Xcel upgrades complete

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Alisa Boswell System overloads during winter cold snaps have prompted $1.6 million in upgrades across Portales, according to Xcel Media Relations Director Wes Reeves. Reeves said the improvements by Xcel were completed the end of February after being put into effect in early 2011, just after numerous winter power outages in January and February. Reeves […]

Birthdays —

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Reeves [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Mrs. Maxcine Reeves celebrated her 90th birthday at the home of her son, Lewis Reeves, on July 30. Present were over 60 people , friends, family and three generations of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Maxcine had seen on TV a quilt painted on a barn. Being an avid quilter, […]

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 […]

Xcel Energy plans for upgrades

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Alisa Boswell A colder-than-normal Feburary has given New Mexico power companies even more incentive to make power system upgrades. Xcel Energy had upgrades already in the works, but company spokesperson Wes Reeves said power outages on days featuring below-freezing were eye-opening. Reeves said during Portales’ cold spell, the most drastic temperatures were in the early […]

Birthdays — Nov. 28

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Reeves [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Aydyn Cash Reeves celebrated his 1st birthday Nov. 23. His parents are Cameron and Kelsey Reeves of Clovis and his grandparents are Johnny and Janet Reeves and Lori Day of Clovis.

Wind causes second power outage

Freedom New Mexico High winds caused another power outage Friday afternoon in Clovis, according to Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves. The outage lasted for about two hours and affected 1,141 customers, Reeves said. He said power was restored around 1:30 p.m. Reeves said a cross arm on a power pole had to be repaired on Norris […]

Debris from wind cause of power outage

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Freedom New Mexico An estimated 376 Clovis customers went without power for about an hour Friday due to damage from high winds. Power went out at around 3:50 p.m., and was restored shortly before 5 p.m. City workers helped clear metal roofing that had blown near the intersection of Second and Pile streets, according to […]

Failed substation underwent routine maintenance

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves says a substation blamed for a weekend power outage was last tested in November 2008. Reeves said Monday that he spoke to the substation manager, who explained substations are on a five-year maintenance schedule. It passed in November 2008 and was scheduled for more […]

Business feature: Funeral director switched career path from medicine

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Freedom New Mexico Scott Reeves planned to be a doctor but feels he answered a higher calling. Reeves owns Wheeler Mortuary. The business has been around since 1924 and has been helping families through difficult times. Reeves and his wife Debbie run the business. “I felt it was better to become a funeral director rather […]

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 […]

Xcel delays submitting rate revision

Freedom New Mexico An Xcel Energy spokesman said Wednesday the company has postponed filing its revised rate increase request. Spokesman Wes Reeves said the revised request will be significantly lower than the 6.2 percent increase orginally sought last December. Reeves said the new filing could be presented Friday to the state Public Regulatory Commission.

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 […]

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 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.

New Year’s hangover remedies vary widely

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico New Year’s Day brings a new year, and with it can come hangovers for those who celebrate a little too much. Hangover remedies vary from old wives’ tales to the tried and true methods. Joseph Carpenter, a nutritionist at Gym X, said the leftover toxins from the alcohol in […]

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 […]

Test shows Thomas under legal limit

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas’ blood alcohol level was half the legal limit the night he was arrested, according to the New Mexico State Police. Thomas was arrested Aug. 3 after failing a series of sobriety tests at a police checkpoint on State Road 469 between San Jon and Logan, […]

Road woes

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A section of New Mexico Highway 206 between Portales and Dora is experiencing a significant deterioration of its pavement even though the highway was repaved less than a year ago. Residents, who regularly drive the road, say a section near Portales has become progressively worse over the spring and […]

Energy rates set to increase

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Energy company Xcel Energy is proposing a base-rate increase from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. The electric and natural gas company is seeking an overall increase of 6.6 percent from all customer classes. Residential rates would increase by 7.3 percent a month for an average household that uses about […]

Reeves sinks ace

Lewis Reeves of Portales sank his first hole-in-one Saturday at the Portales Country Club. Reeves, who has played for 20 years, aced No. 3, a 161-yard hole.