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 aboswell@pntonline.com 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 […]

Coyotes’ 6-man state tournament run ends against Floyd

Coyotes running back Jacob Thurman breaks away from the Floyd defenders during the 6-man semifinal loss against the Broncos Saturday at San Jon. The
Grady/San Jon Coyotes loss 40-38 ending their post season run.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The Grady/San Jon Coyotes’ football season came to an end Saturday with a 40-38 state 6-man semifinals loss to the Floyd Broncos at San Jon. “There will not be another team like this, but we can’t let that stop us we need to keep our heads up and come […]

Lady Longhorns set to begin 2A state tourney pool play

Staff Photo: Kevin Willson
Logan players celebrate
winning a long rally to
set up game point in the
first set of Saturday’s
District 6-2A championship
at Melrose. Logan
needed four chances at game point to take it 30-28, and went on to win in four sets.

Staff Report The Logan Lady Longhorns are the second seed in the 2A state volleyball tournament, despite winning the District 6-2A championship Saturday at Melrose. District runner-up Melrose received the top seed in the 12-team field this year; 2A pool play and state tournament will be held Thursday through Saturday in Rio Rancho. With Saturday’s […]

Local hospice receives donation

Tucum Sams President, Sue Tillman, gives Mary
Jimenez of Helping Hands Hospice a check for
$820.12 to help fund their patient care.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer After 22 years of touring the country via recreational vehicle and raising funds for local organizations the Tucum Sams RV group closed its charter Tuesday with one final donation to the Helping Hands Hospice in Tucumcari. Sue Tillman, president of the Tucum Sams RV group, presented a check for […]

Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital holds 50th

Residents explore the displays
hung in the hallway as pat of the
50th anniversary celebration
Thursday at Dan C. Trigg
Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Scattered rain showers did not sway 60 residents, city and county officials and physicians and staff from celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital Thursday in Tucumcari. “What has stood the test of time is not the brick and mortar of this building,” said Lance Labine, […]

Tucumcari woman trying to keep Rawhide memories rollin’

Courtesy photo: Rosie Walker
Rawhide cast members Paul Brinegar and Clint Eastwood posed with fans for this photo behind the Tucumcari Hall Motel in 1959. Rosie Walker, who lives in Mission Texas, said she's not sure who took the photo but her family members include Edna Mae Smelley of Clovis, left, and Imogene Turpin, just to Brinegar's right. Both of Walker's aunts had traveled to Tucumcari in hopes of meeting 'Rawhide' cast members.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ — a Tucumcari woman is trying to keep those memories rollin’ about the time five episodes of the television show “Rawhide” were filmed at ranches near Tucumcari in 1959. Karen Alarcon, who works for radio stations KTNM and KQAY in Tucumcari, said she was talking about the […]

Logan PD arrests California man for warrant finds meth, guns in car

Meth and guns

Staff Report A California man was arrested for an outstanding US Marshall’s warrant Sunday in Logan has also been charged with trafficking $296,800 worth of methamphetamine that was hidden in his car. At 12:24 p.m., Sunday an officer with the Logan Police Department stopped a vehicle driven by Jose DeJesus Munoz, 26, Wilmington, California, that […]