Grasshopper plague struck 1913 Elida

Editor’s note: Elida celebrates its centennial this Saturday and Sunday as a part of its coverage of the event, the PNT is revisiting historical happening in the community. The sandhills west of Elida are a long way from Egypt, but in 1913 homesteaders there felt like they had stepped into a biblical plague. Newspaper accounts […]

Hopping on the train

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A version of dominoes fans say has the ability to tighten bonds and raise blood pressure is quickly finding its niche at senior centers and family gatherings all over the Southwest. “Mexican Train” has caught on quickly in places where “42” and dominoes have reigned. The Portales Senior Citizens […]

Railroad concerns cross state lines

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers 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 […]

Phase II players prepare

Staff Sgt. Robin Manley, 27th Fighter Wing, and Tech Sgt. Steve Crow, 27th Mission Support Squadron, apply the finishing touches to their training gear July 21 as they ready for Phase II training next week. Col. Scott West “Train like you fight!” – This common phrase embodies our philosophy that training is the key to […]

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 […]

Two killed in train, truck collision

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Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers BOVINA — The driver and passenger in a truck died Friday afternoon after the vehicle collided with a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train near U.S. 60, a mile north of Bovina. The bodies of a male driver and a female passenger of the Peterbilt truck were located along the side of […]

Car versus train, no injuries

Freedom Newspapers 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, […]

Regardless of mode, traveling is escaping

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 […]

3/20 Obituaries

William A. Hawkins, 84 Services: 12 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2005, at VFW Post 9515 in Portales. Mr. William A. “Willie” Hawkins, 84, of Portales, died Thursday, March 17, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born on July 29, 1920, in Ardmore, Okla., to Eula Pearl and George Washington Hawkins. He […]

Jan. 30 Elida School News

By Michelle Chambers Congratulations to Shalie Anthony and Dylan Radcliff on being chosen as Homecoming Queen and King. They were crowned in a ceremony held in the gymnasium following the basketball game in which the Tigers triumphed over the challengers from House. More kudos are due to Shalie who was recently nominated as the Daughters […]

Tolar explosion remembered

By David Irvin 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 of Melrose in […]

Reagan memory endures for Edwards

By Kevin Wilson 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 Portales. “I […]

Spanish professor shaken by Madrid terrorist attacks

Helena Rodriguez Diana Cordova has a black bow pinned to a flag of Spain inside of her office in Multicultural Affairs, located in the basement of the Campus Union Building at Eastern New Mexico University. For Cordova, the black bow is a constant reminder to the deadly act of terrorism committed against her native country […]

Portales woman killed in train wreck

By Darrel 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 […]