State legislators attend forum

Rep. Dennis Roch, left and Sen. Pat Woods, right
sign capital outlay request Monday night at a legislative
forum in Tucumcari. The request were given
to them to sign by Ray Mondragon, center, EPCOG’S
economic and community development planner.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Government representatives from Eastern New Mexico communities presented their capital outlay priorities to their state representatives and senators during a legislative forum Monday night in Tucumcari. Meeting and speaking with the constituents were state Rep. Dennis Roch (R) and George Dodge Jr. (D) and state Sen. Pete Campos (D) […]

Fire damages, closes Rockin Y’s

A fire burned the kitchen
of the Rockin Y’s restaurant
Sunday in
Tucumcari.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer An early Sunday morning fire damaged and closed one of the three franchise restaurants owned by local sisters Yvonne Braziel and Yvette Braziel-Peacock. The call that shock our world came in at 2 a.m., Sunday morning notifying us that Rockin Y’s was on fire, said Braziel-Peacock. Braziel and Braziel-Peacock […]

Low temperatures, icy roads impact area

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

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Travelers, retailers, residents, highway crews and first responders were able to weather a lingering winter storm system that blanketed Quay County, portions of the state and West Texas this Thanksgiving weekend. The system that moved into Quay County on Thanksgiving came from a strong cold front that combined with […]

Hazardous road conditions for the area

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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 […]