Displaced resident still in disbelief

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Eight days and 192 hours have passed since David Castro lost his home. He has been living with his father since a tornado slammed the Clovis area March 23 and tore apart his Oak Street home. “It’s gotten better day by day,” Castro said. “But it’s still hard to believe.” […]

Communities remain in holding pattern

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency told a crowd of Clovis officials Wednesday they weren’t sure when, or if, the state would receive help from FEMA in recovery from Friday’s tornadoes that slammed eastern New Mexico. They seemed quite sure, however, if FEMA funds are denied, it won’t be […]

Storm victim recounts time spent in rubble

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers 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 […]

Mental health services available for tornado victims

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers 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 […]

Tornado victim assistance

Freedom Newspapers • 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. 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 […]

FEMA arrives to assess damage

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers It could take up to a month to decide if Curry County government agencies and residents qualify for federal aid, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said. FEMA officials arrived in New Mexico on Tuesday to assess the damage left by a string of tornadoes that devastated areas of Quay, Roosevelt […]

Baby boom

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By Marlena Hartz Snuggled inside the hospital is a place that brings babies, such as tiny Jensen Cross, into the world. Less than 24 hours old, Jensen almost disappeared Friday beneath a blanket in the arms of his mother, Kristin Cross. Of her three boys, Jensen is the second Cross has delivered at the Plains […]

Hound turnovers lead to loss

By Greg Price Eastern New Mexico University’s Mikal Monette matched Southwestern Oklahoma’s Nate Perry in points and rebounds, but not in turnovers. On a night featuring 27 ENMU giveaways and poor outside shooting, the Bulldogs took advantage to beat the Greyhounds 80-65 Thursday night in a Lone Star Conference men’s crossover game at Greyhound Arena. […]

NFL star buys Tucumcari dealership

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — There’s a new bear in town from Chicago. Brian Urlacher Cross Country Auto Sales is purchasing the Mills-Strebeck Autoplex on Lake Road. On Wednesday, the Chicago Bears linebacker’s car business took over the management and is purchasing the dealership, said John Everhart, general manager of the new Cross […]

ENMU cross country teams fourth, fifth at Tech

Freedom Newspapers LUBBOCK — Junior transfer Nimrod Lelei finished seventh in a time of 25 minutes, 7.64 seconds to lead Eastern New Mexico University’s men to a fourth-place team showing with 82 points on Friday in the Jackrabbit Open cross country meet, hosted by Texas Tech. The Red Raiders took the team title in the […]