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Articles from the December 11, 2012 edition

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  • Real Santa whiskers not as itchy

    Karl Terry CMI columnist|Dec 11, 2012

    Several random observations recently have tickled my funny bone (starting with the struggle whether to spell funny bone, funnybone, funny-bone or funniebone). Here they are in random order. A television station I used to watch always announced the lotto numbers by saying "And now here's tonight's lotto numbers in random order." If they weren't random wouldn't that be a pretty rigged lotto? On the phone the other day I got tapped into a phone system that supplied news or maybe it was trivia for me while on hold. That wasn't all that unusual but... Full story

  • Hearing postponed for teen in slayings

    QCS staff|Dec 11, 2012

    The preliminary hearing for Tony Day, 14, who is accused of killing his adoptive mother and stepsister on Nov. 26, has been postponed until 9 a.m. Dec. 28, according to Suzy Chavarria, court monitor for the Tenth Judicial District Court in Tucumcari. Day is facing charges in connection to the deaths of his mother, Sue Day, 67, and her daughter Sherry Folts, 49, at the family home on Quay Road 63. The preliminary hearing was originally set for Friday.... Full story

  • Lighting the way

    Steven Hansen QCS staff writer|Dec 11, 2012

    Combine semi-truck flatbeds, fire trucks, farm and service vehicles and jeeps with sheets of mini-lights, Santa Claus and a lot of kids. Add a heavy dose of imagination and you get Tucumcari's annual Parade of Lights, which wound its way through Tucumcari on the evening of Dec. 8. QCS correspondent: James Lout Santa shouted holiday greetings from a cherry-picker bucket perched over the cab of the Tucumcari Fire Department's ladder truck. A total of 16 entries, ranging from the Mesalands Dinosaur Museum's flatbed-mounted mini-light T-Rex to a...

  • Veterans memorialize attack

    Steven Hansen QCS staff writer|Dec 11, 2012

    When the national Pearl Harbor Association disbanded a couple years ago, it hit Logan's Bobby Casados hard. Casados, a veteran active in Logan American Legion Post 77, took matters into his own hands. Howard Robertson tells one of his World War II stories as Bobby Casados looks on. On Friday, the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Casados saw his dedication pay off at the Legion Post. Attention turned at mid-day to remembering the attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet that thrust the U.S. into World War II, described by...

  • Residents come together to mourn

    Steven Hansen QCS staff writer|Dec 11, 2012

    From 80 to 100 kids called her "Mom" and her husband Mike was "Dad." "I don't want to see the word 'adoptive,'" Mike Day said. "They were our kids." That's how about 200 stunned and mourning children, former wards, friends and neighbors remembered Sue Day at a memorial service Tuesday for Sue and her daughter Sheri Day Folts, held in the County Fair Barn in Tucumcari. Sue Day, 76, and Folts, 49, were slain in their home on Nov. 26. Their son, 14-year-old Tony Day, is being held in connection to their deaths. The mood at Tuesday's service... Full story

  • Police Blotter - Dec. 12

    Dec 11, 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 1:04 a.m., a man reported an unwanted man at a residence on the 2500 block of South Third Street. At 8:12 a.m., an alarm was reported at a residence on the 2400 block of South Tenth Street. At 12:16 p.m., an alarm was reported at a residence on the 700 block of West Mesquite Avenue. At 12:24 p.m., a man reported a theft at a residence on the 1000 block of South Jackson Street. At 6:11 p.m., an alarm... Full story

  • Heavy mantle has fallen after tragic loss of friend

    Dec 11, 2012

    When Elijah the Prophet was depressed, God told him to anoint his replacement and several other people to carry on God's work as leaders of Israel and Syria (Aram) and, basically, whatever one didn't finish, the other would (1 Kings 19:14-18). When Elijah's time to go to be with the Lord came, he was taken up, but his mantle (cloak) fell to the ground (2 Kings 2:1-14). His replacement, Elisha, picked up the mantle and was able to carry on the work with the same strength the Lord provided as indicated by the parting of the water so he could...

  • Riders fill shopping list in Tucumcari

    Jerrene Bradley QCS staff writer|Dec 11, 2012

    Members of the Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally Committee from Las Vegas, N.M., spent Saturday in Tucumcari shopping for needy kids in their community. William Sanchez, coordinator, Elmer Martinez, Mike Fields and four other members were at Alco to do their shopping for these kids for Christmas. Sanchez said the Alco store in Las Vegas had closed down and they looked for another Alco store near them and found the one in Tucumcari. Martinez said that they contacted Brian Woodward, manager of Alco and told him what they planned on doing. QCS Staff...

