Bill tracker: A look at area lawmakers’ legislation

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Tonjia Rolan The second session of the New Mexico state legislature opened Jan.17. To date, 15 bills, including two emergency measures, have been introduced by area legislators. The deadline for filing legislation is Feb.1.

Portales police upgrades communications

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Travis Hardin, of Yucca Telecom, sets up the computer system in what will soon be the new dispatch center at the Portales Police Department. Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenberger said the new system will allow dispatchers to do their job more quickly and efficiently. Alisa Boswell Big changes are in […]

Conservation program policies modified

CNJ staff The U.S. Farm Service Agency is modifying its Conservation Reserve Program policies to help agricultural producers affected by drought. FSA is permitting farmers and ranchers approved for emergency grazing in drought-stricken states, including New Mexico, to extend the emergency grazing period for a month, to Oct. 31, without an additional payment reduction, according […]

Roosevelt County allotted federal money

CNJ staff Roosevelt County has been allotted $5,335 in Federal Emergency Management Agency money for non-disaster-related emergency food and shelter programs, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. The state government and 24 counties are to receive a total of $544,745 for the programs, according to the release. […]

Emergency grazing authorized

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Press release: USDA authorizes 90 days CRP emergency grazing

Emergency Grazing for CRP approved for Curry County Albuquerque, NM, May 26, 2011 – Salomon E. Ramirez, State Executive Director of the New Mexico Farm Service Agency announced that Emergency Grazing of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acreage has been authorized for Curry County in New Mexico. “This authorization provides relief for many livestock producers in […]

Freezing temperatures cause flooding in Tucumcari hospital

Freedom New Mexico Freezing temperatures were blamed for a wet mess at Tucumcari’s Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital Thursday. A sprinkling system burst and flooded the emergency room. Hospital Administrator Lance Labine said there were no injuries and no one was in the emergency room when the sprinkler broke. “We had a lot of folks […]

Positions open on emergency planning committee

CNJ staff The Clovis/Curry County Local Emergency Planning Committee Executive Council has two available positions. The committee meets 1 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each odd-numbered month at Clovis City Hall. For information, contact the city manager’s office at 769-7828.

Letter to the editor: Responders reacted with diligence

Responders reacted with diligence A recent Internet piece named New Mexico as one of the least favored states for good medical care. I have lived in Clovis since 1967 and have heard many conversations about the lack of quality medical care in Clovis. No doubt, some of the complaints have merit. However, I was the […]

Homeland Security conducting training

CNJ staff New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is conducting a national incident management system training 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Aug. 17 at Clovis Community College. The training is open to members of the emergency management system, which includes law enforcement, fire service, hazardous material, public health, public works, emergency management, […]

Ham radio operators gather for mock emergency

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Jeff Hardy points out what could be bad incoming weather moving into Clovis/Curry County on Wilhite Road. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico Amateur Ham Radio Operators Club in Curry County will contact other radio operators around the area in a mock emergency Saturday and Sunday […]

Thursday morning briefing: Emergency info, basketball camp and UFOs

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Emergency tips Are you interested in the preparation for emergencies in Portales and Roosevelt County? The Roosevelt County Local Emergency Planning Committee meets 4-5 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Memorial Building in Portales. Call Emergency Management Director Keith Thomas […]

Preparation key in tornado season

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Tony Bullocks: Freedom New Mexico Emergency Management Director Kenneth De Los Santos explains to new dispatcher Carrie Pendleton what makes up the emergency alert system Friday at Clovis Police Department. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Experts say certain weather conditions can spawn violent storms and tornadoes anytime and anywhere across eastern New Mexico. The […]

Press release: Emergency repairs at Norris St. railroad crossing

BNSF will temporarily close the Norris Street railroad crossing from 12:00 noon, Friday, April 16th until 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 17th for emergency repairs. All east bound traffic will be detoured to Sugarbeat Road. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Public Works at (575) 769-2376.

Commission passes resolution blasting state water decision

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Curry County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday opposing a recent decision by the state to grant emergency combined water rights to New Mexico American Water. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Discontent is swirling around an emergency authorization granted to New Mexico American Water after it said it couldn’t […]

Clovis emergency services director to be honored

CNJ staff Jan Elliott, the executive director of emergency medical services for Region 3, is one of 21 to be honored during the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women’s annual Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women. The event is scheduled for May 7 at the Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town. Also, Albuquerque […]

Udall: Improved technology will allow for quicker emergency response

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today announced that New Mexico will receive almost $900,000 to upgrade the state’s E-911 technology so that emergency responders can more quickly locate people who call 911 from wireless or Internet-connected phones. The $888,893 grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will allow New Mexico to improve […]

Emergency management conference set

CNJ staff A three-day New Mexico Emergency Management Conference will be held in Clovis beginning Sept. 21. Titled the “Passport to Preparedness”, the conference is at the Clovis Civic Center. The conference will begin at 1 p.m. Sept. 21 and ends with a banquet Sept. 24.

ENMU planning emergency drill

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University has scheduled an emergency planning drill for 8-11 a.m. today, although it may end before 11 a.m. The drill involves Portales and campus police trying to apprehend an actor portraying a shooter in the Campus Union Building. Lea Hall, the College of Business and the Campus Union Building […]

State road workers killed

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A 39-year-old Roswell man with the Department of Transportation was killed Thursday afternoon while doing road work northwest of St. Vrain. CNJ staff A 39-year-old Roswell man with the state Department of Transportation died Thursday northwest of St. Vrain when he was run over by a piece of heavy machinery. […]