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 […]

Thankful for family, thankful for friends

I am thankful for Christmas trees. They saved my grandmother’s life the day before Thanksgiving in 1964. She’d gone with my granddad to a tree farm near Las Vegas, New Mexico. The plan was to fill up their pickup with trees they could sell at their used furniture store — the Swap Shop — in […]

Police Blotter/ Jail Log — Nov. 25

The following is a sampling of calls received by the central dispatch office for Quay County, based at the Tucumcari Police Department. Nov. 16 • 3:07 a.m., a man reported a domestic dispute at a motel on the 4000 block  of East Route 66. Cynthia Archuleta, 23, was arrested for battery on a household member […]

City approves two DWI grants

Staff Report The Tucumcari City Commission on Thursday approved the application of two grants by the Tucumcari Police Department for $11,779 to be used toward drunken-driving prevention and patrols. The grant applications were presented to commissioners by Police Chief Jason Braziel. Braziel said the CDWI project grant of $1,213 and the ENDWI/Buckle Up/100 days and […]

4-H Achievement awards

Quay County 4-H recognized members and supporters on Nov. 22 during their annual achievement program at the Quay County Fairgrounds. The 4-H members were recognized with a completion pin for the years they have been in 4-H and completed their projects. They were also provided the opportunity to have their project record books judged. Special […]

County OK’s solar bonds

Staff Report Quay County commissioners Monday amended a grant that will result in the county getting $10,000 more to help the county combat drunken driving. Commissioners amended the DWI grant to reflect a new total of $27,410; the prior amount was $17,264. County DWI Coordinator Bryan Rinestine said the grant fund will help pay to […]

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, […]