Meeting’s message: Help still here

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FEMA’s Martin Blake explains how Clovis residents can obtain FEMA assistance Wednesday at a Town Hall meeting. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Nine students from Lockwood Elementary School received hugs at Wednesday’s Town Hall meeting from Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair, Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray and Clovis Fire […]

Recovery program created

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis Mayor David Lansford will unveil “Operation Disaster Recovery” at tonight’s Town Hall meeting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Administered through United Way of Eastern New Mexico, the aim of the charity program is to fill in the gaps not met by state and federal programs for area residents […]

Police arrest 91-year-old storm victim

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McDaniel— Oxygen tank ran low after tornado By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A 91-year-old Clovis man has been arrested for hitting a police officer with a vehicle at a checkpoint for a tornado-damaged neighborhood, according to police and court records. Clinton McDaniel was returning to his home the morning after a March 23 tornado […]

Tornado updates

—Mass shelter closing Disaster Relief Mass Shelter at Trinity United Methodist Church will close at 9 a.m. today. For tornado victims needing help with temporary and permanent housing, register at the Disaster Relief Center at the Curry County Fairgrounds between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. People who are already registered should return to the fairgrounds […]

Storm kept 911 dispatchers on their toes

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A sampling of calls taken by four Clovis 911 dispatchers during the March 23 tornado: Dispatcher: Debby Blankenship 7:55 p.m. Dispatcher: Clovis 911, what is your emergency? Caller: Just calling to report what appears to be a tornado having passed through just south of Clovis. Dispatcher: Where at? Caller: […]

Tornado of ’95 still fresh in Frionans 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 […]

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 […]

Airmen for an Afternoon to assist homeowners recovering from tornado

More than 500 Airmen from Cannon have assisted Clovis residents in storm clean up. A tornado hit the town March 23 leaving homes, property and businesses in ruin. By Col. Scott West Last weekend, our New Mexico friends and neighbors (including some of our Airmen) suffered significant physical and property damage as a result of […]

Cannon volunteers give a hand, hope to city in wake of disaster

Senior Airman Sarah Lunt, 27th Logistics Readiness Squadron moves a section of roofing into a trash pile while cleaning up tornado damage in Clovis Monday. By Airman 1st Class Thomas Trower After throwing the splintered remnants of a porch roof into the back of a dump truck, Senior Airman Donald Davis of the 27th Logistics […]

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, […]

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 […]