Tornadoes can affect victims long after, counselors say

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun Free counseling is being offered to the residents of Logan after the March 23 tornado. “The crisis might have passed but it is far from over for those who were affected by it.,” said Tucumcari Mental Health Resource Director Heidi Fenton. “After a crisis people are so busy putting [...]

Surviving a tornado is amazing, magical

By Bunny Terry, Guest Columnist Once upon a time, long ago, I lived in Liberal, Kan., which, besides being an oxymoron, was tornado alley.  We spent the summer watching the skies, bottles of water in the basement with blankets, Coleman lanterns and matches that I checked weekly to be sure they were dry.  We also [...]

Photographs hold our memories that go beyond the whirl of tornadoes

A tornado is a terrible thing – as many people in Logan and Clovis have come to know first-hand. Those winds, which the National Weather Service said peaked at 105 mph, did terrible damage to Logan. They took off roofs, slapped houses on top of cars, spread people’s belongings far, far away. Insurance, aid from [...]

Logan’s clean up costs could reach $150K

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By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun The village of Logan is seeking federal funding to help in the cleanup of the damage from the tornado that hit Logan March 23. Representatives from U.S. Rep. Tom Udall’s office visited the town of Logan on Thursday afternoon to talk with Larry Wallin, Logan’s village manager. “The two [...]

Logan woman injured by tornado recovering

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By Chelle Delaney: QCS Staff The only Logan resident to be hospitalized after the tornado that hit March 23, Tamie Elam, 42, has a message for everyone: “Take tornado watches and warnings seriously,” she said. “Go somewhere safe.” Elam spoke via telephone from her parents’ home in Liberal, Kan., where she is recovering. “I think [...]

Friends, family come to aid in wake of tornado

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By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Connie and Andy Jackson are sitting on their deck talking. The conversation is cordial with laughter. The decks are about the only things left of their Logan mobile home. Their home’s roof is about 110 feet away in a nearby yard. On Monday morning, the Jacksons are one of [...]

FEMA surveys damage in Quay County

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Federal officials arrived in Logan Tuesday morning to assess the damage from the tornado that ripped through the village on Friday afternoon. Members of FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), headquartered in Denton, Texas, met with officials of the state and Logan emergency management teams. “We need to stress that [...]

County questions need for sirens, early warning system

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun In the wake of Friday’s tornado in Logan, the Quay County Commission has asked county officials to examine the costs of an early warning system. “Don’t we have sirens (in Tucumcari)?” said Commissioner Bill Curry at Monday’s commission meeting. County manager Richard Primrose said the city of Tucumcari had [...]

Tornado Relief: Ways to help, where to find help

Ways you can help • Contribute to the Community Action Tornado Relief Fund for tornado victims in Logan and Clovis. The fund has been set up in the name of Community Action New Mexico. Make a contributions at any Wells Fargo branch in New Mexico. • Call Community Action in Tucumcari at 461-1914 to offer [...]

Shock settles in as family works to recover from tornado

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By Thomas Garcia With the shock finally settling in Angie Chavez and her family of Logan are still cleaning up the mess left by Friday’s tornado. “I have been crying over a lot of things today,” said Chavez. “I knew what had happened, but the reality of it did not hit me until today. It [...]