My turn: Make best of wind

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It’s March. And that means a great variety of things to all of us, but the one thing we’ll all be sharing here on the high plains will be high winds. Songs have been written about our legendary wind and our tumbleweeds. I actually decided to move to the other side of the world one […]

In search of ponies: Animals have own ways of dealing with wind

Since the dawn of man, spring has been celebrated, often because it’s a pleasant exit from winter and also because it is the season that represents life’s potential. In between the intermittent cold and warm spells, green shoots sprout from little dried up bits of plants that nature seemed to have discarded in the cold […]

Wind facts

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Tonjia Rolan “Can you feel the rhythm of the wind in human memory? It is a music in the sky and in men’s souls.” Guy Murchie, “Song of the Sky”

Wind turns to snow as NM prepares for winter blast

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Wind has turned to snow in New Mexico, as wintery weather shut parts of Interstate 40 for a few hours and caused dangerous driving conditions through Raton Pass. Forecasters expected the worst of the storm to hit western and central New Mexico Friday night into Saturday. Meanwhile, strong winds shut […]

Wind damages area property

Robin Fornoff The National Weather Service says it was just a really strong wind. But that won’t convince Leland Pool what hit his place in Roosevelt County was anything but a tornado. Pool said the storm around 8 p.m. Friday lasted about three minutes. In that time it tore the roof off a neighbor’s barn, […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Photo exhibit, a new splash pad and a candle in the wind

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing: Photo exhibit Runnels Gallery in Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales is hosting a solo exhibition, “Our Fill of Elsewhere,” of the photography of Sherwin Rivera Tibayan. It started Sunday and continues through Oct. 1 during normal library hours. Call 575-562-2624 for hours. […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Green goes green, Elida football and the Stars and Stripes

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Green goes green Verti-I-Go Wind/Abundant Energy’s initial turbine is under construction at their site at the southeast corner of the intersection of Curry County Road 8 and County Road I. The ground level structure that houses the gear box, generator, and other mechanical parts […]

Local farmer favors cotton

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Argen Duncan Despite the drought and wind, a cotton farmer says the crop is a good option in Roosevelt County this year. Farmer Colin Chandler said producers are planting only irrigated cotton now, compared to last year, when 30 percent to 40 percent was dryland. “I wouldn’t say our acreage is going to be down […]

Wind ranch in final negotiation phase

The Roosevelt Wind Ranch, to be built between Elida and Dora, is approaching the final stages for project negotiations. The vice-president of development for Terra-Gen Power, Bill Castor, told Roosevelt County commissioners at a special meeting Wednesday in the county courthouse that his company is in its final stages of planning with only a Power […]

High wind, low humidity equals fire danger

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Dry winds and low humidity on the first full day of spring means an extreme fire danger in New Mexico. The National Weather Service has issued high wind warnings across the entire state Monday. Forecasters predict gusts of nearly 60 mph with blowing dust after noon. The wind advisory remains […]

March: Month for all types of weather

By Jim Robinson: Meteorological technician, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron March precipitation events can be rain or snow (and sometimes both at the same time), and are generally created by broad synoptic storm systems. However, thunderstorms typically start to occur in March. The average March is characterized by about three or four strong cold fronts […]

Press release: The National Weather Service issues wind advisory

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a wind advisory which is in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MST) today. This includes Curry and Roosevelt Counties. West Winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Wind speeds will increase by mid morning. The strongest winds are expected during the […]

Interest in wind power picking up

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Alisa Boswell Wind and its power is old stuff to eastern New Mexico residents. But there is a new push to harness that power and turn it into a valuable energy resource. Plans for a new 150 megawatt wind farm — the second in Roosevelt County — were revealed earlier this week by Terra-Gen Power […]

Wind festival to feature kinetic sculpture race

Cannon Connections staff Clovis MainStreet is organizing the inaugural Downtown Wind Festival 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 30 in downtown Clovis. The event will be held following Cannon Air Force Base’s annual Kite Karnival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Doc Stewart Park. There will be educational booths and food vendors, […]

Plans for second Roosevelt County wind farm taking shape

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Argen Duncan Plans for a proposed new wind farm in Roosevelt County are taking shape. Bill Castor, vice president of development in the Terra-Gen Power LLC office in Denver, said he couldn’t discuss specifics, but his company was contemplating a wind energy project of at least 150 megawatts in Roosevelt County. He would like to […]

Clovis MainStreet to host wind festival

Clovis MainStreet will be hosting a new Downtown Wind Festival April 30 on Main Street, according to a news release. The event will be held in conjunction with Cannon Air Force Base’s Kite Karnival, which will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Doc Stewart Park. The main event at the festival will be […]

Retired teacher enjoys helping

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Longtime Clovis resident Marian Ruth Martin remembers walking home for Eugene Field Elementary School in wind gusts that could knock her down. The 81-year-old said she remembers wondering what that wind’s purpose was. “In God’s universe, everything is created for a reason, but I couldn’t see a reason for it,” she said. [image #3, align=left, […]

Enjoy winter, but keep it safe

By Cannon AFB Emergency Management As we enter the harshest part of the year, please consider some cold-weather related safety concerns as you and your family go about your daily business. While our average winter temperature is 45 degrees, we often experience lows in the single digits with an associated wind creating a wind-chill effect […]

Joint Land Use committee addresses wind turbines

Freedom New Mexico The company conducting the Cannon Air Force Base joint land use study, and its policy committee tried to clear up concerns Monday at a Portales meeting about restrictions on wind turbines and how much authority Cannon will have about structures that stand over 75 feet high. Rudy Bauer, who supervises the study, […]

Residents express concern over wind turbines

Jared Tucker Talk early, talk often. That was the message during Tuesday’s public meeting in Melrose to discuss the findings and recommendations of a joint land use study. The $140,000 federally funded study is geared at preventing incompatible land uses between entities, such as Curry County and Cannon Air Force Base, according to Rudy Bauer, […]