Ruling puts end to states’ power grab

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a sensible ruling concerning the regulation of pollution and the supposed threat of global warming. The ruling directly affects eight states that sued four electric power companies, the main one being American Electric Power Co. of Ohio, for causing global warming. The court’s summary of Monday’s […]

Portales past: March 22, 1950

March 22, 1950: The Portales Daily News: The first Rural Electric Administration 1943 food production award in New Mexico will go to J.W. Terry, a member of the Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative of Portales. The award was for outstanding use of electricity in food production.

Portales Past: July 18, 1945

July 18, 1945: Portales was home to 1,700 electric meters, according to Southwestern Public Service Co. The city had just 639 electric meters in 1939.

Volunteer profile: Pat Dodson

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Name: Pat Dodson Residence: Portales Occupation: Bookkeeper at Combs Electric & Mechanical Volunteer: Clovis Special Olympics serving Roosevelt and Curry counties Why she does it: My son Garrett is an athlete with health problems. I care for all the athletes and I want them to continue to participate in Special Olympics in this area.

Farmers’ Electric receives $28.1 million USDA loan

The Associated Press CLOVIS — Farmers’ Electric Cooperative of Clovis is receiving a $28.1 million loan to upgrade its electric delivery system for seven counties in eastern New Mexico and three in Texas. The cooperative will use the money to expand service to current customers and extend service to new customers. It also will replace […]

Portales Past: March 19, 1945

March 19, 1945: Portales Refrigeration and Electric Co., located at 208 NW Colorado St., reminded its customers in a newspaper ad: “The warm season of the year is almost here. That is when spoilage of foods can become very serious and expensive.”

Operation Santa Cop toy drive in full swing

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer An electric toy guitar … a couple of Barbie dolls … Play Dough. That and more came out of black trash bags as Portales Police Department staff unloaded Mayor’s Christmas Tree: Operation Santa Cop toy drive donations from the Portales High School National Honor Society. The group presented officers […]

Curry County hub would link nation’s three electric grids

By Heather Clark: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials announced an ambitious project in New Mexico on Tuesday that would allow energy to flow more freely across the nation’s three massive power grids, breaking down significant barriers to ramping up alternative energy in the United States. The proposed Tres Amigas SuperStation in Clovis, […]

March 13, 1966

Navajo Chief Deerfoot Charlie Gonzales, a silver smith from Gallup, and a companion demonstrated their craft at the Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative center as a sand painting exhibit, sponsored by

Dec. 23, 1973

A national energy crunch closed much of the electric Christmas displays in Portales but promted the Chamber of Commerce Garden Club to hold a luminaria contest, in which the Floren Thomson family was declared the winner.

Free to good home

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico

October 7, 1989

• During the Daybreak Optimist Club’s 1988-89 awards banquet, three new officers were installed. They were Ed Hitson; president, Jimmy Shearer; vice-president, and Ray Cavett; secretary/treasurer. • Trader Horn’s True Value advertised a Crossley portable electric heater for $19.88. • Missionary Carol High Bett was scheduled to speak on her experiences at the Portales Church […]

Energy bill in need of major overhaul

We oppose most of what’s in the energy bills awaiting Congress’ return from recess because they favor mandates over markets, pie in the sky over practicality and are largely disconnected from reality. It turns out they’re disconnected in a literal sense, too. In a case of putting the renewable energy bandwagon before the horse, Congress […]

Technology has let my beard down

By Kevin Wilson I have a problem with technology. Or maybe it has a problem with me. I sometimes marvel at just how far we’ve progressed. You could look at the video games we play now, with voice actors and story arcs that are far reaches from Pac-Man and Pong. You could look at our […]

Local power employees to help hurricane victims

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico power company workers have made their way to southern Texas on a quest to restore power to those who have fallen victim to Hurricane Rita. Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative lineman Cade Standifer said about 60,000 meters were knocked out in Livingston, Texas and the customers are […]

Missing couple described as “good, honest people”

By Tony Parra and David Stevens Jim Good knew something was wrong when his good friends Odis and Doris Newman didn’t show up to the Senior Citizen Center on Thursday. The Newmans, long-time operators of Valley Electric in Portales, have been missing since Wednesday. Human remains were found in the trunk of their car on […]

Electric car bill causes static

By David Arkin  A bill signed by the governor that will allow electric cars to be driven on city streets and highways is receiving mixed reviews.  The bill, which was crafted by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and signed into law by Gov. Bill Richardson last week, would allow “neighborhood electric cars,” which are four-wheeled electric […]