We are products of our words

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist It’s been said, “What you said yesterday is what you are living today.” In other words, we are a product of our words. Words have power, positive or negative. It is awesome and sobering to realize you and I have within us the potential for building or destroying, and we […]

Kyrgyzstan’s government construction will always have north-south split

Freedom Newspapers The coup d’etat or whatever has occurred in the former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan has developed so quickly that even opposition leaders don’t seem to have been prepared for assuming power. More than a welling up of democratic impulses, however, what appears to be happening is a redistribution of the power and wealth […]

Wind plant construction set for May

By Tony Parra Construction on a new wind power plant with 120 wind turbines will begin in May, according to Jan Paulin, Padoma Wind Power president. Xcel Energy Inc. contracted with Padoma Wind Power LLC of La Jolla, Calif., to purchase all the electricity from Padoma’s planned “San Juan Mesa Wind Project” near Elida for […]

It’s time to privatize the Power Marketing Administrations

Freedom Newspapers Politicians and interest groups already seem to have snuffed out one of the more sensible money-saving recommendations in President Bush’s fiscal 2006 budget — his proposal that four Department of Energy-run utilities start charging closer-to-market rates for electricity generated by federal dams. The episode illustrates how difficult it is to win Congressional backing […]

Inauguration still serves a purpose

By Jim Lee On Thursday, President Bush will take the oath of office for the second time. To most of us, a second term inauguration is about as exciting as an instant replay at a chess tournament. After all, we won’t get a new president. We may get some entertainment value in seeing him try […]

Elida wind farm to be operating by 2005

Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com Two goals of the new wind energy farm in Elida are less dependence on fossil fuels and less expensive energy costs for customers. So says Bill Crenshaw, Xcel Energy corporate communications manager. Padoma Wind Power of La Jolla, Calif., will be developing a 120-megawatt wind farm […]

Businesses feel different effects from rain

By Tony Parra Businesses and utility companies had opposite situations during the stormy weather on Tuesday and each felt the effects in different ways. Roosevelt County Electric employees were busy repairing power lines and bringing power back to homes during the stormy weather on Tuesday night. “They (workers) had to deal with a lot of […]

Power outages cause little trouble

By Kevin Wilson Several were inconvenienced Wednesday afternoon, but no accidents or injuries resulted from a series of small power outages in the Portales city limits. The blackouts, ranging from about 30 seconds to three minutes in length, hit the area for a two-hour stretch starting at about 1:30 p.m. Wade Whitehead, a coordinator for […]

Power naps have a purpose

By Helena Rodriguez My one and only nephew, Bobby Stoppel of Albuquerque, introduced me to a phrase called “power napping” when he visited recently. I’d never heard of a “power nap,” but since it came from Bobby, I figured it was a cool new concept sweeping America by storm like Krispy Kreme donuts and reality […]

Snow wets city, soaks state

Mike Linn Light snow showers on Tuesday prompted residents to scrape ice off automobile windows and tread slowing on city streets adorned with rain puddles shin deep in some areas. But snowfall in Portales was relatively minor compared to other areas of the state, where some mountain ranges received up to 20 inches. Local law […]

Wind farm headed to Tucumcari

Angela Peacock Taking advantage of New Mexico’s most abundant natural resource — the wind — Caprock Wind, LP announced its plans Tuesday to install up to 80 wind-driven turbine generators near Tucumcari. The wind farm, which will be located about 20 miles southeast of Tucumcari, is the second of its kind for Quay County. The […]

Storm sweeps through Portales

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By Janet Bresenham A powerful storm swept through Roosevelt and Curry counties Wednesday evening, sounding tornado sirens and leaving power outages, road closures and damage from hail and wind in its wake. However, no injuries were reported in the area. Power was restored throughout Portales about 11:15 p.m., after being out for more than two […]

Storm causes two-hour blackout in Portales

CNJ staff CNJ STAFF A Sunday evening storm left Portales without lights for a couple of hours on Sunday night, but officials reported no injuries or serious damage. A wind gust of 62 mph was reported at Cannon Air Force Base at 6:20 p.m. on Sunday, said Meteorologist Chuck Jones with the National Weather Service […]