Meetings watch: Eastern Plains Council of Governments

The Eastern Plains Council of Governments met Wednesday morning at the Tucumcari Convention Center. During the meeting: • EPCOG Director Sandy Chancey discussed several items with the board including news of an audit update being awarded to Hinkle and Landers of Albuquerque, and the intent to hire workforce development administrative entity and fiscal agent. An […]

Portales, Clovis, Tucumcari papers sold

Robin Fornoff Freedom Communications has agreed to sell the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune, Quay County Sun and their affiliated publications to Clovis Media Inc., Publisher Ray Sullivan told newspaper employees Tuesday afternoon. All 60 full-time and two part-time associates will retain their jobs in ownership transition, expected to take place before the end of […]

Tucucmcari officer resigns amid investigation

A Tucumcari police officer has resigned amidst a criminal investigation by New Mexico State Police. Tucumcari Police Chief Jason Braziel said the unnamed officer resigned this morning. State Police Public Information Officer Lt. Tim Q. Johnson confirmed the officer was the subject of an investigation, but said “the identity of the officer and the nature […]

Tucumcari police officer resigns

QCS STAFF A Tucumcari police officer has resigned amidst a criminal investigation by New Mexico State Police. Tucumcari Police Chief Jason Braziel said the unnamed officer resigned this morning. State Police Public Information Officer Lt. Tim Q. Johnson confirmed the officer was the subject of an investigation, but said “the identity of the officer and […]

Tucumcari commissioners fire city manager

Tucumcari city commissioners on Thursday morning fired City Manager Bobbye Rose, according to City Clerk Christine Dougherty. Community Development Director Doug Powers has been named interim manager, Dougherty said. Rose was terminated on a 3-2 vote, Mayor Jim Witcher said. Witcher, Antonio Apodaca and Jimmy Sandoval voted yes, while Amiel Curnutt and Robert Lumpkin voted […]

Tucumcari city manager applies for Lincoln County position

Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari City Manager Bobbye Rose on Friday confirmed she has applied for the Lincoln County Manager position. “This is in no way a resignation on my part,” Rose said. “I am merely keeping my options open.” Rose is one of 19 applicants for the position, said Billie-Jo Guevara with Lincoln County Human […]

Tucumcari woman sentenced in bank robbery

Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari woman convicted in a 2010 daylight robbery of American Heritage Bank in Melrose was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison. Juana Griego, 20, must serve at least 85 percent of the time behind bars and will be subject to two years of intense supervised parole on release, said Andrea […]

Tucumcari man facing charges for assault on probation officer

PNT reports Portales police say a Tucumcari man was arrested after he struck a probation officer with a car door as he sped away in the vehicle to avoid arrest. Brandon Owen, 26, is charged with aggravated battery on a peace officer and aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, both fourth-degree felonies; resisting an officer, […]

Their view: Debt showdown is dog, pony show

Leon Logan of Tucumcari talks about the ongoing battle to balance the nation’s budget:

Person of interest named in Tucumcari homicide

Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — New Mexico State Police late Sunday named a person of interest in the homicide of a 33-year-old Tucumcari woman. Officers responded to a residence at 11:30 p.m. Saturday on Arapahoe Street in Tucumcari, where they discovered Shirley Pacheco deceased inside of her home, said Sgt. Tim Q. Johnson Initially, police […]

Texas couple reunited with lost dog in Tucumcari

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Russell Anglin Forth Worth, Texas, retirees Chick and Lee Gardner were devastated to find their search-and-rescue dog, a black labrador retriever named Chance, missing from their car and care while returning from a California vacation Saturday night. The couple realized that one of their three search-and-rescue dogs was not in the car with them when […]

Finally rain but no more in sight anytime soon (updated)

Much needed rain pelted most of eastern new Mexico and West Texas late Monday in a gusty thunderstorm that was also blamed for igniting a series of grass fires near Muleshoe. Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service was reporting 1.22 inches of rain fell in Clovis. Officials at Clovis Airport recorded .14 inches and Cannon […]

Residents discuss Father’s Day gifts

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Russell Anglin Joe Rede, a Tucumcari retiree, father, grandfather and great-grandfather of “a whole bunch” of children, has seen plenty of Father’s Days. When it comes to bad Father’s Day gifts, Rede could sum up his thoughts in two words. “Ratty ties,” he said. “Neckties. Terrible ties. I’ve seen some with polka dots of different […]

Tucumcari woman facing burglary charge

PNT Staff Reports A Tucumcari woman has been arrested on charges of auto burglary, after two men said they caught her in the act. Beth Olguin-Romero, 19, of Tucumcari is charged with burglary, a fourth-degree felony. According to police reports: • Officers were sent to the 700 block of West 18th Street about 3:40 a.m. […]

Parents agree discipline important to raising children

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Russell Anglin When it comes to parental discipline, a group of dominoes players at the Tucumcari Senior Center Thursday seemed to agree on one thing. “An undisciplined child is a handicapped child,” Jeanette Fister, a retired mother of two boys said. However, the boundaries and methods for disciplining children are not set in stone and […]

Man charged in Tucumcari deaths linked to other slayings

Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

Wildfires burning near Milnesand, Tucumcari

TATUM, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters in New Mexico are battling a wind-whipped grass fire near Tatum but have another blaze near Tucumcari 95 percent contained. The so-called Kizer 5 fire has burned an estimated 5,000 acres of state and private land about 15 miles north of Tatum. State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware says about six […]

Tucumcari homicide suspect also wanted in Ohio

Freedom New Mexico A man charged in two recent Tucumcari homicides is also wanted in connection with two homicides in Ohio, according to state police. Muziwokuthula “Muzie” S. Madonda is charged with two open counts of murder and tampering with evidence connected to the March 24 shooting deaths of Gabriel Baca, 37, and Bobby Gonzales, […]

Arrest made in Tucumcari deaths

State police ID person of interest in Tucumcari homicides

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Freedom New Mexico State police have identified Muziwokuthula “Muzie” Madonda, 33, as a person of interest in the deaths of two Tucumcari men whose bodies were discovered Thursday in a hotel room. State police have classified the incident as a double homicide. State Police Lt. Eric Garcia said Madonda was last seen in a 1996 […]