Clovis man killed in railroad accident

CNJ Staff YESO, N.M. — New Mexico State Police say a 56-year-old Clovis railroad worker was killed Saturday after falling off a rail car and being struck by another railcar that backed over him. State police say Gregory Blevins, a railroad worker for 20 years, was helping co-workers with the BNSF railroad company when the […]

Work begins on removal of overpass

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A construction team began prep work on the Hull Street bridge Thursday. CNJ staff The top structure of the Hull Street overpass will come off on Tuesday, according to railroad officials. Railroad workers started work Thursday to prepare the structure for the demolition, according to officials. The city approved a […]

MLK Blvd. railway crossing closing temporarily

CNJ staff The Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard railroad crossing will be closed until early this evening while BNSF Railway crews perform maintenance on the crossing, according to Interim Public Works Director Clint Bunch. He said BNSF is fixing the crossing because of the expected increase in traffic after city officials indefinitely closed the Hull […]

Railroad work nearing completion

CNJ staff Maintenance work on the U.S. Highway 60/84 railroad crossing should be completed Tuesday, according to a BNSF Railway spokesman. A small section of U.S. 60/84 at the New Mexico-Texas state line has been closed since Friday when BNSF Railway construction crews started a resurfacing project on the crossing, according to railway spokesman Joe […]

Cochran, Confederate Railroad to perform at Ute Lake

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Courtesy photo Stephen Cochran is veteran who, along with band Confederate Railroad, will perform a concert at Ute Lake on Friday. Freedom New Mexico Featured artist Stephen Cochran is a former Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He writes many of his own songs with his life experiences as inspiration. Featured band Confederate Railroad […]

Feb. 25 – Working on the railroad

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Charles Lee, left, from Littlefield, Texas and Clovis’ Donny Nunez, right, work on retiring a split point switch on the railroad near the Prince Street bridge in Clovis. BNSF replaced 12,000 ties between Cook’s Diner and Cannon Air Force Base in the end of 2007 according to BNSF road master […]

Railroaders reminisce

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Each month a group of retired and current railroaders get together to keep up the family feeling their group shares. The third Thursday of every month, the National Association of Veteran and Retired Railway Employees holds a potluck at Baxter-Curren Senior Center so that railroaders can come and talk […]

Dec. 8, 1970

Clovis Postmaster Charles S. Stanfield urged immediate mailing of all Christmas cards in the event of a national railroad strike. … The Clovis Wildcats played the Canyon Eagles that evening in the opening game of the 1970-71 basketball season. The Wildcats went on to win, 59-58. … Christmas trees could be purchased at Bob’s Fruit […]

Local Roundup: Five railroad cars derail at elevators

CNJ staff Five railroad cars carrying grain derailed sometime Sunday morning at Peavey Grain elevators on U.S. 60/84 just west of Clovis. BNSF Railway Director of Public Affairs Joe Faust said there were no injuries and the derailment caused a minimal delay in operations. The grain was headed to the elevators when the derailment occurred, […]

Newspapers have lengthy legacy

By Don McAlvy: Columnist Newspapers are the lifeblood of any community. Like the many communities that once existed in East-Central New Mexico and have faded away, so have newspapers faded away. Would you believe that in Curry, Quay and Roosevelt counties 62 newspapers once existed? In the early days the local paper was perhaps the […]