In search of ponies: Animals have own ways of dealing with wind

Since the dawn of man, spring has been celebrated, often because it’s a pleasant exit from winter and also because it is the season that represents life’s potential. In between the intermittent cold and warm spells, green shoots sprout from little dried up bits of plants that nature seemed to have discarded in the cold […]

Wind facts

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks A wind vane turns Friday in a gust outside a home on Norris and 21st Streets. Tonjia Rolan “Can you feel the rhythm of the wind in human memory? It is a music in the sky and in men’s souls.” Guy Murchie, “Song of the Sky”

Count on God’s promise of joy

Curtis Shelburne I began writing this particular column a week ago. The wind had been howling all day long. Someone has said that nothing in nature is more beautiful than gently falling snow and the pristine glittering blanket it creates. I agree. But if that’s on one end of beauty’s scale, a wind-begotten brown dust-storm […]

Official: Upcoming projects may eliminate energy farm stumbling blocks

Thomas Garcia The chairman of a local renewable energy landowner association said projects are under way that would eliminate the stumbling block for wind energy farms in eastern New Mexico — transferring the electricity to national markets. Representatives for these projects spoke at the third annual Coalition of Renewable Energy Landowner Associations meeting Saturday in […]

Wind turns to snow as NM prepares for winter blast

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Wind has turned to snow in New Mexico, as wintery weather shut parts of Interstate 40 for a few hours and caused dangerous driving conditions through Raton Pass. Forecasters expected the worst of the storm to hit western and central New Mexico Friday night into Saturday. Meanwhile, strong winds shut […]

A Tale of Wind and Sausage, War and Beauty

Curtis Shelburne The wind showed up early last Sunday. The country around here doesn’t need even close to that much of a head-start to be flying by in dingy brown grit-clouds and switching counties by noon. The afternoon would be a brown mess, best ridden out inside with doors and windows sealed, a comforter pulled […]

Wind damages area property

Robin Fornoff The National Weather Service says it was just a really strong wind. But that won’t convince Leland Pool what hit his place in Roosevelt County was anything but a tornado. Pool said the storm around 8 p.m. Friday lasted about three minutes. In that time it tore the roof off a neighbor’s barn, […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Photo exhibit, a new splash pad and a candle in the wind

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing: Photo exhibit Runnels Gallery in Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales is hosting a solo exhibition, “Our Fill of Elsewhere,” of the photography of Sherwin Rivera Tibayan. It started Sunday and continues through Oct. 1 during normal library hours. Call 575-562-2624 for hours. […]

Honors —

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Hughes [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Dustin Hughes of Clovis is one of 21 students to obtain and associate of applied science degree in wind energy technology from Mesalands Community College. Hughes graduated magna cum laude.

South Clovis residents lose power temporarily

CNJ staff About 2,000 Xcel Energy customers in South Clovis lost power for more than three hours after winds knocked down utility poles on Brady Avenue between Prince and South Main streets late Sunday, officials said. Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said about 14 customers were still without power as of morning, but their power […]

We should take care before we pray for rain

We drove home from Colorado last Sunday. Colorado was cool and we enjoyed the wonderful sensation of rain. As we came back through New Mexico around Raton, and then Springer, we noticed the dry brown grass that was on usual years green for pasture. When we headed toward the Caprock, we could see the smoke […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Green goes green, Elida football and the Stars and Stripes

Good morning and welcome to the Tuesday’s Freedom New Mexico briefing. Green goes green Verti-I-Go Wind/Abundant Energy’s initial turbine is under construction at their site at the southeast corner of the intersection of Curry County Road 8 and County Road I. The ground level structure that houses the gear box, generator, and other mechanical parts […]

Wind festival set for Saturday

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The following trophies for the Downtown Wind Festival’s Pedal ARTitude Rally are on display at the Clovis MainStreet office. MainStreet Executive Director Robyne Baubien said the aim was to make the trophies tacky, “and I think we’ve excelled.” Kevin Wilson The joke goes, John Muir said, that wind helped establish […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A windy festival and the end of polio

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Wind festival Don’t forget the first Downtown Wind Festival in Clovis this week.It’s from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring a Pedal ARTitude Rally, which is a kinetic sculpture event. Basically take a bike and decorate it, wear a costume, carry a sock puppetand […]

Wildfires force evacuations

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Travis Reynoles of the Texico Fire Department puts his gear on Saturday night at the Milnesand Fire Department as he prepares to be called out to a grass fire which started 15 miles north of Tatum. The fire was estimated to have burned 500 acres. Freedom New Mexico Wind-whipped wildfires […]

Volunteers, entries still being sought for wind festival

CNJ staff Volunteers and entries are still being sought for the April 30 Downtown Wind Festival and its featured Pedal ARTitude Rally. According to a release from Clovis MainStreet, rally vehicles can be as simple as a decorated bike but can consist of as many as four connected bicycles. Sample vehicles and festival information is […]

High wind, low humidity equals fire danger

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Dry winds and low humidity on the first full day of spring means an extreme fire danger in New Mexico. The National Weather Service has issued high wind warnings across the entire state Monday. Forecasters predict gusts of nearly 60 mph with blowing dust after noon. The wind advisory remains […]

High wind warning through Friday

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a Red Flag warning, which is in effect from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Sustained 20 foot winds of 20 mph or higher with gusts exceeding 35 mph are expected. The strongest winds are expected along I-40 from Clines Corners to Santa Rosa. Critical fire weather […]

Press release: The National Weather Service issues wind advisory

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a wind advisory which is in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MST) today. This includes Curry and Roosevelt Counties. West Winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Wind speeds will increase by mid morning. The strongest winds are expected during the […]

Interest in wind power picking up

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks James Kratzer of Portales, lead meteorologist at Cannon Air Force Base, said the region faces 50 mph or higher winds an average of 15 times per year. Alisa Boswell Wind and its power is old stuff to eastern New Mexico residents. But there is a new push to harness that […]