Campos pushing eastern plains for wind power

By Andy Jackson Rep. Jose Campos thinks the winds of eastern New Mexico could fuel economic growth and the state’s energy options. Windmills would be advantageous to farmers and ranchers, and 200 windmills already spin in Quay and De Baca counties, Campos said. “Some (ranchers and farmers) are making more (money) on wind mills than […]

Elida wind farm has smooth sailing

By Tony Parra The Elida Wind Power Plant operators are completing their first month since flipping the switch sending electricity from the plant to homes in eastern New Mexico, west Texas, Oklahoma and southern Kansas. Wind farm operators have been using the Roosevelt and Chavez county winds to generate electricity for the homes of Xcel […]

Wind creates chaos in eastern N.M.

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Daniel Zion spent Sunday and Monday destroying his first memory of 2006. “Heck of a way to ring in the new year,” Zion said with a laugh. Around him and his friends were four piles of logs and branches, piles that used to be a 40-foot tree that rested between […]

Elida wind farm nearing completion

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By Tony Parra The wind farm near Elida is nearing completion and will be generating power to homes in New Mexico, West Texas and Oklahoma by the beginning of 2006. Dave Hayward, field engineer of the wind farm project construction, said 98 wind turbines have been constructed and completion of the 120 wind turbines is […]

Bonds OK’d for wind power plant

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County Commissioners gave final authorization of bonds for the wind power plant outside of Elida, which will bring electricity to Excel customers in eastern New Mexico, west Texas and Oklahoma. The commissioners unanimously approved the authorization, 5-0, on Tuesday during the county meeting. Construction has already started on […]

Skydiving team taking flight over Cannon Air Force Base

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Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The take-off wasn’t as graceful as you might imagine. The C-27 plane buzzed like a gargantuan lawn mower. Its body hiccuped and rocked back and forth. The smell of exhaust fumes invaded its cabin. The crew inside, however, didn’t seem to mind or notice, but what else would you expect […]

Power plant agrees to pay funds over 20 years

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer County commissioners and Padoma wind-farm officials have come to terms on an agreement which will generate more than a $2.717 million in revenue for the county over the next 20 years, according to county attorney Randy Knudson. The San Juan Mesa Wind Project plant with 120 wind turbines will […]

Texas language has own tweaks

By Bob Huber Today’s lecture will cover the methods employed by airport security officers to recognize dangerous persons and then delay them until their plane has been retired, scrapped, and turned into a fleet of riding lawn mowers. It’s called “profiling,” the evil scourge of the 21st Century. No one is safe from profiling, and […]

U.S. needs to revisit nuclear-generated electricity possibilities

Freedom Newspapers S en. John McCain, R-Ariz., is urging his congressional colleagues and President Bush to get serious about curbing not only global warming but also porkbarrel spending. One excellent way to do both is to get serious about nuclear-generated electricity. America has been in a nuclear-energy funk since things went haywire at the Three […]

Lyons talks wind in Elida

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor ELIDA — Patrick Lyons says he is proud to have a chance to give back to the area he grew up in. The House rancher and 1972 Clovis High graduate paid a visit to Elida on Wednesday, with the intent of speaking about the incoming Padoma Wind Energy plant, […]

Maypole to unwind at high school

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Tana Prewitt has been planning the perfect waltz for four years. It was in eighth grade that Prewitt and Bradley West, her friend since kindergarten, agreed to wind Maypole together during their senior year at Portales High School. Prewitt and West, along with 27 other couples, will do just that […]

Wind plant construction set for May

By Tony Parra Construction on a new wind power plant with 120 wind turbines will begin in May, according to Jan Paulin, Padoma Wind Power president. Xcel Energy Inc. contracted with Padoma Wind Power LLC of La Jolla, Calif., to purchase all the electricity from Padoma’s planned “San Juan Mesa Wind Project” near Elida for […]

Commission agrees to terms for wind farm bonds

By Tony Parra The Roosevelt County commissioners on Tuesday approved to go into negotiations with Padoma Wind and Power on land use in Roosevelt County to build a wind farm and a resolution for the issuance of industrial revenue bonds. County attorney Randy Knudson said he has been in consultations with Mike Groshek, an industrial […]

Citizens concerned about county roads

By Tony Parra Not everyone is happy with the amount of rain Roosevelt County has received. The rain, coupled with a heavy amount of traffic on some roads, have caused some roads to be impassable, according to some county residents. County commissioner Tom Clark declared the situation an emergency during Tuesday’s county meeting as a […]

Elida wind farm to be operating by 2005

Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com Two goals of the new wind energy farm in Elida are less dependence on fossil fuels and less expensive energy costs for customers. So says Bill Crenshaw, Xcel Energy corporate communications manager. Padoma Wind Power of La Jolla, Calif., will be developing a 120-megawatt wind farm […]

Energy providers, legislators, leaning toward wind power

By Tony Parra From energy providers to legislators to energy plant manufacturers, it seems that the consensus is that the United States is heading towards more energy being provided from clean energy providers. Tracy Broeder, a wind technician for Florida Power and Light, talked about wind energy on Wednesday and how feasible it would be […]

A lesson in trust during winds of adversity

Joan Clayton The March winds roared like the proverbial lion, but that’s how it is in eastern New Mexico. My husband had gone to Oklahoma to help our middle son build a barn. It became my job to feed Lady, a beautiful sorrel mare that seemed more like a person than a horse. Twice a […]

Group hopes for tree-mendous impact

By Tony Parra Officials with the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Resources Department will be on hand at the 12th Annual New Mexico Ag Expo to try to persuade Texans and New New Mexicans to plant more trees. “We don’t suggest buying trees unless you know what you are looking for,” Dan Ware, a public […]

Area residents have mixed views on airspace proposal

Mike Linn Cannon Air Force Base’s proposed military airspace expansion has any number of vocal supporters. Community leaders and economic development officials believe the expansion is important in helping the base remain open after the government’s base realignment and closure process, or BRAC, which should be completed in 2005. “The airspace would make Cannon more […]

Snow expected as temperatures drop

Freedom Newspapers Cold weather below freezing and wind-swept snow may grace Portales residents this morning, weather officials say. Chuck Jones, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, said Portales will have a snow and blowing snow advisory in effect through this morning. Portales school officials will decide at 6 a.m. today whether […]