 5:15 p.m. followed by ODDLAB Fire performances at 6:40 p.m. and again at 7:45 p.m. The Coyote Blue Band out of Albuquerque will be playing at 7 p.m. and again at 8:05 p.m. Blacksmithing...

  • New Business: Outer Limits

    Sep 25, 2012

    Outer Limits Alex Torres and Jacquely Lopez are co-owners of the Outer Limits Clothing store. They said they opened on Sept. 17. Location: 818 E. Route 66 Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon through 5 p.m. on Sundays. What they have: Clothing for babies, teens and adult sizes up to 3X. Dresses for all occasions, T-shirts, jeans, caps and jewelry. Jerrene Bradley writes about Quay County businesses and their employees. Contact her at: [email protected]... Full story

  • Sunland issues recall

    CMI staff|Sep 25, 2012

    Sunland, Inc. has issued a recall for more than six dozen types of peanut butter and almond butter over concerns of linkage to a salmonella outbreak at Trader Joe's groceries. The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked 29 salmonella instances in 18 states to Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter — manufactured by the Sunland plant in Portales. The voluntary recall is on many of Sunland's almond butter and peanut butter products produced since May 1. Only the Trader Joe's creamy s... Full story

  • Commissioner approve roofing bid

    QCS staff|Sep 25, 2012

    The Quay County Commissioners met in regular session at 9 a.m., Friday at the Quay County Courthouse. - Commissioners accepted a roofing bid for Rural Fire Department 13-01. The project should be done by mid-November said Donald Adams, county fire marshal. Adams said the fire truck for this station is currently being housed at the sub-station. - Approved the 2012-2013-library board budget of $1,500. Judy Ross was appointed as the county representative for the library board - Approved a resolution adopting the Infrastructure Capital Improvement...

  • Calendar: Sept. 26, 2012

    Sep 25, 2012

    Thursday Housing Authority Board at 5 p.m., City Hall City Commission at 6 p.m., City Hall Service clubs Altrusa Club of Tucumcari: First and third Wednesday of each month, noon, Pow Wow Restaurant, 801 W. Route 66. Call 461-1377. American Legion Auxiliary: Bingo, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Bingo Hall, 100 S. Eight St., Logan. Call 487-3910. Tucumcari Kiwanis Club: Noon each Wednesday, Pow Wow Restaurant, 801 W. Route 66. Call 461-3715. Tucumcari Rotary Club: Noon each Thursday at Pow Wow Restaurant, 801 W. Route 66. Call 505-980-7925 or 575-403-7735....

  • Police Blotter: Sept. 26, 2012

    Sep 25, 2012

    The following is a sampling of calls received by central dispatch for Quay County, based at the Tucumcari Police Department. Thursday - At 11:27 a.m., a man was arrested for a warrant at a fuel station on the 600 block of E. Route 66. The man was taken to the Quay County Detention Center. - At 1:04 p.m., a woman reported a theft at a residence on the 500 block of W, Hines Avenue. - At 2:07 p.m., a man was arrested for a probation violation on the 200 block of Sky Street. The man was taken to QCDC. - At 2:13 p.m., a woman reported a theft at a r...

  • Reception slated to honor senator

    Sep 25, 2012

    The Tucumcari Quay County Chamber of Commerce will be holding a reception For retiring state Sen. Clinton Harden at 5 p.m.,- 6:30 p.m., Friday at the Liberty Room of the Tucumcari Convention Center. The ceremony is to thank Harden for his representation of Quay County over the last 10 years. Rancher Pat Woods of Broadview is running unopposed for Harden's seat....

  • Our Page Items: Sept. 26, 2012

    Sep 25, 2012

    Birthdays Eddie Encinias Happy birthday coach, we love you Pops! — Submitted by family and friends. Engagements Martinez Deanna Alvarez, daughter of Larry Roybal Sr. and Lucinda Roybal and Isaias Alvarez, will marry Alex Anthony Martinez, son of Ramon and Theresa Martinez. The wedding will take place 11 a.m. Oct. 13 at St. Anne's Catholic Church. Both are University of New Mexico graduates. She is a supervisor at Lowes, Inc., and he works for Bernalillo County at Metropolitan Assessment Treatment Services. — Submitted by Larry and Lucinda Roy... Full story

  • Prayer decision has Portales officials concerned about other areas

    Christina Calloway CMI staff writer|Sep 25, 2012

    The controversial exclusion of coach-led prayer in Portales city league sports has sparked questions about prayer at other public and government-funded venues. According to league sorts Director Mike Doerr, coach-led prayer was eliminated to avoid possible legal issues as well as respecting the diversity represented in the league. The city council pauses for an invocation prayer before the start of their meetings. Mayor Sharon King said although it hasn't been discussed with other councilors, she's questioned if the council would still allowed...

  • EPCOG finishes long-delayed audits

    CMI STAFF|Sep 25, 2012

    CLOVIS — The Eastern Plains Council of Governments met Monday morning and approved the final round of overdue audits. With a few differences in details, the audit reports of the 2009, 2010 and 2011 fiscal years indicate poor accounting practices that either contributed to misuse of government-provided monies, or at least provided such opportunities. Established in 1972, EPCOG is a voluntary association of county and municipal governments in seven eastern New Mexico counties. Those counties pay annual dues to participate in EPCOG, which then a...

