Local Roundup: City holding press conference

By Freedom New Mexico

The city of Clovis will hold a press conference this morning regarding a city event this weekend, and Mayor David Lansford’s political intentions for the 2008 election cycle, according to a city press release.
In 2004, Lansford won his third term as mayor, earning 73 percent of the votes in a three-candidate race.
The press conference will begin at 8 a.m. in the assembly room of Clovis City Hall at 321 Connelly St.
Attempts to reach Lansford and other city officials regarding the announcement Wednesday were unsuccessful.

Salvation Army hosting dinner
The Salvation Army is holding its annual celebration dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Central Baptist Church.
Capt. Tammy Ray said the dinner is free, open to the public and includes a silent auction.
Ray said guest speakers will be Majs. George and Sharon Polarek, who are the Salvation Army’s Buffalo area commanders.
According to a news release, George Polarek served as officer in command for the World Trade Center relief services Sept. 11, 2001.
Ray said the attire is business casual.
“This dinner will be fun and informative,” Ray said, “and a celebration of our recovery from our own disaster.”

Blackwater Draw ceremony planned
Eastern New Mexico University and New Mexico State Parks will celebrate the completion of a project to improve visitor facilities at Blackwater Draw near Portales with a public ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Friday, according to an ENMU press release.
Using funds requested by Gov. Bill Richardson and appropriated by the New Mexico State Legislature, State Parks funded an $80,000 project to install a large group shelter and new interpretive/educational signs throughout the site.
Blackwater Draw is owned by ENMU. The site is located seven miles northeast of Portales on N.M. 467 and one mile from Oasis State Park.
Blackwater was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961.
For information about Blackwater Draw, contact Joanne Dickenson, site manager, at 356-5235 or visit: www.enmu.edu/services/museums/blackwater-draw

Organic food seminar set
Aquaranch Industries is offering a free seminar and workshop on organic foods Wednesday at the former Frozfruit plant.
The seminar will include a free lunch of organically-grown tilapia and vegetables.
Facility Manager Darvin Lamm said the fish farm in the former Frozfruit plant is still waiting for permits from the state to raise tilapia. The company is planning to raise tilapia in 24 steel tanks, he said.
Aquaranch Industries president Garth Watson said the farm will create about 75 to 150 jobs initially and as many as 500 in five years.
The company will use a closed-loop system called aquaponics to raise the tilapia and grow vegetables, he said.
Watson said the farm will charge its system once with 720,000 gallons of water and would recycle the water afterward.
“The fish will dirty the water and the plants will clean the water,” Lamm said.
He said the fish farm plans to build a restaurant near its facility where people can sample the fresh-water fish and vegetables it produces.
For information on the seminar call the Clovis Industrial Development Corp. at 763-6600.