Vehicle struck by train near St. Vrain

CNJ staff A vehicle attempting to cross the railroad tracks just west of St. Vrain was struck by a train shortly before 7:55 a.m. Thursday, according to railroad officials. No one was injured. “There was a car that tried to beat the train, and obviously he didn’t make it through the crossing,” said Lena Kent, […]

WWII railroad battalion trained in Clovis

By Don McAlavy On the windy afternoon of April 25, 1942, at Camp William C. Reid on the south edge of Clovis, the Stars and Stripes were raised during a small but impressive ceremony and the 713th Railway Operation Battalion was born. The U.S. Army, realizing the major role rail transportation was to play in […]

Traveling temporary escape from world

By Helena Rodriguez My 14-year-old daughter Laura recently got to fly for the first time. In fact, she traveled by almost every possible mode — land, sea, plane and train — in the course of only a few days. Laura and I accompanied my friend Yolanda to Houston last week for outpatient eye surgery. We […]

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 […]

Vicious explosion rocked Tolar 60 years ago

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer On a quiet day in eastern New Mexico, Nov. 30, 1944, a train of 81 cars was traveling west out of Clovis. One of the crew members had detected a hot box under a fuel oil tanker car and the engineer was slowing the train to a stop west […]

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 […]

Man dies at Clovis rail yard

CNJ STAFF A 26-year-old employee of Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway died Thursday at the rail yard in Clovis. The victim was identified as Glen York of Clovis. Clovis Police Lt. Ron Hutchison said the employee was killed by a train that derailed in the train yard. Hutchison said the train rolled off the […]

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 […]

Portales banker remembers Reagan as sincere during train layover in Clovis

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers For Ronald Reagan, it was an early-morning layover at a small train station in Clovis. For a 20-something ticket agent, the Cold War-era words they exchanged are still memorable 42 years later. “We just talked about a lot of things,” said Dennis Edwards, now the president of Wells-Fargo Bank in […]

Police Blotter 2/25

Law officers responded about 2:30 a.m. Thursday to a crash involving a pickup and a train near Mabry Drive and Sugarbeet Road. Officers had some difficulty locating the wreck but eventually found a 1987 Ford F-150 whose front end had been hit by the train, deflating both front tires and causing other minor damage. The […]

Hospital: Hazmat mishap mishandled

By Darrell Todd Maurina Communications problems which complicated an emergency medical run on Feb. 2 could have implications for any future disaster, members of the exercise design subcommittee of the Curry County Local Emergency Planning Committee noted Friday. Meeting to plan the county’s next disaster training drill, members discussed the Feb. 2 incident that didn’t […]

BNSF car emits toxic chemical

By Darrell Todd Maurina A train crew member was taken to Clovis’ Plains Regional Medical Center on Monday afternoon after inhaling denatured alcohol mist seeping from a train stopped 10 miles west of Melrose. BNSF railway personnel said the man has recovered and the incident posed no risk to the public due to the isolated […]

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 […]

Cops & Courts

Four new employees of the Clovis Police Department have completed their required academy training and will soon begin work with the department. Two dispatchers, Nancy Duran and Geretta Richards, graduated Thursday from New Mexico’s three-week dispatch school program; Richards was the class valedictorian, and both can begin their work immediately. On Dec. 12, police officers […]

Miller, Clement Frank “Jim”

Clement Miller Services: Have been held. Mr. Clement Frank “Jim” Miller, 71, of Clovis died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born on Feb. 13, 1932, in Toronto, Canada, to Clement and Gwendoline Clark Miller. A communications supervisor for the U.S. Air Force from 1951 until 1971, he received a […]

Man hospitalized after train collision. CNJ STAFF PHOTO: ERIC KLUTH

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Clovis Police officers work the scene were David Esparza’s car was hit by a eastbound Burlington North Santa Fe train as he tried to run the crossing gate late Saturday night on Norris Street. Esparza is in serious/stable at Covenant Medical Center. By Jack King A Clovis man was in serious, but stable condition at […]

Train still waiting for move across town

CNJ STAFF The Clovis Rotary Club has donated $1,000 to help move an historic steam locomotive to a new home, Clovis Depot Model Train Museum owner Phil Williams said Wednesday. The Rotary Club made the donation at its Nov. 6 meeting. Williams said he needs between $8,000 and $10,000 to move the Atcheson, Topeka and […]

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 […]