County and residents at odds over railroad

By Jack King District Court Judge William McBee dismissed two complaints against Curry County Wednesday that had been filed by residents of the Wheaton Street neighborhood south of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks. They had claimed the Curry County commissioners harmed them when they voted to close the Wheaton Street crossing. McBee dismissed […]

Smith, Clarence

Clarence John “Smitty” Smith, 91, of Clovis, a retired clerk for the Santa Fe Railroad, died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis. He was born on July 7, 1912, in Lexington Township, Minn., to Edward and Amelia Smith. He graduated from Le Center High School and owned and operated a resort on […]

Clovis is no stranger to housing booms

Don McAlavy Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series. The story will conclude next Wednesday. Clovis’ biggest boom in housing projects started during the middle of World War II. An acute housing shortage in Clovis had been recognized by the federal government because of “increased war activity” in this area. The Clovis […]

BNSF on track for changes

By Jack King Burlington Northern Santa Fe is eliminating a crew change in Clovis for some of its trains, although it’s not yet clear what the change will mean for Clovis. Also, BNSF has lost a labor dispute, which will mean more high-paying union jobs at its Clovis yard — but how many of those […]

The Wild, Wild West hits very close to home

Don McAlavy A town in our area harbors deep secrets. A railroad had built from the east to the west in eastern New Mexico prior to Clovis and Texico. Killings were commonplace in this new tent town, which for its first year went by the name of “Six-Shooter Siding.” Ill feelings between the gandy dancers […]

Howard, John

John Howard Services: Have been held Mr. John O. Howard Jr., 85, of Amarillo, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003, in Amarillo. He was born on April 28, 1918, in Greenfield, Mo. He moved to Clovis when he was 6 months old. He went to work for the Santa Fe Railroad in 1936 and served from […]

Railway continues expansion

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The Burlington Northern-Santa Fe expansion of the Clovis rail yard has created 60 new conductor positions. Photo by Eric Kluth By Jack King Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway has hired 60 new people as a result of its recent expansion, “90 percent” of whom are from Clovis, a BNSF spokeswoman said. Spokeswoman Lena Kent said […]

Funds needed to toot old locomotive

By Don McAlavy Early in 1954, Clovis City Commissioner Roy Walker wrote a letter to Earnest S. Marsh, vice-president of the Santa Fe Railroad in Chicago. In so many words, the city of Clovis was asking the railroad for a locomotive that would be displayed in Hillcrest Park. Walker and the other commissioners knew Clovis […]

County backs off tax plan

By Jack King Curry County probably will not be able to give Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad a property tax abatement in order to fund an overpass over State Road 467, County Assessor Randy Williams told county commissioners Tuesday. Under an agreement signed by the county and the railroad May 20, Burlington Northern will provide […]

Homans to focus on job creation

By Gary Mitchell State Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans said he will focus on job creation opportunities. Q: How long have you served as secretary of the state Economic Development Department? A: Since Jan. 1. When Gov. Bill Richardson got elected, I was his first cabinet appointment. Q: Prior to this position, what was your […]

Wheaton crossing closing

By Jack King Curry County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to close the Wheaton Street railroad crossing, approving an agreement with Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad the Clovis City Commission approved Monday. The vote means BNSF can begin work on an extension of its Clovis railroad yard, adding three new tracks on each end of the […]

Hoping to reach a compromise on Wheaton

Jack King The railroad crossing at Wheaton Street may close after all. Local officials and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway were unable to reach agreement on a contract last month in connection with BNSF’s planned expansion project. But last week, representatives from the county, city of Clovis and railroad met with Department of Economic Development […]

Opposite sides of the tracks

By Jack King Sitting in a car at the raw, recently graded intersection of Wheaton Street and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway, Victor Chavez pointed north. “From here you go a mile to the hospital,” he said. “That’s what we moved here for and why should we have to give it up? I’m thinking […]

Letters to the Editor 5/11/03

Only way to conserve water is to regulate In Tuesday’s issue of the Clovis News Journal (The Liquid of Life, Part 1), I noted that the domestic use of water in Curry County is 111 acre feet per year. I took that to mean mostly residential use. Agriculture, on the other hand, uses 199,264 acre […]

County tables railroad contract

By Jack King The Curry County Commission tabled discussion on a proposed contract with Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad at its meeting Tuesday, saying more negotiations with the railroad are needed before it can approve the contract. Commissioners voted April 15 to close a railroad crossing at Wheaton Street, which would allow BNSF to build […]

Commission considers closing Wheaton Street

By Jack King Residents from the Wheaton Street area argued heatedly Thursday the City Commission should postpone considering an ordinance that would close a portion of street to make way for a Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad expansion. Charging the expansion will put BNSF’s new tracks near their backyards and Curry County needs more time […]