Doctor named in lawsuit

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor An emergency room doctor with a multimillion-dollar lawsuit hanging over his head worked briefly at Plains Regional Medical Center and Roosevelt General Hospital, hospital representatives said this week. Dr. Theodore Collins worked briefly in PRMC and RGH’s emergency rooms as a contract physician before the administrations became aware of […]

Business Digest: Emergency loan deadline set

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Farmers have until Dec. 2 to apply for low-interest emergency loans from the Department of Agriculture to help cover the cost of losses suffered from the March tornadoes, according to a news release from New Mexico’s legislators. President Bush declared a state of disaster on April 2 in Curry […]

Local official: Schools can’t ignore violence

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers In the wake of shootings on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., experts on security are saying acts of violence on college and school campuses can and do occur in communities of all sizes. Officials at Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College said Monday they take […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cleanup continues

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Gene Bieker, director of operations for Clovis Municipal Schools, said Monday the estimated tornado damage to the roof and floor at Yucca Junior High is $800,000. (CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Her eyes were bloodshot. Dirt was smeared across her T-shirt. But Conrada Figueroa pressed on. She and her […]

Officials: Storm spotters improve safety

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Storm spotters performed well on Friday night, according to local emergency preparedness personnel. Though the storm moved quickly through Roosevelt and Curry counties, a warning time of 15 to 20 minutes was available to the communities in its path. Roosevelt County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Keith Wattenbarger said spotters include volunteer […]

Governor frees state money for assistance

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Government entities of three eastern New Mexico communities hit hard by tornadoes Friday were given access to state funds for restoration Sunday, but aid for affected individuals hinges on the federal government, according to authorities. Gov. Bill Richardson declared Clovis a state disaster area Sunday as he toured a […]

Disasters full-time business for some

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor For Ken De Los Santos, the weather is serious business. “Every day, the first thing I do is check the weather,” the emergency management director for Clovis and Curry County said. He looks online at storm predictions and receives e-mail and phone call alerts from the National Weather Service. […]

Portales woman says she was held captive

By Freedom Newspapers Police arrested a Portales man Wednesday evening after a woman said she’d been held captive for more than a day. George Vela, 27, is charged with kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration and being a felon in possession of a firearm, officials said. He was arrested about 8:30 p.m. inside the emergency room at […]

Dec. 14, 2006 Cops and Courts

A 38-year-old convenience store clerk was beaten and kicked Dec. 7 by a customer, according to police reports. Around 7 p.m., officers were dispatched to Allsup’s at 301 N. Prince St. for a report of battery. The clerk, who was helping customers when they arrived, was bleeding from the ear and seemed dazed, the report […]

Local Roundup: Thief escapes store with $25

By CNJ STAFF A thief escaped from a local convenience store Thursday with $25 in change and a piece of his shirt missing, torn by a clerk trying to stop him, according to a police report. A clerk at the Allsup’s North Prince Street store told police around 4 a.m. a man walked around the […]

Being military spouse never dull

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist Ordinary days in the life of military spouses are anything but ordinary. We are used to last-minute cancellations, constant change of plans and unexpected emergencies. A few weeks ago, I dealt with such an emergency. My husband is a typical “military guy.” He claims to never get sick, meaning he […]

New system can pinpoint location of 911 callers

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A new system implemented by Clovis 911 dispatch will allow emergency responders to pinpoint the location of cell-phone callers. Using global positioning satellite technology, emergency officials will be able to narrow the callers’ location to within 7 to 80 feet. The previous system enabled dispatchers to zero in on […]

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 […]

Handmade animals help make trauma easier to bear

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Clovis Fire Department paramedic Dustan Jesko puts away a “Hugga-Bear” used to comfort children on ambulance rides and in hospitals. The hand-made bears are donated by the Roadrunner Club of Clovis and Portales. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Tucked away in fire trucks, ambulances and emergency rooms, the brightly colored bears are valuable tools […]

Killer bees cause buzz

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Emergency responders from the Clovis fire and police department were officially introduced Tuesday to a rising threat — Africanized honeybees. At least one colony of the bees is nesting on the fringe of Curry County, according to Les Owen, an agent from the Curry County Cooperative Extensive Service of […]

Course offered in storm spotting

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Steve Summers has been a storm spotter for 12 years. Although he’s never seen one up close or heard the signature freight train sound, he is well aware of the damage they can do. The director of the Clovis Municipal Airport, Summers is one of 20 storm spotters in […]

Schwarzenegger’s proactive levee approach positive

Freedom Newspapers California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s declaration of a state of emergency to deal with that state’s vulnerable levee system has had the desired effect. Even his political opponents are tripping over themselves to say how much they, too, want to fix the problem. His declaration also got the attention of the Bush administration: Homeland […]