Press release: Xcel declares energy alert

AMARILLO – High electricity demand and maintenance issues at area generating plants has led Xcel Energy to declare an Energy Alert in its Texas and New Mexico service territory. Xcel Energy is urging customers to cut back on their use of electricity until 8 p.m.

Emergency water restrictions remain in place

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Alisa Boswell An emergency alert prohibiting outdoor water use for Portales residents was issued Wednesday morning but Xcel Energy officials were still without a definitive answer on what caused loss of power at one city well, triggering a shutdown of all 28 wells. The alert was issued when an electrical breaker at one city well […]

My Turn: Websites offer fishing tips

Clarence Plank The ever vigilant and alert outdoor columnist has been searching the Internet looking for websites to help beginners and experienced anglers when it comes to fishing. I found one site — www.flyfishingforbeginners.com — that offers valuable advice for beginners who want to learn how to fly fish and even gives refreshers for expert […]

City removes water alert

Freedom New Mexico The city of Portales rescinded its mandatory water alert Monday. Watering lawns was banned under the alert starting Thursday because of broken pumps in city wells. City Manager Tom Howell said one pump was fixed Friday, one Monday and one would be repaired Tuesday. After the city asked residents to stop watering […]

Press release: City rescinds water alert

The City of Portales has rescinded the mandatory water alert declared last Thursday. Water pumps have been repaired, and, thanks to the cooperation of local residents, businesses and the recent rains, acceptable levels have been reached in the city’s water tanks. The City of Portales would like to extend its gratitude for the community cooperation […]

Water restrictions will likely be lifted Monday

PNT staff A mandatory water alert in Portales will be lifted Monday if all goes according to plan, said City Manager Tom Howell. The water restriction, which bans watering lawns, was enacted Thursday because two pumps in one of the city’s well fields were malfunctioning. The decreased production meant the city storage tanks couldn’t be […]

Pump malfunction forces water restrictions

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Jared Tucker Portales residents are under water restriction because two pumps at one of the city’s well fields are malfunctioning. The city issued a stage two water rationing alert Thursday and is asking residents to stop watering lawns until two pumps are repaired or replaced and the level of the city’s water tank reaches 20 […]

Amber Alert issued

PNT Staff Report An Amber Alert has been issued for a 9-month old from Andrews, Texas.The Andrews Police Department is searchng for Jesse Jaramillo Jr., and seek Jesse Jaramillo in his abduction.Police are looking for a white 1993 Nissan Maxima with New Mexico license plates (KWF247 or KBK966).Contact: 432-523-5545.

Water warning lifted

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Elida residents have been released from the “boil water alert” issued Jan. 6 by the New Mexico Environmental Department after E. coli bacteria was found during a routine test of the water system. Elida town clerk Sandra Monks said the ban was lifted Thursday afternoon after samples gathered during […]