It’s their job: Rusty Lewis

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Rusty Lewis cuts metal during his workday Monday afternoon at Eastern Equipment and Supply. Lewis is a sales representative for Eastern Equipment and has worked for the business for a year and four months. His duties include helping customers, ordering, checking and stocking freight. Lewis said the thing he enjoys most about his job is […]

Xcel customers asked to conserve power until 8 p.m.

Xcel Energy is asking its New Mexico and Texas customers to reduce electricity usage until 8 p.m., terming the situation “urgent.” Based on high electricity demand and maintenance issues at area generating plants, Xcel issued an energy alert Tuesday morning under threat of controlled outages if electricity demand is not reduced. Demand could exceed the […]

Fire leaves about 1,300 without electricity

A fire on a power line caused 1,355 Xcel Energy customers in Portales to lose electricity Friday night. Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said it appeared a lightning arrester failed in the 100 block of South Avenue E, causing the current to run onto the utility pole and start a fire. The fire burned the line […]

No rolling outages for Xcel customers

Xcel customers will not be included in rotating power outages throughout the “Texas Grid,” according to a press release. Power users connected to the Texas Grid, or Electric Reliability Council of Texas, are expected to experience rotating outages due to lack of electricity generation, a press release from Xcel Energy said. However, Xcel customers are […]

Business as usual after bank shutdown

First Community Bank customers in Clovis and Portales should hardly notice things are changing after the FDIC closed the bank and ownership was transferred to U.S. Bank N.A., of Minneapolis, according to the FDIC. “It really is just business as usual under our new name,” FDIC Spokeswoman Roberta Valdez said Monday. Services will be uninterrupted […]

Shoppers up early for Black Friday deals

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Alisa Boswell Friday marked a day of hustle and bustle for local Clovis and Portales businesses as Black Friday shoppers lined up to get discounted items and other special deals on this after Thanksgiving shopping day extravaganza. At 5 a.m. when the electronics department at both the Clovis and Portales Wal-Mart stores opened, shoppers were […]

Xcel again asks customers to conserve

AMARILLO — Xcel Energy is asking electric customers in its Texas and New Mexico service territory to conserve energy because of expected high electric demand and limits in generation capacity today. The utility company urges consumers to limit their power use through 7 p.m. in order to reduce the strain on the power grid. Xcel […]

Xcel asks for customers’ conservation help

Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy is asking its New Mexico and Texas electricity customers to conserve energy this week, especially today. Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said a unit at a power plant went off line for unplanned maintenance and is expected to be running again today, maybe later in the day. He said the request […]

Press release: Xcel asks customers curb electricity use

AMARILLO — Xcel Energy is asking electric customers in its Texas and New Mexico service territory to conserve energy because of expected high electric demand and limits in generation capacity today. The utility company urges consumers to limit their power use through 7 p.m. in order to reduce the strain on the power grid. Xcel […]

Portales Past: April 10, 1960

April 10, 1960: Hestand Floral, at 813 W. Second, encouraged customers to order “baskets full of Easter flowers to make your Easter bright and gay.”