Who I am — Dec. 8

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I used to drive a truck for Tucumcari Mountain Cheese Factory … I sometimes hang out at the Lizard Lounge … I completed a truck driver’s course at Mesalands Community College three or four years ago … Doug Gough

Pickup truck gives birth to calf

Baxter Black It was one of those calving wrecks that just seemed to get worse and worse. Clay’s brother said he had never seen a pickup give birth. The first pass through the calving pasture that morning they observed a mama cow in the midst of calving. The calf’s hind legs were showing, so they […]

Police investigating fatal fire

QCS Staff Investigators are working to identify a charred body found Tuesday in the sleeper cab of a burning semi truck near Tucumcari. The state medical investigator will determine identity and cause of death, according to a press release from the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. Motor Transportation police officers responded to a report […]

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 […]

11-25 Our page

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The Tucumcari Youth League would like to thank all their sponsors, ShipleySystems, Radioshack, Cullum Groung fighting, Rays Truck Service, Aqua Mist car wash, First National Bank, Tucumcari Federal, Family Vision, Pacheco Trucking, Quality Lube and Tire, State Farm, Dr. Gary Balzanesm D.D.S., Even Par Auto Glass, Tucumcari Ranch Supply, Everyones FCU, VFW post 2528, Auto […]

Truck rollover forces ramp closure

Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari police had to close a ramp Thursday at the corner of South First Street and Interstate 40 because of a truck rollover. Police responded to the accident about 4:20 p.m. One person was transported by Tucumcari emergency responders to the Dan C. Trigg Memorial hospital with minor injuries and released, said […]

Dump truck refurbished as money saver

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By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun The crew of a local New Mexico Department of Transportation Maintenance yard refurbished a 10-yard dump truck in order to save the state some money and help maintain the safety of the state highways. “Our goal is to maintain safe roadways for the public and this truck will help […]

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 […]

Homicide victim is Tucumcari truck driver

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A homicide victim found in eastern Curry County on Thursday morning is a 51-year-old truck driver from Tucumcari, Ronnie Hittson, said Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller on Friday. Waller said the victim was positively identified by medical investigators. Police records show a truck driver called 911 just before 7 […]

‘Person of interest’ sought in homicide

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A 24-year-old Chaves County man is being sought by the Curry County Sheriff’s office in connection with Thursday’s homicide. Termed a “person of interest”, Brandon H. Barela is from south of Roswell and was recently employed by Double K Testing, according to a press release. Police have not said if Barela is someone they believe […]