Press release: Xcel asks customers curb electricity use

AMARILLO, Texas – Xcel Energy is asking electricity customers in its Texas and New Mexico service territory to conserve energy because of expected high electricity demand and an unplanned generation outage. Extremely high electricity demand across a wide region has tightened power supplies, and a major Xcel Energy generating unit is down for unplanned repairs […]

Meetings Watch – July 31

The following items will be on the agenda for a Roosevelt County Commission special meeting at 9 a.m. today in the county courthouse: Presentation of proposed wildlife services. A grant agreement between Roosevelt County and the New Mexico Department of Transportation. Out-of-state travel for Deputy Sonny Wilcox to travel to Spring Branch, Texas, for annual […]

Base Inspection, housing discussed at Local Growth Management Committee

By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer The aircraft fleet at Cannon Air Force Base has tripled in the last two years. The are 105 aircraft assigned to the base now with more coming, according to the 27th Special Operations Mission Support Group Commander Col. David Piech. There were 35 aircraft at the base in […]

Incoming system will increase temperatures beyond normal

By Gabriel Monte CNJ staff writer The heat is on. And according to the National Weather Service, it's about to get hotter after reaching 97 degrees Monday. Albuquerque National Weather Service forecaster Amanda Martin says a high pressure system that has settled on the Texas Panhandle will help bring temperatures eight to 12 degrees […]

Officials oppose rule change to protect local grant funding

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer The funding for projects similar to the street drainage channelization taking place in northern Portales could be in jeopardy under a proposed rule change of Community Development Block Grant rules, city officials say. After attending a meeting last week in Santa Fe to address the rule change, Portales […]

City schools to get new program

By Alisa Boswell PNT staff writer Despite its name — Gang Resistance Education and Training — a new program being introduced in city schools is not geared toward gangs but life in general, according to Portales Police Department Sgt. Chris Williams. Williams recently returned from week-long training in Ruidoso for the program, which teaches […]

Base partnership discussed

By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer A new base-partnership perspective was presented to members of the Local Growth Management Committee Monday at its monthly meeting in Clovis. Monterey, Calif., city manager Fred Meurer told members about his community's partnership between the Presidio of Monterey (Army base), which is a "shared services concept." "It's looking […]

My Turn – July 31

I'm hearing it. I don't hear it often enough lately, but this afternoon I'm hearing it. It's that wonderful sound of raindrops hitting my skylight. I sit here typing, but I don't want to make too much noise with the keys. Rosemary Clooney is softly singing "I'm in the mood for love" … but the […]

Events Calendar – July 31

Today Roosevelt County commission special meeting — 9 a.m., Commission Room in the county courthouse. Clovis Farmers Market — 8 a.m., Goodwin Lake Trails parking lot. Information: 763-6505. Wednesday Ram Soccer Youth Summer Camp — 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Ram Soccer Field at the high school. For ages 3 to 13. Bring cleats, shin guards and […]

Police Blotter – July 31

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Friday 2:03 p.m.: Caller requested to speak to an officer concerning harassment, 600 block South Avenue D. 2:08 p.m.: Caller requested an officer for client troubles, county courthouse. 2:28 p.m.: Caller requested a deputy, Roosevelt Road 3 and T. 3:03 p.m.: Caller reported their home being broken into, […]

Disclosure rules hurt competition

New financial disclosure requirements for companies that produce not only oil and natural gas but also hard-rock minerals will soon be made public by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The rules will cover payments such as taxes, royalties, and license fees that U.S. companies make to foreign governments. Financial disclosure is required under a […]

Baxter: Bathroom first, business later

Russ normally would not have kept the heifer he called "The Pirate" but, he did. It was one of those chilly 5:30 spring mornings in southeast Idaho. He decided to make a quick heifer-check before he got his youngest kid on the school bus at 6:30. Russ slipped into his handy fashion farm wear (sweat […]

Police Blotter – July 29

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Thursday 10:29 a.m.: Caller reported their vehicle was burglarized and items were taken from the glove box, 1500 block of South Avenue D. 10:51 a.m.: Caller requested a deputy in reference to fraud, 100 block of Airport Road. 11:21 a.m.: Caller reported that two bulls that weren't his […]

Events Calendar – July 29

Monday Local Growth Management Committee meeting — 9 a.m., North Annex at the Clovis library. Portales Farmers Market — 5 p.m., the corner of First Street and South Avenue B. Tuesday Clovis Farmers Market — 8 a.m., Goodwin Lake Trails parking lot. Information: 763-6505. Wednesday Ram Soccer Youth Summer Camp — 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Ram […]

My Turn: Top of the charts can be deadly

I've always dreamed about penning a Top 40 hit, although reaching the charts has been a curse for many younger than me. Greg Arama, bassist for The Amboy Dukes ("Journey to the Center of the Mind"), was killed in a 1979 motorcycle accident at 29. Lefty Baker, guitarist for Spanky and our Gang ("Like to […]

Medi-vac team helps with mission

By Alisa Boswell Cannon Connections Portales railroad engineer Carlos Sena of the New Mexico Army National Guard tried to find the words to describe his overseas experience. "I can't even say enough …" he said, falling silent. "The people I worked with are arguably the most professional I've seen." Sena, a chief warrant officer […]

Survey: profiling policies not practiced

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Law enforcement officials in Curry and Roosevelt counties say they are now in compliance with a 2009 law requiring them to have policies in place that ban bias-based profiling. But a spokesperson for an immigrant advocacy group said that may not have been the case when a survey […]

Letter to the editor: Obama’s remarks insult Americans

President Obama insulted millions of business-owning Americans by stating that "somebody else made that happen," in a July 13 speech he gave in Roanoke, Va. He minimized the success of exceptional, smart, and hardworking people by saying there's a lot of smart/hardworking people out there (who aren't business owners). I'm sick and tired of his […]

Guest column: Everyone’s job to report abuse

As the Penn State sexual assault allegations came and went, I was encouraged multiple times to write a letter in support of sexual assault survivors here. However, I did not see much parallel between the Penn State community and our own and was unsure of how to make things relate. Obviously, I have changed my […]

Editorial: Bogus reports shows NMFA lacks control

Ten of the 11-member New Mexico Finance Authority board are appointed by the governor. Four are members of Gov. Susana Martinez' own cabinet. The Authority's CEO, Rick May, served in her cabinet until assuming his NMFA post nearly a year ago. So you might think the Martinez administration would have had its ducks in a […]