amos turns holiday glutton

Gary Mitchell and Amos Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks — except for hyphens and dashes. boss this holiday season got the best of me i turned into a cheese-a-holic i don t know […]

Cheddar plant moving ahead

By Jack King Select Milk Producers of Artesia initiated the steps that led to a cheese plant coming to eastern New Mexico, said Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation. The milk producers cooperative was looking for an outlet for its product. It wanted to locate a processor within a 60-mile area […]

2003: More business than usual

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Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad began the expansion of its railroad yard in Clovis this year, promising to add at least 80 jobs to the economy. CNJ FILE PHOTO By Jack King By all accounts, 2003 was a banner year for business in Clovis. Officials said commerce across the board grew at a record pace […]

Officials anxious over cheese in 2004

By Jack King Ernie Kos, executive director of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, said her hopes for 2004 can be summed up in one word: cheese. “We’re waiting for the first 600-pound block of cheese to come out of the plant,” she said. Glanbia Cheese has not yet broken ground on its projected $200 […]

Local delis offer party trays for Christmas

Jack King Those planning holiday parties or looking for a little taste of New Mexico to send to friends out of state have a lot to choose from among Clovis merchants. Several area stores and restaurants offer a variety of party trays and some offer mailable gift boxes of food. Wholly Cow Delicatessen, at 121 […]

School Menus for Week of 12/7

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast — Peanut butter and jelly sandwich, juice, milk. Lunch — Burrito, salsa, corn, lettuce, pears, milk. Tuesday: Breakfast — Gogurt and toast, juice, milk. Lunch — Porky rib, corn, roll, peaches, milk. Wednesday: Breakfast — Bagel with cream cheese, juice, milk. Lunch — Corn dog, tater tots, pickle spear, chocolate pudding, […]

County funds will go to city for cheese plant

By Jack King Curry County Commissioners approved a request from the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation Tuesday to transfer $300,000 from the county’s environmental fund to the city of Clovis to help pay for a wastewater treatment system for the Southwest Cheese plant. But they said the money will not be transferred until other types of […]

Plant wants water with its cheese

By Jack King While the Clovis City Commission approved a memorandum of understanding with Southwest Cheese Co., the company is still in discussions over water rights and water services with the state of New Mexico and New Mexico American Water Co., city officials said Monday. Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corp., […]

Waste water agreement reached in city meeting

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City employee Jimmy Martinez inspects an aerator tank Monday at the city’s waste water treatment plant. Martinez said the plant handles between 2.5 and 3 million gallons of waste water per day. CNJ staff photo: Rick White. By Jack King Clovis city commissioners approved three items related to waste water infrastructure for Southwest Cheese at […]

Cheese plant will bring jobs, but worries for some

By Glen Seeber Cheese is the bait. Jobs are the target. Chase Gentry, executive director of Clovis Industrial Development Corp., said a proposed cheese-processing plant could directly and indirectly produce more than 1,000 jobs if it opens as planned in 2005. But some area residents have concerns about the plans. “We need the economic value […]

Building of cheese plant could begin in January

By Glen Seeber If funding for an expansion to Clovis’ wastewater treatment plant is approved during a special city commission meeting on Monday, groundbreaking for a multi-million dollar cheese-processing plant could happen as early as January. “I would be a little out of line if I predicted how the vote would go, but I am […]

School Menus – Week of 11/23

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast — Breakfast pizza, juice, milk. Lunch — Ravioli, green beans, cheese bread, pineapple tidbits, milk. Tuesday: Breakfast — Blueberry muffin, juice, milk. Lunch — Grilled cheese sandwich, chicken noodle soup, pickle spear, fruit jello, milk. Wednesday: No school. Thursday: No school. Friday: No school. Junior High/High School Monday: Breakfast — Juice, […]

City commission needs time to discuss water issues

By Jack King The City Commission postponed discussion of funding mechanisms for the Southwest Cheese plant Thursday, saying plant officials and the city need more time to complete discussion on water issues. Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation, told the commission he, city officials, Southwest Cheese plant officials and officials of […]

City approves ‘inducement’ for cheese plant

By Jack King Clovis’ city commission on Thursday approved issuing $250 million in industrial development bonds as incentive for bringing Southwest Cheese Co. to Curry County. Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation, told the commission the bonds are “an inducement, not a commitment.” They put the property on which the cheese […]

Southwest Cheese Company hopes to begin construction within months

Eric Butler Engineering, architectural and construction firms have been lined up as work on a $200 million cheese processing plant south of Clovis is expected to begin within the next three months. And a name for the plant, which will provide around 200 permanent jobs when operational, has been selected. Officials hope that the Southwest […]

Alabama commandments issue isn’t isolated

Kay Arvizu My heart goes out to the people of Alabama. I hope they remember that this is not a defeat for God, but for those people who think they won. The monument that was removed from the Alabama Judicial Building was not God, nor was it worshiped by his people; it was simply a […]

Economy should see boom

By Darrell Todd Maurina Cheese production plants in two eastern New Mexico cities have had major economic impacts on those communities, according to business and city officials in those communities. The plants provided a major source of new employment to Lovington, which is trying to diversify an economy largely based on oil and natural gas, […]

Udall congratulates area on landing cheese plant

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Rep Tom Udall, D-N.M. (center) walks down Main Street in Clovis during a Monday visit. Udall congratulated area officials on landing the Glanbia cheese plant. Photo by Rick White. By Jack King On a visit to Curry County some years ago, U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., watched in amazement as a local dairyman loaded containers […]

Cheese plant latest sign of region’s attractiveness

The region’s near-euphoric state of awe these days is the outgrowth of a heap of economic development announcements in recent months. Our collective awe grew larger with Thursday’s announcement that a $200 million cheese plant will be built south of Clovis. The state-of-the-art plant will serve West Texas and eastern New Mexico dairies, including the […]

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, […]