My turn: Glad I didn’t make that U-turn

When I first cruised into Portales from Dallas for a job interview on a brownish summer afternoon in 1982, I almost made a U-turn. Where were the co-eds on glistening slopes, feathered natives selling turquoise ties, quaint trains chugging through evergreen forests? It’s taken 27 years, but I’ve finally stopped thinking of The Gulch as [...]

Program trains teen parents

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico As an eighth-grader, Martha Torres is too young to drive, hold a job, vote or join the military. And yet Thursday she said hello to the biggest responsibility of her life — a baby boy. Torres is one of 25 Curry County teens and one from Roosevelt County participating [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Railroads seek to fix last remaining bottlenecks

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By David Koenig, The Associated Press FORT SUMNER — Perched at a big window in the last rail car, Matthew Rose watched as he passed three westbound trains near the Pecos River Bridge, then four eastbound trains on the other side of the span. None were moving. Some would not budge for at least a [...]