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.

Muleshoe fire burns more than 3,000 acres

CNJ staff A grass fire that closed U.S. 84 between Sudan and Muleshoe Tuesday night took West Texas fire departments about three hours to extinguish. Muleshoe volunteer firefighter Wayne Wallace said the fire was out by around 11:30 p.m. (CST). Bailey County Judge Sherri Harrison said the fire rekindled from earlier in the day, burning […]

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.

Anti-fossil fuels policy detrimental

The latest economic data shows the six fastest-growing jobs in the U.S. are tied to oil and gas production. By contrast, the development of solar and wind energy has produced a fraction of the number of petroleum jobs, despite government mandates and other incentives for renewable energy. Oil-shale drilling in North Dakota and Montana is […]

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 […]

Business digest —

Xcel granting money to nonprofit groups The Xcel Energy Foundation is granting $211,000 to 29 nonprofit groups in Texas and New Mexico, according to a release from Xcel Energy. The grants are being made through the Education and Environment focus areas of the Xcel Energy Foundation, which awards funding to nonprofit groups working in towns […]

Press release: Udall discusses renewable energy standard legislation, federal budget

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall talked with radio reporters today about his plans to introduce Renewable Energy Standard legislation that would require utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from wind, solar and other renewable energy sources by 2025. He also discussed the federal budget debate as the threat of a government shutdown […]

Report: Stalled projects costing jobs, revenue

Staff and wire reports A canceled Clovis ethanol plant is among five stalled New Mexico energy projects cited as costing the state jobs and revenue in a national report released Thursday. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says a handful of stalled energy projects are costing New Mexico billions of dollars of investment and thousands of […]

Xcel Energy seeking rate increase

Thomas Garcia Xcel Energy is seeking a 6.9 percent increase in New Mexico electricity rates. Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said the proposed increase was filed Monday at the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission meeting in Santa Fe. He said the increase is needed to pay for new infrastructure that will improve reliability. Riley Hill, president […]

Biogas company takes another step forward

Kevin Wilson PolyGen Energy, LLC, a New Jersey-based biogas energy corporation, took another step Thursday to build a $22 million facility south of Clovis. White Hat Energy had been working with the city and the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation since 2006. “That hit right when the economy went south,” CIDC Executive Director Chase Gentry said. […]