Patient transfers stretching resources

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Firefighter Mike Field performs a routine maintenance check on an ambulance at Station 1. Sharna Johnson Clovis ambulances are spending more and more time taking patients out of town, a dynamic that is starting to stretch resources a little thin. In the last two years, out-of-town ambulance transfers increased 57 […]

Tornado siren set off by accident

CNJ staff Human error led to the sounding of tornado sirens in Clovis just before 1 a.m. Thursday. The alarm that sounded was the one intended to serve as the routine system test that takes place weekly at 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to Deputy Police Chief Mike Ingram. Ingram said when the test time was […]

Dry, windy weather raises fire concerns

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The Clovis Fire Department sent two fire trucks and two tankers Monday morning to extinguish a fire in animal pens at a residence on south Prince Street. High wind was a concern, but firefighters were able to keep the fire contained, Chief Ray Westerman said. Sharna Johnson A dry winter […]

Obamacare will cause economic heart attack

Freedom Newspapers Less than a month old, Obamacare already is loaded into an ambulance on its way to the ER. The first crisis for the health care overhaul plan is a shortage of doctors. “At current graduation and training rates, the nation could face a shortage of as many as 150,000 doctors in the next […]

Clovis man arrested in shooting

On Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at approximately 5:42 PM Officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to the 900 Block of North Jones Street in Clovis in reference to a shots fired call and a gunshot victim. Upon the Officers arrival a victim was found on scene in Apartment #B of 921 North Jones […]

Man dies after attempting to extinguish grass fire

CNJ staff A 79-year-old Curry County man died Monday after trying to extinguish a grass fire on his property. The fire ignited about 3:30 p.m. Charles Petty was pronounced dead at Plains Regional Medical Center after being transported there by ambulance for possible smoke inhalation, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. “Mr. Petty was attempting to extinguish […]

Emergency calls on the rise

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Donna Gonzalez of Clovis takes a call at the Clovis Police Department dispatch center. Gonzalez has 17 years of dispatch experience. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The fire department is responding to a significant increase in calls for help lately. The majority are ambulance calls and there doesn’t appear […]

Actions louder than slogans

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist My 6-year-old daughter Anna rolled on the ground screaming and clutching her stomach as my other children pulled on my arm, covered their eyes and cried. She screamed that the pain in her tummy was too much to take. I tried to touch her, she rolled away, threw up and […]

June 14 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers: May 27 an officer responded to an undisclosed residence for a domestic dispute. A man with blood on his shirt met the officer outside and said his baby was bleeding. Ambulance personnel arrived and treated the baby for an injury to its mouth and lip. […]

Senior meals vehicle overturns

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Bystanders watch as a passenger from a crashed Senior Meals vehicle is moved to an ambulance. The city vehicle crashed as it was turning onto Wilhite Road around noon Monday. CNJ staff Two people delivering meals to shut-ins were transported to Plains Regional Medical Center on Monday after their vehicle […]