Day trip: Power center allows visitors to get close

Courtesy of the American Wind Power Center The American Wind Power Center displays numerous windmills and a 6,000-square-foot mural. Place: American Wind Power Center Location: The center is located at 1701 Canyon Lake Drive in Lubbock. It is a 111.5 miles or a two-hour drive from Cannon Air Force Base. What activities can you enjoy […]

Heavy rainfall soaks city; causes power outages

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Storms dropped about an inch of rain around Roosevelt and Curry counties and caused lightning-related power outages in the region Tuesday night. Chuck Jones, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, said 1 inch of rain at Cannon Air Force Base and 1.05 inches at Dora were reported […]

Obama shows no hesitation to grab power

Freedom New Mexico When the Obama administration took office, many people hoped it would relinquish, or at least not assert aggressively, some of the more extravagant expansions of executive power the Bush administration seized in fighting the global “war on terror” and the misbegotten war in Iraq. We had few such hopes. Presidents of both […]

High winds cause damage in Roosevelt County

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Clarence Plank Roosevelt County and city of Portales residents were running for cover Friday after a severe storm brought high winds estimated to have reached 75 mph by the National Weather Service. The storm blew down trees, power lines and a sign, and took the roof off of two buildings in Portales.Roosevelt County Emergency Management […]

Storm knocks out power for Farwell, Texico area residents

Freedom New Mexico About 1,100 customers were without power following Friday night’s storm, with restoration not likely to take place until midnight or later. Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said a substation in Curry County, located just outside of Texico, was damaged in the short rainstorm, and crews were working on rebuilding the substation. Reeves […]

Government flex of power going too far

Freedom New Mexico Even though there’s a certain amount of populist pandering involved, you can understand the impulse behind a government move to limit the pay of top executives at companies that have taken bailout money from the taxpayers. He who pays the piper and all that. There may be some danger of losing talented […]

Editorial: Government flex of power will knock us down

It is becoming apparent that the ambition of the Obama administration to increase government control over what had been previously private business institutions is breathtaking in scope and virtually unlimited. The most recent evidence comes from news that the administration, as a Wall Street Journal news article put it, wants to “change compensation practices across […]

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.