N.M. 467 overpass near completion

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The N.M. 467 overpass is set to open in June, according to project manager Patrick Garcia. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By CNJ staff The N.M. 467 railroad overpass is in the final phases of construction and will be open in June, according to the project superintendent Mike Barnes. The $3.6 million project, which began […]

Fort Sumner railroad bridge turning 100 this year

By Don McAlavy The railroad bridge at Fort Sumner is 100 years old this year. The bridge crew knew they had a big job ahead of them. One of the great floods of the Pecos River in 1903 demonstrated to the Belen cutoff railroad crew that the bridge on the Pecos would have to be […]

Donkey races summer high point

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Kids in my hometown had a summer bonus — donkeys they could ride all day long each year, free of charge. All they had to do was catch them, and my friends had the scars to prove it, mainly tooth marks on their behinds. This unique situation came about when […]

Portales’ fight for social justice important

Helena Rodriguez : CNJ Columnist Welcome winners …. insurgents and rabble-rousers. Those are the words that greeted people Sunday at a presentation at the Memorial Building in Portales called “The Struggle for Social Justice in Roosevelt County, 1965-1980.” Dolores Penrod, an event organizer, said those are the words the Portales News-Tribune published in reference to […]

Our support, prayers needed for tragic times

Editorial This certainly has been a time of great tragedy, not only along America’s Gulf Coast but also overseas in Iraq where nearly 1,000 people perished in a stampede Aug. 31. In Baghdad, as about one million Shiite Muslims marched in the city and across the Tigris River toward a shrine in commemoration of the […]

Federal funding no longer needed for transportation

Freedom Newspapers Want a glimpse into the essence of pork-barrel funding and a clue to the source of chronic federal budget deficits? Exhibit No. 1: The $286 billion, six-year federal transportation bill Congress recently passed. Among legitimate projects, such as repairing interstate expressways, it also contains approximately 6,371 special projects earmarked for and by individual […]

WWII railroad battalion trained in Clovis

By Don McAlavy On the windy afternoon of April 25, 1942, at Camp William C. Reid on the south edge of Clovis, the Stars and Stripes were raised during a small but impressive ceremony and the 713th Railway Operation Battalion was born. The U.S. Army, realizing the major role rail transportation was to play in […]

Patton, Harry L.

Harry L. Patton Services: Have been held. Harry L. Patton, 74, of Clovis, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004, in Clovis. He was born on Oct. 6, 1930, in Clovis, to Perkins L. and Katherine Garvin Patton. He was an attorney and practiced in Clovis for many years. He served as the city of Clovis attorney […]

Mary never had a lamb like this one

by Bob Huber Before they come after me with that final funny jacket, I have to tell you that the night the lamb broke up our bridge party ranks as a high-water mark in my otherwise serene life. Of course, it doesn’t live up to the time our neighbor lady shut down her husband’s drunken […]

Trains fascinate the young and the old

By Grant McGee Last Saturday morning while crossing the Prince Street bridge I saw what looked like a family of four watching the trains in the Burlington Northern Santa Fe yard. Two kids, a mom, a dad. Dad was pointing at something in the rail yard. It made me wonder if one or both of […]

Staying in Iraq will bring officials more dilemmas

The scene was a sad reminder of the dangers that remain in Iraq, long after the nation has been liberated from Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime. Four civilians who worked for a North Carolina-based security company were killed in an ambush of their SUV in Fallujah, a city west of Baghdad, on Wednesday. Then crowds dragged […]

Students test their cantilever stylin’

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Sarah Stujenske, 13, center, fellow Yucca Junior High Student Jessica Gordon, 13, right, and Gattis Junior High Student Alysha Salguero, 12, left, work on a cantilever during a project Wednesday at Marshall Junior High School. Photo: Eric Kluth. By Sue Gilmore Laughter and excited conversation split the after-school quiet Wednesday at Marshall Junior High School. […]