Lady Rattlers basketball season starts Saturday

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QCS Staff The Tucumcari Lady Rattlers will start their basketball season at 3 p.m., Saturday against the Bosque Lady Bobcats. Lady Rattlers head coach Gary Hittson said the team is not sure what to expect from the Lady Bobcats, who won 38-35 Wednesday night against Santa Fe Prep. “We will just have to get up […]

Jury finds Barela guilty

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Freedom New Mexico Brandon Barela’s facial expression didn’t change as the verdict was read Thursday afternoon. After less than two hours of deliberations, a Curry County jury found the 25-year-old guilty of first-degree murder, kidnapping, armed robbery and two counts of tampering with evidence. The verdict came after Barela’s defense team conceded Barela was involved […]

Credibility questioned at Hittson murder trial

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Opening arguments in the first-degree murder trial of a 25-year-old Roswell man Tuesday morning foreshadow a battle for credibility. The state says it’s eyewitness watched Brandon Barela bash Ron Hittson in the face with a concrete block. But the defense said the eyewitness is diverting guilt from himself. Characterizing […]

Suspect in Hittson slaying indicted

By Freedom New Mexico A 24-year-old Roswell man was indicted Friday for first-degree murder in connection with the beating death of a Tucumcari truck driver. In addition to pre-meditated murder, Brandon Barela is also charged with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree armed robbery, two third-degree counts of tampering with evidence and battery, District Attorney Matt Chandler said […]

Police: Hittson beaten to death with rock

By Sharna Johnson CNJ STAFF WRITERsharna_johnson@link.freedom.comA witness described seeing his coworker beat a 51-year-old Tucumcari truck driver to death with a rock on the side of the road after the two had an argument in the early morning hours Thursday.The witness, an employee of a Roswell milk testing company, said he, Brandon Barela and Ronnie […]

Suspect arrested in homicide

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Police believe an argument after a night of drinking led a 24-year-old Roswell man to beat a 51-year-old truck driver to death and dump his body in a ditch east of Clovis. Brandon Barela was arrested Friday afternoon in Roswell and is charged with an open count of murder. […]

Cross country starts Friday

QCS Staff Report The Tucumcari Rattlers cross country team will begin its third season Friday at the Clovis Invite. There are 29 Rattlers in cross country this year and 16 of them are newcomers to the program, according to Rattlers coach Garry Hittson.

Schools gear up for sports teams

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By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun The Rattlers Cross Country team will have a meeting at 10 a.m. on Monday at the Rattler gym. The meeting will be held to discuss the upcoming season and schedule of events. Coach Gary Hittson is inviting all students in the Tucumcari Middle School and High School who are […]

New signage coming for hotel

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QCS Staff Next month, the official Quality Inn sign will be placed on its hotel at 3716 E. Tucumcari Boulevard, said Sarah Hittson, acting general manager. The hotel/motel which was built in the 1960s as a Holiday Inn is entering a new stage as its old Holiday Inn franchisor trends toward hospitality units that are […]

11/16 Obituaries

Anita Dominguez Services: Have been held. Anita (Kela) Dominguez, 68, died on Friday, Nov. 11, 2005. She was born May 31, 1937, at Puerto de Luna. She was a lifetime resident of Tucumcari, a homemaker and a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ruben Dominguez, earlier this […]