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 […]