[Editor's Note: As a 19-year customer of Griffin's Propane, we can vouch for the company's service. We have never run out of propane, nor had to get emergency propane.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

This author has just been informed (through a letter to the editor) that Ikard-Newsome was purchased by Pinnacle Propane out of Texas. The letter lists phone numbers to call to find out why propane has not yet been delivered.

As an alternative, in case of emergency, or in case you want to purchase propane from a more reliable source, who knows its customers, contact Griffin's Propane at 575-388-4433. The company has been locally owned since its beginning. The local owner, Richard Griffin, works at the Silver City, NM, office and his daughter has also started working with him, so it is likely to continue to be family-owned for the long term. The company serves southwest New Mexico and a few locations in southeast Arizona. https://www.griffinspropane.com 

According to the one who answered the Amerigas number, as Pinnacle, deliveries had begun today.

For a brief history of propane service in recent times in Grant County, Robert Delgado, who was a local provider of propane, sold his business to Amerigas, three or four years ago. Ikard-Newsome was another local provider, but, although it kept its name, it had sold out to a national firm, Heritag, in the 1990s. Servigas, another provider had combined with Amerigas. Pinnacle several years ago purchased the former Ikard-Newsome, Servigas and Amerigas.