Tornado updates

—Mass shelter closing
Disaster Relief Mass Shelter at Trinity United Methodist Church will close at 9 a.m. today. For tornado victims needing help with temporary and permanent housing, register at the Disaster Relief Center at the Curry County Fairgrounds between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. People who are already registered should return to the
fairgrounds and notify the Salvation Army and American Red Cross caseworkers of housing needs.

—Dairy fund-raiser set
Portales Livestock will hold a heifer sale at noon April 17 to benefit Grande Vida Dairy in Roosevelt County, which sustained heavy damage from the March 23 tornado.

Dairy owners and anyone able to donate a heifer, preferably a springer, should deliver the animal to Portales Livestock by April 13 for tuberculosis testing and to prepare for the sale. Texas dairy operators are advised that they must have heifers tested for TB before entering New Mexico.

Portales Livestock can pick up animals whose owners are unable to deliver them. Monetary donations also will be accepted. Portales Livestock will offer the first springer heifer for auction.

For information, call Randy Bouldin at 760-6670 or 356-8524.

—Town Hall meeting set
The citizens of Clovis and Curry County and the tornado-affected area are invited to attend a Town Hall Meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the North Annex of the Clovis Carver Library at Seventh and Main streets. This meeting will also be broadcast live on Suddenlink Cable Channel 6.

—Clovis gets landfill waiver
The New Mexico Environment Department issued a waiver to the city of Clovis Monday in response to the city’s request for temporary changes to the operation and facility design of the Clovis landfill following the March 23
tornado.

Environment Department Secretary Ron Curry granted the request for a waiver until May 2 that allows for up to 10,000 tons of debris resulting from the tornado damage to homes in the affected areas.

The waiver was needed because of the inability to screen mixed debris for possible
special waste, in particular asbestos-containing materials, that was entering the Clovis regional landfill following the tornado, according to city officials.
For information, call the Clovis city
manager’s office at 769-7828.