Report: Cannon in for bumpy ride

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Plummet. Spike. Drop. Level out. The next few years of Cannon Air Force Base’s proposed transition to a Special Operations base look like a chart of the stock market. Over the next six to seven years, Cannon population numbers will drop significantly when the F-16s leave and the base […]

Impact study based on three proposals

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The Cannon Air Force Base Environmental Impact Statement is based on a three-prong proposal by Air Force Special Operations Command. The EIS studies the effect of those proposals on the surrounding environment, scrutinizing everything from air, noise and water impact to potential socioeconomic outcomes. Two of the proposals offer […]

Tornado notes

CNJ staff —The Salvation Army has begun to see a decline in volunteer support and in-kind donations. As the Clovis community moves into day seven of the recovery efforts, the pressures of long-term resolutions for the tornado survivors begin. The long-term recovery phase needs support from the community in terms of volunteer assistance, in-kind and […]

Twister threat left time to reflect

By Grant McGee: Local columnist You kick a few things around in your head as you hunker down in the hallway of your home, wondering if a tornado is going to come whirling out of the dark, rainy night and slam into your house. That’s the way it was last Friday night, The Night of […]

Woman calls rescue miraculous

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The only thing Shirley Boothe could do was raise her hand and wait. The 65-year-old Clovis woman was pinned under the roof of her trailer. About 20 feet away, her friend, Walter “Snap” Cravy, was buried beneath pounds of rubble. The tornado that roared through Clovis on Friday demolished […]

FEMA: State’s response superb

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Residents of a neighborhood off South Prince Street watch Wednesday as a K. Barnet construction vehicle piles rubble from a house that was demolished earlier that day. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency told a crowd of Clovis officials Wednesday they weren’t sure […]

FEMA: State’s response superb

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency told a crowd of Clovis officials Wednesday they weren’t sure when, or if, the state would receive help from FEMA in recovery from Friday’s tornadoes that slammed eastern New Mexico. They seemed quite sure, however, if FEMA funds are denied, it won’t […]

Wounds from tragedy not just physical

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer These wounds cannot be seen or felt or touched. But they are just as painful as those that can. Mental health officials said victims of Friday’s tornado can endure the same emotional effects as soldiers in wars. And the mental toll of surviving a disaster can be triggered weeks […]

Notes on tornado happenings

CNJ staff —Clovis 911 dispatchers received an unprecedented number of calls during the period of tornado activity Friday night, according to Capt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department. During about a half-hour period, 1,043 calls were fielded by dispatchers, he said. Dispatchers field about 200 calls on an average day. A normal shift has […]

Water funding request cut short

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Consideration of just how much project funding is likely this year topped discussions of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority’s monthly meeting Wednesday in Clovis. ENMRWA requested $5 million in Ute Water Project funding from the 2007 New Mexico Legislature thinking the timing was right for their request since […]

Assistance available

CNJ staff —The Salvation Army is asking that all households whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Friday’s tornado go to the Curry County Fairground to complete a pink form. The form will give the Salvation Army information regarding their households needs. —New Mexico Bank & Trust is establishing a Disaster Assistance Fund for victims […]

Business Feature: Storm doesn’t demolish will of local business owners

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Clovis Body Shop on South Prince Street is located in one of the hardest hit sections in town. Family members said they plan to rebuild the 50-year-old shop. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A tornado may have torn apart a few buildings and countless cars, but it wasn’t strong […]

FEMA aid process will take time

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Evonne Grantz of the State Office of Emergency Management, left, and Mike Elliott of the Small Business Administration, right, look at a map with Clovis Director of Building Safety Pete Wilt outside Yucca Junior High. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer It could take up to a month to decide […]

First life lost to tornado in Clovis history

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Little remains of a trailer home in South Clovis that belonged to Heleneta Blevins. Blevins died in her son’s home on Sunday after sustaining injuries during Friday’s storm. (CNJ staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Heleneta Blevins died the way she lived — surrounded by what she held most dear, her […]

Great Race returning to Clovis

CNJ staff More than 100 classic cars will cruise into Clovis on July 9 as part of the 25th Anniversary Great Race. The event is a recreation of the legendary 1908 New York to Paris “Greatest Auto Race,” according to www.greatrace.com. The coast-to-coast event, sponsored locally by the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, has rolled […]

Opinion: Gifts great, small all make difference

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I was renting a movie a few weeks ago, and the clerk asked me, “Would you like to donate a dollar to the Muscular Dystrophy Association?” That evening, I agreed and the clerk told me to write my name on the card “so people will know what a sweetheart […]

Opinion: Tornadoes carry blessings after few tragic minutes

By Freedom Newspapers The shock, euphoria and amazement at surviving Friday’s eastern New Mexico tornadoes are slowly changing for residents of Roosevelt, Curry and Quay counties, including the communities of Logan and Clovis. Five days later, our thoughts and energies are focused on cleaning up, rebuilding and moving forward with our lives even as we […]

Tornado claims life

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A 90-year-old Clovis woman who died Tuesday is the first casualty of Friday’s tornado. CNJ file photo By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A 90-year-old woman injured in Friday’s tornado died this morning. Heleneta Blevins passed at 4:50 a.m. in her eldest son’s home, according to her eldest son, Bob Blevins. A local hospice provided […]

Tornado assistance information

CNJ Staff The Salvation Army and American Red Cross are headquartered at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Restoration materials — including saws and tarps — are available. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information: Red Cross at 763-4129 or Salvation Army at 762-3801 • The New Mexico Department of Health will supply emergency tetanus vaccinations […]

Sheriff insists patrols will continue

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners held an emergency meeting Monday afternoon to sign a resolution declaring a state of emergency. The local emergency/disaster declaration, which stated extensive damage was caused to commercial, agriculture and residential buildings in Curry County by Friday’s tornado, is a prerequisite for the county to receive funding […]