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, [...]

Holiday cooking, travel presents hazards

Thomas Garcia Driving and deep-fried turkeys can present hazards during Thanksgiving, but the most unsuspecting hazards can lead to holiday disaster, said Tucumcari Fire Chief Mike Cherry.

Strength of Lord part of disaster preparation

By Debra Whittington: The Chuch Lady In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. — Genesis 1:1

Disaster assistance funds available for Quay County

QCS staff Six New Mexico counties have been declared eligible for disaster assistance due to continuing drought. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. announced the counties are eligible due to their proximity to Texas counties, which were declared disaster areas. As a result of the declaration, farmers and ranchers in Dona Ana, Eddy, Lea, Otero, Quay, [...]

Area farmers eligible for disaster aid

Freedom New Mexico 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 [...]

FEMA services available

QCS Staff As part of the FEMA activation, the State Bar of New Mexico has activated its Disaster Legal Services Hotline. The hotline is coordinated by staff attorney, Rosalie Fragoso, along with the assistance of the State Bar’s Young Lawyers Division to provide legal advice, counseling and representation to individuals affected by the disaster. The [...]

Helping kids feel safe after storm

By QCS Staff It’s been a slightly more than a month since a tornado hit Logan and changed many people’s lives. Yet, for some, the reaction to the tornado is not over, said Ann Largent, a counselor at the schools in House, Logan, Tucumcari and San Jon through the Quay County School Health Partnership and [...]

FEMA goes to next phase of recovery

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Government personnel in Logan to assist victims of the March 23 tornado will be switching gears on Monday. “If they’ve been putting it off, they need to put on their boots and go on down on Saturday and Sunday,” said Kim Pease, public information officer for the Federal Emergency [...]

FEMA gets president’s okay to assist tornado victims, how you can apply

By Staff and wires 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 [...]

City declares disaster

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun City commissioners declared the weeked of Dec. 29-31 a disaster in Tucumcari because of the additional snow clean-up and the costs of managing about 7,500 extra motorists and semis in the city over New Year’s weekend. Commissioners took this action at their Thursday night meeting, so that they could [...]