Windmills find new home

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Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County is bringing a new addition to the county fairgrounds in the form of a 12,600 square foot windmill park. Longtime Portales residents Bill and Alta Dalley, who have collected old-fashioned windmills for the last 30 years, now have more than 80 windmills stored at their home on South Kilgore in Portales. […]

Our people: Windmill man

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Portales resident Bill Dalley has delved into his retirement hobby of restoring antique windmills. He has restored 80 for himself and 25 for others. Sometimes, moving or repairing a windmill became a family project, needing multiple trucks and trailers to haul the oversized collectibles. Dalley decided to donate the windmills to Roosevelt County and began […]

Windmills headed for history

When we see a windmill we think “ranch.” This iconic equipment, without doubt, has made ranching possible in the arid Southwest as well as other parts of our nation. I’m one of those ranch kids who tied my horse to the metal windmill frame and piled into the drinking tub’s water for a little fun. […]

Wind energy costly in long run

Freedom Newspapers Is wind power a viable alternative to low-cost fossil fuels? Consider this: relying on windmills to reduce greenhouse gas emissions not only is expensive and ironically harmful to the environment, it won’t accomplish its main goal. “A slew of recent studies show that wind-generated energy likely won’t result in any reduction in carbon […]

Resident seeks to donate windmill collection to county

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Jared Tucker A Portales man wants to donate his life-long windmill collection to the county to be used as a tourist attraction, an idea the city turned down several years ago. Bill Dalley brought the matter to the Roosevelt County Commission on Tuesday. Dalley has been collecting windmills for 30 years. “I would like to […]

Committee eyes windmill collection

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A committee representing several community entities is looking into purchasing the massive Dalley collection of windmills to keep the eclectic local attraction together and in Portales. Bill and Alta Dalley recently contacted the Chamber of Commerce about passing the windmills on to the city for generations to enjoy long […]

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 […]

Dalley adds another windmill to collection

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By Michelle Seeber With all the wind that blows in eastern New Mexico, it is no wonder that windmills were a factor in the settling of Roosevelt County. Before the invention of the windmill, travelers went from water hole to water hole in search of water. There were no streams or rivers nearby from which […]