Camp revives childhood memories

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Remember when you went to camp? You learned neat stuff about animal tracks, bugs and pine trees. Maybe you went hiking after dark and somebody jumped out of the woods screaming like a wild animal, scaring everyone spitless. Around the campfire they told ghost stories that caused shivers — and […]

Stolen van recovered near railroad tracks

CNJ Staff Police recovered a stolen van Monday morning after it was abandoned near the railroad tracks on Zulek Street, according to police reports. The van, a 1996 Ford Aerostar, was reported stolen Sunday afternoon in the 1500 block of Red Cloud Place. A citizen reported the vehicle abandoned near the railroad tracks around 10 […]

Some things one must see to believe

By Bob Huber: Humor Columnist Before sunup each day, an east-west train rumbles through town while everyone sleeps. The engineer pulls a rhythmic whistle cord on the east side of town, and he doesn’t stop until he breaks out on the west side. By the time the last car chugs by the canning factory, everyone […]

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 […]

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 […]

2/13 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Sheriff’s deputies responded Tuesday evening west of Texico where a white El Camino was spotted near the train tracks atop of a 15-foot embankment. The car was apparently driven at high speed to the top of the embankment. The driver was taken […]

City man drives onto tracks

CNJ STAFF REPORT Curry County deputies took a 36-year-old Clovis man into protective mental custody Wednesday after he drove onto the rail line dividing Texico and Farwell about 8:45 p.m., according to Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher. “We could charge him with trespassing because he did drive down the rail, but if we charge him […]

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 […]

One killed in car-train crash

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Portales woman who drove around barricades and “road closed” signs was killed by a freight train on Tuesday night after her vehicle became stuck on railroad tracks near Melrose, police said. Amanda Tenorio, 21, had been visiting family in Moriarty and was returning to her home in Portales when the […]

Day drive includes dinosaurs

By Angela Peacock ? Less than a three-hour drive north of Clovis is one of the largest discovery of dinosaur tracks in the world. Clayton Lake State Park, located 12 miles north of Clayton, is home to more than 500 dinosaur tracks. The prehistoric footprints, which experts say were made more than 100 million years […]

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 […]