Base power outage scheduled

Freedom New Mexico A basewide power outage is scheduled for Sunday at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a news release. The outage will take place from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday. During the outage, base civil engineers will be upgrading the power substation. The upgrade is needed to support ongoing construction. The outage […]

My turn: Surnames have power to mislead

While texting a buddy about a tee time during a recent commencement, a graduate named “Goff” walked across the stage. The coincidence made me wonder if people’s surnames might play a role in their future. Could petite “Marshall” become Jal’s first female sheriff? Does lanky “Rush” have a shot at pro football? Might theater major […]

Wind causes second power outage

Freedom New Mexico High winds caused another power outage Friday afternoon in Clovis, according to Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves. The outage lasted for about two hours and affected 1,141 customers, Reeves said. He said power was restored around 1:30 p.m. Reeves said a cross arm on a power pole had to be repaired on Norris […]

New Mexico fishing report — April 1

This fishing report, provided by Department of Game and Fish area offices in Albuquerque, Raton, Roswell and Las Cruces, has been generated from the best information available from officers and anglers. Conditions may vary, however, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast CIMARRON RIVER: Water flow and temperatures are increasing. […]

Debris from wind cause of power outage

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Freedom New Mexico An estimated 376 Clovis customers went without power for about an hour Friday due to damage from high winds. Power went out at around 3:50 p.m., and was restored shortly before 5 p.m. City workers helped clear metal roofing that had blown near the intersection of Second and Pile streets, according to […]

Monday morning briefing: Walking, biking and the power of beliefs

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing.Web site of the day Check out the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation’s site for all kinds of interesting tidbits. Example: Roosevelt County is in the top 10 percent of U.S. Communities in number of citizens who walk and bike to Work http://www.goportales.com/ Question of the […]

Tres Amigas Superstation granted power to set electricity rates

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The proposed Tres Amigas Superstation got some of the power it needed to surge forward with plans to link the nation’s three electric grids with a central site near Clovis. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted Tres Amigas permission Thursday to start negotiating the price of its transmission services […]

Fishing report

This fishing report, provided by Department of Game and Fish area offices in Albuquerque, Raton, Roswell and Las Cruces, has been generated from the best information available from officers and anglers. Conditions may vary, however, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Cimarron River: Below Clear Creek there are some […]

New Mexico fishing report — March 18

This fishing report, provided by Department of Game and Fish area offices in Albuquerque, Raton, Roswell and Las Cruces, has been generated from the best information available from officers and anglers. Conditions may vary, however, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northwest area Abiquiu Lake: No reports from anglers this […]

Cannon power to be shut down for repairs

Electricity at Cannon Air Force base will shut down from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday for repairs to the power grid, according to a base news release. Non-mission essential personnel are ordered to stand by and not report for duty until directed by their commanders, according to the release. The following services and offices […]

Xcel reports scattered power outages

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Xcel Energy power crews spent Thursday working to restore power across eastern New Mexico and west Texas . “There were a few scattered outages early on, but they were really limited,” said Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry. “The power company has been right there on the spot to […]

Power outage blamed on weather

Freedom New Mexico For the second time in less than a week, Portales residents found themselves without electrical power. Police said 50 to 60 homes lost power about 5:40 p.m. Thursday for an hour after a lateral fuse blew on a power line on Main and North Abilene streets. Chief Deputy of Police said the […]

Failed substation underwent routine maintenance

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves says a substation blamed for a weekend power outage was last tested in November 2008. Reeves said Monday that he spoke to the substation manager, who explained substations are on a five-year maintenance schedule. It passed in November 2008 and was scheduled for more […]

Power outage leaves estimated 1,800 homes dark

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By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico An estimated 1,800 Portales residents woke to cold and dark homes after a power outage early Saturday morning. Xcel Energy crews had restored power to most homes by 5 p.m. Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said a substation overload cut off power about 3 a.m. and repair crews had to […]

Heavy rainfall soaks city; causes power outages

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Storms dropped about an inch of rain around Roosevelt and Curry counties and caused lightning-related power outages in the region Tuesday night. Chuck Jones, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, said 1 inch of rain at Cannon Air Force Base and 1.05 inches at Dora were reported […]

Obama shows no hesitation to grab power

Freedom New Mexico When the Obama administration took office, many people hoped it would relinquish, or at least not assert aggressively, some of the more extravagant expansions of executive power the Bush administration seized in fighting the global “war on terror” and the misbegotten war in Iraq. We had few such hopes. Presidents of both […]

High winds cause damage in Roosevelt County

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Clarence Plank Roosevelt County and city of Portales residents were running for cover Friday after a severe storm brought high winds estimated to have reached 75 mph by the National Weather Service. The storm blew down trees, power lines and a sign, and took the roof off of two buildings in Portales.Roosevelt County Emergency Management […]

Storm knocks out power for Farwell, Texico area residents

Freedom New Mexico About 1,100 customers were without power following Friday night’s storm, with restoration not likely to take place until midnight or later. Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said a substation in Curry County, located just outside of Texico, was damaged in the short rainstorm, and crews were working on rebuilding the substation. Reeves […]

Government flex of power going too far

Freedom New Mexico Even though there’s a certain amount of populist pandering involved, you can understand the impulse behind a government move to limit the pay of top executives at companies that have taken bailout money from the taxpayers. He who pays the piper and all that. There may be some danger of losing talented […]

Editorial: Government flex of power will knock us down

It is becoming apparent that the ambition of the Obama administration to increase government control over what had been previously private business institutions is breathtaking in scope and virtually unlimited. The most recent evidence comes from news that the administration, as a Wall Street Journal news article put it, wants to “change compensation practices across […]