Tornado spotter courses slated for Tuesday

David Arkin Those interested in learning more about storm spotting will have the chance to do so this week during two sessions being held in the area. Two Tornado Spotters Courses are set for Tuesday. A Clovis course will be from 1-4 p.m. in the Bert Cabiness City Government Assembly Room. The Portales course will […]

Hospital: Hazmat mishap mishandled

By Darrell Todd Maurina Communications problems which complicated an emergency medical run on Feb. 2 could have implications for any future disaster, members of the exercise design subcommittee of the Curry County Local Emergency Planning Committee noted Friday. Meeting to plan the county’s next disaster training drill, members discussed the Feb. 2 incident that didn’t […]

Emergency Management wants Air Force members

Reporter’s Notebook As a retired member of the Air Force, Ken De Los Santos of the Curry County Emergency Management Committee wants to make sure newcomers to Cannon Air Force Base know how to handle disasters — and he wouldn’t mind a few military members signing up as committee volunteers. To accomplish both goals, De […]

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 […]

Clovis’ cold spell brings sleet shower

By Darrell Todd Maurina As sleet bore down on Clovis late Monday evening, Curry County Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos said he wants people to be prepared and ready for winter weather conditions. De Los Santos said that while eastern New Mexico and West Texas don’t get that much snow, conditions that might […]

Volunteers sought for education campaign

Ken De Los Santos is looking for volunteers to help staff a booth at the upcoming Curry County Fair. As Emergency Management Director for Curry County and the City of Clovis, De Los Santos said the Local Emergency Planning Commission has decided this year to offer pamphlets and other brochures that will help educate local […]

Shocking statistics

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By Darrell Todd Maurina Curry County’s emergency management director worries people don’t take the threat of lightning serious enough. According to Ken De Los Santos, lightning is among the most dangerous weather phenomena in New Mexico — partly because people don’t know that storms can be dangerous long before rain begins to fall and therefore […]

Storms hit area again

By Darrell Todd Maurina Friday evening’s thunderstorms brought high winds, pea-sized hail, and heavy rain to the Clovis area, but area law enforcement agencies reported no major weather-related damage. “We did have some streets flooded, which is normal due to all the rain,” said Curry County Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos. “The flooding […]

Local board plans for catastrophe

By Darrell Todd Maurina New Mexico hasn’t had a tornado fatality since 1974, but severe wind and tornado damage have hit Clovis as recently as the late 1990s. Wednesday morning at Clovis’ city hall, 27 representatives of local law enforcement, government, school, fire, military, communications, utilities, and transportation agencies met to discuss how they would […]

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 […]