TRICARE: Recognizing types of emergencies beneficial

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — When sickness or injury strikes, servicemembers and their families may save money by knowing the difference between emergency and urgent care. Understanding when something constitutes an emergency, or what to do if you need urgent care after-hours, could help you avoid longer waits and out-of-pocket costs. Emergency […]

Emergencies worse when misused

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist There are fewer fallacies as widely circulated as those captured by the saying, “Hard cases make bad law.” This includes all the types mentioned by those who would sanction the systematic violation of individual rights just because they can imagine or maybe find some instance in which strict respect for […]

Red Cross seeking volunteers

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Scott Snyder had an emergency of sorts Wednesday. He had to get to Clovis, and the plane that would take him there from Albuquerque had mechanical problems at its previous airport. The emergency was solved simply, as Snyder arrived in time for a brainstorming session with local Red Cross […]

Education Feature: Officials: CCC safety step ahead

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis Community College is ahead of a state safety plan to prepare colleges for a Virginia Tech-type event, a CCC official said. Soon after the Virginia Tech shootings, new locks were installed on doors inside buildings at the college for a lock-down procedure in the event a gunman opens […]

Local officials say dispatchers being flooded with nonemergency calls

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Clovis Police dispatcher Adam Martinez monitors calls to 911 Wednesday afternoon. Martinez answered 90 calls on Tuesday during his shift, according to Carolyn Aragon, dispatch shift supervisor. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff The dispatch center for 911 is being treated more like an information line than an emergency call center, according […]

911- Stay on the line

Courtesy 27th Security Forces Squadron Dialing 911 is the fastest way to receive emergency police, fire or medical assistance. But many still call 911 to ask non-emergency questions such as weather information or correct time. If you call 911 by mistake, stay on the line. Dispatchers treat all 911 calls — even hang-ups — as […]

Be prepared for roadside emergencies

By Gary Mitchell Best to be prepared for roadside emergencies Should you have a flat tire on a pitch-black country road in the middle of the night, there are some emergency “must-haves” you may want to consider stashing away in your car — just in case. According to Shell Oil Products officials in a press […]