Press release: Xcel asks customers curb electricity use

AMARILLO, Texas – Xcel Energy is asking electricity customers in its Texas and New Mexico service territory to conserve energy because of expected high electricity demand and an unplanned generation outage. Extremely high electricity demand across a wide region has tightened power supplies, and a major Xcel Energy generating unit is down for unplanned repairs [...]

Meetings Watch – July 31

The following items will be on the agenda for a Roosevelt County Commission special meeting at 9 a.m. today in the county courthouse: Presentation of proposed wildlife services. A grant agreement between Roosevelt County and the New Mexico Department of Transportation. Out-of-state travel for Deputy Sonny Wilcox to travel to Spring Branch, Texas, for annual [...]

Base Inspection, housing discussed at Local Growth Management Committee

By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com The aircraft fleet at Cannon Air Force Base has tripled in the last two years. The are 105 aircraft assigned to the base now with more coming, according to the 27th Special Operations Mission Support Group Commander Col. David Piech. There were 35 aircraft at the base in [...]

Incoming system will increase temperatures beyond normal

By Gabriel Monte CNJ staff writer gmonte@cnjonline.com The heat is on. And according to the National Weather Service, it's about to get hotter after reaching 97 degrees Monday. Albuquerque National Weather Service forecaster Amanda Martin says a high pressure system that has settled on the Texas Panhandle will help bring temperatures eight to 12 degrees [...]

Officials oppose rule change to protect local grant funding

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The funding for projects similar to the street drainage channelization taking place in northern Portales could be in jeopardy under a proposed rule change of Community Development Block Grant rules, city officials say. After attending a meeting last week in Santa Fe to address the rule change, Portales [...]

City schools to get new program

By Alisa Boswell PNT staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Despite its name — Gang Resistance Education and Training — a new program being introduced in city schools is not geared toward gangs but life in general, according to Portales Police Department Sgt. Chris Williams. Williams recently returned from week-long training in Ruidoso for the program, which teaches [...]

Base partnership discussed

By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com A new base-partnership perspective was presented to members of the Local Growth Management Committee Monday at its monthly meeting in Clovis. Monterey, Calif., city manager Fred Meurer told members about his community's partnership between the Presidio of Monterey (Army base), which is a "shared services concept." "It's looking [...]

My Turn – July 31

I'm hearing it. I don't hear it often enough lately, but this afternoon I'm hearing it. It's that wonderful sound of raindrops hitting my skylight. I sit here typing, but I don't want to make too much noise with the keys. Rosemary Clooney is softly singing "I'm in the mood for love" … but the [...]

Events Calendar – July 31

Today Roosevelt County commission special meeting — 9 a.m., Commission Room in the county courthouse. Clovis Farmers Market — 8 a.m., Goodwin Lake Trails parking lot. Information: 763-6505. Wednesday Ram Soccer Youth Summer Camp — 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Ram Soccer Field at the high school. For ages 3 to 13. Bring cleats, shin guards and [...]

Police Blotter – July 31

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Friday 2:03 p.m.: Caller requested to speak to an officer concerning harassment, 600 block South Avenue D. 2:08 p.m.: Caller requested an officer for client troubles, county courthouse. 2:28 p.m.: Caller requested a deputy, Roosevelt Road 3 and T. 3:03 p.m.: Caller reported their home being broken into, [...]