Tornado warnings should be taken seriously

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Twister season is here. While I’ve never been in immediate danger of a tornado, I’ve had frightening experiences, especially when I think of unheeded warnings. I remember visiting grandparents in Lubbock during a 1970s storm when I was a child. My parents, uncles and aunts went dancing. Unknown to them, […]

Tornado aftermath still lingers

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jim Blevins refers to his home and neighborhood as ground zero. The tornado that ripped through it is three years gone. The daily reminders aren’t. Jim and Iris Blevins’ home on South Prince Street was in the path of the March 23, 2007, tornado that killed two — Jim’s […]

Official: Evidence of 2007 tornado still visible

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Two years ago today, many residents were greeted by sights of destruction and debris when they emerged from their homes in the aftermath of the worst tornado to hit the area in at least 43 years. The March 23, 2007, tornado killed two elderly residents, affected about 500 homes […]

Clovis woman charged with embezzling tornado relief funds

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico A 40-year-old Clovis woman has been charged with embezzling more than $145,000 in tornado relief funds, according to a press release Monday from the district attorney’s office. Lori Howard, a former project manager for Eastern Plains Council of Government, is charged with 34 counts of fraud, 24 counts of […]

Tornado watch expires

A tornado watch for Curry and Roosevelt counties has been canceled, and is now a severe thunderstorm warning until 5 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.

Roosevelt County under tornado watch

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the counties of Roosevelt, Curry and Lea counties until 9 p.m. on Tuesday. A tornado watch means that the conditions exist for a tornado to develop.

Roosevelt County under tornado warning

PNT Staff Report Roosevelt County was placed under a tornado warning by the National Weather Service at 7:12 p.m. Monday. The warning continues until 8 p.m. Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office personnel said fire department personnel had spotted a possible funnel cloud in a storm near Elida. No confirmation of a tornado has been made, though. […]

Planning key in dealing with disaster

By Ken De Los Santos While the tornado of 2007 remains fresh on our minds, I would like to ask, “Are you prepared for another? With severe weather, you can never let your guard down. The main purpose of this article is to educate on preparation for any type of disaster. There are four main […]

Storm recovery joint effort

By Janet Bresenham, Freedom New Mexico The first anniversary of the March 23, 2007, tornado that struck eastern New Mexico with such destructive force falls on Easter Sunday. For some people involved in helping survivors rebuild their lives and homes in the tornado’s aftermath, that seems fitting, said the Rev. Lance Clemmons, chairman of the […]

58th Jamboree gets picking Thursday

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Not even a tornado could keep people away from the annual Floyd Country Jamboree last year, but attendance was noticeably down in 2007 when twisters struck Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties on March 23. Last year’s jamboree ran from March 21-25, with the tornadoes striking on the Friday night […]