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Articles from the August 7, 2012 edition


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  • Slice of Life at the Cornerstone Deli

    Jerrene Bradley QCS reporter|Aug 7, 2012

    Eating at the Cornerstone Deli QCS photo: Jerrene Bradley QCS reporter Jerrene Bradley spent 45 minutes Tuesday at noon in the Cornerstone Deli. I spent 45 minutes around noon on Tuesday watching people eating their lunch just like me. This is what I saw: - Rachel Hicklin, owner, was busy taking the orders and collecting the money, while Ruben Dominguez and his staff were putting together the sandwiches and salads. - Ronnie and Diane Minica were sitting at a table with Eddy Howell enjoying their deli sandwiches. Marion Payton and her co-worker...

  • Carnival rides back at county fair

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Aug 7, 2012

    After a four year-absence a carnival midway will return for the 2012 Quay County Fair, according to fair officials. "We moved our fair up to accommodate the school system and that created a conflict of scheduling with the Sun Valley rides, midway company," said Brenda Bishop, fair board secretary. Bishop said the schedule change placed the county fair at the same time as a larger fair that the company was already working. She said this year the company has worked its schedule to be able to operate at this year's fair. Bishop said their will be...

  • Coaches altering practices

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Aug 7, 2012

    A lack of effectiveness and health concerns have area coaches changing their strategies when it comes to two-a-day football practices. "There is a concern for the children when it comes to the high temperatures we have been seeing," said Bobby Gomez, San Jon's six-man football coach. Gomez said another reason they are holding only one practice a day from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. is the Coyotes are incorporated with the Grady-House athletic program and their students can't make it to practice until 4 p.m. "The old days, when teams would work out for two...

  • New high school opens

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Aug 7, 2012

    More than 100 attended the official opening of the completed $22 million Tucumcari High School building. "The students will have a chance to start the year off right in this newly constructed school," said Nicole Bright-Lesley, principal. Bright-Lesley said she always joked about being confused when she took the job as principal, and was given a contract and a hard hat. Bright-Lesley said the crews responsible for the construction did a phenomenal job. She sad a lot of credit also goes towards the residents of Tucumcari. "On behalf of myself,...

  • More than 400 alumni attend 51st annual Rattler Reunion

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Aug 7, 2012

    Whether it was a few blocks or 4,000 miles, more than 400 traveled to attend the 51st annual Rattler Reunion in Tucumcari. QCS photo: Thomas Garcia The annual Golden Rattlers Luncheon was held this year at the Tucumcari Train Depot. Norma Jean Crelli, right, walks through the depot making sure everyone is having a good time. QCS photo: Thomas Garcia Edward Grey travelled 4,200 miles with his wife from Wasilla, Alaska, to attend his 65th Rattler Reunion. More than 400 Tucumcari High School alumni attended the 51st annual Rattler Reunion held... Full story

  • Local singers to compete

    QCS Staff|Aug 7, 2012

    Three local youths will compete in a country music singing competition Saturday in Tucumcari. The KTNM radio station will hold the Texaco Country Showdown at 8 p.m. at the Pow Wow Lizard Lounge, said Charlie Morrison, general manager, KTNM KQAY radio stations in Tucumcari. Morrison said three local singers, Feliciana Marie Lovato, Olana Romero and Anastasia Schmitt, all of Tucumcari, have signed up for the competition. He said Teagen Stewart of Albuquerque has also signed up for the competition. Morrison said showdown will consist of country...

  • Officials seek simpler budget breakdown

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Aug 7, 2012

    City commissioners expressed an interest to have a simpler breakdown of the $15.772 million 2012-2013 budget. "I would just like a simple budget comparison for straight answers to straight forward questions," said Daniel Lopez, District 3 commissioner. Lopez said the commissioners need to be able to make sense of the budget in order to have accountability and give proper financial direction for the city. He said a simple comparison budget could show what differences there are in this budgets from last years would greatly be appreciated. Last... Full story

  • Police blotter - Aug. 8

    Aug 7, 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 3:42 a.m., an alarm was reported at a business on the 500 block of S. Lake Street. - At 6:26 a.m., an alarm was reported at a residence on the 2200 block of S. Third Street. - At 10:18 a.m., a woman reported a theft at a residence on the 500 block of S. Eighth Street. - At 1:05 p.m., a woman reported a domestic dispute at a residence on the 1800 block of S. Sixth Street. - At 7:09 p.m., a man...

  • Comments from the Canyons: Meeting former students, classmates touching

    Lynn Moncus QCS columnist|Aug 7, 2012

    Thanks to the Rattler Alumni Board of Directors and the many people who helped them, we had one more great Rattler Reunion! Seeing so many classmates, friends, and former students was a major thrill for this aging Rattler Alumna and former teacher. Our great class of 1952 celebrated our 60th anniversary of graduation as 14 of us gathered to reminisce about our wonderful years in the Tucumcari Public Schools. As we talked, we had a bit of a problem counting to 60 and realizing we had been out of school for that many years. The love and warmth am... Full story

  • Officials break ground on new power station

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Aug 7, 2012

    More than a dozen residents, city and county officials joined the staff of Xcel Energy Tuesday to break ground on a new backup power plant in Tucumcari. QCS photo: Thomas Garcia Mike McLeod, Xcel's regional manager for community and economic development, speaks to the crowd during Tuesday's ground breaking of the planned back up power station on Campbell Avenue in North Tucumcari. A Pacheco's Construction water truck sprays water over a section of the property already being worked. This power station will act as a back up power system for Tucum... Full story

  • Event offers health care for animals

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Aug 7, 2012

    More than 100 animals will receive services at the 2012 Dog and Cat Health Fair at the Tucumcari Convention Center this weekend. There are only 105 reservations for the spay and neutering services, though pet owners should come out and take advantage of the other services which will be available without appointments, said Christina Fleming, event coordinator. Fleming said those services will include vaccination, microchipping and treating for fleas and ticks. She said this fair is a great opportunity, one which they are still trying to pay...

  • My past now belongs in museum

    Karl Terry QCS columnist|Aug 7, 2012

    We all want some of the things we touched in life to live on for posterity but it's a shock to walk into a history museum and find an item you had personal experience operating. Such was the case recently when I made a stop at the Roosevelt County Museum on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University. Operating the visitor center at the Roosevelt County Chamber, my staff and I frequently have the opportunity to direct a visitor or newcomer to one of our museums in the area. I've been inside each of them myself but my staff of college students... Full story

  • Editorial: State needs better oversight over agencies

    Albuquerque Journal|Aug 7, 2012

    A potential financial quagmire at the New Mexico Finance Authority, brought to light by a fraudulent 2011 audit report, has spurred concern about oversight of quasi-governmental agencies. Discovery of the fake audit last month has wreaked havoc with the authority's ability to make loans and issue bonds for capital projects for school districts and municipalities. It has postponed a $40 million bond sale. Two national credit rating agencies have placed the NMFA's bond ratings on a watch list for possible downgrading due to concerns over lax...

  • Lauriault:Christians should help guide others to right path

    Leonard Lauriault QCS columnist|Aug 7, 2012

    One dark night recently, while traveling north on U.S. 285 where it's divided between Roswell and Vaughn, we noticed another traveler also headed north, but in the southbound lanes. Although that was dangerous, it's understandable how, on an unlighted highway at night, someone unfamiliar with the road could make a left-hand turn into the right-hand lane, which would be his driving lane, if it was a two-lane road. It's coincidental that we were the only car traveling north on that stretch of road, but we were meeting lots of vehicles headed...

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