Salvation army volunteers to ring this weekend

Freedom Newspapers 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, […]

Salvation Army attempts to identify victims’ needs

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A replacement car window, food and water, items for the baby, a place to sleep — the list of unique needs goes on and on. More than a dozen residents waited hours Thursday at the Curry County Fairgrounds to meet with representatives from local agencies offering disaster relief. Just shy […]

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 […]

Tornado claims life of Clovis woman

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Heleneta Blevins died the way she lived — surrounded by what she held most dear, her family. The 90-year-old Clovis resident passed away in her eldest son’s home around 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to family members who removed her from a Clovis hospital so she could be near family […]

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 […]

Tornado claims life

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A 90-year-old woman injured in Friday’s tornado died this morning. Heleneta Blevins passed at 4:50 a.m. in her eldest son’s home, according to her eldest son, Bob Blevins. A local hospice provided services, he said. Her death marks the first tornado fatality in Clovis’ 100-year history, according to Clovis […]

Disaster strikes dairy

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County’s Mike Mitchell lost a new dairy operation and about 175 cows in Friday’s tornado, but quick thinking allowed him to escape with his life. Mitchell said he arrived Friday at the Grande Vida Dairy about nine miles east of Portales a little while before the storm hit. […]

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 […]

Volunteers join cleanup efforts

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The sound of backhoes pushing mountains of rubble and voices shouting to one another filled the air of a neighborhood south of Brady Avenue on Monday afternoon as hundreds of volunteers cleaned up decimated homes and debris-cluttered streets in the aftermath of Friday’s tornado. The most damaging tornado in Curry […]

Clovis shelter harboring animals displaced by storm

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Devastation wrought by Friday’s tornado didn’t just affect human residents. Dozens of pets found themselves on their own when fences blew down and homes were ripped apart. Animal control officers have been in the hardest hit areas trying to remove animals that are injured or are showing signs of aggression, […]

Community reaches out to storm victims

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Standing watch at one of several entry points to the devastated area south of Clovis, Sgts. Danny Nunez and James Montgomery of the Clovis National Guard unit said they never expected to serve their community in a disaster like the one that struck Friday. Three hours into their duties, Nunez […]

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 coverage made for long night

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor As I rolled down my street, east of Portales a little after 6 a.m. Saturday, the sky was getting bright to the east with just a hint of a cloud line on the horizon. The last time I had looked toward Clovis, about 3 a.m., the sky was dark […]