Tornado of ’95 still fresh in Frionons minds

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Ron Carr had been in Friona for a month in 1995 and was still feeling the place out when he accepted a job as a reporter at the city’s newspaper. “I asked him if anything exciting happened around Friona,” Carr said of his conversation with then-owner Bill Ellis. “He […]

Fast-food employees ride out storm in freezer

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Recognize this photo? Marie Moore of Avondale Boulevard found it in her back yard after the tornado and wants to connect it with its owner. She can be reached at 762-6277. (Courtesy photo) CNJ staff Laura Aragon, 16, had been working at Long John Silver’s for only a couple of weeks when the tornado swept […]

Tornado facts

CNJ staff —Curry County has recorded five F2 tornadoes since records have been kept — on June 10, 1932, Sept. 17, 1944, May 24, 1957, June 11, 1964, and on March 23 of this year. An F2 includes wind speeds greater than 113 mph. The county has not seen a tornado greater than F2 in […]

’44 storm hit some of same areas

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The Sept. 18, 1944, Clovis News-Journal captured damage from the Sunday evening storm. By David Stevens: CNJ Editor The March 23 tornado that ripped through southeast Clovis wasn’t the city’s first, but it was by far the most damaging in about 75 years of record keeping. Officials said one person was killed, 35 people were […]

Tornado cleanup 95 percent complete

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Doris Hudson, left, and Nell Thompkins stand outside Hudson’s house on Sycamore St. Hudson’s house suffered minimal damage from the storm. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Eight days and 192 hours have passed since David Castro lost his home. He has been living with his father since a tornado […]

One critical from tornado, about 100 buildings damaged

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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 […]

Tornado leaves more than a dozen injured

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A tornado hit the city of Clovis on Friday night. The unidentified passenger in this car on Mabry Drive escaped serious injury, according to witnesses. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By 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 […]

Letters to the Editor: Church cleanup crew answer to prayers

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal will publish thank-you letters related to the March 23 tornado through next Sunday. Please limit letters to 150 words. And yes, we will waive our Opinion-page policy regarding for-profit businesses, so that readers may thank them for services performed during the storm. Send letters to: dstevens@cnjonline.com A special thank […]

Salvation Army volunteers to ring

CNJ Staff Salvation Army volunteers will be ringing for tornado restoration donations this weekend. The nonprofit’s signature Red Kettles, which are traditionally used for Christmas, will be set up at locations throughout Clovis and Portales. According to Salvation Army officials, funds collected will be used to feed families affected by the March 23 tornado that […]

March 31, 2007 Tornado Notebook

Tornado victims (with damaged or demolished homes) who are seeking assistance need to go to the Disaster Relief Center at the Curry County Fairgrounds 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. • The Salvation Army has begun to see a decline in volunteer support and in-kind donations. The long-term recovery phase needs support from the community in […]

Victims still in need

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Bob Hunger, a Red Cross volunteer, stands by his Emergency Communication Response Vehicle outside the Red Cross office in downtown Clovis. After the tornado on March 23, the Red Cross deployed one of nine ECRVs. (CNJ staff photo:Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A replacement car window, food and water, items for the […]

Tornado notes

CNJ staff —The Salvation Army has begun to see a decline in volunteer support and in-kind donations. As the Clovis community moves into day seven of the recovery efforts, the pressures of long-term resolutions for the tornado survivors begin. The long-term recovery phase needs support from the community in terms of volunteer assistance, in-kind and […]

Twister threat left time to reflect

By Grant McGee: Local columnist You kick a few things around in your head as you hunker down in the hallway of your home, wondering if a tornado is going to come whirling out of the dark, rainy night and slam into your house. That’s the way it was last Friday night, The Night of […]

Woman calls rescue miraculous

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The only thing Shirley Boothe could do was raise her hand and wait. The 65-year-old Clovis woman was pinned under the roof of her trailer. About 20 feet away, her friend, Walter “Snap” Cravy, was buried beneath pounds of rubble. The tornado that roared through Clovis on Friday demolished […]

Wounds from tragedy not just physical

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer These wounds cannot be seen or felt or touched. But they are just as painful as those that can. Mental health officials said victims of Friday’s tornado can endure the same emotional effects as soldiers in wars. And the mental toll of surviving a disaster can be triggered weeks […]

Notes on tornado happenings

CNJ staff —Clovis 911 dispatchers received an unprecedented number of calls during the period of tornado activity Friday night, according to Capt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department. During about a half-hour period, 1,043 calls were fielded by dispatchers, he said. Dispatchers field about 200 calls on an average day. A normal shift has […]

Assistance available

CNJ staff —The Salvation Army is asking that all households whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Friday’s tornado go to the Curry County Fairground to complete a pink form. The form will give the Salvation Army information regarding their households needs. —New Mexico Bank & Trust is establishing a Disaster Assistance Fund for victims […]

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 […]

Tornado assistance information

CNJ Staff The Salvation Army and American Red Cross are headquartered at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Restoration materials — including saws and tarps — are available. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information: Red Cross at 763-4129 or Salvation Army at 762-3801 • The New Mexico Department of Health will supply emergency tetanus vaccinations […]