Outage scheduled for Cannon Air Force Base

CNJ staff A basewide power outage is scheduled for Sunday at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a news release. The outage will take place from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday. During the outage, base civil engineers will be upgrading the power substation. The upgrade is needed to support ongoing construction. The outage will […]

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.

Power outage hours changed

By 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The hours for the planned power outage on Sunday will now be from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. to allow base civil engineers the opportunity to upgrade the power substation. The original schedule called for the outage to last until 2 p.m., but the remainder of the upgrade […]

Basewide power outage scheduled

By 27th SOW public affairs A basewide power outage on is scheduled from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Power will be restored in base housing areas once the work is completed. This scheduled outage will facilitate the upgrade of a power substation needed to support ongoing construction at Cannon. Guidance for base residents: • […]

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 […]

Supreme Court deals blow to federalism

Freedom New Mexico Seven Supreme Court justices on Monday cut one of the few remaining strings tying the exercise of congressional power to its constitutional enumeration. In a 7-2 decision in United States v. Comstock, the court upheld the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, which empowers federal officials to order the […]

Press release: Portales Dream Center calling for volunteers

The Dream Center Building in Portales is taking shape with final work scheduled for Saturday, April 24. Walls and racks have been constructed and electrical work is being done this week. Volunteers are needed to finish the project. Anyone who wishes to help is invited to be at the Dream Center, 222 Main Street, in […]

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 […]

Debris from wind caused power outage

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Crews with the city and Xcel Energy worked together Friday afternoon to clear roofing material on the intersection of Second and Pile streets in Clovis. About 376 Clovis customers lost power when the roofing material knocked lines loose from transformers and opened a breaker at a city substation, Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said. CNJ […]

Monday morning briefing: Walking, biking and the power of beliefs

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing.Web site of the day Check out the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation’s site for all kinds of interesting tidbits. Example: Roosevelt County is in the top 10 percent of U.S. Communities in number of citizens who walk and bike to Work http://www.goportales.com/ Question of the […]

Tres Amigas Superstation granted power to set electricity rates

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo The superstation the Tres Amigas Project is planning to build would connect the country’s three power grids and allow for different types of power, including wind energy, to flow from one grid to another. By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico

Opponents: Project would give Tres Amigas monopoly on power market

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Courtesy illustration Tres Amigas filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in December, seeking approval to charge negotiated transmission rates. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Opponents are lining up against a proposed electric superstation in Curry County, arguing the project would give Tres Amigas a monopoly on the power market. Tres Amigas filed with […]

Power outage scheduled for Cannon

Freedom New Mexico Electricity at Cannon Air Force base will shut down from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday for repairs to the power grid, according to a base news release. Non-mission essential personnel are ordered to stand by and not report for duty until directed by their commanders, according to the release. The following […]

Cannon power to be shut down for repairs

Electricity at Cannon Air Force base will shut down from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday for repairs to the power grid, according to a base news release. Non-mission essential personnel are ordered to stand by and not report for duty until directed by their commanders, according to the release. The following services and offices […]

Outages keep workers busy

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy power crews spent Thursday working to restore power across eastern New Mexico and west Texas. “There were a few scattered outages early on, but they were really limited,” said Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry. “The power company has been right there on the spot to take […]

Muleshoe students sent home after snow, power outage

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Muleshoe school did the normal checks for inclement weather, and reasoned Thursday morning would be just rain, and not enough to cancel school. That was before the wind and snow picked up, and the power went out. Kids dropped off at the district’s four campuses soon had to be […]

Press Release: Xcel preparing for winter storm

As of this morning, Xcel Energy has mobilized all available resources in preparation for what could be a major winter storm in the Texas Panhandle and Eastern New Mexico. If we see significant icing prior to the snow, and if the storm also brings high winds, we likely will see power outages. Typical problems are […]

Failed Portales substation underwent routine mainenance

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Equipment overheated and caused an overload at the Portales south substation on West 18th Street near Southwest Canners Inc., on Saturday. Over 1,200 people were without power until 5 p.m. that day. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves says a substation blamed for a weekend […]

Portales outage leaves estimated 1,800 homes dark

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Cynthia Clark (left) and Terry Dawson read a newspaper Saturday while waiting at the Memorial Building for power to be restored at their home. An overloaded substation blew about 3 a.m. and Xcel crews have been working all day to restore electricity. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico An estimated […]

Storm causes two deaths, outages, damage

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Tara Wong hands a cup of coffee to Leslie Broussard Tuesday morning at Coffee Depot on 21st Street. Wong said cold weather and overcast skies are good for business. Weather forecasts are calling for a mix of weather today ranging from frost, to sun and snow. Freedom New Mexico Wind […]