Clovis boxers advance

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Two boxers who train in Clovis will be making their way to the regional round of this year’s Golden Gloves following Sunday’s state finals at Roy Walker Community Center. Superheavyweight Elijio Sena and Edgar Zubia at 141 pounds won their divisions and helped the Clovis Boxing Club take the overall […]

Something to do on January 5

The Clovis Depot Model Train Museum, located at 221 W. First St., is open noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Call 762-0066 for information.

Local Roundup: Train strikes flatbed trailer

CNJ staff An eastbound train struck a flatbed trailer at the intersection of U.S. 84 and the New Mexico/Texas state line Friday night, police said. Emily Patterson of the Farwell Police Department said the accident occurred at 10:20 p.m. CST. The driver of a commercial pickup truck pulling a 35- to 40-foot trailer carrying heavy […]

Sept. 21, 1941

L.J. Stone and Paul Sellers of Clovis escaped uninjured when a Santa Fe train derailed 100 miles west of Clovis. … The Hotel Clovis coffee shop had 60-cent Sunday dinner specials. … Mrs. E.L. Siemantel, Mrs. Guy Bryan and Mrs. Sam Morgan were announced as Clovis’ best gardeners in the Garden Beautiful contest sponsored by […]

Train town: Railroad drives growth

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BNSF Railway is Curry County’s eighth largest employer with a workforce of about 500 men and women. About 90 to 100 trains roll through Clovis each day, according to railway officials. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The railroad saved Tom Carter. He may have starved. He may have turned […]

March 11, 1950

Mrs. George Cook of Clovis was the Census crew leader for the city. She was scheduled to train in Roswell later in the month, then begin counting residents on April 1. … Mutt & Jeff, Dixie Dugan and Freckles were part of the Clovis News-Journal’s lineup of comics. … The Colonial Club, located at the […]

Boarding the train game

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A group at the Portales Senior Citizens Center enjoys a game of “Mexican Train” on a recent Thursday afternoon. Players are, clockwise from left, Estelle Jones, Billie Reagan, Earl Busby, Ralph Little and Judy Riddle. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A version of dominoes fans say has the ability to tighten […]

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 […]

Priorities not crossing

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A train situation in two towns that straddle Texas and New Mexico is at a standstill, in more ways than one. Texas has set aside funding for an overpass that would save border residents from daily traffic delays caused by trains, but New Mexico hasn’t. The Texas Department of […]

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 […]

Full moon causes strange behaviors

By Ryn Gargulinski : ryngargulinski@hotmail.com If anyone heard some howling on Thursday, I swear it wasn’t me. But it could have been any number of coyotes, demons or anything else that delights in a full moon. The full moon is especially magical for New Mexico as evidenced by the great number of Land of Enchantment […]

High Plains offers plenty for travelers

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Columnist Summer tourists will soon be flocking to the shores of California, unbending their maps and looking lost on New York City’s subways and even popping their heads into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. While New Mexico has it made with places such as Santa Fe and Taos, until Julia Roberts wrecked it, […]

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 […]

Legislators riding money train to nowhere

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist They are spending a lot of money in Santa Fe these days and that is a good thing. It is a good thing because our state of New Mexico is flush. We are swimming in deep green pools of dollar bills. Whee! Fun, fun, fun! Our legislators, those folks we […]

Two killed in train, truck collision

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Freedom Newspapers: Andy Jackson Deputies from the Parmer County Sheriff’s Office investigate the scene of a deadly crash between a semi-tractor truck and a train Friday afternoon a mile north of Bovina. Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers BOVINA — The driver and passenger in a truck died Friday afternoon after the vehicle collided with a Burlington […]

Word choice not intentionally rude

By David Stevens: CNJ Editor I get a lot of jail mail. Most of it’s from mistreated, misunderstood innocent people, of course, whose purpose for writing is usually beyond my limited intellectual capacity. But a letter last week from Bernardo Baca III caught my attention because it was not 83 pages long, it did not […]

10/20 Local Roundup

Grain truck collides with BNSF train A grain truck collided with a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train Tuesday morning on N.M. 467, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s office. The driver of the truck, David Dibble, 47, of Tucumcari, refused treatment at the scene, according to Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy David Kube. Dibble fell asleep […]

Common sense and bureaucracy rarely meet

By Curtis K. Shelburne Lately at our church we’ve been studying the “fruits of the Spirit.” We plan to talk about “Patience” soon, but I think I need the lesson right now! Recently, I had under my care a genuine, certifiable, hurricane refugee (excuse me, “evacuee”). She was and is my sister, flown up to […]

Railroad employee struck, killed by train

CNJ staff A Burlington Northern Santa Fe employee from Clovis was struck and killed by a train Friday just east of Hereford, Texas, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Robert Chavez, 47, was “taking measurements” at the intersection of Farm to Market Road 2943 and the BNSF track when the incident occurred, DPS […]