Governor orders offices closed

CNJ staff Citing critical supplies for natural gas and power services caused by inclement weather, Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered non-critical state operations to close Friday to decrease the drain on energy supplies throughout New Mexico. “Due to statewide natural gas shortages, I have ordered all government agencies that do not provide essential services to […]

Temperatures to rise above freezing

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A goose and some ducks walk across the frozen lake Thursday at Greene Acres Park. Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said while it may be safe for ducks, the lake is not safe enough for people or pets to walk or play on and he cautions everyone to stay off. […]

Press release: Xcel Energy asks for power conservation

Xcel Energy ROSWELL, N.M. – Xcel Energy is asking electric customers in eastern New Mexico to conserve energy because of expected high demand on the area’s electric distribution system. The utility company urges customers in eastern New Mexico to limit their power use for the next 24 hours in order to reduce the strain on […]

No rolling outages for Xcel customers

Xcel customers will not be included in rotating power outages throughout the “Texas Grid,” according to a press release. Power users connected to the Texas Grid, or Electric Reliability Council of Texas, are expected to experience rotating outages due to lack of electricity generation, a press release from Xcel Energy said. However, Xcel customers are […]

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 […]

Now GOP’s chance to rein in spending

Freedom New Mexico A s a new Congress reflecting the will of the voters as of November finally assumes office, with Republicans holding a majority in the House and more effective power in the Senate, we can expect symbolic gestures and a few substantive moves in the direction of less-intrusive government. Whether legislators will move […]

Official: Wind damage, power imbalance to blame for Portales outages

Argen Duncan Power outages hit the same portion of Portales for several hours two mornings in a row this week. “We are aware of the problem, and we are working on a long-term solution so we avoid this particular problem,” said Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves. “And we do appreciate the patience of our customers […]

ENMU board wants more info on solar project

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University regents tabled a solar energy agreement at their emergency meeting Friday in order to find a third party to evaluate the business sense of the agreement. ENMU President Steven Gamble said he and Vice President of Business Affairs Scott Smart would start work to find […]

Organizations enlisting parents to prevent underage drinking

CNJ staff County and state organizations are hoping they can increase the power of parents when it comes to preventing underage drinking. The Power of Parents seminar, scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library, will cover the influence parents have on their children’s choices. It […]

Idaho firm awarded Tres Amigas engineering contract

CNJ staff POWER Engineers, of Hailey, Idaho, has been awarded an engineering contract for Tres Amigas, a planned Curry County energy hub. POWER will provide support for the project, design services and manage the engineering activities for the Tres Amigas Superstation, according to a press release. According to the release, “Tres Amigas, LLC selected POWER […]

Health care regulations going too far

Freedom New Mexico Within moments of President Barack Obama signing the landmark health care bill in March, lawsuits were filed, in Florida, Virginia and elsewhere. They challenged its constitutionality on the grounds that the U.S. Constitution does not give the central government the power to require every U.S. resident, as a condition of living in […]

Thursday morning briefing: Measuring power, a music fest and breaking the sound barrier

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Power measured Clovis-Carver Public Library has portable power meters that allow you to determine energy consumption and the costs of using individual appliances and electronic devices. Xcel is providing the power meters as part of the Power Check program. The meters come with instructions […]

Library participating in power monitoring program

CNJ staff reports The Clovis-Carver Public Library is one of five New Mexico libraries taking part in a power meter loan program, according to a release from Xcel Energy. The company’s Power Check program gives libraries portable power meters, which patrons can check out and use to determine energy consumption and cost of using individual […]

Base power outage scheduled

By 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs A planned power outage is scheduled from 5 a.m. until after 1 p.m. Saturday to upgrade the base power substation. The outage will impact buildings and housing across Cannon as the upgrade is needed to support ongoing construction. The following are important guidelines for base personnel and visitors […]

Wind energy may be costly in long run

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 emissions — […]

Press release: CH2M Hill selected to manage Tres Amigas construction services

DENVER, CO and SANTA FE, NM–(Marketwire – August 10, 2010) – Tres Amigas, LLC, a merchant transmission company, and CH2M HILL, a global full-service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm, today announced that CH2M HILL has received a contract to provide program management services for building the Tres Amigas SuperStation in Clovis, New Mexico. Once […]

Handmade toy labor of love

Clyde Davis The story begins with an emailed photo, received sometime in April, when my grandson, who lives in Florida, was on a class field trip to Washington, DC. As his mother was one of the parent chaperones, she sent me a picture of something which Jason had seen in one of the stores on […]

Xcel asking for energy conservation

CNJ staff Xcel Energy is asking New Mexico and Texas electricity customers to conserve energy this week, especially today. Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said a unit at a power plant went off line for unplanned maintenance and is expected to be running again today, maybe later in the day. He said the request was precautionary […]

Portales officials concerned water utility’s authority

Jared Tucker Two Portales city councilors are concerned about how much power the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority will have and why there’s only one elected official representing the city. The authority meets 10 a.m. Thursday in Texico. Councilor Mike Miller said Tuesday he thinks the utility will take important decisions about water issues […]

$9,000 stolen from Subway in overnight break-in

CNJ staff Clovis police said the Subway restaurant at Prince Street and Mabry Drive was burglarized. Police Chief Steve Sanders said employees found a front window broken when they arrived at work early Thursday. He said the burglary was reported at 6:40 a.m. Subway Manager Stephanie Martinez said she came to work at 6:35 a.m. […]