Preparation key in tornado season

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Tony Bullocks: Freedom New Mexico Emergency Management Director Kenneth De Los Santos explains to new dispatcher Carrie Pendleton what makes up the emergency alert system Friday at Clovis Police Department. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Experts say certain weather conditions can spawn violent storms and tornadoes anytime and anywhere across eastern New Mexico. The […]

Three years later, scars of tornado remain

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File photo Residents that were victims of the tornado attempted to make sense of the devastation the next day by taking inventory of what they could find. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jim Blevins refers to his home and neighborhood as ground zero. The tornado that ripped through it is three years gone. The […]

Influence should be cherished, used to nurture

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I am ready for some rain now. I would like to hear that thunder, see that lightening am ready for spring. Yet, thunderstorms bring me back to thoughts of tornado country in the rural area in Arkansas where my grandparents lived. When I was a child, I delighted in the […]

Official: Evidence of 2007 tornado still visible

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Numerous mobile homes off of South Prince Street were destroyed by the tornado, as seen in this photo taken March 24, the morning after. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Two years ago today, many residents were greeted by sights of destruction and debris when they emerged from their homes […]

Clovis woman charged with embezzling tornado relief funds

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Lori Howard By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A 40-year-old Clovis woman has been charged with embezzling more than $145,000 in tornado relief funds, according to a press release Monday from the district attorney’s office. Lori Howard, a former project manager for Eastern Plains Council of Government, is charged with 34 counts of fraud, 24 […]

Tornado watch canceled

A tornado watch for Curry and Roosevelt counties has been canceled, and is now a severe thunderstorm warning until 4 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.

Storm recovery joint effort

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Courtesy photo: Jerry Priest Jerry and James Priest’s house in south Clovis — built in 1923 — was destroyed in the tornado. By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico The first anniversary of the March 23, 2007, tornado that struck eastern New Mexico with such destructive force falls on Easter Sunday. For some people involved in […]

Planning key in dealing with disaster

By Ken De Los Santos: CNJ Guest Columnist While the tornado of 2007 remains fresh on our minds, I would like to ask, “Are you prepared for another?” With severe weather, you can never let your guard down. The main purpose of this article is to educate on preparation for any type of disaster.There are […]

Coming Sunday: Tornado and Title Town

Sunday is the one-year anniversary of the worst tornado in Clovis’ history.

Tornado stories wanted

Sunday is the one-year anniversary of the deadly tornado that ripped through eastern New Mexico. Our newsroom staffs are planning in-depth coverage in