Power outage strikes northern NM

A massive power outage in northern New Mexico is affecting as many as 30,000 customers of Jemez Mountain Electric Co-op. Andrew Chavez of the utility says a feeder line is down and crews were dispatched at ... Full Story
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TOMFROMBURQUE

Saint Louis, MO

#1 Dec 9, 2008
Burrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr I bet alot of people are gonna spend their day cold, til the power is back on.

“The Travelling Grandpa!”

Since: Aug 08

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#2 Dec 9, 2008
TOMFROMBURQUE wrote:
Burrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr I bet alot of people are gonna spend their day cold, til the power is back on.
Not likely, most there don't use electricity for heat, or cooking.
trish

Los Alamos, NM

#3 Dec 9, 2008
Power was out from 7:20 am until 2:00 pm at my home. Not fun. And to top it off, Espanola schools were not delayed/closed even with 5 inches of snow, and no plowed roads. Students got to school only to be told to find a ride home or reload buses because no electricity. Way to go Supt. Cockerham - Espanola Municipal Schools. Get up, go outside and look around next time there's a storm.
La bomba

Bremerton, WA

#4 Dec 9, 2008
Schools were not closed but students were told to get a ride home or reload the buses....? Were the schools closed or not?
Timetogo

Albuquerque, NM

#5 Dec 9, 2008
May God help us if it ever does get really bad here, in New Mexico.

Since: Dec 08

Lincoln, NE

#6 Dec 9, 2008
I risked my life driving to school only to be told to go back because there was no heat or electricity. The roads were really icy and dangerous. I do not understand why the person in charge of delays and closures would risk the lives of students in the Espanola Schools.
trish

Los Alamos, NM

#7 Dec 9, 2008
Schools were not closed but students were told to get a ride home or reload the buses....? Were the schools closed or not?

Open. The Supt. didn't announce a delay or closing, so the buses picked up the students, only to get them to the schools, then, once students arrived,schools were closed. So then they had to be picked up or bussed directly back due to no electricity. And the roads were an icy mess. Some kids are bussed from as far away as 20 miles, this is ridiculous.
Whats Snow

Tucson, AZ

#8 Dec 9, 2008
stark129 wrote:
I risked my life driving to school only to be told to go back because there was no heat or electricity. The roads were really icy and dangerous. I do not understand why the person in charge of delays and closures would risk the lives of students in the Espanola Schools.
Well can't the adults taking these children to school, make their own judgements? I mean, make an adult choice.
lll

United States

#9 Dec 9, 2008
trish wrote:
Schools were not closed but students were told to get a ride home or reload the buses....? Were the schools closed or not?
Open. The Supt. didn't announce a delay or closing, so the buses picked up the students, only to get them to the schools, then, once students arrived,schools were closed. So then they had to be picked up or bussed directly back due to no electricity. And the roads were an icy mess. Some kids are bussed from as far away as 20 miles, this is ridiculous.
Well how do you like Government run schools now?
Chimayoso

Meadville, PA

#10 Dec 9, 2008
When I got up at 5:30 am there was maybe an inch of snow at my house, looked to be no big deal. By the time I left for work at 6:40 we had 5" plus with more falling steadily. Besides that untimely dumping, no one could foresee a major power outage. Gotta give the school folk a break on this one.
kittycentric in espanola

Espanola, NM

#11 Dec 9, 2008
Power was restored at 2, only to go out again from 5 until 8:30 pm. No fun having no heat or plumbing during the day (yes, people here do rely on electricity for heat and cooking!); even less fun when there's no light. But a good reminder to keep flashlights, batteries, sterno, and jugs of water on hand.
marcella

Sacramento, CA

#12 Dec 9, 2008
I did not have power from 7:45am till 8:45. My house was warm thanks to my gas oven and a perfect opportunity to bake. My biggest problem was knowing I am not ready in terms of extra water or batteries. Now i know i need to stock up on supplies.
Bob

Townville, PA

#13 Dec 9, 2008
Why is it that I always have to look foward to a power outage every year? Sometimes 3-4 times a year. Is newer technology worse? I think it is. Never in my life have I experienced frequent power outages than these past 6 yrs. Fix this already. Otherwise I say we get a portion knocked off our electrical bill everytime the power goes out. And Im not just talking about for that day. I am talking about giving money back to the people for every second wasted in the cold and dark. But yeah I know, that will never happen.
Bob

Townville, PA

#14 Dec 9, 2008
Oh by the way. My workplace has a newer generator. And guess what? OMG! It fried! Stick to what works. Like the old Fuel Generators.
Norteno

Los Alamos, NM

#15 Dec 10, 2008
Instead of complaining about the power being off maybe next time you should think about the lineman who were out working in those dangerous conditions to turn it back on. Keeping the juice flowing isn't an easy task these days with old lines and increased loads. Give these guys a pat on the back whenever you see them.
dislocated new mexican

Lake Havasu City, AZ

#16 Dec 10, 2008
Timetogo wrote:
May God help us if it ever does get really bad here, in New Mexico.
Well hang on, no more coal for power plants, Rio
Arriba has ban drilling, we need natural gas for our power plants and the price is going to go of the celling, The Oil and Gas companies do everthing right and New Mexico still is 50 in most things, get a horse and buggy and lantern....Oh wait, we have to draw to cut wood .and the animal farts causes emissions,,,,,
lilone

Los Alamos, NM

#17 Dec 10, 2008
it so sucked with no power yesterday Espanola was crazy it was really packed with people on some spots of the road there was ice that i couldnt see my car even slid and i was going really slow thats that i went down for nothing to get into Espanola where everything was out and the roads were super bad if i would of known the college was going to be closed but no one found out until after 9 that most businesses were closing for the day
Huh

Santa Fe, NM

#18 Dec 10, 2008
Why isn't anyone pointing the finger at the truly guilty party in this outage?

I'm talking about the infamously incompetent Jemez Mountain Electric Coop!! This was not a significant snowfall and these folks just let tens of thousands of their customers freeze for no good reason.

If anyone cares about preventing a repeat of this artificial disaster they should try to get on the board of this co-op and get some changes made.
timmy chillie

Los Ojos, NM

#19 Dec 10, 2008
he in dulce nm the power went out around 8:oo a.m. and school was cancel at 9:30 a.m. it came back on around 10:00 and went back off at 10:30.
around 12:30 p.m. it went back on every went back to work and it went off again at 1:40 p.m. so we where sent home for the day.
it the same same old thing here in Rio Arriba County NORA Coop. every time it's snow, rain or on windy days the power fails even in the middle of summer. fix the problems already are give everybody a break on thier bill.
Norteno

Los Alamos, NM

#20 Dec 10, 2008
timmy chillie wrote:
he in dulce nm the power went out around 8:oo a.m. and school was cancel at 9:30 a.m. it came back on around 10:00 and went back off at 10:30.
around 12:30 p.m. it went back on every went back to work and it went off again at 1:40 p.m. so we where sent home for the day.
it the same same old thing here in Rio Arriba County NORA Coop. every time it's snow, rain or on windy days the power fails even in the middle of summer. fix the problems already are give everybody a break on thier bill.
You sound like a typical crybaby who either is from a more urban area or sits home and watches tv all day. If you want all the conveniances of modern life don't live out in the middle of no-where and lay off talking smack about people who actually work for a living.

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