Police investigating bomb threat

The entrance to Tucumcari High School is blocked
and guarded on Nov. 19, by officers with the
Tucumcari Police Department, New Mexico State
Police and Quay County Sheriff’s Office. A bomb
threat at the school locked down the facility, staff
and the students for five hours.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Tucumcari Police Department continues to investigate a bomb threat on Nov. 19 that resulted in a five-hour lockdown at all Tucumcari public schools. The incident is an open investigation with police following leads, said Jason Braziel, Tucumcari chief of police. Braziel said that making a bomb threat is a […]

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 […]

City salary increases in the works

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Tucumcari city commissioners on Thursday approved the first reading of two ordinances set to increase the salaries of the municipal judge, city commissioners and mayor. “It is important for the public to know that these increases will not take effect until after the municipal elections in 2016,” said Mayor […]

Menus— Nov. 18

The following are the menus for the senior centers and schools in Quay County for Nov. 19 – Nov. 25. Senior centers Coffee, tea and milk served daily Thursday Two beef tacos, Spanish rice, pinto beans, banana Friday Chicken salad, creamy coleslaw, glazed carrots, crackers, cherry cobbler Monday Green chile hamburger, ranch style beans, onion […]

What’s Happening — Nov. 18

Thursday Housing Authority Board: 5 p.m., City Hall City Commission: 6 p.m., City Hall Monday Quay County Commission: 9 a.m., Quay County Courthouse Library Advisory Board: 5:15 p.m., Library Tuesday Planning and Zoning Advisory Board: 5:15 p.m., City Hall Economic Development Corporation: 5:15 p.m., EDC City Finance Board: 10 a.m., City Hall City Offices will […]

Local man pleads guilty to homicide by vehicle

Staff Report A Tucumcari man plead guilty to a charge of homicide by a vehicle on Nov. 11 in the Tenth Judicial District Court in Tucumcari. Fourth Judicial District judge Abigail Aragon accepted the guilty plea from David Urea-Lopez, 28, in connection to the death of Sylvia Cruz, 24 of Tucumcari. Urea-Lopez was the driver […]

Mesalands plans Alzheimer’s classes

Staff Report Mesalands Community College will be holding two ‘Approaching Alzheimer’s’ courses designed to raise awareness and teach first responders proper techniques on how to handle situations involving individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia. During this course, students will participate in a virtual dementia tour to experience what it is like for individuals suffering from this […]

Helena Rodriguez: Somos más inteligentes de lo que pensamos

By Helena Rodriguez Guest Columnist Estaba viendo la programación de TV recientemente, del juego “Family Feud” con mi hija, Laura y yerno Nino. Apare una familia de asiática, el Oh-Hos, versos una familia afroamericana. Y pregunté, “¿por qué nunca hay familias hispanas allí?” Hace unas últimas dos décadas, sólo he visto una o dos familias […]

Helena Rodriguez: We’re a lot smarter than we think

By Helena Rodriguez Guest Columnist I was watching the TV game show “Family Feud” with my daughter, Laura, and son-in-law Nino recently. It featured an Asian family, The Oh-Hos, verses an African-American family. I asked, “How come there are never Hispanic families on there?” Over the past two decades, I’ve only seen one or two […]