Storm hits area

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers – Heavy rain, hail and high winds creates havoc on area yards, farms. The night skies across New Mexico were alight with red, white and blue on the Fourth of July, but the fireworks were about the only illumination for Tucumcari residents. More than 4,500 homes and businesses lost power […]

Major wind center may come to Mesalands

By Tova Fruchtman: Quay County Sun There has been a whirlwind of activity at Mesalands Community College recently. The stir is about a proposed project called the Mesalands Wind Center. The plans for the wind center are to create a hands-on learning facility to train students and workers from Quay County and around the country […]

Senator visits area

TV Hagenah New Mexico U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman Monday came to Quay County and kept busy going from one spot to another mostly in Tucumcari but also headed just south of San Jon to check out the progress of the county’s newest wind farm. The trip to the Quay County, site of the new wind […]

The night the lights went out in…

TV Hagenah Usually when I use the word “blackout,” people think I am referring to my misspent youth (or not so youth, but definitely, misspent), but surprisingly enough I am usually referring to a power failure. I often get a similar reaction to the phrase, “I’m in the dark.” Actually in that case, people generally […]

Tucumcari loses power

William Thompson Strong, gusty winds caused a major power outage Wednesday evening from around 5:30 p.m. until 9: 30 p.m. The power went out for most of the eastern half of Tucumcari east of First Street and north to Main Street. Tucumcari’s Fire Chief, Mike Cherry, said the winds reached speeds in excess of 50 […]

Baseball set to begin

William Thompson A sure sign that Spring is just around the corner is when baseball players begin swinging bats and fielding grounders. The Tucumcari Rattler baseball team has begun workouts in preparation for the upcoming season which begins March 16. Coach Mike Russell heads into the season with optimism. “We were 14-8 last year, “ […]

Writing campaign started to save “Wind Ranch”

TV Hagenah A group of prominent area residents have banned together to take on Washington and that confrontation has come in the form of a letter writing campaign about the Caprock Wind Ranch located near San Jon. Tucumcari attorney Warren Frost said Quay County is in danger of losing the Cielo wind power development because […]

Wind-generated power available for purchase

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By Angela Peacock During a wind ranch dedication ceremony Wednesday at the Tiban Mesa near house Public Service Company of New Mexico officially announced its ability to power 94,000 homes using wind-generated electricity. “I can honestly say there are few things in life that are truly gorgeous but this is one of them,” said PNM […]

Quay County to house second wind farm

By Angela Peacock Taking advantage of New Mexico’s most abundant natural resource — the wind — Caprock Wind, LP, announced its plans Tuesday to install up to 80 wind-driven turbine generators near Tucumcari. The wind-power project, which is located on the caprock south an west San Jon about 20 miles southeast of Tucumcari, is the […]