FEMA: State’s response superb

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency told a crowd of Clovis officials Wednesday they weren’t sure when, or if, the state would receive help from FEMA in recovery from Friday’s tornadoes that slammed eastern New Mexico. They seemed quite sure, however, if FEMA funds are denied, it won’t […]

Wounds from tragedy not just physical

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer These wounds cannot be seen or felt or touched. But they are just as painful as those that can. Mental health officials said victims of Friday’s tornado can endure the same emotional effects as soldiers in wars. And the mental toll of surviving a disaster can be triggered weeks […]

Governor declares disaster area

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Government entities of three eastern New Mexico communities hit hard by tornadoes Friday were given access to state funds for restoration Sunday, but aid for affected individuals hinges on the federal government, according to authorities. Gov. Bill Richardson declared Clovis a state disaster area Sunday as he toured a […]

Several seek refuge at shelter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Standing watch at one of several entry points to the devastated area south of Clovis, Sgts. Danny Nunez and James Montgomery of the Clovis National Guard unit said they never expected to serve their community in a disaster like the one that struck Friday. Three hours into their duties, […]

Year in review: Special Ops to rescue

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The CV-22 Osprey is one of several types of aircraft expected to be assigned to Cannon Air Force Base. (Air Force photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In early 2006, the fate of Cannon Air Force Base remained unwritten. Banners supporting the installation lingered in yards and storefronts. Residents of eastern New Mexico had […]

Red Cross seeks volunteers

CNJ Staff The American Red Cross is calling for volunteers. According to a Red Cross news release, the Zia Service Center of the American Red Cross is seeking volunteers from Tucumcari, Clovis and Roosevelt counties. The volunteers are needed to provide relief to victims of disasters, respond to residential fires, hazardous material spills, floods, wild […]

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 […]

New Orleans suffocating under federal embrace

By Freedom Newspapers A year ago Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and caused widespread destruction. A year later we’re in the midst of an orgy of media overkill about the Meaning of It All. Why should one hurricane out of several a year that hit the continental United States still stir our memories a […]

Compensation was waste with ulterior motive

Freedom Newspapers In February 2003, cattle rancher Nico de Boer in Texas watched the space shuttle Columbia break up in the sky above his ranch. Weeks later he was surprised to learn that because of that disaster he was one of hundreds of Texas ranchers entitled to up to $40,000 in federal disaster compensation funds, […]

5/30 Business digest

Orbit activates wells in Roosevelt County Orbit Petroleum has activated seven oil and gas wells in its Chaveroo Field in Roosevelt County in the last month, bringing the company’s total active wells in New Mexico to 35, according to a news release from Orbit. Production increases will be reported after the wells are on for […]

Brown e-mails reveal uncaring official

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist As Hurricane Katrina raised a watery fist almost 30 feet high and shook it at Biloxi, as a nightmare of wind and ocean took shape off New Orleans, as millions of people fled for their lives, huddled in fear or made peace with God, Brownie sought fashion advice. “Tie or […]

9/15 Letters to the editor

Civilization should coexist with wildlife I just wanted to thank Susan Hubby and her associates for taking the time to save and relocate the prairie dogs. What a wonderful and caring person. Prairie dogs are getting a bad rap, along with coyotes, pigeons and trash-raiding bears. What’s wrong with this picture? We humans are taking […]

Gulf Coast Disaster Questions Keep Surfacing

By Curtis K. Shelburne As daily we are seeing more ramifications of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of the Gulf Coast, new dimensions of the disaster continue to impress themselves on our minds.   It is very hard to wrap your mind around such widespread devastation, but the pictures and sound-bytes just keep pouring in. Water everywhere. Wrecked […]

5/8 Agriculture Digest

Wheat demonstration being held Friday Farmers in eastern New Mexico and West Texas can learn about wheat production and variety selection at the 2005 Wheat Field Day from 1:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Friday at the Agricultural Science Center. Officials will present topics on wheat variety trial results, an update on the current status of […]

Changing the world: Texico students raise money for tsunami victims

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Texico fourth-grader D.J. Griego donated more than $5 to a penny drive Tuesday at the school started to help tsunami victims. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Mega-Hollywood stars grabbed the spotlight Saturday night with a telethon to benefit survivors of the tsunami that ravaged southern Asia. But locally — with […]

Hatred for U.S. overpowers the needs

By Mona Charen Prince Felix Schwartenberg of Austria was asked in 1848 how his country would respond to Russia’s help putting down a Hungarian insurrection. “Austria,” he replied, “will astound the world with the magnitude of her ingratitude.” Well stand aside, Prince, because Indonesia can now assume first place in the pantheon of ingrates. The […]

America more generous than some give credit

CNJ staff The U.S. government announced initially that it would donate $15 million to help victims of the overwhelming tsunami in South Asia. A United Nations official said the U.S. was “stingy” when it came to international aid. His comment was silly and a bit meanspirited. More significantly, however, it reflected a serious misunderstanding of […]

Disaster relief funds allocated for area

CNJ STAFF WASHINGTON — The department of agriculture has approved a natural disaster designation to Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties as part of a broader disaster designation covering a number of West Texas counties, according to a press release from Senator Pete Domenici, R-N.M. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Anne Veneman has granted the designation for five […]

Congress approves funding for Cannon

CNJ staff WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici on Monday said he fully expects President Bush to quickly sign into law a military construction bill that includes $9.5 million to construct a consolidated airmen’s center at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release from the senator’s office. The Senate on Monday gave final […]

Disaster flick relies on special effects

Ben Kessler: Ben to the movies A little anecdote: I walked into the theater to purchase my ticket and asked the lady behind the counter, “Can I have a ticket for ‘The Day After Tomorrow?’” To which she replied with a wry smile, “Sorry, we don’t sell advance tickets.” I thought I’d share that with […]