Cannon numbers remain concern

Eastern New Mexico has lots of questions related to the numbers of personnel assigned to Cannon Air Force Base as it transitions into an Air Force Special Operations Command facility. Read about what we know on Editor David Stevens’ Web log Falling, With Style • • • Clovis’ Bill Zarges says he’s concerned about the […]

Ethanol plans withdrawn

Click on the link to read the CDIC release on ConAgra’s decision to withdraw Clovis plans. Ethanol release

No ethanol plant for Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks ConAgra withdrew its plans to build an ethanol plant near Peavey Grain Elevators located on highway U.S. 60/84 west of Clovis. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Plans to build a $200 million ethanol plant on the edge of Clovis have been scrapped. ConAgra foods withdrew its application for an […]

State chapter joins group’s fight against plant location

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A state chapter of a Hispanic rights group has joined the local fight to prevent an ethanol plant from being built in a mostly minority neighborhood. One of the legislative priorities of the League of United Latin American Citizens is gaining support to have the location of a proposed […]

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 […]

Ethanol appeal hearing planned

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For most of Thursday — and possibly some of Friday — a decision to grant an air quality permit for Clovis Ethanol will be revisited. The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board is holding an appeal hearing at Clovis Civic Center regarding an air quality permit issued to ConAgra Foods […]

Ethanol plant permit hearing planned

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 27 at the Clovis Civic Center on an appeal of the air quality permit granted to ConAgra Trade Group for its Clovis Ethanol plant. The petition was filed by Concerned Citizens for Curry County, the Clovis branch of the NAACP and […]

ConAgra procures air permit

CNJ staff SANTA FE — ConAgra officials learned Tuesday they can move forward with plans to build a $175 million ethanol plant west of Clovis. New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ron Curry’s approval of the plant’s air quality construction permit was the final step before construction can begin at a grain handling facility ConAgra operates […]

Ethanol pollution standards lowered

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis resident fears a new law lowering air pollution standards for ethanol plants sets a bad precedent. Clovis resident Frank Dottle, an organizer of a local group that opposes construction of a plant just west of Clovis that would produce 108 million gallons of ethanol a year, felt […]

Ethanol plant looks to put in retention pond

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A retention pond is the latest issue between a company that wants to build an ethanol plant near Clovis and residents, some who can see the proposed site from their home windows. ConAgra Trade Group is proposing to build and operate a108-million-gallon-a-year ethanol plant at 1327 U.S. Highway 60/84, […]

The countdown begins to ethanol decision

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The Peavy Grain Elevator west of Clovis on U.S. 60/84 is the site of a proposed ethanol plant that would produce 108 million gallons of ethanol a year. (File photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A contested ethanol plant moved one step closer to operation last week when a New Mexico Environment Department official […]

Plant gets recommendation from hearing officer

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A hurdle for a company that wants to produce 108 million gallons of ethanol annually in Clovis has been cleared, albeit with suggested concessions, according to a state hearing officer. New Mexico Environment Department hearing officer Felicia Orth recommended ConAgra Trade Group be issued a permit for the construction […]

Plant’s future up to state

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ConAgra consultant Steven Frey talks about the potential environmental impact of a proposed ethanol plant Thursday at the Clovis Civic Center. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An army of residents lambasted the idea of building an ethanol plant just west of Clovis on Thursday during a New Mexico Environment […]

Meetings Watch: Environment Department to discuss proposed plant permit

• What: The New Mexico Environment Department will hold a public hearing on the air quality permit for the proposed Clovis Ethanol plant. • When: Today. Testimony will begin at 10 a.m. The Hearing Officer will accept non-technical public comments at 11:30 a.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and periodically throughout the hearing until all comments […]

Meetings Watch: New Mexico Environment Department

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer What: New Mexico Environment Department will host an informal community meeting in Clovis concerning the air permit for the proposed ConAgra Trade Group ethanol plant. When: 6:30-8:30 p.m., today Where: Bella Vista Elementary School, 2900 Cesar Chavez St. Who: NMED representatives will speak for 20 minutes followed by representatives […]

Melrose officials want plant consideration if Clovis balks

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer If one community shuts its doors to an ethanol plant, another may open its arms. The Melrose City Council wants partners who have proposed an ethanol plant for Clovis to consider rural Melrose as a site, according to city documents. “There are a lot of people that seem to […]

County Commission opposes ethanol plant

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioners passed a resolution at their meeting Thursday stating their official opposition to a proposed ethanol plant west of Clovis. Presented by Commissioner Ed Perales, the resolution passed in a 3-2 vote, with Chairman Tim Ashley and Commissioner Pete Hulder against it. Ashley and Hulder felt passing […]

Ethanol plant rant

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleCharlene Perkin, left, listens while Leo Dudley raises his to ask a question of a Clovis Ethanol plant official. About 100 citizens and city officials attended the meeting. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Citizens who attended Thursday night’s meeting regarding the proposed ethanol plant in Clovis spoke about health effects, […]

Citizens group hosting ethanol meeting

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Arguments against the proposed location for an ethanol plant will be given at 7 p.m., today, in the Clovis Community College Town Hall. Hosting the public meeting is a group of Clovis residents who oppose locating an ethanol plant at 1327 U.S. 60-84 near Clovis. That location is […]

ConAgra details methods to lower air pollutants

By CNJ Staff A proposed ConAgra Trade Group, Inc. ethanol plant near Clovis would use several devices to reduce air pollutants released in production of the alternative fuel, according to permit documents received in early October by the New Mexico Environment Department. Two natural gas-fired, regenerative thermal oxidizers installed at the plant would cut the […]