Rattlers predict playoff victory

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Thomas Garcia The Tucumcari Rattlers enter the first round of the AA state baseball tournament Wednesday hosting Laguna-Acoma. “The team has seen this level of competition in the past and should be ready to play,” Rattlers head coach Tony Alarcon said. The Rattlers enter state play with a 21-2 record, earning them a third seed. […]

Area youths win essay contest

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The Tucumcari chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was honored to have two state essay winners. Kamelia Lamm’s essay on Paul Revere was the fifth-grade winner of the American History Essay Contest. Kamelia and her mother, Jodie Lamm, were able to attend the state conference, where Kamelia read her essay. Blake Moon, junior […]

Tucumcari Schools cited for compliance issues

Russell Anglin The New Mexico Public Education Department cited Tucumcari Public Schools for “major compliance issues” based on an audit of school state funding and enrollment reports. Other state school districts cited for major compliance issues are Dulce, Santa Fe and Cimarron. “In addition to minor compliance issues, these districts also may have misidentified special […]

Man charged in Tucumcari killings wanted for two slayings in Ohio

QCSun staff New Mexico State Police said Friday that a man accused of killing two men in a Tucumcari hotel is also a suspect in two Ohio slayings. Muziwokuthula Madonda, 33 of Chicago, is awaiting extradition from Conroe, Texas. He is charged with two open counts of murder and tampering with evidence connected to the […]

County unemployment rate above national, state averages

Thomas Garcia The unemployment rate in Quay County is above the state and national average, according to data from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions. Data collected by Workforce Solutions in February shows Quay County’s unemployment was 10.4 percent. The national average is 9 percent the state average is 8.7 percent. The civilian workforce […]

Police honored for enforcement

QCSun staff The MCCH Substance Abuse Committee awarded area law enforcement officers for their underage drinking and DWI enforcement for fiscal years 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 at its Law Enforcement Officer Appreciation ceremony. Committee chair Noreen Henderson said the awards are determined by the number of arrests officers make in each category over the course of […]

Police affidavit: Madonda was staying in hotel

QCSun staff A man suspected of killing two Tucumcari men in a hotel was renting the hotel room next door to the two men found fatally shot, according to New Mexico State Police Agent Joshua J. Armijo’s affidavit. Gabriel Baca, 37, and Bobby Gonzales, 57, both of Tucumcari, were found dead on March 24 in […]

Racing commission members come from various backgrounds

Charles D. Brunt There will be four new faces on the five-member New Mexico Racing Commission when the governor-appointed body convenes for its regular meeting here today. Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Jerald Glenn Closper of Los Lunas, Gayla McCulloch of Farmington, Rob Doughty III of Albuquerque, and Beverly Bourguet of Albuquerque to the panel, […]

Dennis Roch visits Tucumcari

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QCSun staff State Rep. Dennis Roch, a Republican from Texico, met with 50 Tucumcari residents on Sunday to answer questions about the 90-day legislative session, which ended on Saturday. “The state is expecting $5.4 billion in revenue this year,” Roch said. “The state’s budget spends every penny of it, though that is usually what happens. […]

Jane Frost eleced to NCBA position

Dina Reitzel Jane Frost, a commercial cow/calf producer from San Jon, has been elected Region VI vice president for the Federation of State Beef Councils, a division of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), based in Denver. New Mexico is part of NCBA’s Region VI, which also includes Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah. Frost […]