Reporter’s notebook: Firefighters honored at banquet

Lt. Ricky Mitchell of the Clovis Fire Department has worked over the years to foster strong working relationships, demonstrate a high level of competency as a firefighter and improve his skills as an Emergency Medical Technician assistant, his fire chief said. In recognition of those traits, Mitchell was presented the fireman of the year award […]

City EMS in line for federal funding

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer About $4.5 million in federal money may soon be on its way to eastern New Mexico. The Omnibus Appropriations Spending bill passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate over the weekend and is expected to become law, a press release from U.S. Sen., Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said. […]

Hazardous materials discussed: Q and A

Editors note: Don Shainin, HAZMAT (hazardous materials) coordinator for the New Mexico Office of Emergency Management, was in Clovis on Wednesday to speak with local emergency officials about hazardous chemical reporting, chemical dispersion threats in New Mexico and Clovis and emergency response plans. Shainin served the Albuquerque community as a firefighter for many years and […]

Melrose may face $500,000 in sewage repair

By Darrell Todd Maurina MELROSE — The village of Melrose faces a possible $500,000 cost for emergency repairs on its sewage lagoon due to environmental hazards, but an engineering consultant told the village council Thursday night that the community may be able to obtain a grant to pay for the expense. “I don’t believe they […]

Kids hurt in slide collapse

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor About 10 young girls went to the emergency room Thursday night after falling from atop a 28-foot-high slide at an end-of-the-year softball party at Spencer Park. Parents of the children — all under 8 and members of the Clovis Girls Athletic Association (CGAA) — were in the emergency room […]

Emergency calls made easy with cell phones

1087970464-web-Cell-Phone.jpg

Clovis dispatchers say almost 90 percent of 911 calls are made from cell phones. (CNJ illustration by Darren Estrada) By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor The increase in cell phone use over the past decade has done wonders for local emergency personnel, allowing them to arrive at wreck and crime scenes quicker. But the portable […]

Local agencies train for crises

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Emergency personnel from throughout Curry County met Wednesday to plan for a disaster they hope will never happen. In their scenario, a tornado appeared over the skies of southwest Clovis, touching down and destroying half of Plains Regional Medical Center and half of Sandia Elementary. Curry County Emergency […]

Emergency management officials: Residents must stay informed

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base and the Clovis-Curry County Office of Emergency Management use different systems to report severe weather — and residents should be aware of it to avoid confusion, officials of the two entities said Friday. The Clovis-Curry County Office of Emergency Management relies on the National Weather […]

Volunteer of the Day — Gena Hankins

Curry County Volunteer Coalition is selecting a “Volunteer of the Day” throughout April. Today’s honoree: In 2003, Gena Hankins donated many hours with the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). She is an active member of the LEPC Community Awareness committee, assists in the planning and organization of activities to ensure the public is prepared and […]

Hazardous materials information essential

By Bob Baker, vice chairman of the Clovis-Curry County LEPC I’m not sure the businesses and facilities within Curry County are fully aware of the reasons for submitting Tier II information, which is information related to hazardous chemicals and substances. The Curry County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and the local fire departments use this […]

Police: 15-year-old shot Friday isn’t cooperating with police

Clovis police say a 15-year-old from Texas showed up in a Clovis emergency room Friday night with a gunshot wound to the leg, but he wouldn’t tell police who shot him or what happened. Police didn’t release the juvenile’s name because of his age. Sgt. Chris Kinley of the Clovis Police Department said the juvenile […]

U.S. flu outbreak prompts medical exercise

By Darrell Todd Maurina Media across New Mexico and the nation have been reporting on the progress of a worse-than-usual flu outbreak this winter for which the standard flu vaccine doesn’t provide specific immunity. On Friday, local emergency management staff reported on a state exercise bringing planners together to discuss what they would do in […]

It’s a time to give

CNJ Staff Reports CNJ STAFF REPORTS Organizations in Clovis and Portales will deliver Emergency Food Assistance Program commodities at various locations this week, Nancy Taylor, executive director of Life Saver Food Bank, said in a news release. “Services and declaration requirements will be similar according to the capabilities of each volunteer agency,” she said. “Distribution […]

Study of Cannon’s health care leaves students impressed

By Darrell Todd Maurina A group of graduate nursing students from the Clovis area who have spent much of the last year studying health care at Cannon Air Force Base, said last week they were surprised by the good quality of the care families receive at the base. Michael Hobbs, one of the six nurses […]

Mother charged with filing false report

By Darrell Todd Maurina Portales police have arrested a woman who said Sunday that she found an abandoned baby in a park. Police said Tuesday they now believe the newborn belonged to the woman who said she found the baby while jogging in Rotary Park near her dorm room at Eastern New Mexico University. The […]

Local health community celebrates new addition

1064388110-hospital-9_24_03.jpg

Expansion projects at Plains Regional Medical Center include expanding the emergency room, building a new physician’s office, and the opening of the Healthplex and cancer treatment center. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Gary Mitchell Hospital administrator Brian Bentley calls today’s grand opening ceremony “a three-fold celebration.” Dignitaries from Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Plains Regional Medical Center […]

Conservation critical

1059714362-water.jpg

Jimmy Dominguez, greens superintendent for the Clovis Municipal Golf Course, hand waters a green Thursday at the course. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Jack King If Clovis residents don’t voluntarily reduce water consumption, they could face a water emergency in a week, city officials said Thursday at a press conference. New Mexico-American Water officials announced […]

Question and answer: Ken de los Santos

Ken de los Santos, 39, serves as the city’s emergency management director. Q: How long have you been in this position with the city of Clovis? A: Nearly two years now. I started in October 2002. Q: What was your background prior to this position? A: I’m retired from the Air Force in 2001. My […]

Tornado season upon us

By Jack King May and June are peak tornado times for eastern New Mexico, which is on the far western edge of the nation’s Tornado Alley. And local officials take regular steps to prepare for potential storm damage, said Clovis/Curry County Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos — even though tornadoes are rare around […]

Warning: Cactus sap can be hazardous

Tibor Machan Back in the early 1970s a friend of mine in the Louisiana state house told me a lesson he learned. Trying to indicate to his colleagues the absurdity of government micromanagement of the state’s economy. He introduced a bill that would have government regulate water diviners. By his lights, these folks were not […]