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Articles from the November 13, 2012 edition


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  • Residents place flags on veterans' graves

    Jerrene Bradley QCS staff writer|Nov 13, 2012

    On Friday morning the community came together at the cemetery to put flags on the graves of our veterans. QCS photo: Jerrene Bradley Veterans Mucio Lopez and Dave Hine spent Friday morning put out flags on veterans graves. VFW Commander Fred Porter said this year was a great turn out of supporters to help put out the flags. Students in the National Honor Society volunteered this year to help put flags out, with about 15 kids showing up. Porter said that he was proud to see these young kids taking an interest in their community. QCS photo:... Full story

  • Rattlers to face underrated Sonblazers

    QCS Staff|Nov 13, 2012

    The (7-3) Tucumcari Rattlers prepare for the first round of tournament play against a strong and underrated team in the 2A state tournament. The number five seed Rattlers will host the 12-seeded Mesilla Valley Sonblazers at 2 p.m. Saturday at Rattler Stadium. "If we don't win this game we didn't deserve to be in the tournament," said Wayne Ferguson Rattlers head coach. Ferguson said (4-5) Mesilla Valley is much better than their supposed 12-seed ranking. He said they come from a tough district much like the Rattlers. "Four of our district...

  • Digging up cemetery history

    Karl Terry CMI columnist|Nov 13, 2012

    You do one story on an old cemetery and before you know it you're labeled as the guy who writes about old cemeteries. That's what I was thinking recently when the phone rang and the lady on the other end of the line identified herself as a Fort Sumner resident and she wanted me to get to the bottom of that cemetery out just north of Cannon Air Force Base. Alright I'm punning with you a little bit when I say get to the bottom of the cemetery because, trust me that's not were any of us want to be. The lady said she regularly read my column and no...

  • Fishing report - Nov. 14

    Nov 13, 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 while the dam is being rebuilt. Charette Lakes: Closed for the season. Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake as of Monday was 3.6 cfs and fishing was... Full story

  • We must realize God has final say in everything

    Leonard Lauriault QCS columnist|Nov 13, 2012

    Sometimes you just can't win. My wife was taking a youngster to pre-school one day and as they crossed the railroad overpass on U.S. 54, the child saw some cars on the sidetrack and commented that the train was moving. No amount of discussion would convince him otherwise, including his acknowledgment that there was no engine. But, that's not the whole story. On the way home after school, the cars were still there, but the train was still moving according to the little boy. And, there's more. The next day the cars were gone and youngster...

  • Longhorns travel to Tatum for quarterfinals

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Nov 13, 2012

    The third seed Logan Longhorns will travel to play the second seed Coyotes Friday at Tatum in the quarterfinals of the 8-man state tournament. "We did what we needed to do to advance past Mountainair now we are focused on Tatum," said Kene Terry Longhorns head coach. Terry said the team will be looking to contain the Coyotes runningback Timmy Pearce, who has averaged 174 yards a game. He is a large part of their offense. They designed counters and play actions plays around him. Terry said another key will be to control the tempo of the game....

  • Lady Rattlers take district title

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Nov 13, 2012

    The Tucumcari Lady Rattlers cross country team ended their season with a district championship and ninth place finish at state. "I did not expect such a strong start when this season began," said Gary Hittson, cross country head coach. Hittson said the team was looking for a stronger finish, though the cold weather they faced Saturday at Rio Rancho proved to be too much. "The announcer said it was 38 degrees, though that was not including the wind chill," Hittson said. Hittson said despite the cold, the girls went out and were able to finish... Full story

  • Group holds service for veterans

    QCS staff|Nov 13, 2012

    The Daughters of the American Revolution held their veterans services Sunday at the Elks Lodge with several citizens attending. QCS photo: Jerrene Bradley Daughters of the American Revolution held their veterans services Sunday at the Elks Lodge. Guest speakers were retired Army Maj. Gen. Franklin Miles and retired Army Lt. Col. Lloyd Miles, both sons of former Gov. John Miles. A wreath will be placed by the DAR at Veterans Park this week. Guest speakers were retired Army Maj. Gen. Franklin Miles and retired Army Lt. Col. Lloyd Miles, both... Full story

  • Editorial: Public deserves to hear truth from Mesalands

    Clovis Media Inc|Nov 13, 2012

    On Nov. 1, Mesalands Community College Board of Trustees Chairman J. Bronson Moore signed a letter informing college President Mildred Lovato that she'd been fired. The letter was not made public. Five days later, in separate interviews with Quay County Sun Senior Writer Thomas Garcia and Editor David Stevens, Moore insisted Lovato had not been fired. She had been placed on paid administrative leave, Moore said repeatedly. She had not been fired, he said repeatedly. Then why, he was asked, did Mesalands Director of Public Relations Kimberly...

