Freezing temperatures cause flooding in Tucumcari hospital

Freedom New Mexico Freezing temperatures were blamed for a wet mess at Tucumcari’s Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital Thursday. A sprinkling system burst and flooded the emergency room. Hospital Administrator Lance Labine said there were no injuries and no one was in the emergency room when the sprinkler broke. “We had a lot of folks […]

Tucumcari prosecutor to put Clovis police officer on trial

Sharna Johnson 10th Judicial District Attorney Ron Reeves of Tucumcari will prosecute a Clovis police officer charged with vehicular homicide. District Attorney Matt Chandler said in the interest of avoiding any appearance of conflict, he decided to transfer the case against Stephen Gallegos to Reeves. “Every prosecutor within our district has a strong professional relationship […]

School closings

The following schools are closed today due to weather: Melrose Schools San Jon Schools Tucumcari Schools The start of classes are delayed today at the following schools due to weather: Farwell Schools — 2 hour delay Friona Schools – 2 hour delay Portales Schools — 2 hour delay Texico Schools – Classes delayed until 10 […]

Tucumcari man arraigned on child porn charges

Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari man arrested in a New Mexico State Police Internet sting is facing four federal felony charges of child pornography. The charges against Stephen Hensley, 41, follow a four-count indictment returned by a grand jury on Dec. 15, according to Elizabeth M. Martinez, assistant U.S. Attorney for public affairs. Hensley pleaded […]

Youth dies in Tucumcari crash

A 16-year-old Tucumcari youth died Sunday night from injuries suffered in a single vehicle rollover on I-40, according to New Mexico State Police

Club notes —

Quilt Guild The Llano Estacado Quilt Guilt met Nov. 20 at Trinity Lutheran Church with 22 members attending. President Amy Armenta welcomed three guests: Ann Hall of Tucumcari, June Rielly of Portales and Casey “Kay” McGee of Claude, Texas. Kay became new vice president/parliamentarian of the club. Jeanette Biddle gave the secretary’s report and Leigh […]

Friday morning briefing: Science, local money and King Tut’s tomb

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Science Eastern New Mexico University is hosting the 53rd annual Southeastern New Mexico Regional Science Fair Feb. 26. Its open to students in grades 6-12 attending schools in southeastern New Mexico counties of Chaves, Curry, DeBaca, Eddy, Lea, Lincoln and Roosevelt, and the cities […]

Prep football scoreboard — Oct. 22

District 4-5A Clovis 54, Hobbs 14 District 4-3A Lovington 61, Portales 22 District 2-2A Texico 22, Tucumcari 21 8-man District 3 Melrose 44, Gateway Christian 26 8-man District 1 Logan 62, Springer 26 6-man District 1 Clovis Christian 56, Roy 22 Vaughn 64, San Jon 16 6-man District 2 Elida 44, Dora 25 State West […]

Six-hour standoff ends with Tucumcari man’s death

Thomas Garcia A six-hour standoff with police ended with the death of a Tucumcari man Monday night. Officers initially responded to a domestic dispute report that ended when Daniel Gonzales, 56, prompted the use of deadly force, according to a press release from New Mexico State Police Lt. Eric Garcia. No other injuries were reported. […]

Prep football scoreboard — Oct. 1

Elida 47, House-Grady 0 Clovis Christian 61, Vaughn 6 Goddard 21, Clovis 0 Hagerman 26, Texico 14 Fort Sumner 20, Loving 7 Melrose 46, Springer 6 Hondo 52, Dora 6 Logan 52, Floyd 0 Tucumcari 20, Eunice 19 San Jon 84, NMSD 36 Texas Farwell 30, Seagraves 7 Iraan 33, Bovina 7 Bushland 27, Muleshoe […]

Prep Football Scoreboard, Sept 17

Elida 46, Vaughn 18 San Jon 53, Dora 41 Raton 38, Portales 34 Cleveland 28, Clovis 17 Farwell 33, Tucumcari 10 Dimmitt 25, Bovina 18

Prep football scoreboard, Sept. 17

Elida 46, Vaughn 18 San Jon 53, Dora 41 Raton 38, Portales 34 Cleveland 28, Clovis 17 Farwell 33, Tucumcari 10 Dimmitt 25, Bovina 18

Tucumcari man found guilty of kidnapping, attempted murder

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Thomas Garcia A jury on Wednesday found a Tucumcari man guilty of five felonies including attempted murder and kidnapping. Sentencing has been set for 1 p.m. Tuesday. Earl Moses Ingram, 31, was silent in the 10th Judicial District Court as Justice Albert J. Mitchell read the jury’s verdicts to close the four-day trial. The victim, […]

Closing arguments expected Monday in Tucumcari attempted murder trial

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Closing arguments are tentatively set for Monday in the trial for a Tucumcari man accused of trying to kill his ex-girlfriend. Earl Moses Ingram, 31, appeared Friday in the 10th Judicial District Court charged with multiple felony charges, including the attempted murder of Amber Simpson, 27, of Tucumcari on […]

Quay traffic stop nets pot cache

Thomas Garcia A Georgia man is in federal custody following a traffic stop resulting in the seizure of 900 pounds of marijuana near Tucumcari. Forrest McLaughlin of Atlanta was arrested by a New Mexico Motor Transportation Police after $1.3 million of marijuana was discovered stacked behind pallets of cantaloupes, said Major Ron Cordova. McLaughlin, 46, […]

Communities recognized for service

CNJ staff Several local communities recently received recognition from the state for outstanding service. The Community Development Branch of the Department of Finance and Administration recognized five communities within the Eastern Plains Council of Governments; Fort Sumner, Portales, Clovis, Mosquero and Tucumcari. Gregg Williams of EPCOG was also acknowledged for his service to the community, […]

Press release: Rep. Lujan Visits to Clovis, Tucumcari revised

Washington, DC – Rep. Ben Ray Lujan’s schedule for Clovis and Tucumcari has changed.

Former Tucumcari city official files whistleblower suit

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari city official who filed a lawsuit alleging the city took action against him in violation of the Whistleblower Protection Act was fired last week. Tucumcari City Manager Bobbye Rose said John “Marty” Garcia was terminated as city treasurer July 6, but declined to state the reason, citing […]

California teen biking across country for disabled

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Joseph Machado is riding across America from his home in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., to Washington D.C., to raise money for disabled children. Machado, 13, was escorted by New Mexico State Police from Santa Rosa to Tucumcari on Friday afternoon. “It is impressive to see this young man doing such […]

Man convicted in shooting shot by Albuquerque police

Staff and wire reports A man convicted in the 1998 shooting death of a Tucumcari man was shot to death Tuesday by Albuquerque police. Albuquerque police have identified a man fatally shot by an officer at a truck stop as 42-year-old Julian Calbert formerly of Tucumcari. Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller, a retired state police […]