Many still suffering after tornado

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Much of the damage has been repaired in the two months since a tornado hopscotched through the city March 23. However, secondary concerns are beginning to surface, according to Erinn Burch, executive director of United Way of Eastern New Mexico. People who were able to find temporary lodging following the […]

Free legal advice offered to victims of March tornado

CNJ staff The State Bar of New Mexico’s Young Lawyer division is providing attorneys to give free legal advice, counseling and representation to individuals affected by the March 23 tornado, a press release said. Services include assistance with replacing lost documents, housing, landlord-tenant disputes, consumer rights, insurance questions and referrals to local or state agencies, […]

Residents ‘almost’ back to normal

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Ron Simonton from Reed Roofing and Construction looks over tornado damage at David Saylor’s house. “I like to think we’re ahead of schedule. We’ve only been working on it a week and a half,” said Simonton. According to Simonton about 50 percent of th By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tornado notebook

CNJ staff —The Disaster Relief Center at the Curry County Fairgrounds operates 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon Friday. American Red Cross and Salvation Army are on hand to help. Furniture, appliances, food and baby care items are available. A pink intake sheet is needed to receive goods and items. […]

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 […]

Swift disaster declaration offers relief

Staff and wire reports President Bush declared a major disaster in Curry and Quay counties Monday because of tornado damage, making residents in those regions eligible for federal funds. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners […]

March 31, 2007 Tornado Notebook

Tornado victims (with damaged or demolished homes) who are seeking assistance need to go to the Disaster Relief Center at the Curry County Fairgrounds 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. • The Salvation Army has begun to see a decline in volunteer support and in-kind donations. The long-term recovery phase needs support from the community in […]

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 […]

Medical bus on way

CNJ Staff Twenty-one percent of New Mexicans are without health insurance, according to the Web site www.statehealthfacts.org. But, help is on the way. The “Help is Here Express,” a national bus tour sponsored by America’s pharmaceutical research companies that helps low-income people find programs that provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free, will be […]

Localizing relief would provide better disaster aid

Editorial I t’s a good thing that, in defiance of most of the predictions and of all the alarmists who tried to link nasty hurricanes to global warming, we had a relatively mild hurricane season this year. If the Federal Emergency Management Agency had been called upon to deal with a disaster this year, it […]

Feds outline assistance available for base growth

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Federal officials outlined the type of assistance they can provide to eastern New Mexico during a meeting of the Local Growth Management Committee held Wednesday at the Clovis City Hall. Representatives from the Office of Economic Adjustment said they can provide technical expertise and financial assistance to the region […]

Small business resources available

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer, Everybody’s Business What constitutes a small business? Is it the local hardware store or the old “five and dime” visited as a child? Perhaps it is the local sandwich shop on Main Street, or the one-man plumbing business. Could it be the manufacturing plant with 465 employees, or the auto dealership that […]