The Big Cheese

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Clovis dairyman Wayne Palla, who owns 3,000 head of cattle in New Mexico and another 1,000 in Texas, looks forward to seeing his milk turned into cheese by the Glanbia plant being built in Clovis. Photo by Darrell Todd Maurina. By Haley Wachdorf ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis may not be the largest city in New Mexico, […]

Cheese plant a big boost to the area’s economy

By Gary Mitchell The new $200 million cheese plant will have a greater impact on the area economy than many people realize, local officials said. “The cheese plant will create 2,000 jobs in the area in spinoff industries, according to the Dairy Farmers of America,” said Gene Hendrick, a consultant for the Clovis/Curry County Chamber […]

Strict regulations spur owners of cheese plant into expansion

By Darrell Todd Maurina Strict milk quotas and government regulations imposed by the European Union fueled expansion into the United States, according to officials of the Irish milk processing company known as Glanbia. Glanbia, whose name means “pure food” in the traditional Irish language of Gaelic, first came to the United States in 1988 and […]

Plant water use relatively low

By Mike Linn Weighing water usage at a cheese plant against usage on agriculture farms is like comparing gas consumption in a Honda Civic to a fuel-guzzling sport utility vehicle. Suffice it to say a cheese plant comparatively gets good water mileage. Curry County officials also say water extracted from milk to make cheese can […]

Water storage on the rise

By Jack King The good news is the water storage tanks are filling up again. The bad news is the drought’s not over, New Mexico-American Water Co.’s operations manager said Thursday. The water company and the city of Clovis asked residents July 31 to conserve water because New Mexico-American’s water storage tanks were less than […]

City alters budget to fund pay raises

By Jack King The City Commission approved a $500,000 budget change Thursday night that will fund raises for city employees ranging from 2 to 6 percent. In the same vote, commissioners approved incentive pay increases for police and fire department personnel. In the fire department, incentive pay for paramedics will increase by 10 cents per […]

Public Record 8/8

Compiled from court records from July 31 through Aug. 6 Divorces – Justin Johnson from Tamara Leigh Johnson. – Lakisha C. Johnson from Fredrick L. Johnson. – Angel Almaraz from Alexandro Almaraz. – Enrique Macias from Josefa Macias. Marriage Licenses – James Rodney Baker, 25, of Derby, Kan., to Jacqueline D’Angelo, 20, of Houston. – […]

Police Blotter 8/8

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: After a two-vehicle crash about 9:45 a.m. on July 30 that slightly injured a 65-year-old Clovis woman, Clovis police cited a 19-year-old Clovis man for following too closely. Police reported that the man was northbound on Prince Street in a GMC pickup […]

Residents concerned about water rights

By Darrell Todd Maurina Nearly 100 people at a regional public comment forum Wednesday night urged staff members of the Interstate Stream Commission to consider views ranging from respecting private property and water use rights to emphasizing a community need for water. Rhea Graham, director of planning and communications for the Interstate Stream Commission, told […]

Fair mixes fitness, fun

By Darrell Todd Maurina Getting stuck in the arm by a nurse wielding a sharp needle wasn’t K’Lynn Ferguson’s idea of fun, but her mother Sabrina said she was glad Wednesday’s health fair combined fun with important medical services. Ferguson was among the dozens and dozens of Clovis children and teenagers who showed up at […]