Discriminating against divorce not far fetched

Freedom New Mexico T oday, divorced couples equal married couples in numbers. So imagine if divorce were a fireable offense. It is, at Wheaton College, in Wheaton, Ill. Popular English Professor Kent Gramm was fired recently, after 20 years at the school, because he and his wife divorced. Students have circulated a petition in support [...]

Highway 467 overpass delayed

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Groundbreaking on the state Road 467 overpass is delayed because construction bids didn’t meet budget requirements, according to Curry County Road Superintendent Danny Davis. Davis reported state road department officials plan to award the contract next week for the $3.65 million project. Groundbreaking is scheduled for mid- to late [...]

Citizens push for overpass site change

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor While campaigning in south Clovis in the fall, Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, kept hearing the same complaint. Residents south of the railroad tracks felt cut off from city amenities since the Wheaton Street railroad crossing was closed in May 2003. A proposal to build an overpass about two [...]

Funding stalls overpass

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An eastbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe train crosses N.M. 467 as it enters the west end of the Clovis yard Thursday afternoon. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer County officials hope to have grant money by February to start a railroad overpass project west of Clovis. So far, over $2.6 million [...]

Wheaton crossing closing

By Jack King Curry County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to close the Wheaton Street railroad crossing, approving an agreement with Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad the Clovis City Commission approved Monday. The vote means BNSF can begin work on an extension of its Clovis railroad yard, adding three new tracks on each end of the [...]

Quit quibbling; close Wheaton

This Tuesday, Curry County commissioners have a simple vote to cast: Close the Wheaton Road rail crossing on the west edge of Clovis. Doing so means Burlington Northern Santa Fe’s proposed $15 million railyard expansion and 80 high-paying jobs bringing in $6.4 million more in annual payroll will happen and reinvigorate our economy Plus it [...]

Opposite sides of the tracks

By Jack King Sitting in a car at the raw, recently graded intersection of Wheaton Street and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway, Victor Chavez pointed north. “From here you go a mile to the hospital,” he said. “That’s what we moved here for and why should we have to give it up? I’m thinking [...]

Commission considers closing Wheaton Street

By Jack King Residents from the Wheaton Street area argued heatedly Thursday the City Commission should postpone considering an ordinance that would close a portion of street to make way for a Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad expansion. Charging the expansion will put BNSF’s new tracks near their backyards and Curry County needs more time [...]