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  • Bond would bring funding for library acquisitions

    Thomas Garcia CMI Staff Writer|Oct 9, 2012

    If passed, the 2012 GO Bond B question on the Nov. 6 ballot would spread $9.8 million across the state for equipment and supplemental library resource acquisitions, including print, non-print and electronic resources. For the property owners there will be a tax increase based upon the size of the projects and amount of money awarded to communities, said Tim Lyman, Curry County assessor. Lyman said the amount of increase is still not known and the Public Education Department will generate the tax rate to repay the Go Bonds. Lyman said the...

  • Voters face amendment proposals

    CMI Staff|Oct 9, 2012

    Among the many choices facing voters in the Nov. 6 general election are five proposed amendments to the New Mexico Constituion. Voters are asked to cast a ballot for or against each of the five measures drafted by the Legislature for placement on the ballot. The constitutional amendments range from expanding membership of the Judicial Standards Commission to making the Public Defender Department an independent agency no longer under the control of the governor. The following are summaries of the amendment questions and sample arguments for or...

  • FCC grants Plateau $9.6 million for improving wireless in rural areas

    Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer|Oct 9, 2012

    A local communications provider is one of three statewide that received federal money to upgrade mobile service in rural areas of New Mexico that lack 3G or 4G wireless service. According to a release from Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Plateau Telecommunications Inc. received $9.6 million to upgrade service across seven counties in the central and southeastern areas of the state. The project will provide up to 17,920 road miles served by the upgrades, with projects set for completion within three years. A road mile, Plateau Chief Financial Officer...

  • Important to appreciate the little things

    Debra Whittington CMI columnist|Oct 9, 2012

    "For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past ..." Psalm 90:4 I love the crisp mornings and warm afternoons of the fall season of the year. It is time for football and falling leaves, pumpkin pies, and comfort foods. It is also a signal the year is winding down and will soon be only a memory. It is the season to prepare the garden and the home for the cold winter months ahead. This is where my problem begins. I am no longer able to accomplish all of these tasks by myself. Gone are the days when I would spend hours...

  • Rattlers look to bounce back

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Oct 9, 2012

    "Texico is a very good team over all very physical that can be beaten, we have confidence going in to Friday nights game," said Wayne Ferguson,Tucumcari Rattlers head coach. QCS Photo: Thomas Garcia Rattlers quartback Luke Smith. center, leads the team during sprints during Tuesday's practice. The Rattlers will travel Friday to Texico to play the unbeaten Wolverines. Ferguson said the (5-1) Rattlers beat the Fort Sumner Foxes, 28-14 and the (5-0) Wolverines only beat the (3-3) Foxes by three (21-18). Ferguson said the team is not focusing on...

  • Mesalands women's rodeo team clinches championship

    Special to the QCS|Oct 9, 2012

    The Mesalands Community College's Rodeo Team had their second rodeo competition for the season at Cochise College in Douglas, Ariz., last weekend. The Women's Team clinched the Team Championship Title for the second time this year and earned 360.0 points. The Men's Team was named Men's Reserve Champions last weekend earning 405.0 points. "We did all right last weekend. We had some bright spots with both Macy Fuller and Mike McGinn winning championship titles for the second weekend in a row and we also struggled in some events," said C.J. Aragon...

  • Mesalands hosting rodeo

    Jerrene Bradley QCS staff writer|Oct 9, 2012

    Mesalands Community College's rodeo team is preparing to host their 5th annual Grand Canyon Region redo on Friday and Saturday at the Quay County Rodeo Arena. QCS staff photo: Thomas Garcia Wilson Pike, left, and Cahse Massengill practice Tuesday evening in preparation for Mesalands Community College's Fifth annual Intercollegiate Rodeo. There are 366 entries total, how many of those entries will actually compete will depend on the status of their eligibility, said C.J. Aragon, Mesalands Intercollegiate Rodeo Coach. Aragon said there are 9...

  • New Mexico 4-H celebrates centennial

    Special to the QCS|Oct 9, 2012

    Every community in Quay County has many people who were 4-Hers as youth and this year we are remembering them and their legacy as New Mexico 4-H celebrates its 100th birthday. As you visit with them, you will learn about the fun times they had in 4-H, the friendships they formed, and about that demonstration they were scared to give, or their winning animal. 4-H provided them with many great memories and they are some of our strongest supporters. Members of the C-C 4-H Club Members of the Wranglers 4-H Club Members of the Tumbleweed 4-H Club... Full story

  • Homicide charges forthcoming in Draman case

    Oct 9, 2012

    State police said Tuesday that homicide charges against Frank Keller, 45, are "forthcoming" after positively identifying human remains found near Logan as that of Kimberly Draman. A press release from state police said Keller has confessed to his involvement in the death of Draman, 53, of Tucumcari, and took investigators to where the woman's remains were found Friday near U.S. 54 and Quay County Road AC. Draman was last seen Sept. 13 with Keller. He was arrested days later on an unspecified drug charge while driving Draman's car in Las Vegas,...

  • Editorial: Week's news spotlight region, deserve reflection

    Clovis News Journal|Oct 9, 2012

    Several times a year there are news weeks like this past one. They are filled with multiple news events of a magnitude that few people associate with this sparsely populated area of New Mexico. And they deserve a moment's reflection: - A notorious child killer was finally recaptured Thursday after four years on the run. Now we hear he might also be an assassin for a Mexican drug cartel. Edward Salas was the last of eight prisoners to be recaptured from a mass breakout from Curry County's jail in August 2008. When returned to New Mexico in the...

  • On the shelves - Oct. 10

    Oct 9, 2012

    The following books are available from the Tucumcari Public Library. For more information call 461-0295. Fiction "Last to Die: a novel" by Tess Gerritsen. The detective Jane Rizzoli and the medical examiner Maura Isles protect a boy whose family has been murdered. "The Tombs" by Clive Cussler. Sam and Remi Fargo, a husband-and-wife treasure-hunting team, search for the tomb of Attila the Hun. "Bones are Forever" by Kathy Reichs. Temperance Brennan, is a forensic anthropologist, formerly foe the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North...

  • Brother's friend was childhood hero

    Lynn Moncus QCS columnist|Oct 9, 2012

    Last week was made special by a visit with Roy Penix and his wife, Rita, of Linden, Utah. Roy was one of my brother's best friends and most definitely was a hero of mine. He moved to Tucumcari with his family, the Houston Penixes, from the Duran area when a number of families were transferred here by the Southern Pacific. They lived across the street from the courthouse, and his sister, Ida Ann, became a close friend as we played in those halls when we were just beginning school. Roy and Clough became good friends and remained so as long as...

  • Surgeon's privileges suspended

    Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer|Oct 9, 2012

    Tucumcari remains without a general surgeon as Dr. Sitarama Krishna Kothalanka's surgical and partitioning privileges at Dan C. Trigg Memorial hospital are suspended, said Dr. David Arredondo, executive medical director for Presbyterian Medical Group. Arredondo said Kothalanka's privileges at Trigg were first suspended in February, though at this time he cannot go into detail regarding the suspension. He said in general, a doctor could have their privileges suspended when there are concerns about the quality of his care or lapse in... Full story