Sept. 28 Dora/South County News

By Charlie Carmichael: PNT Correspondent Local residents lost to college Dora has lost a few of our young residents lately. Several of last year’s graduates have now started college to further their education. Some are going to Eastern New Mexico University while others are going out of state. Commodities distributed Thursday Commodity distribution on Thursday [...]

ENMU kicks off Homecoming

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University students embarked on homecoming week Monday with the 15th annual Songfest. Students performed a variety of skits at the Campus Union Ballroom and the Zia soccer team did a tribute to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Four resident assistants from Eddy Hall took first place. The [...]

United Way yard sale to benefit hurricane victims

Staff reports The United Way is sponsoring a yard sale to offer relief to the recent hurricane victims. The sale will take place at the Curry County Fairgrounds from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 Laurie Bentley of the United Way said area residents can drop off donated items on Sept. 24 and Sept. [...]

Money Congress set aside for evacuation plan went elsewhere

Rita Beamish: The Associated Press As far back as eight years ago, Congress ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency to develop a plan for evacuating New Orleans during a massive hurricane, but the money instead went to studying the causeway bridge that spans the city’s Lake Pontchartrain, officials say. The outcome provides one more example [...]

Is our Homeland Security only a feel-good joke?

Editorial Sept. 11, 2001, is carved in our history as deeply as July 4, 1776, and Dec. 7, 1941. It’s a historical hook date, one around which other events ebb and flow. This year, Sept. 11 found us in the throes of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, this one of nature’s making, not engineered by terrorists. [...]

FEMA director steps down

Darlene Superville: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Mike Brown, the subject of blistering criticism after Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast and overwhelmed the government’s response, quit Monday as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The White House moved quickly to replace him, installing a top agency official with three decades of firefighting experience [...]

Government simulation predicted 61,290 deaths in hurricane

Ron Fournier and Ted Bridis: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — As Katrina roared into the Gulf of Mexico, emergency planners pored over maps and charts of a hurricane simulation that projected 61,290 dead and 384,257 injured or sick in a catastrophic flood that would leave swaths of southeast Louisiana uninhabitable for more than a year. [...]

Refugees find temporary shelter in Albuquerque

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Hurricane refugee Lee Nions attended a job fair Thursday at the temporary shelter at Albuquerque’s Convention Center, but had a hard time finding work in landscaping because he doesn’t have a driver’s license. But by mid-afternoon, the 30-year-old from New Orleans was headed to a job with a landscaping [...]

Hurricane victims relocate to Muleshoe

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The house Annie Young grew up in is gone. So is much of city she calls home. So are photographs of her childhood. Hurricane Katrina took much, but it spared her family. Her parents, three siblings and their four dogs are currently staying in her Muleshoe home. The full house generates [...]

Asking questions is not playing politics

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers In two days we observe the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a horrid day plotted by suicidal madmen that shocked the world and demanded justice. Instead of justice though, we have an unjustified war in Iraq and now the dark shadow of Hurricane Katrina hanging over our [...]