Company beginning water main project

CNJ staff New Mexico American Water has started a $250,000 project to replace what it calls undersized water mains at numerous locations across Clovis. Spokesman Evan Jacobs said work began Wednesday and will continue for several weeks. Jacobs also said the work could cause temporary service interruptions and some minor traffic and parking issues. The […]

Everybody’s business: Customer service can distinguish business

Attention business owners: Are we ready for the prime season of the year? Now is a good time to tune up the customer service engine. A customers’ perception of how they are treated has a dramatic effect on net profits. In this struggling economy, many businesses have cut back on employees to reduce costs, but […]

Xcel customers asked to conserve power until 8 p.m.

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Xcel energy are advising customer to turn off their air conditioning or increase the thermostat setting to 85 degrees, slowly lowering the setting after 8 p.m. to a more comfortable setting. This does not apply to customers who depend on air conditioning for health reasons. Xcel Energy officials are hopeful […]

Press release: West Texas communities asked to conserve power

Xcel Energy is asking electric customers in Sudan, Muleshoe, Farwell and Morton its Texas service territory to conserve energy after a Tuesday evening wildfire damaged a key transmission line supplying electricity those towns and the surrounding areas.

Press release: Clovis customers asked to limit water use

New Mexico American Water is renewing its call for water conservation by urging all of its Clovis customers to continue to limit their outdoor water use during the current hot spell. “We are asking customers to reduce outdoor water usage to ensure our ability to meet demand,” said Daniel Bailet, New Mexico American Water’s vice […]

City working out landfill policy kinks

Kevin Wilson The City of Clovis is still working out kinks in its week-old landfill payment policies. Effective May 1, landfill customers must pay every time they use the landfill. The old policy allowed for monthly billing. “We had a lot of overdue accounts,” Public Works Director Clint Bunch said. “We had people who pretty […]

Chaparral CC owner: Sale not pending

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The owner of the Chaparral Country Club said despite communications to his customers that may have indicated otherwise, he has not gone beyond negotiations with the City of Clovis or anybody. City officials confirmed over the weekend they were in negotiations to buy the club, which would be part […]

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 […]

Business as usual after bank shutdown

First Community Bank customers in Clovis and Portales should hardly notice things are changing after the FDIC closed the bank and ownership was transferred to U.S. Bank N.A., of Minneapolis, according to the FDIC. “It really is just business as usual under our new name,” FDIC Spokeswoman Roberta Valdez said Monday. Services will be uninterrupted […]

Xcel offering credit for lowering energy demand

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Xcel Energy is offering credit to Clovis customers in exchange for using a new tool to help lower peak demands on electric power. Customers in Roswell, Carlsbad and Artesia are also being asked to sign up for the company’s Saver’s Switch program. The voluntary program allows Xcel Energy to […]

Shoppers up early for Black Friday deals

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Amber Knox of the Portales Beall’s, wraps Christmas gifts Friday afternoon for customers. Alisa Boswell Friday marked a day of hustle and bustle for local Clovis and Portales businesses as Black Friday shoppers lined up to get discounted items and other special deals on this after Thanksgiving shopping day extravaganza. […]

Press release: Xcel again asks customers to conserve

AMARILLO — Xcel Energy is asking electric customers in its Texas and New Mexico service territory to conserve energy because of expected high electric demand and limits in generation capacity today. The utility company urges consumers to limit their power use through 7 p.m. in order to reduce the strain on the power grid. Xcel […]

Press release: Xcel asks customers curb electricity use

AMARILLO — Xcel Energy is asking electric customers in its Texas and New Mexico service territory to conserve energy because of expected high electric demand and limits in generation capacity today. The utility company urges consumers to limit their power use through 7 p.m. in order to reduce the strain on the power grid. Xcel […]

Lawsuit calls for MVD to offer voter registration forms

Kevin Wilson A non-profit group is hoping its efforts will drive more people to the voting booth this November and in elections beyond that. The New Mexico Department of Motor Vehicles recently entered a settlement with Project Vote, bringing the state department in compliance with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. The act requires […]

Clovis summer water use down

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Drivers navigate Grand Avenue where rains Tuesday covered one of the street’s two lanes. A New Mexico American Water official said the abundance of recent rains have helped keep water demand down. On Tuesday, 1.42 inches of rain fell in Clovis, according to the National Weather Service. Liliana Castillo Water […]

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.

Storm knocks out power for about 3,500 residents

CNJ staff About 3,500 Clovis customers went without power for roughly two hours after a storm-related outage. Wes Reeves, a spokesman for Xcel Energy, said a transmission line failed at approximately 6:08 p.m. The failure knocked out power for 3,587 customers, and was fixed at 7:55 p.m. “It’s a pretty large outage,” Reeves said. Another […]

Tres Amigas officials: Company negotiating purchase agreements

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Frank Barber updates progress Thursday of the proposed Tres Amigas elecrtic power superstation to be built near Clovis. Barber and other Tres Amigas officials say the power station would bring almost 14,000 jobs and $2.6 billion to the region. CNJ staff While conducting environmental studies, Tres Amigas is also beginning […]

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 […]

Businesses, customers object to Texas Avenue median

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A motorist correctly moves to the left of a new median on North Prince Street Tuesday evening only to be blocked head-on by a northbound vehicle that has incorrectly entered the lane. The motorist eventually wove through oncoming traffic to enter the parking lot of Chili’s Grill and Bar. By […]