Tucumcari officer charged with breaking and entering

CMI staff An off-duty Tucumcari police officer charged with breaking and entering and criminal damage to property surrendered Monday to New Mexico State Police in Tucumcari, said State Police Lt. Lance Bateman. Bateman said Pete Vargas, 32, was taken into custody at 1:30 p.m. at the Quay County Magistrate Court. Bateman said Vargas was processed […]

Ute Lake concerns resurface

Robin Fornoff Tucumcari and Quay County’s worries about the future of Ute Lake bubbled to the surface again Thursday at an Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting. Tucumcari City Commissioner Robert Lumpkin said he thought during a committee meeting in January, the authority had agreed it would maintain a minimum of 3,765 feet of […]

One killed in Tucumcari crash

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 […]

Tucumcari man sentenced for bank robbery

CNJ staff A Tucumcari man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for robbing the American Heritage Bank April 12, 2010, in Melrose, according to a news release from the office of District Attorney Matthew E. Chandler. According to a news release: • Patrick Quintana, 26, was sentenced for one count of armed robbery and […]

Clovis, Portales, Tucumcari papers sold (updated)

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 […]

I-40 opened after brief shutdown

After a four hour closure I-40 was re-opened Friday allowing motorists to continue westbound to Albuquerque. The interstate was first closed at 10 a.m., from mile marker 239 to 329, which is from Tucumcari to the Torrance county line, said New Mexico State Police Lt. Robert McDonald. McDonald said at that time, I-40 was snow […]

Tucumcari 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 […]

Planes fill skies at Tucumcari air show

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Nicholas Brown of Tucumcari sits in the cockpit of a A-7 corsair II. Thomas Garcia TUCUMCARI — The light rain and heavy overcast clouds gave way to blue skies and the aircraft performing Wednesday during the Tucumcari Rotary Club/Chamber of Commerce Air Show. “I think we did all right, the […]

Tucumcari city manager fired

Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

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 for bank robbery

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Juana Griego and three others were charged with robbing the American Heritage Bank near Melrose of almost $30,000 shortly after it opened for business the morning of April 12, 2010. CNJ staff A Tucumcari woman convicted in a 2010 daylight robbery of American Heritage Bank in Melrose was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison. […]

Portales, Tucumcari set record for August average high temperature

Staff and wire reports August will go down in the record books as one of New Mexico’s hottest in more than a century of record keeping, according to the National Weather Service. Portales, Tucumcari, Albuquerque and Roswell are among the cities setting records for the average daytime high. Portales’ average high in August was 98.8 […]

Tucumcari man charged with aggravated battery on peace officer

Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

Montana woman acquires Confederate headstone for great-great grandfather

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Courtesy photo Donna Scott stand next to the unmarked grave of her great-great grandfather Alfred Shelby at the Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery. Thomas Garcia The grave of Civil War veteran Alfred Shelby has been without a headstone 97 years. His great-great granddaughter Donna Scott decided that was long enough. Scott said she recently gained approval […]

Tucumcari man faces murder charge

Thomas Garcia A 20-year-old Tucumcari man was bound over to district court Wednesday and will face a murder charge in connection with the homicide of Shirley Pacheco, 33. Quay County Magistrate Court Judge Joel Garnett’s order sending Randall Jones to trial followed a five-hour preliminary hearing. No date was set for trial. “We were able […]

Press release: Four arrested in Tucumcari homicide (Updated)

Four suspects are charged in connection with the homicide of a Tucumcari woman, New Mexico State Police said Monday. Sgt. Tim Johnson said Randall Jones, 20, of Tucumcari was charged Friday with murder in connection to the July 9 homicide of 33-year-old Shirley Pacheco. Johnson said Jones was also charged with aggravated burglary, unlawful taking […]

‘Person of interest’ arrested in Tucumcari

Freedom New Mexico A 20-year-old Tucumcari man named as a “person of interest” in a local homicide has been arrested on an unrelated charge. New Mexico State Police on Monday arrested 20 year-old Randall Jones

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 her home, said Sgt. Tim Q. Johnson Initially, police called […]

Suspicious death now homicide in Tucumcari (Updated)

Freedom New Mexico 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 called the […]