Travelers, shoppers brave the holiday cold

Michael Rubalcava knocks the ice out from the wheel well of the mini-van he and his family are traveling in to Clayton.

Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Two to three inches of snowfall, icy road conditions and a high in the upper 20s did not sway motorists from traveling for the holidays or local residents from pursuing Black Friday deals. “It was bad all the way from Santa Rosa to Tucumcari,” said Michael Rubalcava, of El Paso. Rubalcava […]

Hazardous road conditions for the area


Staff Report Road conditions on Interstate 40 eastbound and westbound from Tucumcari and on US Highway 54 have been upgraded to fair, according to the New Mexico Department of Transportation. The road conditions had been affected Friday and Saturday by snow and ice accumulations on I-40 and US Highway 54. Visibility was limited due to […]

Generosity makes a difference for locals

Ministry of Hope volunteer Nelda Burlson and Director Doyle
Fraiser help hand out 100 Thanksgiving meal boxes Thursday in Tucumcari.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Donations by the Ministry of Hope and local schools help provide food for local families in need during the holiday season. On Tuesday, members of the Ministry of Hope handed out more than 100 Thanksgiving meal boxes to local families with three or more members. The boxes contain either […]

Friend gives local man gift of life

Michael Holloway, left,
gave his friend Marty
Martinez one of his kidneys
to save his life.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer A friend from the past has given a Tucumcari man the ultimate gift this Thanksgiving. It’s not uncommon for a friend to let you have the last slice of pizza or the last cold beverage. Marty Martinez’s friend, Michael Holloway, let him have one of his kidneys. “Michael was […]

Middle school wrestling tournament benefits home, away teams

Rattlers Desmond Engel works to pin Demon's Gustavo Sauecenado during the Rattlers Middle School wrestling tournament Saturday at the Snake Pit.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Tucumcari Middle School wrestling program has coaches excited about the future of the program following Saturday’s successful tournament at the Snake Pit. The single-day middle school tournament drew more than 10 schools from Texas and from across New Mexico, said Tim Clark, middle school wrestling coach. The middle-school […]

Clovis Media Inc. names new publisher

Photo by Tony Bullocks

Rob Langrell has more than 20 years newspaper experience.

STAFF REPORT Clovis Media Inc. has named Rob Langrell as its new publisher. Langrell will serve as publisher of the two daily newspapers — the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune — as well as oversee the company’s three weekly publications — the Quay County Sun, Cannon Connections and My Eastern New Mexico. Langrell, 47, […]

Local groups work to help out residents

Tucumcari Police Sgt. Paul Bell, left, and Sgt. Bryan Holmes help students at Tucumcari Elementary
try on a coat provided to them by the Cops and Coats program. Cpl. Kenny Fernandez, not pictured,
Holmes and Bell gave out more than 140 coats on Monday to local children.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Many folks give thanks this time of year for what they have, although many area organizations are working to make sure local residents have something for which they can be thankful. On Monday, the Tucumcari Police Department held its third annual Cops and Coats program at Tucumcari Elementary School. […]

Poet proposes during a local open mic event

Newly engaged
couple Crystal
Salazar and Levi
Mericle sit together
and work on their
creative workshop
a s s i g n m e n t
Saturday at Art
Space. Mericle surprised
Salazar with
a wedding proposal
he wrote into a
poem and read during
Friday's open
mic event.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer For local poet Levi Mericle, taking the stage to read his works of art and expressing himself to the entire crowd is nothing new. However, on Friday night his performance was aimed at one person in particular. Mericle performed Friday night during a poetry and spoken word open microphone […]

Serving country a family tradition

Courtesy photos: Nick Gonzales
From left, sons Major Daniel Gonzales, Major Alex Gonzales, Lt. Col. Nick Gonzales and Lt. Victor Gonzales are pictured with their father, Sgt. Major Celestino Gonzales in the center.

By Alisa Boswell PNT Managing editor It’s not often one finds one family with over 125 years of combined military service, but the Gonzales family is one such legacy. After growing up in San Jon, Ruperto “Bob” Gonzales started the family’s legacy by joining the U.S. Army in 1943. “My grandfather was very patriotic,” […]

Plea taken in 2011 double murder

Muziwokuthula Madonda

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer After four years of court proceedings that included a retracted plea and suppressed confession, Muziwokuthula Madonda pleaded no-contest Tuesday  to second-degree murder in the deaths of two Tucumcari men. Madonda, a South Africa native, entered the pleas for the March 24, 2011, slayings of Gabriel Baca, 37, and Bobby […]