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 […]

Park train move will cost $10,000

By Jack King The Clovis Downtown Revitalization Program and area train enthusiasts are looking for donors to help them move an historic steam locomotive to a new home. The locomotive, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe 9005, has sat in Hillcrest Park since 1954. Phil Williams, owner of the Clovis Historic Depot Model Train Museum, said […]

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 […]

amos visits kinfolk

Editor’s Note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. With the coming of summer and the annual dust bowl weather on the Plains, amos started feeling a little lonely. Every time he saw a little daisy sprouting through the ground or the tender young […]

Glidewell in stable condition

By Jack King A Clovis man who rammed his truck into a train just off U.S. Highway 60-84 Monday was listed in stable condition Thursday, a hospital spokeswoman said. Derek Glidewell, 41, was listed in critical condition earlier this week at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, after being flown there from Plains Regional Medical Center following […]

Crash victim placed on ventilator

By Jack King A Clovis man who rammed his truck into a train just off of U.S. Highway 60-84 Monday was listed in critical condition and has been placed on a ventilator at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, a hospital spokesman said Tuesday. Derek Glidewell, 41, had been listed in undetermined condition at Covenant Hospital on […]

One injured in truck-train collision

By Jack King A Clovis man was at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock on Monday after ramming his truck into a train just off U.S. Highway 60-84 between Clovis and Texico, officials said. His condition was unknown at press time. Derek Glidewell, 41, was westbound on U.S. 60-84 when the wreck occurred at 9 a.m. Monday […]