Wind festival to feature kinetic sculpture race

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CNJ staff Clovis MainStreet is organizing the inaugural Downtown Wind Festival 4-7 p.m. April 30 in downtown Clovis. The event will be held following Cannon Air Force Base’s annual Kite Karnival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Doc Stewart Park. There will be educational booths and food vendors, with the “Pedal Art-itude […]

MainStreet to host wind festival

Freedom New Mexico Clovis MainStreet will be hosting a new Downtown Wind Festival April 30 on Main Street, according to a news release. The event will be held in conjunction with Cannon Air Force Base’s Kite Karnival, which will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Doc Stewart Park. The main event at the […]

Retired teacher enjoys helping

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Courtesy photo Martin and husband Lynn were married Nov. 15, 1948, in Clovis at First Baptist Church. Longtime Clovis resident Marian Ruth Martin remembers walking home for Eugene Field Elementary School in wind gusts that could knock her down. The 81-year-old said she remembers wondering what that wind’s purpose was. “In God’s universe, everything is […]

Winter storm blasts area

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Matt Acker of Clovis and owner of Daylight Donuts on N. Prince Street clears snow from sidewalk Tuesday morning in front of his store. Sharna Johnson Gripped by an arctic cold that hasn’t been felt in the area in as much as 20 years, Curry and Roosevelt Counties aren’t expected […]

Wind should not ruin holiday

Curtis K. Shelburne I wish the wind would let up. I don’t like it. I can deal fairly well with hot or cold, rain or shine, and just about as many varieties of weather as you care to mention. (Okay, I admit that I don’t care for swamp weather: 90-plus degrees and 90-plus humidity. Given […]

Mesalands dedicates new wind center

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Jose Gallegos, left, a second-year Mesalands wind energy student from Moriarti, speaks with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Mesalands president Phillip Barry Thursday. Russell Anglin Mesalands Community College dedicated its new North American Wind Research and Training Center with a closed ceremony Thursday morning. The ceremony included speeches from Mesalands president Phillip Barry, U.S. […]

Ticket feature: ENMU Wind Sympony hosting concert

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Courtesy photo The Eastern New Mexico Wind Symphony is holding a free concert Oct. 17. Freedom New Mexico The wind symphony of Eastern New Mexico University is hosting a free concert. The concert has been organized to illustrate the diversity of wind instrument compositions, according to a press release from ENMU. The performance will include […]

Wind energy may be costly in long run

Is wind power a viable alternative to low-cost fossil fuels? Consider this: relying on windmills to reduce greenhouse gas emissions not only is expensive and ironically harmful to the environment, it won’t accomplish its main goal. “A slew of recent studies show that wind-generated energy likely won’t result in any reduction in carbon emissions — […]

Residents express concerns over wind turbines

Jared Tucker Talk early, talk often. That was the message during Tuesday’s public meeting in Melrose to discuss the findings and recommendations of a joint land use study. The $140,000 federally funded study is geared at preventing incompatible land uses between entities, such as Curry County and Cannon Air Force Base, according to Rudy Bauer, […]

Officials: Parmer County wind farm to ‘complement’ Tres Amigas

Sharna Johnson More than half of Parmer County — 275,000 acres — will be home to wind turbines under lease agreements signed by 350 landowners, according to a wind project developer. And the project, named the Mariah Wind Project, is being coordinated to “complement” a power superstation planned in Curry County by Tres Amigas. Jim […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Parks, the zoo and Gone with the Wind

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Did you know? Portales’ eight city parks span over 270 acres combined. To see more about Portales recreation activities: http://www.portalesnm.org Question of the day 3-D movies: An upgrade in quality, or an excuse to charge extra money to filmgoers? Please join the discussion in the […]

Energy company breaks ground for wind farm

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Abundant Energy Chief Executive Officer Kurt Knapton explains how wind turbines will be built on the company’s six-acre piece of land south of Clovis after a ground breaking ceremony Wednesday. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A wind turbine company broke ground for a five-megawatt wind farm and manufacturing plant […]

Thursday morning briefing: Pops and patrols, end of the wind

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Pops The Marshall Middle School POPS concert is 7 p.m. today at Clovis High School. The concert is free and open to anyone interested in good music. Question of the day Steak, shrimp, chicken or pork. What’s the best food to cook outside on a grill […]

Thursday morning briefing: National Day of Prayer and return of the wind

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Prayer info It’s National Day of Prayer. Some things you might not know about this annual observance: • Participants are asked to focus prayer on seven “centers of power”: Government, military, media, business, education, church and family. • It was created in 1952 by a […]

Wind company expects first turbine to go up near end of June

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson The first turbine in a windfarm planned about a half mile south of the city’s landfill is expected to be erected by the end of June. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A wind turbine manufacturing facility coming to Clovis is pushing projections by about a month but is still […]

Topsoil safe from wind

By Karl Terry: Freedom columnist Along with the moisture we’ve enjoyed over the late winter and early spring it seems like we’ve been blessed with fewer windy days than normal. After this past week a newcomer to the area might shake their head and think I’m crazy for saying we’ve had fewer windy days. No […]

Dealing with spring winds a breeze

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist As I write this the wind is buffeting The Stucco Hacienda. There’s whistling around the windows, the trees out front are rocking, I see mighty clouds of dust — probably carried here from as far away as Roswell and the Pecos Valley. I can safely say the time of our […]

Thursday morning briefing: Need you, wind and rain and the history of April Fool

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. You’re needed The Curry County Wellness Council is in dire need of volunteers to help out with the April 10 Stay Teen Parent-Youth Summit at Clovis Community College. The summit features author and lecturer Dallas Jessup of “Just Yell Fire” fame. To volunteer, call 575-763-6016 or click […]

Wind advisory in effect

Freedom New Mexico A red flag warning and wind advisory is in effect from noon to 9 p.m. Of particular concern with low humidity and winds of 20 mph or higher are higher fire dangers and difficult driving conditions for high-profile vehicles, particularly Highway 209 between Clovis and Tucumcari. Motorists are advised to exercise caution […]

Children paint to imagination’s tune in ENMU, Melrose schools joint project

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Melrose Elementary School fifth graders Jaydan Beard, from left to right, Victoria Adame, and Zoe Rodriguez paint Friday during a session at the school. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Paint intertwines with the sound of a wind symphony in a collaboration between Eastern New Mexico University and Melrose Municipal […]