  • Q&A: State fair queen Stephanie Bailey likes sharing way of life

    Sep 25, 2012

    Broadview resident Stephanie Bailey is the first Curry County resident since 2005 to win the New Mexico State Fair queen title. She was among nine contestants. Bailey, 25, who was crowned 2013 New Mexico State Fair queen Saturday at the state fair in Albuquerque, will serve as ambassador of the fair to the public. Bailey spends her spare time singing gospel and country music, playing the guitar and leather tooling. Besides helping maintain her family's farm, ranch and trucking company she works... Full story

  • Bible holds answers in challenging time

    Karl Terry CMI columnist|Sep 25, 2012

    No doubt Satan probably got a kick out of the headlines in the newspaper in Portales last week. "Prayer ruling upheld" relating to a ban on coach led prayer in City League sports. Hopefully the devil read a little further into the story and saw that maybe he hadn't exactly won this one after all. A large crowd turned out in support of prayer at the last council meeting even though they knew it was an uphill fight based on other similar cases. From all reports the crowd modeled Christianity well for the community and no one has blown up any mosq... Full story

  • Letters to the Editor: Sept. 26, 2012

    Sep 25, 2012

    Economies never succeed with only self-regulation Recently when Ben Bernanke announced the Federal Reserve's position on the economy, the radical conservatives and Romney went ballistic. The approved conservative game plan is to do nothing that might give Obama credit, regardless of whether or not it is good for the country. The conservative policy to address our recession is tax cuts and eliminate environmental regulations that strangle the economy. Economists liberal and conservative agree that further tax cuts for the 1 percent will do... Full story

  • We all deserve our titles

    Lynn Moncus QCS columnist|Sep 25, 2012

    Last week, several of us in the over-the-hill gang discussed manners, especially the ones we were taught in our childhoods. We recalled the importance our parents and teachers placed on our polite behavior, sometimes rewarding us for practicing it and definitely disciplining us for failing to use our best manners. Among the first words we were taught to use frequently were please and thank you. We used them within our families as well as when we were in public. Of course, we heard those words used by our parents. We heard them often during our...

  • Eligibility issues hound ENMU

    Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer|Sep 25, 2012

    Eastern New Mexico University's president said Tuesday he expects the college's eligibility issues to be cleared up by mid-November. He also expects some form of punishment from the NCAA because athletes were missing paperwork required to be kept by the college's compliance office. Steven Gamble has noted that the eligibility questions have been self-reported, and were not the errors of student-athletes. "There's been nothing discovered by anybody except us," Gamble said. "We've discovered no financial improprieties. We've found no intentional... Full story

  • Braille Bibles help visually impaired receive word

    Benna Sayyed CMI staff writer|Sep 25, 2012

    A visually-impaired individual in Africa and India will soon be able to study a Bible made at a church located only a stone's throw from U.S. 84 in Lariat. Braille Bible production has been going on at St John Lutheran Church of Lariat for four decades, according to St John Lutheran Pastor David Symm. Farwell resident Liz Kaltwasser said she has helped produce the Bibles for 40 years at the church. "We feel like we're missionaries trying to help the blind all over the world," Kaltwasser said. "Today we're making some Bibles for India and...

  • Prep polls - Week of Sept. 24

    Sep 25, 2012

    FOOTBALL Max preps.com Top 5 (plus local teams) Class 5A 1. La Cueva 4-0; 2. Rio Rancho 3-1; 3. Las Cruces High 2-1; 4. Mayfield 2-2; 5. Manzano 3-1. 10. Clovis 2-2. Class 3A 1. St. Michael's 4-0; 2. Silver 3-0; 3. Lovington 1-2; 4. Ruidoso 4-0; 5. Taos 3-0. 8. Portales 1-3. Class 2A 1. Santa Rosa 4-0; 2. Texico 3-0; 3. Eunice 2-2; 4. Tucumcari 4-0; 5. Tularosa 2-1. Class 1A 1. Fort Sumner 2-1; 2. Escalante 4-0; 3. Hagerman 3-1; 4. McCurdy 3-1; 5. Jal 1-3. 8-man 1. Gateway Christian 4-0; 2. Carrizozo 4-0; 3. Tatum 4-0; 4. Logan 2-2; 5. Menaul...

  • Flooding video surfaces at Curry jail

    Robin Fornoff CMI content managing editor|Sep 25, 2012

    Surveillance video of recent flooding inside the Curry County jail reflects images one commissioner calls distressing and a Clovis attorney says shows the county isn't in control of the facility. Inmates are shown frolicking in standing water, running and then sliding along the flooded floor in a crest of water while detention officers appear to be doing nothing to stop it, according to Clovis attorney Jennifer Burrill. At one point, an inmate completing a watery slide gives a high-five to a detention officer in the pod of cells. "That video...

  • Wandering cows known to occur

    Eric Butler CMI correspondent|Sep 25, 2012

    Why did the chicken cross the road? In communities surrounded by agriculture, maybe it's just to get back home after some sort of disruption. It doesn't happen too often, according to local officials, but eastern New Mexico is susceptible at times to something like a stray horse or cow wandering the streets. "Generally, it's because a storm comes in and spooks 'em, or a fence is knocked over — something like that," said Barry Allen, a branding inspector with the New Mexico Livestock Board in Clovis. Allen, as well as other local branding i... Full story

  • Just quoting Bible misses its teachings

    Debra Whittington QCS religion columnist|Sep 25, 2012

    "All scripture is given by inspiration of God…" 2 Timothy 3:16 "Say it ain't so Joe," is a famous quote, but where did it originate? I heard it all of my life so that should make it true. This quote popped into my head once again the other day when I was reading something improbable and not what I think should happen. I surprised myself by saying the quote out loud.a Later I wondered how different quotes and sayings lay dormant in my brain until they pop out on their own. I decided to Google this quote and was sadly disappointed to learn it w... Full story

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