  • Meetings Watch - City Commission

    Dec 11, 2012

    The Tucumcari City Commission held a work session on Thursday to discuss and make any changes necessary to the personnel policy. Commissioners took action on: The commission agreed to check into having a professional look at the wage scale for the city and the cost. City positions will be defined as department heads, department supervisors and department managers. All city applicants must meet standards of the job and be qualified for the job. Any city employee wishing to apply for a job opening will be considered first before an outside...

  • Commissioners repeal animal ordinance

    Steven Hansen QCS staff writer|Dec 11, 2012

    After weeks worth of debate, and the threat of a negative referendum election, Quay County commissioners voted Monday to repeal an animal ordinance. The vote was 2-1, with commissioners Robert Lopez and Bill Curry voting for the repeal and Commissioner Brad Bryant voting in dissent. The ordinance would have Allowed law enforcement and prosecutors to impose penalties on pet owners who allowed their animals to let them run wild or to abandon them. Required persons who own seven to 10 non-neutred pets to purchase an annual multi-annual $25...

  • School Menus - Dec. 12

    Dec 11, 2012

    The following are the menus for schools in Quay County for Dec. 13 -20: Tucumcari Thursday Breakfast: Breakfast pizza Lunch: Pizza, spinach salad, vegetable sticks, ranch dressing, oranges, milk Snack: Crackers, juice Monday Breakfast: French toast Lunch: Grilled cheese sandwich, chicken and rice soup, garden salad, baby carrots, tangerines, milk Snack: Yogurt, graham crackers Tuesday Breakfast: Ham and cheese English muffins Lunch: Lasagna, garlic toast, spinach salad, corn, mixed fruit, milk Snack: Cheese, fruit Wednesday Breakfast:...

  • Looking back - December 1969

    Dec 11, 2012

    Four armed robbers were captured by the New Mexico State Police and Quay County Sheriffs office. The four men robbed the Cedar Hill Grocery store 16 miles east of Tucumcari. The men pulled a razor on store owner Charlie Murrary and tied him to a bed in the back of the store. The four men took the cash from the register, two shotguns, two hand guns, silverware and stole Murrary's car. The four men were spotted near the Caprock where the State Police began to chase the stolen vehicle. The chase exceeded 100 mile per hour at times but the four...

  • Children losing touch with past

    Dec 11, 2012

    As we know, cartoons are created to make us smile, but sometimes, they reflect the truth to the point of losing that purpose. Last week, a friend handed me such a cartoon. Six school-age children are standing in a circle, holding their electronic toys in their hands and looking at two strange objects at which one is pointing with a stick. All are looking as if they are approaching rattlesnakes or some dangerous objects. As they stand their distance, one asks what those objects are. Well, those dangerous objects are books. The characters...

  • Lighting contest - Dec. 12

    Dec 11, 2012

    These are the addresses for the annual Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce lighting contest on Dec. 10: 6377 Cedar Court (West on Campbell, down Cedar Hill and left at bottom of Cedar Hill) 101 E. Center St. 515 E. High St. 3201 S. Third St. 1705 S. Fifth St. 818 E. Route 66 (Commercial) 1018 E. Center Street. 421 Crestview 505 E. Route 66 (Commercial)... Full story

  • Altrusa donates books to detention center

    Jerrene Bradley QCS staff writer|Dec 11, 2012

    Altrusa International of Tucumcari recently donated 105 books to the Quay County Detention Center. The books were used to expand the library at the detention center. QCS photo: Jerrene Bradley From left, Altrusa members Pat Clark, Merlinda Turner, Lou Briscoe, Sylvia Wampler and Evelyn Coughenhour. Altrusa conducted an internal book drive and collected 95 books to donate the center and then the organization received a grant from the Altrusa International Foundation, Inc., which matched their $50. The additional money was used to purchase 10...

  • Holiday Happenings - Dec. 12

    Dec 11, 2012

    Here is a listing of holiday events scheduled in the Tucumcari area, as compiled by the Tucumcari Chamber of Commerce: Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration: An offertory procession will begin at 4:30 p.m. today (Dec. 12) in front of Hammond Hall, 415 S. Fifth St., Tucumcari, and end at the St. Anne's Catholic Church, 301 W. High St., followed by a mass at the church. Music for the mass will be provided by Mariachi Paisano from Las Vegas. After the mass, all guests will return to Hammond Hall for a potluck dinner. All guest are invited to bring a...

  • Meetings Watch - Dec. 12

    Dec 11, 2012

    Arch Hurley Conservancy Arch Hurley Conservancy District met Tuesday and took the following action: The board of directors approved the minutes of the November 13th meeting. The managers report noted the Conchas Dam water level is at 4,156.0 feet with a loss of 792 acre feet. • The board learned that on Nov. 27, grants were approved for $830,000. The board also learned: Nov. 29 inspections were made of areas where bentonite has been used. On Dec. 3, certified letters were mailed out on three plus years of water assessments and users have 90...