Day trip: Fired Up! Train Depot Grand Opening

The Fired Up! Train Depot Grand Opening will be Nov. 4 at Railroad Plaza in downtown Tucumcari. Gabriel Monte Fired Up! Train Depot Grand Opening Location: Railroad Plaza, Downtown Tucumcari What activities can you enjoy at this location: Music, food and art. The centennial hot air balloon will be on hand and MainStreet will be […]

Day trip: Clovis Train Depot part of local history

Cannon Connections photo: Gabriel Monte Clovis Train Depot is located at 221 West First Street in Clovis. Place: Clovis Train Depot Location: 221 West First Street, Clovis What activities can you enjoy at this location: Learn about the history of the railroad in Clovis. The depot has 11 operating layouts, nine of which can be […]

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 […]

Magazine releases list of top spouse-friendly employers

Military Spouse Magazine Military Spouse Magazine has released its first list of the Top 10 Military-Spouse-Friendly Employers. According to the magazine, the chosen companies needed to produce $1 billion in revenue per year and have specific programs in place to hire military spouses. The top employers are: 1. USAA — According to USAA, they understand […]

Hotel business brisk in early days of Clovis

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Clovis solicited customers in many ways. One of the best ways to entice customers was to meet the passenger trains that stopped at the Santa Fe Railroad depot where passengers got off, to stretch their legs, get a bite to eat or seek a hotel. Soliciting patrons to a hotel […]

Day trips: Railroading memorabilia abounds at Clovis museum

Compiled by William P. Thompson 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 […]

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 […]

Panel wraps up base closing work

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A federal commission wrapped up its review of the Defense Department’s plan to close and consolidate domestic military bases Saturday, having made changes that it acknowledged would save billions less than the Pentagon’s nearly $50 billion estimated savings. Chairman Anthony Principi said the panel successfully balanced “proposals […]

An infamous day at Ricardo post office

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist The community of Ricardo, now lost to just memory, was 13 miles southwest of Fort Sumner. The Santa Fe Railroad put in a depot and a water station there when the Belen Cutoff was built. By 1908, a small town had sprung up and many wannabe settlers came to find […]

Nevada wins commissioner’s promise to tour depot

By Felicia Fonseca: The Associated Press Nevada’s political leaders got a welcome surprise on their trip to New Mexico: a commissioner’s commitment to visit the Army Ammunition Depot near Hawthorne. Base Realignment and Closure Commissioner Philip Coyle told Gov. Kenny Guinn along with six others that he’d arrange for a visit to the threatened depot […]

Rural Nevada town clings to targeted Army depot

By Martin Griffith: The Associated Press HAWTHORNE, Nev. — For more than 50 years, this struggling desert town that proudly calls itself “America’s Patriotic Home” has held what’s billed as the nation’s biggest Armed Forces Day parade. Some 3,500 people turned out earlier this month for the celebration, complete with water fights, a watermelon eating […]

Major bases on closure list

The Associated Press The 33 major military bases that the Pentagon said Friday it wants to close. The military defines “major” as bases whose replacement cost would be $100 million or greater. They are: Alaska Kulis Air Guard Station California Riverbank Army Ammunition Plant Naval Support Activity, Corona Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach Concord Detachment […]

Miller, Clement Frank “Jim”

Clement Miller Services: Have been held. Mr. Clement Frank “Jim” Miller, 71, of Clovis died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born on Feb. 13, 1932, in Toronto, Canada, to Clement and Gwendoline Clark Miller. A communications supervisor for the U.S. Air Force from 1951 until 1971, he received a […]

Center offers trip to the musical past

By Angela Peacock Encouraging interaction between artists and the community is the objective behind Lubbock’s Buddy Holly Center. At the center visitors can see the largest Buddy Holly memorabilia collection anywhere as well as the continuously changing visual arts exhibitions. “The mission of the Buddy Holly Center is to be a catalyst for the advancement […]