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 […]