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 […]