Friday morning briefing: Certified, all about trains and the day the music died

Good morning a welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Certified Curry County’s Chief Deputy Clerk Beni Dampier has earned her certificate as a New Mexico Certified Public Supervisor. Dampier says the program is a lengthy series of classes and study to help her be a better public servant as well as improve her […]

Education feature: Future Farmers of America program trains students in hard work, responsibility

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School junior Jeremy House walks the tritacale crop daily at the high school’s to check the plants and sprinkler. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Nobody told Landyn Graham that training his horses would be easy, but difficulty wasn’t enough of a deterrent. Graham, Clovis High School sophomore […]

Program trains teen parents

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Martha Torres, an eighth grader from Marshall Middle School, holds her newborn son at the hospital Friday. Torres, 15, said a teen parent program has taught her about everything from nutrition and health to how to read to and play with her baby. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As […]

Legislation proposes changes to train security, warning bells and fines

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican The New Mexico Rail Runner Express could have its own police patrol, would ring its bell for a shorter amount of time in Santa Fe and could tap into more funding under measures moving in the House and Senate this session. Another measure would increase by $90 the fine […]

Feb. 3 Legislative Tidbits

Days remaining in session: 46 Police on trains A measure introduced by Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque, would allow regional transit districts to employ law-enforcement officers. The bill (SB245) would also allow the districts to contract with agencies for protection and other security needs. The bill could mean officers would ride the Rail Runner Express commuter […]

March 27, 1927

The Clovis Journal reported four trains bearing more than 4,000 marines were expected to pass through the city on their way west and ultimately to China. The newspaper did not report the exact time of the trains’ arrivals. … The Clovis Journal offered this commentary atop its front page: “The fate of the cotton farmer […]

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 […]

County marks overpass groundbreaking

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleirt is shoveled Thursday to symbolize the start of the N.M. 467 railroad overpass project. By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Fluffy white clouds, a clear blue sky and a light breeze created a pleasant atmosphere for the N.M. Road 467 railroad overpass groundbreaking held Thursday at the future construction site. […]

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 […]

Billboard slogans return

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist I opened a box of Pandoras a couple years ago when I wrote about those good old days of Burma Shave signs — you know, the little red billboards on every highway that kept us awake, clean shaved, and the children from being bored. (It didn’t take much to entertain […]