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 […]