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 […]

Town hall will address water, fireworks issues

Argen Duncan City officials have set a special town hall meeting for Tuesday to address water and fireworks issues. Mayor Sharon King said she wants to provide more information about the water situation, update citizens on efforts to stop fireworks use until it rains and answer questions. Discussion isn’t limited to fireworks and water, she […]

Border situation still uncertain despite changes

Winter Texans who already are starting to trickle into the Rio Grande Valley and others interested in crossing into Mexico might be alarmed at some of the latest news coming out of Mexico. Then again, they might be relieved. President Felipe Calderon last week sent Mexico’s Congress a proposal to do away with the country’s […]

English political situation bears watching

This viewpoint, which reflects ours, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register. To get through its current crisis, the United Kingdom needs another Iron Lady. That’s the derogatory term bestowed by her opponents upon Margaret Thatcher, the Conservative Party’s prime minister from 1979-90. But the moniker later was adopted by […]

Iraq elections wait-and-see situation

Freedom Newspapers This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register.

Attending legislative session presents challenges

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican For years people trying to attend a session of the state Legislature have complained about the parking situation at the Capitol. There’s finally some good news on that front. Last year the state opened a new $13 million parking structure just west of the Roundhouse with 580 spaces. (Entrance […]

Worry is train ride to nowhere

By Joan Clayton: PNT religion columnist Did you know there are 8,910 promises in the Bible? Those promises cover every circumstance you will ever encounter. Yet, why are there so many books about stress and how to deal with it? Uncontrolled emotions cause chemical changes in the body that lead to illness and disease. Worry […]

Iraq negotiations open line of communication between U.S., Iran

Both the United States and Iran seem to be moving toward direct talks regarding the security situation in Iraq, and that could lead to more comprehensive discussions, including diplomatic ways to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. That’s good news. Unfortunately, both sides have also dug in their heels on certain issues, requiring a […]

Counselors offering support

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Grief-stricken faculty and staff from Steiner Elementary gathered on Tuesday morning to offer support to the classmates of Lorenzo Cabral, Jr., who died on Jan. 4. School counselors were on-site to visit with the students parents about the situation. After a brief meeting with the parents, the counselors then […]

Victim described as adorable child

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Lorenzo “Lenchito” Cabral was described by the principal of his school in Portales as a being a good student who was respected and respectful of others Steiner Principal Becky Flen described Lorenzo has being a “very, typical boy” on the playground. He was also known to be a sweetheart, […]