Q and A: Walter Bradley

Walter Bradley is the former lieutenant governor of New Mexico. The Clovis native is back in town, handling government and business relations with Dairy Farmers of America, the largest dairy co-op in the United States. DFA members produce about 57 billion pounds of milk per year, which is 33 percent of the nation’s output, according […]

City helps cheese plant with loans

CNJ staff The Clovis City Commission voted Monday to accommodate the process of a bank loan to help fund construction of the roughly $195 million Southwest Cheese Plant. The loan — between Southwest Cheese and Citibank — will not leave the city liable for any financial obligations, said City Attorney David Richards. Since the city […]

Southwest Cheese looking for construction workers

CNJ staff The Southwest Cheese Company is looking to hire 400 workers from the Clovis area to work construction over the next year for their new plant being built south of town, according to a press release distributed by the company. If the building project stays on schedule, the facility should be commissioned in October. […]

Glanbia worker dies in Idaho

CNJ staff A worker at Glanbia Foods Inc. in Gooding, Idaho, was killed instantly early Tuesday morning when he was crushed by machinery. Merlyn Monson, 51, of Wendell, Idaho, was trying to fix a broken conveyor belt when he was crushed by a hydraulic arm, said Gooding County Sheriff Shaun Gough. “There was a breakdown […]

Cheese plant relying on local labor

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Construction at the Southwest Cheese Plant is 25 percent complete. The plant is scheduled to open in October 2005. Staff photo by Eric Kluth. By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Victor Orlowski cut about 60 hours of road time a month off his schedule when he came to Clovis to work at the Southwest Cheese […]

Udall gets update on area dairy industry

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U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, left, and Wayne Palla discuss issues dealing with dairies in eastern New Mexico Tuesday during a visit to Palla’s dairy north of Clovis. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Congressman Tom Udall got a crash course on the dairy industry Tuesday, eastern New Mexico style, in a […]

State OKs guidelines for plant’s wastewater

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Writer The New Mexico Environment Department has agreed to let Southwest Cheese and the city of Clovis produce wastewater that would be higher in dissolved solids than it normally allows, department spokesman Jon Goldstein said Friday. But the Environment Department wants two studies done to ensure the increased amount of […]

Cheese waste could feed pigs

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer A manufacturer of animal food is one of two companies that have indicated an interest in moving to Clovis, thanks to the Southwest Cheese Co. plant, said Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation. International Ingredients is in discussions with Clovis city officials to build a […]

Cheese plant agreements approved

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer The City Commission approved three agreements related to launching the Southwest Cheese Plant in Curry County at its meeting Thursday. Unanimously approved were a project participation agreement, a memorandum of understanding and approval of preliminary engineering work on a pipeline and storage lagoon to handle the cheese plant’s wastewater […]

Senior Happenings 4/18

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo Sunday: 1 p.m. — Dance and refreshments. Monday: 9:30 a.m. — Blood pressure checks; 10 a.m. — HIBAC. Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. — Indoor exercise. Wednesday: 10 a.m. — Blood sugar checks; 1 p.m. — Bingo; 1:30 p.m. — Blood pressure checks. Thursday: 10:30 a.m. — Indoor exercise; 11:30 — […]

City takes first step to approve $200 million dollar bond

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer The City Commission gave initial approval Thursday night to the issuance of a $200 million industrial revenue bond to finance the construction of the Southwest Cheese Plant. A special commission meeting will be held May 13 to give final approval to the bond, commissioners said. The proposed bond purchase […]

Domenici requests funds for cheese plant roadway

CNJ Staff U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici will request federal funding to improve the roadway infrastructure in Curry County to serve the new Southwest Cheese Plant, he said in a news release Tuesday. Domenici, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, said he would submit a $2.375 million request to the Transportation, Treasury and General Government […]

St. Patrick’s Day national holiday back in Ireland

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Trudi and Alan McEntee mix up a batch of Irish stew to serve today to the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce board of directors. CNJ Staff Photo: Eric Kluth By Michelle Seeber Today is St. Patrick’s Day. That means Mass, international parades, games and other exciting festivities are being held in Ireland. That’s according to […]

Governor signs capital financing

CNJ STAFF and WIRE REPORTS When Gov. Bill Richardson signed measures into law on Wednesday to finance $485 million in capital improvements across New Mexico, $14 million in projects he cut using his line-item veto powers included money that had been destined for Clovis and Curry County. Funds of $250,000 set aside to renovate a […]

Senior Happenings 2/29

La Casa De Buena Salud 1120 Cameo Monday: 9:30 a.m. — Blood pressure checks; 10 a.m. — HIBAC. Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. — Indoor exercise; 12:30 p.m. — Income tax preparation. Wednesday: 10 a.m. — Blood sugar checks; 1 p.m. — Bingo; 1:30 p.m. — Blood pressure checks. Thursday: 10:30 a.m. — Gift walk; noon — […]

Governor: Plant means millions to region

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Left: Earth-moving equipment provides the background for the event. About 200 people turned out, including Gov. Bill Richardson. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King With construction under way on a 54-acre, $190 million cheese plant, Curry County is poised to become a power in the cheese-making world, Gov. Bill Richardson told an audience […]

Cheese plant to boost state dairy industry

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In this aerial photo of the future Southwest Cheese plant location south of Clovis, dignitaries speak to a crowd of about 200 people Friday. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jack King With construction begun on a 54-acre, $190 million cheese plant, Curry County is poised to become a power in the cheese-making world, Gov. […]

Cheesy does it

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Crews move dirt at the site of the Southwest Cheese Plant Jan. 30 south of Clovis, located near the intersection of Curry County Roads 4 and K. Groundbreaking is at 2:30 p.m. today. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King Gov. Bill Richardson, city and county officials and company officers will attend a groundbreaking […]

Cheese plant construction to begin

By Glen Seeber Ground breaking for the Southwest Cheese plant will be Feb. 6, Alan McEntee said Friday night at the conclusion of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet. “It’s been a lot of months of hard work, coming to this point,” said Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation. […]

Readers offer mixed views on Pete Rose

“Yes, Pete Rose should be eligible for the hall of fame. I have always thought so, even before he confessed that he bet on baseball games. Look how many athletes have been caught doing much worse than betting on sports. … He was an excellent baseball player in his time and I have always rooted […]