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 […]

July 16 —

Q: We live in Portales. Why can’t we use off-base medical care facilities? A: Thank you for the question and giving us an opportunity to explain the TRICARE Prime benefit. The Military Treatment Facility enrollment area and TRICARE guidance state that individuals within 30 minutes from the MTF are to be assigned to the local […]

July 1 Commander's Action Line

Q: Why can’t the pool remain open for a longer period of time with more lap swim hours? Why can’t children wear swim diapers in the pool? Are there any plans for swim lessons to be taught? A: Thank you for your comments. We appreciate and share your concern about the hours of operation of […]

Officials at odds on necessity of expanding sewer line

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo All of the sewer lines in Clovis flow to the Waste Water Treatment Plant southeast of Clovis. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis has its own version of the chicken or the egg dilemma. Is Clovis’ west side not expanding because of limited sewer capacity or is there limited […]

State Line Tribune gets new editor

Will Anderson has been named editor of the State Line Tribune, effective Sept. 1. The Tribune is a weekly paper with a circulation of 1,350 in Parmer County, serving Farwell, Bovina, Lazbuddie and Texico. Anderson is a Farwell native who served 26 years in the Navy, recently returning to Farwell upon his retirement, according to […]

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 […]

Crossing finish line no easy feat

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist The rumors of my death are, on further review, greatly exaggerated. Perhaps it was my fault that people believed I had died, as I wrote a death notice for myself to start last week’s column. Even though it was on the Opinion page, and my date of death was three […]

Hounds looking for line help

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico University is hoping to sign 15 to 20 prospects today, the first day players can sign a letter of intent to play college football. Among them will be Portales’ running back Jesus Davalos, who looked at the University of New Mexico briefly before making the hometown […]

State police close I-40

Freedom New Mexico Road closures and tough driving conditions from a fierce winter storm Thursday were taking a toll on Tucumcari hotels. Hotels were 50 percent full as of 2 p.m., according to Tucumcari Fire Chief Mike Cherry. Cherry also said no emergency shelters have been set up yet. “We are not seeing that much […]

Director: Roosevelt County chamber to aid Tres Amigas project

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation Director Greg Fisher said Friday he and others in the county would work with the New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority to support new connections to the expected Tres Amigas National Electrical Grid Superstation near Clovis. Fisher also plans to support the proposed Santa Fe transmission line […]

Melrose water temporarily shut off

CNJ staff Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle said the city water system will temporarily be shut down as a crew works on line problems. Pyle said around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, there was a call of a water break at the corner of Missouri and Third streets. In the process of repairing the line, Pyle said, another […]

Letters to the editor: Hatcher out of line with Taser shot

Hatcher out of line with Taser shot Kudos on Wednesday’s July 8 editorial regarding Roger Hatcher’s despicable actions (“Tucumcari chief too quick to act with stun gun”). You hit the nail on the head. There are so many things wrong with this incident, it’s hard to know where to begin. First, it’s a sad day […]

Commander’s Action Line

• Is there any possibility of building a dog park on base?Thank you for your suggestion. We will add this idea to our recreation area construct, where the on-base housing is currently being demolished. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to do this for about six to nine months until the housing demolition is completed and […]

June 12 Commander's Action Line

Can we extend the hours of the fitness center to 24 hours a day? Thank you for your interest and comments about the Cannon Fitness Center’s hours of operation. Currently, we are maximizing AF Fitness Standards by providing 112 hours of operation per week to meet Air Commando fitness needs. Current fitness center hours of […]

County responds to handicap needs at fairgrounds

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Joe Wilson of Clovis said he refused to let his wheelchair stop him from attending the Curry County Fair with his grandchildren this year. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer This year, nothing will make Joe Wilson happier than to join a brigade of handicap residents with walkers, canes and […]

City administrators: Stimulus paperwork complicate process

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Freedom New Mexico: Eric Butler By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico City and county administrations know all about needing a little extra dough. So, sure, when the federal government invited proposals for ways to spend stimulus money, grant writers in eastern New Mexico scrambled to get in line. But while the creation of the American […]

April 17 Commander's Action Line

Can base theaters have an age restriction R-rated for movies, even if children have parental approval? Thank you for your comment and concern. According to the Cannon AAFES manager

Xcel Energy outage update

As of 1 p.m. CDT we have about 100 customers without power in Texas, with 94 of those being in the Gruver area. We have about 170 customers without power in New Mexico, with about 150 of those being in the Portales area. Again, our emergency line is 1-800-895-1999.

March 20 Commander's Action Line

What is the base policy for reserved parking? It doesn’t seem like the base has a standardized method of assigning parking spaces. Thank you for your question. This is very timely because the 27th Special Operations Mission Support Group commander signed a revised base parking plan in February, 2009. This plan standardizes the allowable reserved […]

Clovis, Portales in line for stimulus funds for wastewater treatment projects

By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis and Portales are getting in line for their share of almost $40 million in stimulus money about to be distributed in New Mexico. New Mexico is set to receive the federal stimulus money to improve water quality, drinking water infrastructure and sewage treatment systems. Municipalities have until Monday […]