United Way yard sale to benefit hurricane victims

Staff reports The United Way is sponsoring a yard sale to offer relief to the recent hurricane victims. The sale will take place at the Curry County Fairgrounds from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 Laurie Bentley of the United Way said area residents can drop off donated items on Sept. 24 and Sept. […]

Disasters, catastrophes bring lessons

Helena Rodriguez I rarely watch Christian television. When I do it’s during what I hope are rare, double-take moments, such as when I caught tele-evangelist Pat Robertson as he was advocating to assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. As I was recently channel surfing, something on Christian TV made my hands freeze on the remote again. […]

Rebuilding New Orleans waste of money

Steve Chapman Of all the ideas I’ve heard about what to do with New Orleans, the best one came from former Rep. Tim Roemer, D-Ind., who said we should “put somebody like former President Jimmy Carter in charge of rebuilding New Orleans.” As president, Carter distinguished himself by failing to free the hostages in Iran, […]

Environmental, fiscal challenges coming into focus

Knight Ridder Newspapers BILOXI, Miss. — Hurricane Katrina damaged or demolished nearly half a million homes in three states, the American Red Cross said Wednesday — four times as many as Hurricane Andrew did when it hit South Florida in 1992. As President Bush prepared to speak to the nation from an undisclosed location in […]

Town’s relief efforts should be applauded

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist What do a media professional, a hospital counselor, a fire dept. employee, and a law enforcement officer have in common? The first two I have the privilege to regard as my friends; the last two I haven’t known very long, or met only briefly. What is obvious is that they all […]

Government simulation predicted 61,290 deaths in hurricane

Ron Fournier and Ted Bridis: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — As Katrina roared into the Gulf of Mexico, emergency planners pored over maps and charts of a hurricane simulation that projected 61,290 dead and 384,257 injured or sick in a catastrophic flood that would leave swaths of southeast Louisiana uninhabitable for more than a year. […]

Katrina’s economic impact far-reaching — and still evolving

Brad Foss: The Associated Press Hurricane Katrina’s economic toll continues to mount — its cost evident in near-record energy prices, snarled shipping traffic, lost jobs and wrecked businesses. But nearly two weeks after landfall, its impact is shaping up as one of extremes. There are many losers, most notably the 400,000 who have lost their […]

Portales residents continue to help victims

Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales residents continue with efforts to help Hurricane Katrina victims, even as the need for cash donations become increasingly urgent. Some organizations have stopped accepting clothing and food donations because these items require manpower to separate and itemize, said to Chuck Haman, Portales city emergency management coordinator. Haman said he attended […]

New Orleans family evacuated to Muleshoe

1126246559-web-All-our-worldly-goods.jpg

Located eight blocks from the New Orleans levees, the Ridolfo family escaped the flooding in boats. (Courtesy photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The house Annie Young grew up in is gone. So is much of city she calls home. So are photographs of her childhood. Hurricane Katrina took much, but it spared her […]

Congress passes bill for $51.8 billion in relief

By David Espo: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Acting with extraordinary speed, Congress approved an additional $51.8 billion for relief and recovery from Hurricane Katrina on Thursday. President Bush pledged to make it “easy and simple as possible” for uncounted, uprooted storm victims to collect food stamps and other government benefits. “We’re not asking for […]