  • College board appoints signatories

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Nov 13, 2012

    Mesalands Community College's board of trustees Tuesday appointed a new signatory and board member of the college's foundation in response to Mildred Lovato's termination as president. "(New appointment) Jim Streetman has served on the college's foundation before and we would benefit to have him back," said J Bronson Moore, trustees chair. Trustees also approved the appointment of Vice President of Academic Affairs Natalie Gillard and Vice President of Student Affairs Aaron Kennedy as signatories, authorizing them to sign documents on behalf of... Full story

  • Terriers rescued from grain silo

    Jerrene Bradley QCS staff writer|Nov 13, 2012

    QCS photo: Jerrene Bradley Two terriers were uninjured after being rescued from beneath a grain silo. Two dogs were rescued Thursday from three stories underground. Gene Ross and his son Chris Ross, employees at Versatile Construction, were working when they could hear dogs barking from somewhere around the plant. They went looking around to find where the sound was coming from and finally were able to locate the two dogs, who were trapped under the grain silos. A male terrier was in a pit in about 6 inches of water and a female terrier was...

  • Film features resident

    Jerrene Bradley QCS staff writer|Nov 13, 2012

    One of Tucumcari's own will be featured in the film "The Dust Bowl" on PBS 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday. R. L. "Boots" McCoy was born in the Oklahoma Panhandle on Dec. 1, 1926, and was raised on a farm where they went to work in the mornings plowing the fields to raise wheat. McCoy said that he and his sister, who was two years older, didn't know any better and that was how life was. In 1932, the McCoy's were blessed with twin boys, who unfortunately did not survive. McCoy said the boys were too frail and in those days, doctors and medical... Full story

  • Mesalands president fired

    Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer|Nov 13, 2012

    Mesalands Community College's board of trustees fired its president Oct. 31 without cause through a certified letter. "We did terminate Mildred Lovato's contract on Oct. 31," college trustee Chairman J Bronson Moore said on Tuesday. Moore told the QCS on Nov. 6 that Lovato had not been fired, but had been placed on administrative leave. However, documents obtained by the QCS show Lovato had in fact been terminated effective Oct. 31 by the board through a certified letter. "I did not want Lovato to learn she had been fired through a second... Full story

  • World War II code talkers death march survivors celebrated in Logan

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Nov 13, 2012

    QCS photo: Thomas Garcia The Navajo "Code Talkers" Robert Wally and Jack Jones, left, sign the Veteran's Day programs for Madison Osborn and Desarae Ricketson Saturday at the American Legion Post 77 at Logan. World War II code talkers and Bataan Death March survivors were honored guests at Saturday's Veterans Day ceremony in Logan. More than 80 residents attended the ceremony hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 77, featuring two Navajo code talkers as the guest speakers. "We would not have the lives we have now, if not for the service...

  • Residents honor veterans

    Thomas Garcia QCS senior writer|Nov 13, 2012

    A dozen residents and members of the VFW 2528 gathered to honor veterans Monday at Tucumcari Memorial Park cemetery. QCS photo: Thomas Garcia Members of the VFW 2528 and residents of Tucumcari gathered at the Tucumcari Memorial Park cemetery Monday for their annual Veteran's Day ceremony. Ron Wilmont, representative of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, read a letter from the congressman about the importance of honoring veterans. "As we pay tribute to all that our veterans have done for a country that owes them a debt of gratitude, let us remember that w... Full story

  • Cash mob highlights local stores

    Jerrene Bradley QCS staff writer|Nov 13, 2012

    The Tucumcari Chamber of Commerce held their first Cash Mob event Friday. QCS photo: Jerrene Bradley Tucumcari's first cash mob brought in area residents and chamber of commerce members. Patsy Gresham said that these events are great for the community to get out to the local small businesses to see what they have to offer for the upcoming holidays. Gresham said it doesn't take a lot of money to go to one of these events and you get to see people in the community you haven't seen for a while. Richard Randals, chamber president, said the event... Full story

  • Police blotter - Nov. 11

    Nov 13, 2012

    The following are samples of calls received by the central dispatch office for Quay County, based at the Tucumcari Police Department: Friday At 4:40 a.m., an alarm was reported at the recreation center on the 900 block of East Laughlin Avenue. At 11:30 a.m., a man went into the Police Department on the 200 block of East Center Street to report suspicious activity. At 1:31 p.m., a man reported a theft at a residence on the 1100 block of South Fifth Street. At 2:09 a woman reported threats at the hospital at the 300 block of Meil De Luna Avenue....

  • 'Dad' kept Aggies informed during WWII

    Nov 13, 2012

    While remembering our veterans, I have been privileged to read a book about many of our friends during World War II. "The Whole Damned World — New Mexico Aggies at War," The 1941-45 WWII correspondence of Dean Daniel B. Jett was edited by Martha Shipman Andrews. Many of us were honored to know Dean Jett fondly as "Dad" Jett. Some of us knew him before we were Aggies because he was state Dad for Rainbow Girls and DeMolay. Yes, I met him first when I was a Rainbow Girl here in Tucumcari during his formal visit. He asked to meet me to find out...

  • Meetings watch - Nov. 14

    Compiled by QCS staff writer Jerrene Bradley|Nov 13, 2012

    At the Tucumcari City commission meeting Thursday: Commissioners Robert Lumpkin thanked the staff of the county clerk's office for a job well done during the election and asked the city to send out congratulation notes to all who won. Adopted a proclamation declaring Nov. 15 Senior Citizens Day of Thanks. Mayor Amiel Curnutt signed the proclamation and handed it to Rhonda Gurierrez. Ordinance 1107 was discussed and it was determined a legal advertisement will be run in the Quay County Sun for two weeks and the issue will be discussed at the...