County marks overpass groundbreaking

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleirt is shoveled Thursday to symbolize the start of the N.M. 467 railroad overpass project. By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Fluffy white clouds, a clear blue sky and a light breeze created a pleasant atmosphere for the N.M. Road 467 railroad overpass groundbreaking held Thursday at the future construction site. […]

5/21 Engagements

Pond/Smith Stuart and Tresa Pond of Grady announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Taris Pond, of Clovis to Taylor Smith of Clovis. He is the son of Guy Smith of Colorado and Julie Abernathy of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows at 3 p.m. on June 3 at Kingswood Methodist Church, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

3/5 Engagement

Hill/Wright Arnold Freeman and Jeanette Winfrey of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, DeeDee Hill of Clovis to Joe Wright of Clovis, son of John and Bonnie Wright of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows April 22 at 6 p.m. at Faith Christian Family Church. The reception will be at Chaparral […]

Roy G. Penix

Roy G. Penix Date of birth: Nov. 29, 1925 Dates of service: 1943 to 1946 Hometown: Tucumcari Theater and location of service: Pacific Branch: Navy Rank: Seaman 1st class Unit and specialty: USS Mount Olympus, 3rd Amphibious Force Lives in: Lindon, Utah In his words: With his father’s help, Penix obtained a job with the […]

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 […]

Visit Socorro for golf shoot, not burgers

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist We decided to go on a road trip to Socorro. That’s where the Lady of the House’s oldest son lives. It’s been a while since she’s seen him. We took the most direct way to Socorro by zipping west out of Clovis on U.S. 60. One thing you may notice […]

Bunten, William R.

William Robert Bunten, 84, of Topeka, Kan., died on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005, at Presbyterian Manor. He was born April 18, 1921, in Topeka to Arch and Grace E. Hutton Bunten. He grew up in Albuquerque and graduated from Albuquerque High School. He married Ruby D. Rutz on Sept. 9, 1940, in Bernalillo He served […]

Plans for railroad overpass due to be submitted

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Final plans for the construction of a railroad overpass on state Road 467 are due to be submitted Monday to the New Mexico Department of Transportation. Officials from the state and county road departments met Aug. 11 in Albuquerque to finalize plans for a railroad overpass that will serve […]

8/7 Local Roundup

Texico-Farwell highway closing U.S. 70/84 at the Texico-Farwell state line will be closed at 8 a.m. Monday through 4 p.m. Wednesday for repairs on the railroad crossing, according to railroad and highway officials. Resurfacing is taking place due to the settling of concrete, which is causing a rough crossing, according to Burlington Northern State Railroad […]

Poor , Donald

Donald Poor  Services: Have been held. Mr. Donald C. Poor, 77, of Clovis, died Friday, June 10, 2005, in Clovis. He was born on Oct. 25, 1927, in Fairview, Mo., to Walter and Maud Haley Poor. He married Thelda Moore on March 25, 1977, in Tucumcari. He was a resident of Clovis since 1946. He […]

Floyd Jr, Thomas

Thomas J. “T.J.” Floyd Jr., 71, of Clovis, died Thursday, June 9, 2005, at his home. He was born on May 26, 1934, in Del Rio, Texas, to Thomas J. and Josephine Stewart Floyd. He married Nancy Woodhouse on May 29, 1955. He worked for the ATSF Railroad for 37 years traveling around New Mexico, […]

Pacheco Jr. , Robert

Robert Pacheco Jr. Services: Have been held. Robert Joseph “Bobby” Pacheco Jr., 51, of Clovis, died Saturday, June 4, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on Nov. 5, 1953, in Portales, to Robert Joseph and Connie Martinez Pacheco. He married Darlene Pacheco on July 16, 2001, in Angel Fire. He served […]

Chavez , Robert

Robert Chavez Services: Have been held. Robert Chavez, 47, of Clovis, died Friday, June 24, 2005, in Hereford, Texas. He was born on June 14, 1958, in Clovis, to George and Fulgencia Mondragon Chavez. He was a trackman for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way […]

Clovis survived railroad office closing

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist O n Nov. 18, 1987, Santa Fe Railroad spokesman Richard Hall announced the division offices in Clovis and La Junta, Colo., would shut down and consolidate in Albuquerque during the latter half of 1988. Sure enough, Clovis suffered a closure on June 27, 1989, but we lived through it. After […]

Meat packer considering move to area

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers A major meat packer is considering opening a plant in Clovis or Tucumcari, according to Pete Kampfer, Tucumcari’s economic development director. Kampfer told Tucumcari city commissioners on Thursday that the plant would employ about 1,600 workers. He declined to name the company because he said negotiations are ongoing and confidential. […]

Vehicle struck by train near St. Vrain

CNJ staff A vehicle attempting to cross the railroad tracks just west of St. Vrain was struck by a train shortly before 7:55 a.m. Thursday, according to railroad officials. No one was injured. “There was a car that tried to beat the train, and obviously he didn’t make it through the crossing,” said Lena Kent, […]

WWII railroad battalion trained in Clovis

By Don McAlavy On the windy afternoon of April 25, 1942, at Camp William C. Reid on the south edge of Clovis, the Stars and Stripes were raised during a small but impressive ceremony and the 713th Railway Operation Battalion was born. The U.S. Army, realizing the major role rail transportation was to play in […]

Task force discusses traffic concerns for MLK overpass

CNJ staff A task force met Thursday evening to discuss strategies for a proposed railroad overpass at Martin Luther King Boulevard. Central in Thursday’s discussion was whether the overpass should be restricted to residential and emergency traffic and whether the bridge should be two or four lanes. “The issue of maintaining the road is very […]