Officials express varied concerns about water supply

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The operations manager for New Mexico American Water Co. said the company is adding new wells to stay ahead of the growth the city is expected to experience from the transition of Cannon Air Force Base to a Special Operations Command and new industries settling in Clovis. Jim Bonner […]

Telecommuting can produce distractions

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist This is a column about telecommuting. You know … working at home. It’s an art that involves conning your boss into thinking you can be productive in the comfort of your own living room or kitchen table. Many ethical questions arise when it comes to working at home. For example, […]

Power company trying to correct rate increase information

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission has received more than 700 comments about a proposed rate hike for Xcel Energy, a case manager with Xcel said. Most of those comments stem from false information, an Xcel spokesman said. Xcel’s Wes Reeves said the proposed increase, filed in May, is […]

Company founder fought valiantly for freedom

By Freedom New Mexico This month we remember the founder of our company, R.C. Hoiles, who bought the then-Santa Ana Register in 1935 and founded a company he named Freedom Newspapers. It grew into Freedom Communications, today the nation’s 12th largest media company, with operations on the Internet, in broadcast, magazines and newspapers. Hoiles launched […]

Businesses offering incentives to designated drivers

By Sharna Johnson With the holidays around the corner, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office is working with local businesses to encourage designated drivers to step up for their friends. Deputy Dean Marney said the initiative is expected to start in time for Thanksgiving and will run through January. Kits complete with a pledge card, wrist […]

Fish farm seminar offers organic education

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo AquaRanch president Myles Marston, left, explains to seminar attendees Wednesday the benefits of A.B.C.’s Plus, a nutritional supplement for horses. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The principal owner of AquaRanch Industries said there’s more to the fish farm coming to Clovis than just fish. Besides raising more than 300,000 […]

FCC regulation would limit cable choices

By Freedom New Mexico Perhaps it’s not all that surprising. Any government agency set up with a mission to regulate some aspect of commercial life develops an institutional imperative to regulate ever more aspects. So the Federal Communications Commission, which was barred by law in 1984 from regulating cable television — to give the industry […]

Biodiesel plant construction gets OK

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer American Renewable Fuels can begin construction of its Clovis biodiesel plant after City Commissioners voted to work with the company. Commissioners approved an agreement that would give the company 25 acres of land at the Industrial Park and a 15-year tax exemption. The Australian company will begin construction in […]

Biodiesel agreement up for Commission vote

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission will vote today whether to approve an agreement with Australian company to build a biodiesel facility at the Clovis Industrial Park. The agreement would provide American Rewewable Fuels 25 acres of city-owned land to build an $80 million facility in the northern corner of the […]

Nov. 3, 1968

Sonny Hester, 822 Gidding, reported to police that 17 stereo tapes had been stolen from his locked car, parked in front of his house. … Tricycles were on sale at Montgomery Ward for $10.97. … Lance Cpl. Frederick E. Madera, son of Helen Madera, received the Bronze Star medal with a Combat “V” for heroic […]

Plans for civilian surveillance preceded 9/11

By Freedom New Mexico The program of electronic surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency that President Bush instituted in secret right after the 9/11 attacks has been controversial enough. Given that it appears to have circumvented the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which set up a special court to approve warrants for surveillance […]

Oct. 26, 1929

Construction of the second and final unit of the First United Methodist Church on the corner of Main and Seventh streets was to begin immediately, according to the Rev. J.C. Jones, pastor of the church. … The Gas Company of New Mexico reported gas would be available in Clovis by Jan. 1. … Mrs. J.D. […]

Business Digest: Chamber, tourist officials to visit from Lubbock

The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce will host 22 Lubbock city, chamber and tourism officials Wednesday. According to Chamber spokesperson Liz Eisenbraun, the visitors are comprised of representatives from the city of Lubbock, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce and the Conventions and Visitors Bureau. Eisenbraun said the purpose of the visit is to share tourism […]

County commissioners talk fairgrounds management

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners on Wednesday discussed a potential contract with Global Spectrum to manage the county fairgrounds and events center. Commissioners heard the Philadelphia-based facility management company’s proposal during its last commission meeting. In what became his last meeting as county manger, Dick Smith said the company would be […]

Health care facilities change hands

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A California health care company assumed ownership Sept. 1 of two Clovis senior health care facilities. Skilled Healthcare Group bought 10 Laurel Healthcare Providers New Mexico facilities for $51.5 million, according to an August New Mexico Business Weekly article. Eight of those properties are in the Albuquerque area, according […]

Plant reps testify on location

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Witnesses for ConAgra Foods testified the plant did follow state and federal regulations to notify and have gone above and beyond what was needed to prove its environmental impact. A two-day hearing regarding an air-quality permit for the food company’s ethanol plant concluded Friday. The New Mexico Environmental Improvement […]

Residents testify about ethanol plant location

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Randall Thomas of Clovis voices his concern Thursday about an ethanol plant being built near his neighborhood during a hearing held Thursday by the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The hearing regarding an air-quality permit issued to ConAgra Foods to build a 108-million-gallon-a-year ethanol […]

Work begins on Farwell egg plant

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Construction crews are digging the foundation in Farwell for what will be one of the biggest egg-processing plants in the Southwest. Mississippi-based Cal-Maine foods started the initial work on the plant about three weeks ago after receiving building permits last month, said company Vice President and Chief Financial Officer […]

Portales Abengoa plant on market

Freedom Newspapers Abengoa Bioenergy, of St. Louis announced Thursday that it intends to sell its Portales plant, according to plant officials. The global company acquired the Portales facility in 2002 and has since that time increased production capacity to approximately 27 million gallons per year, according to a story online in the Cherry Creek News […]

Former local publisher promoted

CNJ Staff The Orange County (Calif.) Register named a newspaper veteran from Arizona as its new publisher Wednesday and a former Freedom New Mexico publisher was promoted as part of the change. N. Christian Anderson III prepares to leave after 27 years with the OCR and its parent company, California-based Freedom Communications, Inc. Anderson will […]