Commissioner raises concerns about storm-water management

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The issue of retention structures, like this one on Sycamore Street across from HiIlcrest Zoo, will be reviewed in a Thursday night study session after the regular City Commission meeting. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Storm-water management is back on the mind of at least one Clovis city commissioner. The […]

Storm-water debate deserves public input

Freedom Newspapers Numerous Clovis residents are unhappy with the city’s storm-water management solutions. Particularly unsettling are the trash- and weed-collection points, euphemistically known as retention ponds, that are championed by Clovis Public Works Director Harry Wang. Those voices will be heard and we urge you to join them, even if you favor the present methods. […]

Hurricane falsehoods leading to waste

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist Reviewing the falsehoods, myths and misrepresentations spun by the press, politicians and pundits following Hurricane Katrina, one is reminded of Nora Ephron’s bon mot: “No matter how cynical I get, I can’t seem to keep up.” Most recently, we have word from the National Hurricane Center that Katrina was not […]

Survivors to speak at two local churches

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Two survivors of separate harrowing experiences are scheduled to share their inspirational messages Sunday in Clovis. Gilbert Forrest will conduct multiple services at a revival being held at First Christian Church of Clovis where his son, Jon Forrest, currently serves as senior pastor. The longtime Oklahoma pastor is a […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

What matters most is being human

Leonard Pitts, Jr. Does it really matter? The city is flooded, people are homeless and hungry and scared and dead. Shouldn’t this be a time for giving money and saying prayers? Should we really care about the color of the people looting in the hurricane zone? Or that Louisiana is a red state? Or that […]

ENMU students unharmed by hurricane in Mexico

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers A group of Eastern New Mexico University students who traveled to the southern tip of Mexico were unharmed after Hurricane Emily blew through the area on Monday and hit southern Texas and northeastern Mexico on Wednesday. The eye of the storm ran ashore just before dawn near San Fernando, Mexico, […]