Legislation proposes changes to train security, warning bells and fines

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican The New Mexico Rail Runner Express could have its own police patrol, would ring its bell for a shorter amount of time in Santa Fe and could tap into more funding under measures moving in the House and Senate this session. Another measure would increase by $90 the fine […]

Tucumcari man “very, very lucky” to survive train accident

Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari man who was hit by a train two weeks ago says he “didn’t see the darn train,” and that he’s a very lucky man. “The doctors and everybody say I am very, very lucky,” said Isaac Pacheco, Jr., 46. Pacheco who is at Northwest Hospital in Amarillo was interviewed by […]

Immigration status irrelevant to license needs

Freedom New Mexico Critics call it a train wreck, and the euphemism isn’t too far off. The state of Texas has joined other states across the nation in restricting the allocation of drivers’ licenses according to U.S. residency status. The issue became a major problem in New York for the presidential campaign of Sen. Hillary […]

Airmen train for SOF resupply

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez An MC-130W Combat Spear drops a container release system load at the Melrose Air Force Range during a training exercise on Sept. 23. The drops are done at least once a week and prepare the aircrews for resupply missions in areas without airfields. By 2nd Lt. Raymond Gobberg: […]

Rail riding still not appealing

By Grant McGee: CNJ Columnist The Lady of the House and I were thinking of taking a train trip to visit family in northern Minnesota. Once we checked into it, it was obvious that ridin’ the rails ain’t what it used to be. We’d start at Las Vegas, N.M., on Amtrak’s “Southwest Chief” and, according […]

Train, truck accident causes power outage, reroutes traffic on U.S. 70

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Xcel energy crews work to repair a downed power pole following an accident involving a train and semi that caused power outages in Portales By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A collision between a Southwestern Railroad train and a tractor-trailer Thursday morning forced the closure of U.S. Highway 70 and created power outages across Portales. […]

Clovis boxers advance

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Two boxers who train in Clovis will be making their way to the regional round of this year’s Golden Gloves following Sunday’s state finals at Roy Walker Community Center. Superheavyweight Elijio Sena and Edgar Zubia at 141 pounds won their divisions and helped the Clovis Boxing Club take the overall […]

Something to do on January 5

The Clovis Depot Model Train Museum, located at 221 W. First St., is open noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Call 762-0066 for information.

Local Roundup: Train strikes flatbed trailer

CNJ staff An eastbound train struck a flatbed trailer at the intersection of U.S. 84 and the New Mexico/Texas state line Friday night, police said. Emily Patterson of the Farwell Police Department said the accident occurred at 10:20 p.m. CST. The driver of a commercial pickup truck pulling a 35- to 40-foot trailer carrying heavy […]

Sept. 21, 1941

L.J. Stone and Paul Sellers of Clovis escaped uninjured when a Santa Fe train derailed 100 miles west of Clovis. … The Hotel Clovis coffee shop had 60-cent Sunday dinner specials. … Mrs. E.L. Siemantel, Mrs. Guy Bryan and Mrs. Sam Morgan were announced as Clovis’ best gardeners in the Garden Beautiful contest sponsored by […]

Depot offers glimpse of history

Remember playing with choo-choo trains when you were a kid? You can rediscover the fun of model railroads at the Clovis Depot and Model Train Museum. The depot has been restored to the same condition it was in the 1950’s. An operating telegraph station is inside and there are plenty of old-fashioned toy trains including […]

Train town: Railroad drives growth

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BNSF Railway is Curry County’s eighth largest employer with a workforce of about 500 men and women. About 90 to 100 trains roll through Clovis each day, according to railway officials. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The railroad saved Tom Carter. He may have starved. He may have turned […]

March 11, 1950

Mrs. George Cook of Clovis was the Census crew leader for the city. She was scheduled to train in Roswell later in the month, then begin counting residents on April 1. … Mutt & Jeff, Dixie Dugan and Freckles were part of the Clovis News-Journal’s lineup of comics. … The Colonial Club, located at the […]

Boarding the train game

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A group at the Portales Senior Citizens Center enjoys a game of “Mexican Train” on a recent Thursday afternoon. Players are, clockwise from left, Estelle Jones, Billie Reagan, Earl Busby, Ralph Little and Judy Riddle. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A version of dominoes fans say has the ability to tighten […]

News of 1937 highlighted circus, disaster, mayhem

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Seventy years ago, in 1937, the news of the day included a lost man, an air circus, and a train robbery and killing. The news said, “Lost, One Man and One Earthquake.” The Tucumcari Chamber of Commerce received a note from a Cleveland, Tenn., woman, Harriette E. Wells, middle of […]

Sound of silence won’t be heard

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Farwell City Councilors are opposed to creating a quiet zone at railroad crossings in fear the city would be liable for collisions at the crossing. Councilors voted 4-0 this week against the zone, according to Wayne Gruben, a Farwell city councilor and a chief deputy at the Parmer County […]

Priorities not crossing

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A train situation in two towns that straddle Texas and New Mexico is at a standstill, in more ways than one. Texas has set aside funding for an overpass that would save border residents from daily traffic delays caused by trains, but New Mexico hasn’t. The Texas Department of […]

Some things one must see to believe

By Bob Huber: Humor Columnist Before sunup each day, an east-west train rumbles through town while everyone sleeps. The engineer pulls a rhythmic whistle cord on the east side of town, and he doesn’t stop until he breaks out on the west side. By the time the last car chugs by the canning factory, everyone […]

Full moon causes strange behaviors

By Ryn Gargulinski : ryngargulinski@hotmail.com If anyone heard some howling on Thursday, I swear it wasn’t me. But it could have been any number of coyotes, demons or anything else that delights in a full moon. The full moon is especially magical for New Mexico as evidenced by the great number of Land of Enchantment […]

Phase II players prepare

Staff Sgt. Robin Manley, 27th Fighter Wing, and Tech Sgt. Steve Crow, 27th Mission Support Squadron, apply the finishing touches to their training gear July 21 as they ready for Phase II training next week. Col. Scott West “Train like you fight!” – This common phrase embodies our philosophy that training is the key to […]