New Mexico woman recounts her past

By Don McAlvy: Columnist Editor’s note: Miss Nelle Gable moved to Santa Fe in the late 1890s. On Jan. 3, 1899, she married Charles Adolphus Scheurich, who in his lifetime became known as a pioneer builder in New Mexico, Curry County, and especially Clovis, she said. This is her story. “My husband was the grandson […]

Centennial banquet held on rails

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Leo Delaloye, a BNSF Railway chef, prepares a cheese tray Friday in the railway’s Red River car. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer It’s been an adventurous month for Leo Delaloye, a chef with 17 years experience from Kansas. He has spent his time cooking in a kitchen zooming by […]

Education Feature: Patchwork project

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Patricia Thompson, 56, holds a quilt she made for a teaching class at Wayland Baptist University. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Patricia Thompson’s fascination with quilt making and the underground slave railroad earned her an A in her last class. Her quilt has also given her an opportunity to […]

Railroad underwent turmoil during early 1920s

By Don McAlavy: Columnist On Oct. 30, 1921, some of the workers in the railroad yard of the Santa Fe Railroad went on strike. Back in May of 1921 the railroad had ordered a 20 percent wage cut. Dr. I. D. Johnson, a retired Clovis dentist, in 1982 said he went to work for the […]

First temporary courthouse in Clovis caught fire 1910

By Don McAlavy: Columnist Not many people today know that the old yellow brick courthouse built in 1911 in the middle of the courthouse block is not the first courthouse in Clovis. The first courthouse was in the tallest building in Clovis, built in 1909, at 118 West Grand Ave. It was on the north […]

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 […]

Stolen van recovered near railroad tracks

CNJ Staff Police recovered a stolen van Monday morning after it was abandoned near the railroad tracks on Zulek Street, according to police reports. The van, a 1996 Ford Aerostar, was reported stolen Sunday afternoon in the 1500 block of Red Cloud Place. A citizen reported the vehicle abandoned near the railroad tracks around 10 […]

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 […]

War interrupts friendship

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The disappearance of Lily Kimura haunts Berna Jene Kreitzberg Sanders. Open up Sanders’ photo album. On page 13 is a photograph of Kimura in knee-high socks and a headband. Look in her home. Stowed away is an aging doll Kimura gave her some seven decades ago. “It’s beginning to […]

Clovis graduate became railroad chairman

BY Don McAlavy: Local Columnist The man who built Clovis’ first school and first courthouse came to New Mexico to restore his health. He didn’t live long but he accomplished much in Clovis. His name was J. Sterling Marsh, born 1878, near Lynchburg, Va. Marsh first located at Albuquerque, but then to El Paso, Texas. […]

Local Roundup: Highway closed for railroad repairs

CNJ staff U.S. 60-70-84 will remain closed at the railroad crossing between Texico and Farwell until Friday afternoon, according to the New Mexico Department of Transportation. BNSF Railway is repairing the crossing, according to railroad officials. Traffic is being detoured along U.S. 60 and Farm-to-Market Road 292. United Way annual banquet scheduled United Way of […]

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 […]

Member responds to column about Clovis Schools All-Band

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part column. The second part will be published Jan. 14. Back on Sunday, Nov. 5, I wrote a column about the 1924 Clovis Schools All-Band, made up of elementary, junior and senior students, and listed some of the students in a […]

City plans year-long centennial celebration

CNJ staff Clovis has hosted big parties before. Schools were dismissed and train whistles filled the prairie when World War I ended in 1918. About 400 guests attended the formal grand opening of Hotel Clovis in 1931. And just six months ago, thousands turned out to celebrate a new mission secured for Cannon Air Force […]

Railway’s ‘brashness’ put Clovis on the map for good

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Don McAlavy Santa Fe Railway mechanical department workers numbering about 120 mass together on a steam locomotive in the Clovis railroad yards on April 8, 1926. Photo courtesy of the High Plains Historical Foundation. The brashness of the railroad in choosing a site on the bald prairie for a new town and division point sent […]

N.M. 467 overpass on track

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The $3.6 million N.M. 467 overpass is scheduled to be completed by June 1, according to state officials. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The state is on target to complete the N.M. 467 railroad overpass on time, according to a state official. The $3.6 million project, which began in […]

Paving the way

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CNJ staff photo: Tony BullocksWalter Nowelll of the New Mexico Department of Transportation performs a test on a batch of asphalt to determine its density. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Walter Nowell shares many similarities with the asphalt he tests daily. His physical build is compact and strong and his demeanor is unyielding and […]

Railroad changed early-day Portales valley

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist This is part of a story written by Rose White, an unofficial, but unanimously recognized historian of Roosevelt County. She takes us back to the cowboy and nester days. She wrote: “The ranchers who moved into the pre-Portales area found that they and their cowboys were the only settlers nearer […]

Letter to the Editor: Gasoline pricing strategy long outdated

I have waited much too long to comment on the price of gasoline, so here goes. The 9/10 cent pricing practice was initiated at a time when a 1/10 cent saving per gallon of motor fuel represented a much larger portion of the total purchase price than is the case today. The industry-wide and unchanging […]