Search engines: Finding the needle in the haystack

By Tom DiFrancesca The realm of “Geekdom” is growing and thriving beyond all expectations — what a rush. For every person who has ever been made fun of because of their interest in computers, networking, and the Internet, we all cry out in unison: “take that you mere mortals.” It was only a few years […]

Take work on the road with bookmark site

Tom DiFrancesca: Internet Safari I travel quite often and have done so for years. In the past, I would maintain a Web page that would contain all of my favorite Internet bookmarks, but alas I’d forget to keep it updated and then would find myself on the road, trying to track down a previously visited, […]

Busy week yields ‘killer’ search engine

Tom DiFrancesca It’s been a busy week in “Internet Land,” lots of changes, lots of activity, and I’ve come across a lot of interesting Web sites. I mentioned in last week’s column about all the buzz that has been generated on the Web since Google.com announced its possible intentions to go public next year. Well, […]

Search engines: The race for the big money

Tom DiFrancesca Lots of breaking news concerning search engines this past week. Although Google.com has remained one of the more popular and profitable (through advertising sales) search engine services on the Web — for some time now, that may all be changing soon. For a while there, I watched as some of the major Internet […]

Old locomotive bell making CHS home

By Don McAlavy In the name of school spirit, five Clovis High students scaled a fence protecting the old locomotive at Hillcrest Park in 1959 and made off with the train’s bell. The five boys never told anybody that it was them that “borrowed the bell” which can still be heard today ringing at Clovis […]

Funds needed to toot old locomotive

By Don McAlavy Early in 1954, Clovis City Commissioner Roy Walker wrote a letter to Earnest S. Marsh, vice-president of the Santa Fe Railroad in Chicago. In so many words, the city of Clovis was asking the railroad for a locomotive that would be displayed in Hillcrest Park. Walker and the other commissioners knew Clovis […]

Park train move will cost $10,000

By Jack King The Clovis Downtown Revitalization Program and area train enthusiasts are looking for donors to help them move an historic steam locomotive to a new home. The locomotive, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe 9005, has sat in Hillcrest Park since 1954. Phil Williams, owner of the Clovis Historic Depot Model Train Museum, said […]