Tornado season: How to be prepared

USAF File Photo: Airman 1st Class Thomas Trower Airmen from Cannon Air Force Base assisted Clovis residents in cleanup efforts following last year’s devastating tornado on March 23, 2007. By Airman 1st Class Brittany Krupa, 27th SO Civil Engineer Squadron Violent. Devastating. Disastrous. These are a few of the powerful words used to describe the […]

Storm recovery joint effort

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Courtesy photo: Jerry Priest Jerry and James Priest’s house in south Clovis — built in 1923 — was destroyed in the tornado. By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico The first anniversary of the March 23, 2007, tornado that struck eastern New Mexico with such destructive force falls on Easter Sunday. For some people involved in […]

Planning key in dealing with disaster

By Ken De Los Santos: CNJ Guest Columnist While the tornado of 2007 remains fresh on our minds, I would like to ask, “Are you prepared for another?” With severe weather, you can never let your guard down. The main purpose of this article is to educate on preparation for any type of disaster.There are […]

Coming Sunday: Tornado and Title Town

Sunday is the one-year anniversary of the worst tornado in Clovis’ history.

Tornado stories wanted

Sunday is the one-year anniversary of the deadly tornado that ripped through eastern New Mexico. Our newsroom staffs are planning in-depth coverage in

Clovis falls in 5A final

Josh Sanders converted a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left to lift Hobbs to a 73-71 win over Clovis on Saturday night in the Class 5A boys state championship game at The Pit in Albuquerque.

United Way recognizes tornado recovery effort

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — The anniversary of the March 23, 2007, tornado that ripped through the Clovis area, is a little more than a week away. However, the storm was fresh on people’s minds Thursday night at the United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s annual banquet. United Way officials and area […]

Broken home, unbroken spirit

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Jim and Iris Blevins live in a fifth-wheel behind their home on South Prince Street as a result of the March 23 tornado that ripped through their home. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer On the 2100 block of South Prince Street lay a tan house surrounded by a tunnel […]

Year in Review: March 2007

A daily look at top news stories reported in the Clovis New Journal in March: March 1: City commissioners approved plans for a $1.4 million multi-story fire-training facility to be located on Brady Avenue near Prince Street. March 2: The Clovis campus of Wayland Baptist University celebrated its 10th anniversary with graduation ceremonies for 35 […]

Returning home

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bob and Dina Sellers stand in their newly built home about eight months after the March tornado hit their house, leaving it in shambles. The couple plans to move into the house on Dec.1. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Even a tornado couldn’t uproot a Clovis couple from their […]

Bowling alley expected to reopen in December

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Mainline Bowl owner Phil Wood sits Monday in the rubble of his business five months into reconstruction after the March tornado destroyed the building. View a video of Wood talking about the bowling alley at cnjonline.com. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Mainline Bowl owner Phil Wood walked through a […]

Fears should be faced

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Rome has a nice, mild climate: we usually have four seasons and no extreme weather phenomenons. Growing up, the most I worried about when it came to weather was to make sure that I avoided riding my scooter when it was raining hard. I never experienced a tornado until I moved […]

Fears must be faced

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Rome has a nice, mild climate: we usually have four seasons and no extreme weather phenomenons. Growing up, the most I worried about when it came to weather was to make sure that I avoided riding my scooter when it was raining hard. I never experienced a tornado until I moved […]

Couple falls victim to tornado, burglary

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An elderly Clovis couple who lost their house to the March 23 tornado said they were devastated again by burglaries to their property. Delbert and Pearl Tivis had lived in their home on South Prince Street for almost 40 years when the tornado decimated it, leaving it uninhabitable. They […]

Commission considers smoking code

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission is considering limiting outdoor smoking at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The proposal would limit outdoor smoking to 25 feet or more outside the fairgrounds gates. The ordinance will also designate a distance of 25 feet for smoking areas at all county building entrances and ban […]

Help from above

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Project manager Mike Madsen lays out shingles on a Sheldon Street house hit by the March 23 tornado. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cleo Helker knew it was a matter of time before living in tornado alley would catch up with him. Helker’s Sheldon Street home suffered extensive wind […]

Aug. 8, 2007 Local Briefs

CNJ Staff Man sentenced for selling drugs Ralph Urioste, 37, of Clovis was sentenced to four years in prison for selling marijuana to an undercover officer, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. His sentence will be followed by two years of supervised probation, the release said. Undercover agents with the state […]

Senior center bounces back

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Gutierrez Sue Woodcock and Joe Lekovich dance at the Baxter-Curren Senior Center’s weekly Friday dance less than a month after the building was reopened. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Between 70 and 80 senior citizens danced to Alan Jackson and Hank Williams Friday night at the Baxter-Curren Senior Center. The […]

Road to recovery

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Niki Bowers sands drywall Friday at Anastacio Urioste’s home. Kingswood United Methodist Church is assisting the Uriostes in rebuilding their home after it was damaged by the March tornado. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Anastacio Urioste sat in what was left of his living room the day after a […]

Official: Tornado didn’t materialize

Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County spent several hours early Friday evening under a tornado warning and eventually a tornado watch, according to National Weather Service. While the storm with hail and strong winds jangled residents nerves, no major damage was reported. According to Capt. Lonnie Berry, spokesperson for the Portales Police Department, branches were down in […]