Power outage in Portales

After wind knocked down a transmission line serving parts of Portales on Monday, 3,136 customers were without power for as long as almost 2 1/2 hours, Xcel Energy spokesmen said. Spokesman Troy Foos said the power went off in stages, but the longest time before it was restored was two hours and 20 minutes. Spokesman […]

Portales city council wary of water authority bill

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales city officials are concerned about a legislative bill that would establish a new water authority for eastern New Mexico and give it the right to set sewer rates. At the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday at City Hall, Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. expressed his doubts about House Bill […]

Don’t underestimate power of encouragement

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist My students loved for me to tell this story: “A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they […]

Jan. 18 Letters to the Editor

U.S. shouldn’t support bloodshed Are we blind? Whose professional military, armed, supported and funded ($3 billion a year in U.S. taxpayer money) by U.S. power, is murdering defenseless people in Gaza?

Obama transfer of power faces new troubles

Freedom New Mexico If you’ve ever wondered why some TV networks choose to air romance marathons on Super Bowl Sunday, it’s something the entertainment industry calls counter-programming. The idea involves offering the public a clear alternative — and let’s face it, there can be no fewer than 180 degrees between the Vince Lombardi trophy and […]

Birds cause morning power outage

PNT Staff Report Some customers were left in the dark early Saturday after birds flew into power lines, disrupting service for north Portales, said Wes Revees of Xcel Media Relations. He said 870 residents were without power from 6:52 a.m. to 7:49 a.m.

Ethanol suspect in economic crunch

By Pat Lyons, Guest Columnist As Americans continue to look for alternative fuels to power our homes, schools, businesses, and automobiles, we must rethink one such “alternative” that is taking a big bite out of major food crops — ethanol. Far more corn grown in this country is going toward fuel production, not food consumption, […]

Xcel Energy asks customers to continue power conservation

FNM Staff Persisting maintenance issues with two generators in coal-fire power plants in Muleshoe and Amarillo has affected electricity production, according to an Xcel Energy press release. Xcel Energy officials are asking customers in West Texas and eastern New Mexico to continue to turn off unnecessary appliances and lights until 7 p.m. today, according to […]

Xcel Energy asks customers to limit electricity use today

Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy officials are asking customers to limit power use today as expected electricity demands could outweigh production. Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said the company shut down two generators Monday in coal-fire power plants in Muleshoe and Amarillo after discovering tubes in the boilers were leaking. Reeves said the generators would […]

Power out in central Clovis

Freedom New Mexico Central Clovis is experienced a power outage from 3:15 p.m. until about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday. Xcel Spokesman Wes Reeves said the outage occurred when a fuse blew in a substation that serves central Clovis. Reeves said that crews went to work immediately to restore power.

Xcel Energy may implement power outages

By Keely McDowell There is a “distinct possibility” eastern New Mexico and West Texas will have controlled power outages this summer if above-average temperatures continue, Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said. Reeves said if Xcel is unable to meet demands this summer, the company could shut down power to randomly selected 50 megawatt areas for […]

Power restored, courthouse temporarily emptied

PNT Staff Power was out for 36 minutes across Portales on Friday morning, the outage caused by a piece of equipment that regulates voltage, an Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said. The power was out from 9:10 to 9:46 a.m. The power outage is believed to have triggered the temporary closing of the Roosevelt County […]

Power returns to Portales

PNT Staff Power was out for 36 minutes across Portales on Friday morning. Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said a piece of equipment that regulates voltage caused the problem. Reeves said 5,301 customers were impacted by the outage.

Pastors portray Christ’s last words

By Janet Bresenham, Freedom New Mexico Area pastors will join together tonight to take listeners on a spiritual journey from the first statement Jesus Christ made on the cross to the last statement before he died. Along the way, they hope to bring renewed meaning to the message of what Jesus did on the cross […]

Cannon considered location for nuclear reactor

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Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico The secretary of the Air Force says Cannon Air Force Base could be the future home of a nuclear reactor, but other Air Force officials cautioned Friday that it’s too early to speculate on location, even if a reactor is built. Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne was quoted in a […]

Kenyan violence shows divisive potential of elections

One of our more cherished beliefs, or at least desires, is that democratic governance is a key to a stable, productive society in which differences can be worked out through the political process. Recent riots, murders and displacements in Kenya might cause some to question whether the most visible sign of democratic rule, elections, are […]

Journey through life internal trip

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico Mom called to tell me recently that Dad found an old set of my car keys. Judging by her description, they didn’t sound familiar. She handed them to me a few days later, though, and memories reawakened. “Here!” Mom handed me a set of rusty keys held on to […]

Power company trying to correct rate increase information

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission has received more than 700 comments about a proposed rate hike for Xcel Energy, a case manager with Xcel said. Most of those comments stem from false information, an Xcel spokesman said. Xcel’s Wes Reeves said the proposed increase, filed in May, is […]

Nov. 25, 1960

• Election returns state-wide were being questioned by Democrats. Two Portales boxes were among the 220 being questioned. • Bird hunting season was open and the PNT reported that even though hailstorms in October killed many quail, the cover was good and the birds were thriving. • Valley Electronics was selling a television with distortion-free […]

Presidential power struggles nothing new

Editorial The program of electronic surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency that President Bush instituted in secret right after the 9/11 attacks has been controversial enough. Given that it appears to have circumvented the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which set up a special court to approve warrants for surveillance of Americans, it […]