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 […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Bike rally raises $4,265 for tornado victims

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor MICHAEL GALVAN, 29, HIS FATHER, FRANK GALVAN, both of Farwell, and Clovis friends Mark Call, John Jones and Richard Ryerson wanted to help tornado victims. Their mission was “to help local families right now,” so they wouldn’t have to wait to receive government or insurance assistance, according to Michael […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Lions grant given to victims

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers THE CLOVIS EVENING LIONS CLUB was recently able to help 80 local families affected by the March 23 tornado through a grant from Lions International, according to member Merle Terry. Families in need were identified by several local school principals and each was given a $100 gift card for food […]

Many still suffering after tornado

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Much of the damage has been repaired in the two months since a tornado hopscotched through the city March 23. However, secondary concerns are beginning to surface, according to Erinn Burch, executive director of United Way of Eastern New Mexico. People who were able to find temporary lodging following the […]

Tornado doesn’t slow seniors

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Not even a tornado can stop a group of Clovis senior citizens from their dance and social programs. That’s what Baxter-Curren Senior Center Program Coordinator Brenda Hankins learned after a March 23 tornado temporarily robbed them of their social hub. She said the programs have been scattered to the […]

Free legal advice offered to victims of March tornado

CNJ staff The State Bar of New Mexico’s Young Lawyer division is providing attorneys to give free legal advice, counseling and representation to individuals affected by the March 23 tornado, a press release said. Services include assistance with replacing lost documents, housing, landlord-tenant disputes, consumer rights, insurance questions and referrals to local or state agencies, […]

Second resident dies from tornado injuries

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Last month’s tornado claimed its second victim Thursday when Walter “Snap” Cravy, 90, of Clovis died at a Lubbock hospital. Thomas V. Cravy said his father had been hospitalized with multiple injuries since the March 23 tornado tore through a trailer home “Snap” Cravy shared with a friend on […]