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 […]

Nothing like the Artrain

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist The Artrain came through Clovis in 1973. The Santa Fe and other railroads provided the six-car traveling exhibit at no charge. It carried a cargo of “old masters,” contemporary and western art on loan from various institutes and galleries valued at more than $1 million. The project started when the […]

Overpass committee to seek cost estimates

CNJ staff City and county officials, Clovis Industrial Development Corp. leadership and concerned citizens met Monday to discuss the best way to approach an overpass project at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. It was the first meeting held locally since the subject of an MLK overpass was broached last month in Santa Fe. “It was […]

Overpass concerns addressed in Santa Fe

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Concerned citizens are hoping an overpass will be built over the BNSF railroad tracks at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Clovis City Commissioner Robert Sandoval said much of the community just doesn’t understand what an inconvenience it is to wait at a railroad crossing day […]

In Tribute: Railroad engineer loved to make others laugh

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer He was a railroad engineer, a private man who couldn’t turn down a game of poker or resist a good joke, and a man who deeply cared about his family. Maurice McGill of Clovis died at the Retirement Ranch Dec. 1. He was 72. Born in 1932, McGill joined […]

Funding stalls overpass

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An eastbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe train crosses N.M. 467 as it enters the west end of the Clovis yard Thursday afternoon. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer County officials hope to have grant money by February to start a railroad overpass project west of Clovis. So far, over $2.6 million […]

Derailed train car killed worker

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor The cause of death of a Clovis railroad worker moving a tank car is still under investigation, according to city and railroad officials. Glen A. “Skip” York II, 26, an employee with Burlington Northern and Santa Fe rail yard, was killed Thursday afternoon by a derailed rail car, according […]

Steam locomotives helped build Clovis

By Don McAlavy Hear that lonesome whistle sound As it passes through the night. It’s the old Santa Fe freight train As it rumbles out of sight. Back around 1971, I wrote this piece about the steam locomotives leaving Clovis for good. I never published it until now. I wasn’t an historian then, but felt […]

Diesel fuel tanker rolls

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A tanker carrying diesel fuel fell over near the train tracks across Mabry Drive from Cook’s Restaurant Saturday afternoon. The driver was not injured. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) CNJ staff A tanker truck filled with 7,000 gallons of diesel fuel overturned about 3 p.m. Saturday on a gravel access road alongside the railroad tracks across […]

Trains fascinate the young and the old

By Grant McGee Last Saturday morning while crossing the Prince Street bridge I saw what looked like a family of four watching the trains in the Burlington Northern Santa Fe yard. Two kids, a mom, a dad. Dad was pointing at something in the rail yard. It made me wonder if one or both of […]

Resident remembers the circus

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Here are some memories from Charlyne Allyn Sisler: “The Santa Fe Railroad and the men who ran it were the most important and dominant aspect of Clovis when I was a child. I loved watching the coming and going of the trains, plus the social atmosphere of the Gran Quivira, or […]

Riley, T.T.

T.T. Riley Services: Have been held. Mr. T. T. (Tommie) Riley, 91, a railroad engineer from Clovis, died June 4, 2004, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock He was born September 3, 1912, in Snyder, Texas to Anon J. and Maudie Spindle Riley. He married Jewell Morrow in 1931 in Snyder and moved to Clovis […]

A.L. Gurley: Pioneer entrepreneur

One of the busier pioneers who helped in the making of Clovis was A. L. Gurley. He made his fortune in broomcorn and oil. Success in oil was the tricky part! This is how it came about: First he married his childhood sweetheart, Myrtle Poor, in Purdy, Mo. That was in 1903. They headed west […]

N.M. pioneers present for Texico’s start

Don McAlavy Back in 1943, Ira Taylor and his wife had an auction of their livestock and property near Texico. “Colonel” Dick Dosher conducted the auction that Jan. 6. It was announced that the Taylors were writing the final chapter for the residents of Texico’s undisputed original pioneer family. They were pulling up stakes after […]

Quillin, J.B.

J.B. Quillin Services: Have been held. Mr. J.B. “Mac” Quillin, 87, of Clovis, died Saturday, March 6, 2004, at his home. He was born on Feb. 2, 1917, in Seymour, Texas, to Horace and Cora Edison Quillin. He came to Clovis in 1940 to play semi-pro baseball for the Clovis Pioneers and then went to […]

Quillin, J.B. “Mac”

J.B. “Mac” Quillin Services: Have been held. Mr. J.B. “Mac” Quillin, 87, of Clovis, died Saturday, March 6, 2004, at his home. He was born on Feb. 2, 1917, in Seymour, Texas, to Horace and Cora Edison Quillin. He came to Clovis in 1940 to play semi-pro baseball for the Clovis Pioneers and then went […]

Police Blotter 3/26

About noon Jan. 19, high school security staff called Clovis police regarding a public fight at the 1500 block of Reid. Upon arrival, police noticed a group of students jumping the fence into an adjacent apartment complex that was posted for no trespassing. Police arrested four students for criminal trespass and transported them to the […]

Richest memories are growing up poor

By Don McAlavy Jim “Mac” McDonald of Clovis plays a round of golf almost daily. He’s 84. He says golf keeps him fit. Twenty-three years ago, I wrote a column about his grandpa, Moses B. McDonald, the accepted leader at the little settlement at Plain, which is a few miles west of Grady. Plain is […]

Railroad crossing fatality puzzling for state police

By Darrell Todd Maurina New Mexico State Police say they don’t know why Alfonso Gonzales Jr., 37, of Clovis, drove onto the BNSF railroad tracks west of Cannon Air Force Base late on Christmas Eve. They do know he didn’t survive the crash. “When the deceased drove onto the railroad tracks, the engineer put the […]

Railroad overpass on schedule, city says

By Jack King Work to build an overpass on State Road 467 over the railroad tracks, which may lessen residents’ concerns about the closing of the Wheaton Street crossing is on schedule, said City Manager Ray Mondragon. However, funding for the project is still $300,000 short, he added. The New Mexico Department of Highways and […]