Wildfire prompts power outage in Tucumcari

Electrical power was restored in Tucumcari on Sunday after an almost six-hour outage apparently caused by a wildfire near Forest that took out a major power line. The city lost power just before 9 a.m. and began experiencing restoration shortly after 2:30 p.m. Xcel Energy Media Relations Director Wes Reeves said construction crews are still […]

Extreme cold causes power outage, delays Clovis schools

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank An Xcel Energy crew works on power lines in Portales Tuesday. An Xcel spokesman said the company has a short-term solution to power failures in the city and is developing a plan to address the issue long term. Sharna Johnson Extreme cold and overloaded circuits are being blamed for power […]

Outage scheduled for Cannon Air Force Base

CNJ staff 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 will […]

Power restored in Clovis

Freedom New Mexico About 2,200 Xcel Energy customers in Clovis lost power just before 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said. Power was restored around 11:30 p.m. Reeves said the customers are in central and west Clovis.

Outage leaves 1,141 without power

CNJ staff High winds caused another power outage Friday afternoon, 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 Street between Fourteenth […]

Muleshoe students sent home after snow, power outage

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Muleshoe school did the normal checks for inclement weather, and reasoned Thursday morning would be just rain, and not enough to cancel school. That was before the wind and snow picked up, and the power went out. Kids dropped off at the district’s four campuses soon had to be […]

Failed Portales substation underwent routine mainenance

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Equipment overheated and caused an overload at the Portales south substation on West 18th Street near Southwest Canners Inc., on Saturday. Over 1,200 people were without power until 5 p.m. that day. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves says a substation blamed for a weekend […]

Portales outage leaves estimated 1,800 homes dark

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Cynthia Clark (left) and Terry Dawson read a newspaper Saturday while waiting at the Memorial Building for power to be restored at their home. An overloaded substation blew about 3 a.m. and Xcel crews have been working all day to restore electricity. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico An estimated […]

Bird causes morning power outage

At 6:41 a.m. Saturday, a bird flew into a north Clovis substation, causing damage to the equipment and shutting down power for north Clovis neighborhoods for an hour and 36 minutes, according to Xcel Spokesman Wes Reeves. Reeves said the outage lasted longer than usual when the equipment needed repairs. About 2,400 Xcel customers were […]

Xcel Energy outage update

As of 1 p.m. CDT we have about 100 customers without power in Texas, with 94 of those being in the Gruver area. We have about 170 customers without power in New Mexico, with about 150 of those being in the Portales area. Again, our emergency line is 1-800-895-1999.

Power outage caused by blown fuse

Freedom New Mexico An afternoon power outage that affected more than 2,000 customers was the result of a blown fuse, according to Xcel officials. Xcel Spokesman Wes Reeves said a fuse blew around 3:15 p.m. at a Clovis substation, taking out power to 2,145 central Clovis customers. The fuse was replaced and power restored 33 […]

Power loss attributed to storms

CNJ staff A broken power pole caused approximately 1,200 Clovis residents to lose power briefly early Monday morning, according to Xcel Energy. Spokesman Wes Reeves said the outage occurred from 12:35 a.m. to 1:45 a.m. due to a broken pole in the northern area of Clovis. Reeves said it was likely the product of storm […]

Power restored, courthouse temporarily emptied

Freedom New Mexico Power was out for 36 minutes across Portales on Friday morning, the outage caused by a piece of equipment that regulates voltage, an Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said. The power was out from 9:10 to 9:46 a.m. The power outage is believed to have triggered the temporary closing of the Roosevelt […]

Heavy winds cause isolated power outages

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Several funnel clouds were reported in the Clovis area, according to the National Weather Service. (Courtesy photo: Carolyn Spence) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Clovis residents who took cover Friday evening when they heard the tornado warning sirens did the right thing. What they could not have known, was that the warning sirens were […]

School evacuated after power outage

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Gattis Junior High School students await permission to return to their classrooms Monday after being evacuated for a fire alarm. CNJ staff photo: Loretta Kos. By Darrell Todd Maurina Leftover damage from an earlier lightning strike knocked out power to more than a thousand students and staff at two schools Monday morning, and also shut […]

Power outages reported

By Darrell Todd Maurina Electricity went out Thursday at two Clovis locations and one in Muleshoe, cutting power to an unknown number of customers. Xcel Energy spokesman Bill Crenshaw said Thursday evening utility repair crews hadn’t determined the cause of the outages. Crenshaw said the Clovis outages began about 6 p.m. and an outage at […]

Melrose loses power in brief outage

By Darrell Todd Maurina The city of Melrose lost electric power for about an hour Wednesday night, knocking out the lights at most homes and businesses in the city of 800. Police Administrator C.C. Pyle said a few buildings retained power due to generators, but most went dark. “It went off at 7:45 and came […]