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 […]

2007 Air Force Assistance Fund campaign kicks off Monday

Capt. Christine Sienkowski It’s time for the Air Force Assistance Fund (AFAF) campaign. The drive kicks off Monday and the 27th Fighter Wing’s goal is $43,031. The AFAF was established to provide for an annual effort to raise funds for the charitable affiliates that provide support to the Air Force family — active duty, retirees, […]

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 […]

Workforce Investment Act helps civilians/spouses affected by BRAC

Janet Taylor-Birkey Military spouses and civil service civilians affected by the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) decision, Reduction in Forces Board (RIF), or those spouses who leave their job to accompany their spouse to a new duty station may be eligible for unemployment insurance, continuing education and/or on the job training to assist them in […]

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 […]

Benefit program deadline approaching

By Pete Domenici: Guest columnist The May 15 deadline for signing up for Medicare prescription drug benefits is quickly approaching and there are still thousands of New Mexicans, particularly low-income residents, who have not signed up. Because we built in extra compensations to help poor seniors, I strongly encourage them to act now to sign […]

Drought assistance available to farmers

CNJ staff Federal disaster assistance is available to farmers and ranchers in Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties who have endured economic hardship as a result of the region’s continuing drought, Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) has announced. For information about low-interest emergency loans, contact the Farm Service Agency, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, at […]

Heating costs forcing some seniors to look at alternatives

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Richard Jamieson holds up his homemade storm window Saturday at his home north of Clovis. The storm window, which is piece of insulation with tape, is used to keep out the cold and lower heating costs. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A wood stove and closed doors. These are the […]

Winter cost-cutting: Some residents turning to heating alternatives

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Clayton Ortiz cuts pinon and pine Tuesday at David’s Firewood on 21st Street. The pieces of wood will be packaged and sold in stores. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Curry County residents will be paying more to heat their homes this winter. On Wednesday, the Energy Department predicted winter heating […]

9/27 Business Digest

Certification program open to companies The New Mexico Economic Development Department is accepting applications for the Albuquerque 2006 class of the New Mexico 9000 program. The purpose of this program is to provide small businesses in New Mexico with technical assistance to achieve ISO 9001:2000 compliance/certification at an affordable cost. Costs incurred in becoming ISO […]

Online tuition assistance to be available soon

Melanie Salazar Applying for tuition assistance will soon get easier for active duty college students. Beginning Oct. 1, students will no longer have to have to visit the education office to apply for tuition assistance, as the process will become available online. The same site students use to check the status of their Community College […]

Local Notes

Running Clinic The Health and Wellness Center sponsors a running clinic at 9 a.m. Tuesday which consists of a nutrition and fitness class featuring Maj. Lee Hinrichsen, 27th Medical Operations Squadron, who will evaluate foot arch and running gait. To sign up or for more information, call 784-1004. Transition Assistance Pre-separation counseling is mandatory for […]

Experts estimate 20 to 26 percent decrease in jobs

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Economy experts are estimating a decrease in local jobs between 20 and 26 percent in Curry County if Cannon Air Force Base is closed. Pentagon officials on Friday announced Cannon was on the list of recommended U.S. base closures. According to the Department of Defense, Clovis would be the hardest-hit […]