Farmers practice conservation year-round

Salomon Ramirez, state executive director of the USDA Farm Service Agency, writes that American farmers and ranchers are the forefathers of resource conservation:

Press release: Xcel continues to ask for conservation

Wes Reeves AMARILLO, Texas – Xcel Energy is asking electric customers in Texas and New Mexico to join their neighbors across the region in conserving energy as regional utility systems struggle to meet high demand with diminished resources. The utility company is not planning rotating outages in the area at this time, but is cautioning [...]

Xcel Energy asks for power conservation

Xcel Energy ROSWELL, N.M. – Xcel Energy is asking electric customers in eastern New Mexico to conserve energy because of expected high demand on the area’s electric distribution system. The utility company urges customers in eastern New Mexico to limit their power use for the next 24 hours in order to reduce the strain on [...]

Press release: City requires mandatory water rationing

Due to recent elevated watering demands, the City of Portales has entered mandatory water rationing for the entire Portales community. This will be in effect until water tank levels rise back to acceptable levels of twenty (20) feet. Residents are requested to not water at all until further notice to allow tank levels to reach [...]

Press release: Money available for water conservation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Mexico announce the availability of $1.5 million to conserve the water in the Ogallala Aquifer. The NRCS will fund this initiative through its Environmental Quality Improvement Program, said Dennis Alexander, state conservationist for NRCS New Mexico. “The NRCS in New Mexico is doing [...]

Water commission considers conservation

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Ute Reservoir Water Commission plans to consider different approaches to conserving water in droughts to keep Ute Lake’s water level from dropping to the point communities are no longer allowed to withdraw water. After discussing the value of planning for droughts at their meeting Thursday in Portales, commissioners [...]

USDA offers workshops

PNT Staff Report Farmers can sign up for a U.S. Department of Agriculture 2009 Producer Sustainable Workshop on Aug. 26 in Clovis. The event focuses on resource management that illustrates several conservation practices, and includes hands-on experience. Natural Resources Conservation Service agronomist Rudy Garcia said the steps the workshop outlines are critical to sustainability. Registration: [...]

Government offers conservation help

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is taking sign-ups until April 3 for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program for financial and technical assistance with conservation improvements on agricultural land. EQIP offers contracts with a minimum term that ends one year after the implementation of the last scheduled practices and a maximum term of 10 years

City youth program aims to improve rec center

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer To employ youth, create murals in the Portales Recreation Center and clean up that facility, the City of Portales is entering into an agreement with the New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps. At their meeting Tuesday night in City Hall, city councilors approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute [...]