Tornado season gets early start in high plains

Thirteen confirmed tornadoes hit New Mexico’s easter plains March 23. One storm ripped through Clovis and cause widespread damage and one death. When a storm siren sounds, indiviuals should seek shelter in windowless rooms. By Greg Allen Though Cannon is not in what is defined as “tornado alley,” which begins about 18 miles farther east, […]

First life lost to tornado in Clovis history

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Little remains of a trailer home in South Clovis that belonged to Heleneta Blevins. Blevins died in her son’s home on Sunday after sustaining injuries during Friday’s storm. (CNJ staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Heleneta Blevins died the way she lived — surrounded by what she held most dear, her […]

Tornado claims life

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A 90-year-old Clovis woman who died Tuesday is the first casualty of Friday’s tornado. CNJ file photo By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A 90-year-old woman injured in Friday’s tornado died this morning. Heleneta Blevins passed at 4:50 a.m. in her eldest son’s home, according to her eldest son, Bob Blevins. A local hospice provided […]

Roosevelt County dairyman rides out storm

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The Grande Vida Dairy, nine miles north of Portales, suffered extensive damage in Friday’s tornado. (CNJ Correspondent Photo: Roger Hatcher) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County’s Mike Mitchell lost a new dairy operation and about 175 cows in Friday’s tornado, but quick thinking allowed him to escape with his life. Mitchell said he arrived […]

Cleanup continues

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Gene Bieker, director of operations for Clovis Municipal Schools, said Monday the estimated tornado damage to the roof and floor at Yucca Junior High is $800,000. (CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Her eyes were bloodshot. Dirt was smeared across her T-shirt. But Conrada Figueroa pressed on. She and her […]

Officials: Storm spotters improve safety

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Storm spotters performed well on Friday night, according to local emergency preparedness personnel. Though the storm moved quickly through Roosevelt and Curry counties, a warning time of 15 to 20 minutes was available to the communities in its path. Roosevelt County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Keith Wattenbarger said spotters include volunteer […]

Tornado victim’s condition worsens

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The condition of a woman critically wounded Friday by a Clovis tornado has worsened, according to her daughter. Betty Denton of Clovis said her mother, Heleneta Blevins, is being treated at Plains Regional Medical Center and has fatal wounds, including brain trauma. “She’s not doing good,” Denton said Sunday. […]

Friday’s timeline

2:20 p.m. — National Weather Service issues tornado watch until 10 p.m. for Curry, Quay, Roosevelt, Lea and Eddy counties. 5:42 p.m. — First tornado warning for Roosevelt County. Doppler radar indicated possibility of a tornado based on weather conditions. Skywarn spotters were reporting a tornado on the ground 12 miles south of Milnesand, moving […]

Disasters full-time business for some

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor For Ken De Los Santos, the weather is serious business. “Every day, the first thing I do is check the weather,” the emergency management director for Clovis and Curry County said. He looks online at storm predictions and receives e-mail and phone call alerts from the National Weather Service. […]

One critical from tornado

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A tornado that struck before 8 p.m. Friday caused extensive damage throughout southeast Clovis. Clovis Body Shop, 2024 S. Prince St., was among the hardest hit businesses. (CNJ Correspondent Photo: Roger Hatcher) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Throngs of Clovis residents waded through tatters of their lives Saturday as officials plodded to piece together […]

Twister slams Clovis

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The Car Quest auto parts store sign went down during Friday’s storm. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) Freedom Newspapers The worst tornado in Clovis’ history struck the city’s southeast side Friday night, leaving more than a dozen injured and possibly hundreds of homes damaged. No deaths were reported, but officials said at least three patients […]

Tornado destroys 30 homes in Quay County

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Tim Loveland said the wind knocked his trailer and belongings over as he was traveling on U.S. 54 driving into Logan from Tucumcari. Loveland was passing through on his way to the Phoenix area. (Freedoms Newspapers: Chelle Delaney) By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers LOGAN – A tornado touched down in the Village of Logan injuring […]

Hounds hang on for split with Savage Storm

CNJ statt DURANT, Okla. — Reliever Tyler Doughty induced Southeastern Oklahoma’s David Newell to hit into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the sixth inning, and junior Keith Balderaz pitched around two hits in the seventh for his second save as Eastern New Mexico University held on for a 7-6 win and […]

Winter makes commendable appearance

By Grant McGee: Local columnist So how about this winter weather? There was that big ice storm two weeks ago and The Big Snow last weekend. Did you go out, plop your butt down in the deep white stuff and make a snow angel? Did you roll up huge snowballs and make a giant snowman? […]

Snow joke: City blanketed

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Robert Osborn uses his four-wheeler to pull sons Blaze, 9, left, and Camron, 7, right, down the street on a snowy Saturday afternoon. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A winter storm that lingered over the middle of New Mexico dumped more than 10 inches of snow across parts of […]

No surprise: A rush on supplies

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers According to officials of local businesses selling cold weather supplies, eastern New Mexico residents weren’t taking the current blast of winter weather lightly as they scurried to pick up supplies before the storm Friday. Grocery stores reported much heavier traffic than normal, and other retailers were holding their posts to […]

Sluggish storm headed to area

Freedom Newspapers A strong winter storm was creeping toward New Mexico Thursday and is expected to bring heavy snow and cold temperatures to the eastern New Mexico area through the weekend. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning from noon today and last through 5 p.m. Saturday for Roosevelt and Curry counties. Forecasts […]

Ice envelops area

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Katelynne Dow, 11, writes her name in the snow and ice with her skateboard on a cold Saturday afternoon. Temperatures in Clovis never climbed out of the 20s on Saturday. Freezing temperatures are expected for today. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Karl Terry and Greg Price: Freedom Newspapers A winter ice storm enveloped Curry […]

Roads clear, snow possible tonight

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers A snow storm that dumped 4 inches of snow in the Clovis/Portales area since Thursday is melting away. However, one road, U.S. 285 between Vaughn and Clines Corner, remained closed on Monday and the area is bracing for more possible snow. “We encourage people to call our toll -free number, […]

Storm creates road havoc

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Travel throughout eastern New Mexico slowed to a crawl Saturday as a major winter storm dropped ice and snow across the region. Numerous roads in Curry, DeBaca and Roosevelt counties were closed Friday and Saturday due to low visibility, drifting snow and accidents. The closures and treacherous road conditions jammed […]