Power outage caused by blown fuse

Freedom New Mexico An afternoon power outage that affected more than 2,000 customers was the result of a blown fuse, according to Xcel officials. Xcel Spokesman Wes Reeves said a fuse blew around 3:15 p.m. at a Clovis substation, taking out power to 2,145 central Clovis customers. The fuse was replaced and power restored 33 […]

Power loss attributed to storms

CNJ staff A broken power pole caused approximately 1,200 Clovis residents to lose power briefly early Monday morning, according to Xcel Energy. Spokesman Wes Reeves said the outage occurred from 12:35 a.m. to 1:45 a.m. due to a broken pole in the northern area of Clovis. Reeves said it was likely the product of storm […]

Power outages possible this summer

By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer There is a “distinct possibility” eastern New Mexico and West Texas will have controlled power outages this summer if above-average temperatures continue, Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said. Reeves said if Xcel is unable to meet demands this summer, the company could shut down power to randomly selected 50 […]

Train, truck accident causes power outage, reroutes traffic on U.S. 70

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Xcel energy crews work to repair a downed power pole following an accident involving a train and semi that caused power outages in Portales By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A collision between a Southwestern Railroad train and a tractor-trailer Thursday morning forced the closure of U.S. Highway 70 and created power outages across Portales. […]

Agency looking into small wind energy projects

By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff writer Large wind farms that supply electricity to major power grids are still a long way from coming to the immediate Clovis area, according to Eastern Plains Council of Government Executive Director Lee Tillman. However, he said the wind in eastern New Mexico could be used by individual companies as […]

Power restored, courthouse temporarily emptied

Freedom New Mexico Power was out for 36 minutes across Portales on Friday morning, the outage caused by a piece of equipment that regulates voltage, an Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said. The power was out from 9:10 to 9:46 a.m. The power outage is believed to have triggered the temporary closing of the Roosevelt […]

Power returns to Portales

Power was out for 36 minutes across Portales on Friday morning.

Churches ready for communitywide service

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CNJ photo: Tony Bullocks The Rev. Margot Thompson from Trinity United Methodist Church is one of seven area pastors chosen to speak about the last seven statements of Jesus on the cross at tonight’s Good Friday community service. By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico Area pastors will join together tonight to take listeners on a […]

Cannon considered location for nuclear reactor

Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base could be the future home of a nuclear reactor, according to a story published today by InsideDefense, an Internet news service covering defense and the aerospace industry. The InsideDefense copyrighted story quoted Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne as telling reporters after a Wednesday Senate hearing, “The […]

Cannon mentioned as possible nuclear reactor site

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Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base was mentioned as a possible site for a nuclear reactor in Air Force discussions about alternative energy. Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer The secretary of the Air Force says Cannon Air Force Base could be the future home of a nuclear reactor, but other Air Force officials cautioned […]

Florida power outages affect up to 3 million people statewide

The Associated Press MIAMI — A problem with Florida’s electrical grid caused a nuclear plant to automatically shut down Tuesday and intermittently cut power to up to 3 million people from Daytona Beach through the Florida Keys. Authorities said there were no safety concerns at the nuclear plant. While many areas were hit hard, the […]

Hostility will do nothing to change U.S. fortunes

Freedom New Mexico He talked about wanting to do what was best for the party and for the country and at some level he was no doubt quite sincere. But last week, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney acted like the businessman he was while amassing the fortune that made it possible for him to play […]

“Air Force Roadmap” under review

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman today reviewed the mission impact of a new Air Force “Roadmap” that indicates the types of missions and aircraft that could be deployed at Air Force bases in New Mexico. The release of the Air Force Roadmap shows future potential impacts at Kirtland, Holloman and Cannon […]

Monumental decision places coal off limits

By Freedom New Mexico Then-president Bill Clinton’s surprise creation of the 2-million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in September 1996 may seem like ancient history to many Americans, if they recall it all. But the decision, made in secret, implemented by executive order and timed by Clinton to solidify the support of environmental groups in the […]

’89 Ford just part of lifelong journey

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Mom called to tell me recently that Dad found an old set of my car keys. Judging by her description, they didn’t sound familiar. She handed them to me a few days later, though, and memories reawakened. “Here!” Mom handed me a set of rusty keys held on to a […]

U.S. should halt Pakistan aid until order returns

By Freedom New Mexico Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has declared a state of emergency, tantamount to martial law, which suspends the constitution, suspends the right to assemble in public, the right to free speech, the right of free movement, and the right of detainees to be informed of their offense and be given access […]

Modest foreign policy only way to develop allies

By Freedom New Mexico Most of the reputed authorities reached by reporters gave longtime George W. Bush ally Karen Hughes mixed reviews when she announced she would be leaving her post as undersecretary of State for public diplomacy. The person in that position is supposed to help the rest of the world to like us, […]

Plans for civilian surveillance preceded 9/11

By Freedom New Mexico The program of electronic surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency that President Bush instituted in secret right after the 9/11 attacks has been controversial enough. Given that it appears to have circumvented the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which set up a special court to approve warrants for surveillance […]

Commission to vote on wind energy

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis is considering building three wind towers to help offset the cost of electricity. The City Commission is expected to vote today on whether to direct its Water Policy Advisory Board to investigate the feasibility of placing three $1.5 million wind towers in the city. Mayor […]

Major expansion needed to carry out energy bill

By Freedom Newspapers We oppose most of what’s in the energy bills awaiting Congress’ return from recess because they favor mandates over markets, pie in the sky over practicality and are largely disconnected from reality. It turns out they’re disconnected in a literal sense, too. In a case of putting the renewable energy bandwagon before […]