Local man pleads guilty to Clovis shooting death

By: Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com The man who shot and killed Jose Barrera last July pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder, according to a press release from District Attorney Andrea Reeb. Judge Drew Tatum sentenced Eric Valdez, 40, of Tucumcari, to 15 years in prison, the release states. According to previous reports, Valdez shot […]

Former Tucumcari Elementary secretary honored


Staff report Evelyn Coughenour of Tucumcari has been selected as the Outstanding Unit Member of the Quay County Association of Educational Retirees. Coughener began working for the Tucumcari Public Schools in 1970 as a secretary at an elementary school and later transferred to Tucumcari Middle School.  She also became active in the Tucumcari School Federal […]

Local clinic receives state award

Staff report The Quay County Family Health Center in Tucumcari was honored for achieving a 100 percent immunization rate by the New Mexico Immunization Coalition. Debbie Lee, Presbyterian Medical Services medical assistant II at the health center, was presented the NMIC Provider Awards on May 1, in Albuquerque. Mark Williams, director of the Public Health […]

Helena Rodriquez: After graduation, get to know the new you

By Helena Rodriguez Guest Columnist “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you chose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go…” These are not my words. These are from Dr. Seuss, […]

Leonard Lauriault: Receive Jesus’ forgiveness through baptism

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist When a person dies seemingly before their time, the question is often asked, “How could God do such a thing?” I even caught myself thinking that recently. The answer is that God didn’t do it. Death results from Adam’s sin. God warned Adam what would happen if he ate from […]

Police Blotter/Jail Log— May 4-9

The following is a sampling of calls received by the central dispatch office for Quay County, based at the Tucumcari Police Department. May 4 •  8:45 a.m., a man reported a theft at a business on the 200 block of West Route 66. • 9:08 a.m., a woman walked into the Police Department on the […]

“Smokey and the Bandit” run stops in Tucumcari

A group of participants in the Bandit Run 15 gather together with
a banner honoring the Bandit from the 1977 movie, "Smokey and
the Bandit," Monday at Love’s Travel Center in Tucumcari.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer More than 140 “Smokey and the Bandit” enthusiasts will pass through Tucumcari this week as they head “East Bound and Down” to Dallas, taking part in the eighth annual Bandit Run. “It’s an amazing event that grows more every year,” said Jill Braud, of Port Neches, Texas. “You get […]

“Firelight” shines light for area

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Adam Nichols last week demonstrated a prototype of the high-end multi-function flashlight that he  has patented and intends to manufacture in Tucumcari to the Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corporation’s board. It is called the Firelight, he told the board at its April 28 meeting, and he demonstrated how one […]

Job Fair showcased local employment opportunities

Jerry Henrnandez about the employment opportunities
with New Mexico State Police. Hernandez was running
a booth Wednesday during the job fair

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor About 60 job seekers made the rounds of city, county, state and private employers April 29 at a job fair hosted by the city of Tucumcari. Recruiters from the Tucumcari Police Department, the Tucumcari Volunteer Fire Department, the city’s Emergency Medical Services and city administration hosted tables, representing the […]

Police charge Texas woman with stabbing that left local man hospitalized

Amanda Nunez

Staff Report Tucumcari police arrested a woman from Fort Worth, Texas, on charges of stabbing a Tucumcari man in the neck at his residence on the 1300 block of East Harmon Avenue, said Deputy Police Chief Pete Rivera. Rivera said on April 30, Amanda Nunez, 35, was charged with felony aggravated battery with a deadly […]