Salvation Army hosting training class

CNJ staff The Salvation Army is hosting a disaster preparedness class on disaster food services Saturday, according to a press release. The course trains disaster workers to efficiently and sanitarily handle and serve food during a disaster operation, the release said. Participants learn skills to prepare them for participating in mobile feeding units. The class […]

USDA declares counties disaster areas

CNJ staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture declared 31 New Mexico counties disaster areas Thursday because of persisting drought conditions, including Curry, Quay and Roosevelt counties according to a USDA press release. Eligible farmers have an eight-month deadline to apply for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency to help cover their losses, according […]

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 […]

Business Digest: Plateau ribbon cutting scheduled

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A ribbon cutting is scheduled 10 a.m. today for the Plateau Superstore, located on 2701 N. Prince St. The location is the second in Clovis for Plateau, which also operates a store on the corner of Sixth and Main streets. The 30,000-square-foot building is adjacent to North Plains Mall. […]

Business Digest: Agriculture disaster help available

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Agriculture producers who suffered losses caused by natural disasters from 2005 to 2007 are reminded to sign up for the new ad hoc disaster programs. Applications are being accepted for the Livestock Compensation Program, Livestock Indemnity Program and Crop Disaster Program. For information on disaster assistance and to schedule […]

Disaster doesn’t discriminate

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I followed with great interest and apprehension the California fires, not only because I fear any kind of atmospheric phenomenon, but because I empathized with those who lost their homes and left behind their possessions. Having lived in hurricane prone areas for a few years, I know that it can be […]

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 […]

FEMA disaster application deadline set for June 1

CNJ staff Curry and Quay county residents and business owners who sustained damage related to the March 23 tornadoes have until June 1 to apply for disaster assistance. Loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration for disaster-related losses to real and personal property must also be submitted by that date. There are two ways […]

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 […]

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 […]

FEMA: State’s response superb

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Residents of a neighborhood off South Prince Street watch Wednesday as a K. Barnet construction vehicle piles rubble from a house that was demolished earlier that day. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency told a crowd of Clovis officials Wednesday they weren’t sure […]