God gives strength in times of despair

I wrote about this story several years ago. It is a story I heard in my teen years, but I do not remember its origin. I found some of my scribbled notes about this story that were packed away in a box of old correspondence. So here is the story. Wynton and Mary were high […]

Senior happenings — Oct. 24

Friendship Senior Center 901 West 13th St., Clovis Monday: 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Coffee klatch, ceramics, cards, pinochle; 1-2:30 p.m., Mexican bingo. Tuesday: 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Coffee Klatch, ceramics and cards; 3 p.m., Business meeting; 4 p.m., Fun night b-day. Bring a gift and a dish. Wednesday: 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Coffee Klatch; 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Bridge […]

City commission gets Hull Street overpass update

Kevin Wilson A short Clovis City Commission meeting had its share of history, spiritual events and music to go with a Hull Street Bridge update. City Commissioner Bobby Sandoval told commissioners and audience members Thursday that cement pouring, which started Tuesday night, is finished on the overpass, which was closed in June 2008 for safety […]

Our People: A bridge to the past

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Kenneth Broad became an administrator of Vi Petty’s estate one year after Norman Petty died in 1984. Kenneth Broad has been an administrator of Vi Petty’s estate since 1985, the year after Norman Petty died. Before retiring, Broad was a minister. He also provides tours at the Norman and Vi […]

Weather slows overpass progress

CNJ staff Recent winter weather has slowed progress of the replacement of the Hull Street Overpass. City Engineer Justin Howalt said the target date for the overpass is now November. Howalt said the plan this week is to work on drilling for the bridge’s foundation. The step involves drilling 70-foot holes, and filling them with […]

Governor to visit Clovis for Hull Street bridge groundbreaking

Freedom New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will be in Clovis on Monday for the groundbreaking on the new Hull Street Bridge. The overpass has been closed to traffic since July 2008. Richardson will speak at 10:30 a.m. on the north side of the Hull Street Bridge.

City letting bids for Hull Street bridge project

The City of Clovis will begin advertising for bids for the construction of the Hull Street Bridge project on Sunday, October 4th, 2009. Hull Street Bridge was closed in late July 2008 due to structural safety issues. Since that time the City of Clovis has worked diligently to secure funding to design a new bridge […]

Prince Street bridge raising resident concerns

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The 20-year old Prince Street bridge was inspected by the Department of Transportation on May 5, which gave the bridge a 94.4 percent safety rating and proclaimed it not deficient. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Transportation schedules a regular inspection for the Prince Street […]

Governor secures Hull Street overpass money

Freedom New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is delivering on a promise made in a Clovis visit last May, announcing Thursday that he has secured the money to replace the Hull Street bridge. The bridge is one of four eastern new Mexico road projects Richardson said will be paid for by combing state and federal dollars. […]

The Parable of the King’s Bridge

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist Once upon a time in a land far, far away, a large and ornate bridge connected two bustling villages and spanned a mighty river. The bridge had stood for decades, having been built by a great king who had spared no expense in building it to last for many […]

March 3, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 18 Golden parachutes: The House Judiciary Committee will consider a measure (HB538) sponsored by Rep. Bill Rehm, R-Albuquerque, that would prohibit state agencies from giving extra money to employees who are terminated for cause or who resign. Under the bill, the state still could buy out an employment contract. During debate […]

Work begins on removal of overpass

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A construction team began prep work on the Hull Street bridge Thursday. CNJ staff The top structure of the Hull Street overpass will come off on Tuesday, according to railroad officials. Railroad workers started work Thursday to prepare the structure for the demolition, according to officials. The city approved a […]

Hull Street Overpass temporary closure

The Hull Street Overpass will be closed temporarily in order to undergo a refurbishment of the existing structure. The City of Clovis invited New Mexico State Bridge Engineer Mr. Ray Trujillo to examine the bridge following a report received from BNSF expressing concern about the condition of the overpass.

Bridge dedicated in memory of fallen soldier

By 2nd Lt. Bryan Bouchard, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — More than 100 people attended the grand opening Jan. 25 of a bridge and an overpass dedicated to a Luke Air Force Base pilot who was killed in Iraq the same month construction began on the overpass in November […]

Jan. 20, 2008 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: The Fun Way to Better Bridge Play by Harry Lampert was given by Jim and Carolyn Shipley in memory of Marge Westfall, mother of Linda Palla. Starting from the basics, this intriguing beginner’s book offers a very pleasant way to learn the world’s most fascinating […]

Officials consider repair of Hull Street bridge

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer City officials are looking into a more permanent solution for the Hull Street bridge. Public Works Committee members discussed Wednesday a plan of action to repair the bridge, which was built in the late 1950s. Members also agreed to recommend to the City Commission the extension of Axtell Road […]

Logan bridge closed after RV accident

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Freedom New Mexio: Thomas Garcia A fifth-wheel camper driven by Bill Lange of Wisconsin was damaged Thursday by a joint jutting out of the westbound lane on the U.S. 54 bridge near Logan. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico An recreational vehicle struck a bridge expansion joint Thursday on U.S. 54 near Logan, creating a […]

Conquering fear brings God near

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I have always had a fear of heights. I say fear … the kind that keeps me from walking up staircases that are too high and walkways that are close too the edge. I avoid steep steps, and once while in Chicago, backed out when I was about to get […]

Logan bridge passes inspection

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Freedom Newspapers: Chelle Delaney State Department of Transportation officials inspect the bridge on U.S. 54 at Logan. From left are state bridge inspector Carlos Martinez, bridge engineer Heather Sandoval, student intern Gillie Lopez and patrol foreman James Evans. By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers State bridge inspectors gave the bridge on U.S. 54 near Logan passing […]

N.M. to look at bridges after collapse

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Freedom Newspapers: Thomas Garcia A bridge on U.S. 54 near Logan is one of four steel-truss bridges in the state that is tabbed to undergo a comprehensive inspection. Freedom Newspapers LOGAN — A bridge on U.S. 54 near Logan is one of four steel-truss bridges in New Mexico that will undergo a comprehensive inspection, Gov. […]