United Way yard sale to benefit hurricane victims

Staff reports The United Way is sponsoring a yard sale to offer relief to the recent hurricane victims. The sale will take place at the Curry County Fairgrounds from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 Laurie Bentley of the United Way said area residents can drop off donated items on Sept. 24 and Sept. […]

Disasters, catastrophes bring lessons

Helena Rodriguez I rarely watch Christian television. When I do it’s during what I hope are rare, double-take moments, such as when I caught tele-evangelist Pat Robertson as he was advocating to assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. As I was recently channel surfing, something on Christian TV made my hands freeze on the remote again. […]

Rebuilding New Orleans waste of money

Steve Chapman Of all the ideas I’ve heard about what to do with New Orleans, the best one came from former Rep. Tim Roemer, D-Ind., who said we should “put somebody like former President Jimmy Carter in charge of rebuilding New Orleans.” As president, Carter distinguished himself by failing to free the hostages in Iran, […]

Environmental, fiscal challenges coming into focus

Knight Ridder Newspapers BILOXI, Miss. — Hurricane Katrina damaged or demolished nearly half a million homes in three states, the American Red Cross said Wednesday — four times as many as Hurricane Andrew did when it hit South Florida in 1992. As President Bush prepared to speak to the nation from an undisclosed location in […]

Town’s relief efforts should be applauded

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist What do a media professional, a hospital counselor, a fire dept. employee, and a law enforcement officer have in common? The first two I have the privilege to regard as my friends; the last two I haven’t known very long, or met only briefly. What is obvious is that they all […]

Government simulation predicted 61,290 deaths in hurricane

Ron Fournier and Ted Bridis: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — As Katrina roared into the Gulf of Mexico, emergency planners pored over maps and charts of a hurricane simulation that projected 61,290 dead and 384,257 injured or sick in a catastrophic flood that would leave swaths of southeast Louisiana uninhabitable for more than a year. […]

Katrina’s economic impact far-reaching — and still evolving

Brad Foss: The Associated Press Hurricane Katrina’s economic toll continues to mount — its cost evident in near-record energy prices, snarled shipping traffic, lost jobs and wrecked businesses. But nearly two weeks after landfall, its impact is shaping up as one of extremes. There are many losers, most notably the 400,000 who have lost their […]

Portales residents continue to help victims

Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales residents continue with efforts to help Hurricane Katrina victims, even as the need for cash donations become increasingly urgent. Some organizations have stopped accepting clothing and food donations because these items require manpower to separate and itemize, said to Chuck Haman, Portales city emergency management coordinator. Haman said he attended […]

New Orleans family evacuated to Muleshoe

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Located eight blocks from the New Orleans levees, the Ridolfo family escaped the flooding in boats. (Courtesy photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The house Annie Young grew up in is gone. So is much of city she calls home. So are photographs of her childhood. Hurricane Katrina took much, but it spared her […]

Congress passes bill for $51.8 billion in relief

By David Espo: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Acting with extraordinary speed, Congress approved an additional $51.8 billion for relief and recovery from Hurricane Katrina on Thursday. President Bush pledged to make it “easy and simple as possible” for uncounted, uprooted storm victims to collect food stamps and other government benefits. “We’re not asking for […]

Tough questions indicate love of country

Helena Rodriguez In two days, we observe the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a horrid day plotted by suicidal madmen, an event that shocked the world and demanded justice. Instead of justice though, we have an unjustified war in Iraq, and now the dark shadow of Hurricane Katrina is hanging over […]

Clovis prepared to take in 250 hurricane victims

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Clovis is poised to embrace 250 Hurricane Katrina victims, and efforts to provide relief to victims continue, local officials said. Curry County Manager Dick Smith said the county could house victims in the 4-H and arts buildings at the Curry County Fairgrounds. He said that the county is on […]

Floodwaters receding in New Orleans

Knight Ridder Newspapers NEW ORLEANS — As floodwaters slowly receded Tuesday, more bodies surfaced and many more are expected, even as a new tropical threat lurked offshore. However, some shafts of light split the grim Gulf Coast reality. First, the shadow: A storm developing just off Florida’s east coast could strike as a hurricane by […]

Mother, daughter spend weekend volunteering for victims

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Volunteers with Katrina’s Kids sort and box clothing that will be sent to victims of Hurricane Katrina Monday at the North Plains Mall in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Mother and daughter, Linda and Amanda Thrower, spent their holiday weekend cooking. They weren’t grilling hamburgers and hot dogs for […]

Official: Clovis won’t receive Katrina victims

Staff and wire reports Victims of Hurricane Katrina won’t be coming to Clovis after all, said Ken De Los Santos, emergency management director for the city of Clovis and Curry County. De Los Santos said on Sunday he expected about 250 refugees from the storm would arrive in Clovis this week. But on Monday, he […]

Portales opens doors to hurricane victims

By Melanie Salazar: Freedom Newspapers With Hurricane Katrina forcing thousands of evacuations from the Gulf Coast area every day, Portales will soon be doing its part to help. The New Mexico Department of Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency recently requested assistance from communities around the world to provide short and long-term housing for […]

Area schools, businesses band together to send aid to victims

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Barbara Anaya, first vice president of American Legion Post 25, sorts coloring books to be donated to victims of hurricane Katrina Friday at the legion in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Freedom Newspapers Sympathy and horror at Hurricane Katrina’s devastation have galvanized into action groups of schoolchildren, grandparents, business owners and state employees in and […]

Locals donating to hurricane relief

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Gene Guthals loads a dolly full of donated items for the Katrina’s Kids donation drive Thursday in the parking lot of the North Plains Mall. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The residents of Eastern New Mexico are responding to pleas for help from the south, in the wake of demolished […]

AAA: Gas prices will increase this week

Staff and wire reports Crude-oil prices spiked to a new high Tuesday, as traders grew increasingly concerned about the amount of damage Hurricane Katrina did to the nation’s energy infrastructure. The runup in trading prices doesn’t directly affect consumer prices, but the market’s jittery climb suggests U.S. consumers are about to see another surge in […]

Portales couple’s honeymoon halted by hurricane

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers After putting it off for nearly a year, Adrian and Kendra Lopez were looking forward to a honeymoon vacation they wouldn’t forget. They certainly got that, as the vacation’s final days in Cancun featured a visit from Hurricane Emily. The vacation started innocently enough months before, as the couple received […]