04-21-2007: Around Town

Hurricane talk set…
Leon Cooper of Albuquerque will be a guest speaker at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service at First Presbyterian Church, 306 E. Aber St., in Tucumcari. He will be speaking and making a slide presentation on Hurricane Katrina that hit Waveland, Miss., where his son was living.
Cooper taught science at Tucumcari Junior High School. His career includes working at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, authoring the book “Water, A to Z” and imaging of the molecule.

Seven reasons to cheer…
Augustine Gonzales will be seven on Monday. He’ll be celebrating with friends and family next weekend at Chuck E Cheese in Amarillo. Augustine’s parents are Monica and Phillip “P.J.” Latham of Tucumcari. His grandparents are Michael and Maria Gonzales and Eloisa and the late Phillip Latham, all of Tucumcari, and his godparents are Mary Elebario of Tucumcari and Javier Monarrez of Dodge City, Kan.
Immunization clinic set…
The New Mexico Department of Health’s Tucumcari Public Health Office, located at 402 East Miel de Luna, will hold a free immunization clinic from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday. Free immunizations will be provided for children two months to 18 years old. Parents should bring a copy of their child’s immunization records.
The immunization clinics are part of the National Infant Immunization Week celebration that takes place from today through April 28. National Infant Immunization Week is an annual observance to promote the benefits of immunizations and to focus on the importance of immunizing infants against vaccine-preventable diseases by age two.
For more information about having your child immunized, please call the Tucumcari Public Health Office at (505) 461-2610.

Severe storms possible…
Far eastern New Mexico along the Texas border from Clayton to Hobbs could be at risk this afternoon for a significant severe thunderstorm outbreak, according to the National Weather Service.
The Storm Prediction Center posted a slight risk of severe thunderstorms today in the eastern New Mexico area, with a moderate risk for the Texas Panhandle.
The biggest risk will be storms with large hail and damaging straightline winds, but the pattern may mimic the March 23 event, especially in Texas, according to Warning Coordination Meterologist Keith Hayes. Late afternoon could see big hailers transitioning into storms with shallow and short-lived tornadoes.
Strong winds are expected in the Clovis-Portales area at speeds of 25 to 35 mph, gusting to 50 mph in the area, according to the National Weather Service.