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Railway crossing should be open this afternoon


February 24, 2019

A closure of the Norris Street crossing in Clovis is expected to be shortlived.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe officials estimate about five hours of work will require closing down the travelway, but it should be open this afternoon.

Joe Sloan of BNSF’s public affairs office said rail was pulled about 7 a.m. today, and the expectation was to have the work done around noon.

With the Prince Street Overpass closed for repairs, the Norris crossing and the Hull Street overpass have faced heavier traffic since August.

“They put it off as long as they could, and it just became a safety risk,” Sloan said. “We have about 80 trains through that crossing. We do general maintenance all the time. This one we pushed off as long as we could, knowing the overpass was closed.”

• Democrats in New Mexico’s state Legislature have a plan to overhaul the state’s tax system. The Albuquerque Journal reports that plan — House Bill 6 — involves raising taxes on cigarettes and motor vehicle sales, reshaping the personal income tax system so higher earners would pay more, and imposing taxes on all online retailers that sell to New Mexico residents. ... The proposed changes would generate about $323 million a year.

• From the city of Portales: Registered voters in Portales will receive a mail ballot on or about March 7. The single issue: “Question as to whether Ordinance No. 737 should become effective.” ... Completed ballots must be received at the Portales City Clerk’s office by 7 p.m. April 4. ... The ordinance changes the existing city code, expanding the purpose for economic development funds. Information: 575-356-6662.

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