Clovis damage estimates skyrocket

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Her eyes were bloodshot. Dirt was smeared across her T-shirt. But Conrada Figueroa pressed on. She and her family chipped away remnants of Friday’s tornado from her yard — sweeping debris into piles, pushing tree limbs into a corner. This was Monday’s story: A community continued to grapple with […]

Roosevelt County dodges major storm damage

PNT Staff Report Portales and Roosevelt County mostly escaped the kind of major damage caused in Clovis by the Friday storm which produced a tornado with winds up to 125 mph, according to Roosevelt County Undersheriff Malon Parker. “The sheriff’s office spent all day (Sunday) searching for possible victims of the storm,” Parker said. “Some […]

Clovis tornado measures EF2 on scale

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers Officials with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque are using an “Enhanced Fujita Scale,” or the EF, to categorize the strength of Friday’s tornadoes. The scale ranges from EF0 — winds 65 mph to 85 mph — to EF5, or winds in excess of 200 mph. Officials estimated Friday’s Clovis […]

Residents staggered by enormity of damage

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer CLOVIS — Throngs of Clovis residents waded through tatters of their lives Saturday as officials plodded to piece together a broken town. Casey and Alanda LeClear stood with their hands clasped in their Brady Avenue yard. Behind them, family members heaved wooden beams, insulation and shingles from their […]

Tornado slams Clovis

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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 of homes damaged. No deaths were reported, but officials said at least three patients at Plains Regional Medical Center were listed in critical condition. Rescue workers were still searching storm-ravaged homes […]

Arbitrary use of punitive damages can’t be allowed

Editorial The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a $79.5 million punitive damage award against tobacco giant Philip Morris to the widow of a longtime smoker. Mayola Williams, whose husband died of lung cancer in 1997 after smoking cigarettes for more than 40 years, still will receive $821,000 in compensatory damages, but the high […]

Vandals damage mailboxes, windows Thursday night

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Staff reports Numerous criminal damage incidents were reported to Clovis police late Thursday night and early Friday morning. Sgt. Jim Schoeffel, public information officer for the Clovis Police Department, said residents throughout the area had American flags stolen, mailboxes damaged and windows broken. Clovis police said they received between five and 10 formal reports and […]

Storm drops golf-ball-size hail on county

PNT Staff Monday night’s hailstorm caused some damage in Roosevelt County, but the storm was small compared to some from years past. “There were some golf-ball-sized (pieces of hail) here in Dora,” said Becky Fraze, a secretary for the Dora Fire Department. “We pruned the trees around here. The damage to the wheat crop maybe […]

Police investigating fire as arson

By David Irvin An early-morning fire Saturday at Bender Chevrolet-Cadillac on Mabry Drive is being investigated as arson, police said. Clovis police Detective Keith Farkas said there was evidence of a break-in at the dealership. He said somebody attempted to access a company safe and also stole a vehicle. Farkas thinks the same person or […]

Businesses feel different effects from rain

By Tony Parra Businesses and utility companies had opposite situations during the stormy weather on Tuesday and each felt the effects in different ways. Roosevelt County Electric employees were busy repairing power lines and bringing power back to homes during the stormy weather on Tuesday night. “They (workers) had to deal with a lot of […]

Sept. 22 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael Showers fell Sunday over most of this area. There was just over half inch at Milnesand, but only showers other places. There was almost two inches that fell on Weldon and Hershell Carmichael areas and on over in Texas in the Maple area. No hail or damage was reported anywhere that I […]

Rain expected to be constant for next few days

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Linda Martinez came to New Mexico from California’s San Bernardino Valley in search of a safer environment for her family. So far, the weather has not cooperated. A tree fell on her car Sunday night in Clovis as a storm whipped through the region with lightning and winds at speeds […]

Two arrested in connection to vandalism

By Kevin Wilson Two juveniles were arrested Monday on vandalism charges related to last week’s damage at three local schools and three businesses. Two 13-year-olds were arrested upon tips received by the Portales Police Department. “I got a tip the morning of the criminal damage that gave us suspects,” Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. […]

Schools hit by vandalism

A Sunday night vandalism spree left a pair of Portales businesses and three Portales schools with extensive damage. The most notable damage was done to Portales Junior High School, where 24 windows were broken in the courtyard area. Other schools vandalized included Valencia Elementary and Steiner Elementary. Portales Schools Superintendent Jim Holloway said that he […]

Vandals damage school

PNT Staff Vandals broke into Broad Horizons either Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning, causing $700 in damage to glass windows and a glass door, police said Wednesday. The individual or individuals broke three 3-by-5 windows on the west side of the school building and a glass door which led to a classroom. At this […]

Mailbox vandalism increases

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Mike Linn Roughly three miles south of Portales on New Mexico 206, a cluster of mailboxes look like they had a recent date with a Louisville Slugger. Two of the mailboxes were knocked clear off their post, and a few miles farther to the south one box was shattered to smithereens. Such vandalism to mailboxes […]

Two fires burn area homes

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PNT Staff The Portales Fire Department reports no injuries but extensive damage to two homes that burned over the weekend. A single home on Saturday afternoon at 1704 New Mexico 236 was engulfed in flames and is no longer livable, Battalion Chief Darwin Chenault said. The home belonged to Jamie Banda Sr. Chenault said he […]

Family Dollar fire causes damage, no injuries

PNT Staff A fire Thursday afternoon at Family Dollar did damage to more than $400 in merchandise, but caused no injuries or structural damage. The Portales Fire Department received a fire call at 12:15 p.m. from the discount retailer, located on 1601 S. Ave. D., according to Fire Marshall Mike Running. By the time help […]