Businesses eligible for disaster loans

Small, non-farm businesses in Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, according to a news release from the SBA. Small non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million. The loans aim […]

USDA declares county disaster area

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared Roosevelt, Curry and Quay counties, along with 12 other New Mexico counties, primary natural disaster areas because of losses from drought, high winds and wildfires this year, according to a news release from the department. The declaration makes farmers and ranchers in those counties eligible for federal assistance […]

Press release: USDA designates local counties disaster areas

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 8, 2011 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 15 counties in New Mexico as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by drought, high winds and wildfires that began Jan. 1, 2011, and continues. The counties are: Catron, De Baca, Grant, Luna, Roosevelt, Chaves, Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Otero, Sierra, […]

Their view: Disaster farm aid needs to be renewed

Salomon Ramirez, state executive director New Mexico Farm Service Agency, says no industry is more vulnerable to nature’s wrath than agriculture. Hence, the need for disaster programs.

Sheriff agrees to emergency proposal

Alisa Boswell A new agreement allows the state Department of Health to store emergency medical relief and disaster supplies at the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department. A memorandum of understanding between the Department of Health and Roosevelt County was signed last week. It also allows the department to use portions of the sheriff’s office as an […]

English couple cycling through Clovis, Portales to promote charity

Freedom New Mexico Two English Rotarians cycling 10,000 miles to raise awareness about disaster relief charity Shelter Box are expected in Clovis and Portales, according to a press release. Huw and Carolyn Thomas of Cornwall, UK, riding in tandem with a green Shelter Box in tow, are traveling across Canada, the U.S. to Florida then […]

Roosevelt farmers, ranchers eligible for disaster aid

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt and Quay are among six New Mexico counties declared eligible for disaster assistance Thursday due to continuing drought. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., announced eligibility due to their proximity to Texas counties, which were declared disaster areas. Farmers and ranchers in Dona Ana, Eddy, Lea, Otero, Quay, and Roosevelt counties are now […]

Training, education keys to disaster response

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico While local counties don’t have to deal with tragedy on the scale of the earthquake in Haiti, they must be prepared for tornadoes, severe weather and the possibility of an agriculture disaster. Curry and Roosevelt counties also face the possibility of ice storms and grass fires. The counties use […]

Area farmers eligible for disaster aid

PNT staff U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom J. Vilsack has declared Roosevelt County a disaster area in a move that also affects Curry and Quay counties. Roosevelt is among seven New Mexico counties listed as disaster areas because of production losses from high winds and drought, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Curry and […]

Grant helps city, county prepare for disaster

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer City of Portales and Roosevelt County personnel said they benefited from a federal grant for vulnerability assessments in Roosevelt County. The equipment and training purchased through grant monies will be used to form vulnerability assessments teams in Roosevelt County, said Keith Wattenbarger, Portales and Roosevelt County Emergency Management Director. […]

Hospital developing disaster plan

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Staff at Roosevelt General Hospital are working to prepare a county and community disaster plan that will be the model for the state. The Portales-based hospital was chosen in March by the New Mexico Department of Health to develop a Medical Surge Plan that will be used as blueprint […]

County gets disaster declaration

PNT Staff Report The U.S. Department of Agriculture on July 30 declared 31 New Mexico counties as disaster areas including Curry, Quay and Roosevelt counties because of persisting drought conditions, according to a USDA press release. Eligible farmers have an eight-month deadline to apply for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency to help […]

ENMU group organizing ham radio operators

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer How do people communicate in the event of a disaster such as a tornado that knocks out typical communication methods? One way is amateur or “ham” radio, and a recently formed group in Portales hopes more people will get involved with what they say is tried and true technology. […]

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 […]

Local Briefs March 6

Senior transportation services hearing set There will be an older Americans Act Services Public Hearing regarding senior transportation services provided by the city of Portales Senior Citizens Center at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Portales Senior Citizens Center. The purpose of the hearing is to receive public comment on the services currently provided. Dairy Disaster […]

12-2 Local Briefs

Dairy disaster aid sign-ups set Eligible dairy producers can sign up for the Dairy Disaster Assistance Program (DDAP-III) at local USDA Farm Service Agency service centers beginning Monday. The $16 million DDAP-III is aimed to help dairy producers recover production losses resulting from a variety of adverse weather conditions from Jan. 1, 2005 to Feb. […]

Nov. 11, 2007 Local Briefs

PNT Staff AARP meets Wednesday The Roosevelt County Chapter of AARP will meet 2 p.m. Wednesday in the board room at the Community Services Center, 1100 Community Way in Portales. Mary Beavis, a member of AARP state executive council will give a program entitled “Divided We Fail,” a project that asks people to support only […]

April 7, 2007 Tornado notebook

Assistance available for tornado victims: • Salvation Army services will be offered beginning Monday at the Salvation Army at 317 East Second Ave. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. A pink intake sheet is needed to receive goods and items. Information: 762-3801. • The American Red Cross Disaster Relief Center is located at the […]

Tornado assistance

Freedom Newspapers A summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Bush’s major disaster declaration for New Mexico. Assistance for affected individuals and families can include: • Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable. Initial assistance may be provided for up […]

President signs disaster declaration

Staff and Wire Reports President Bush declared a major disaster in Curry and Quay counties Monday because of tornado damage, making residents in those regions eligible for federal funds. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners […]