Thank you letters: Red Cross, volunteers spirit of strength

As chairman of the Zia Advisory Council for the American Red Cross, Zia Service Center, I have the opportunity to witness the strength of the human spirit each day. That’s especially true during this trying period after tornadoes hit Curry and Quay counties. I am proud by how these communities stand together. I see it […]

Tornado claims second life

CNJ staff report The March 23 tornado that thrashed through Clovis has claimed another life. Walter “Snap” Cravy, 90, of Clovis died Thursday evening at Lubbock Covenant Hospital, according to his son, Thomas V. Cravy. Cravy said his father spent 20 days in the hospital before succumbing to the severe injuries he sustained in the […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Area colleges hold ‘Apprentice’-style competition

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer NOBODY WAS FIRED. But that didn’t make the competition any less intense. This week, three eastern New Mexico institutions of higher learning held a competition based on the hit reality TV show “The Apprentice,” which stars Donald Trump. TWO STUDENTS EACH from Clovis Community College, Eastern New Mexico University […]

FEMA relief funds approach $400,000 mark

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Federal assistance for individuals affected by the March 23 tornadoes in Curry and Quay counties is rolling along, with 70 percent of funds approved thus far in the hands of victims, according to federal officials. Nearly $396,000 in assistance has been approved for tornado victims in both counties since […]

Tornado assistance

—The Federal Emergency Management Agency and New Mexico Department of Health opened Disaster Recovery Centers Monday at two locations: —Lincoln Jackson Elementary Gymnasium, 206 Alphon St., Clovis. —Logan Senior Center, 103 South Sixth St., Logan. The centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week to provide residents an opportunity […]

April 11, 2007 Tornado Assistance

Assistance available for tornado victims: • The Federal Emergency Management Agency and New Mexico Department of Health opened Disaster Recovery Centers Monday at two locations: • Lincoln Jackson Elementary Gymnasium, 206 Alphon St., Clovis. • Logan Senior Center, 103 South Sixth St., Logan. The centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven […]

April 11, 2007 Tornado Notebook

CNJ Staff Assistance available for tornado victims: • The Federal Emergency Management Agency and New Mexico Department of Health opened Disaster Recovery Centers Monday at two locations: • Lincoln Jackson Elementary Gymnasium, 206 Alphon St., Clovis. • Logan Senior Center, 103 South Sixth St., Logan. The centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 […]

April 10, 2007 Tornado Notebook

CNJ Staff Assistance available for tornado victims: • The Federal Emergency Management Agency and New Mexico Department of Health opened Disaster Recovery Centers Monday at two locations: • Lincoln Jackson Elementary Gymnasium, 206 Alphon St., Clovis. • Logan Senior Center, 103 South Sixth St., Logan. The centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 […]

Tornado leaves body of work

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Auto body repairman Adam Gleaton of Bender Auto Repair works on a truck damaged by hail during the tornado in Clovis two weeks ago. Gleaton said the shop has been staying busy since the storm. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Auto body shops have been busy repairing vehicles battered […]

Tax extensions allowed for tornado victims

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Income tax procrastinators have two extra days to file taxes this year, as the traditional April 15 deadline falls on Sunday. The 2006 tax deadline is April 17. Curry and Quay County residents affected by the March 23 tornado also catch a break, according to a press release from the […]

Tax extensions allowed

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Income tax procrastinators have two extra days to file taxes this year, as the traditional April 15 deadline falls on Sunday. The 2006 tax deadline is April 17. Curry and Quay County residents affected by the March 23 tornado also catch a break, according to a press release from the […]

April 7, 2007 Tornado Notebook

Assistance available for tornado victims: • Salvation Army services will be offered beginning Monday at the Salvation Army at 317 East Second Ave. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. A pink intake sheet is needed to receive goods and items. Information: 762-3801. • The American Red Cross Disaster Relief Center is located at the […]

Concert to benefit tornado victims

CNJ Staff More than 20 R&B, hip-hop, rap and Latin artists will perform tonight at the Clovis Civic Center. According to event organizer Joe Sena, the concert will benefit those affected by the March 23 tornado. “All the money raised will go to Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico or the Lighthouse Mission,” Sena said. […]

Tornado assistance could come soon

Staff and wire reports Tornado victims in Quay and Curry counties could begin getting checks as early as next week to help with disaster-related expenses. Issued through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the checks will help cover expenses such as clothing, medical costs, household appliances and tools, according to FEMA officials. Gov. Bill Richardson signed […]

Meeting’s message: Help still here

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FEMA’s Martin Blake explains how Clovis residents can obtain FEMA assistance Wednesday at a Town Hall meeting. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Nine students from Lockwood Elementary School received hugs at Wednesday’s Town Hall meeting from Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair, Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray and Clovis Fire […]

Recovery program created

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis Mayor David Lansford will unveil “Operation Disaster Recovery” at tonight’s Town Hall meeting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Administered through United Way of Eastern New Mexico, the aim of the charity program is to fill in the gaps not met by state and federal programs for area residents […]

Police arrest 91-year-old storm victim

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McDaniel— Oxygen tank ran low after tornado By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A 91-year-old Clovis man has been arrested for hitting a police officer with a vehicle at a checkpoint for a tornado-damaged neighborhood, according to police and court records. Clinton McDaniel was returning to his home the morning after a March 23 tornado […]

Tornado updates

—Mass shelter closing Disaster Relief Mass Shelter at Trinity United Methodist Church will close at 9 a.m. today. For tornado victims needing help with temporary and permanent housing, register at the Disaster Relief Center at the Curry County Fairgrounds between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. People who are already registered should return to the fairgrounds […]

Storm kept 911 dispatchers on their toes

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A sampling of calls taken by four Clovis 911 dispatchers during the March 23 tornado: Dispatcher: Debby Blankenship 7:55 p.m. Dispatcher: Clovis 911, what is your emergency? Caller: Just calling to report what appears to be a tornado having passed through just south of Clovis. Dispatcher: Where at? Caller: […]

Tornado of ’95 still fresh in Frionans minds

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Ron Carr had been in Friona for a month in 1995 and was still feeling the place out when he accepted a job as a reporter at the city’s newspaper. “I asked him if anything exciting happened around Friona,” Carr said of his conversation with then-owner Bill Ellis. “He […]