Portales windmills to be moved throughout year

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File photo Bill and Alta Dalley said they are excited about their windmill collection being moved to the Portales fairgrounds, but they will miss people stopping by for pictures of the collection. Moving the windmills is going to surpass the originally quoted $10,000, but the project was budgeted for $25,000, according to County Manager Charlene […]

Donated windmills to become park at Roosevelt County Fairgrounds

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Bill Dalley, left, reminisces with his wife, Alta, about the construction of their family’s first windmill which dates back to 1909. Dalley has been collecting old windmills for the last 30 years and is now donating his collection to the county. He said he and his wife will keep the […]

Our people: Windmill man

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Courtesy photo Portales resident Bill Dalley enjoyed his near 25 years as a school counselor. 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 […]

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 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 — […]

Tres Amigas founder asks for support in building electric superstation

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Courtesy illustration The Tres Amigas station would connect the country’s three primary electric grids. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico With giant modern windmills visible on the horizon, during a day with ample sunshine, Grady was a site most apropos for presentations on renewable energy. At the second annual meeting of the Frio Ridge Energy […]

Committee eyes Portales windmill collection

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Bill Dalley owns more than 80 windmills and enjoys collecting them. A committee of people from the community is interested in puchasing the windmills to be placed around Portales or grouping them all together for the community to enjoy. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico A committee representing several community […]

Machinist preserves icon

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De Baca County News photo: Scot Stinnett Derrill Mitchell has parts ready for a new windmill to be erected near Las Vegas, N.M. The project was delayed by 12 inches of snow in the area. By Shaminder Dulai: The Associated Press FORT SUMNER — It’s hard to imagine the American frontier without a windmill poking […]

Blowing in the wind

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent West Texas might be right on the heels of eastern New Mexico in expanding its economic base with wind farms and biodiesel plants. Energy companies have expressed interest in building wind farms in Parmer and Bailey counties, according to local economic development officials. Bailey County has also been named as […]

Day trips: Get blown away by windmill museum in Lubbock

Compiled by William P. Thompson: Freedom Newspapers The “most comprehensive collection of historic windmills in the world” awaits visitors at the American Wind Power Center in Lubbock, according to the center’s Web site. Coy Harris, the center’s executive director, said 92 windmills dating back to the 1870’s are housed inside a large building on the […]