Lawmakers consider renewable energy

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Rep. Jose Campos thinks the winds of eastern New Mexico could fuel economic growth and the state’s energy options. Windmills would be advantageous to farmers and ranchers, and 200 windmills already spin in Quay and De Baca counties, Campos said. “Some (ranchers and farmers) are making more (money) on […]

Commissioner proposes manditory energy-effecient water heaters ordinance

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer City Commissioner Randall Crowder posed a question to attendees at Thursday night’s City Commission meeting: Do you turn your shower on and wait minutes for hot water? Crowder said his research shows this common practice wastes approximately 25 gallons of water a day per household. “I would like to […]

1/15 Letters to the editor

Senatorial candidate clarifies statements I read with interest the review by Andy Jackson of the recent Republican senatorial candidate debate in Clovis. Unfortunately some statements attributed to me are false. While “(Jeff) Bingaman’s stand on the war in Iraq is not consistent with the beliefs of state voters” is certainly a statement with which many […]

Energy conservation results in savings

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Clovis High School Principal Jody Balch turns off his printer and computer Wednesday afternoon in his office at the high school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Rising heating and energy costs led a school district in Minnesota to enact a $25-per-appliance annual fee, meaning teachers have to pay to use […]

ENMU looking to conservation for savings

By Tonya Parra: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University students will see some changes in the way they shower, drink water and flush their toilets resulting in thousands of dollars saved next year. ENMU officials received approval from the ENMU Board of Regents to get bids for construction work to implement a cost saving program […]

Wind farm near Elida close to completion

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers The wind farm near Elida is nearing completion and will be generating power to homes in New Mexico, West Texas and Oklahoma by the beginning of 2006. Dave Hayward, field engineer of the wind-farm project, said 98 of the 120 wind turbines are in place and the completion date for […]

Biofuels used to power body implants

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers A leading biofuel energy researcher speaking at Eastern New Mexico University on Tuesday explained how the technology is used to power devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators. Plamen Atanassov, professor of chemical and nuclear engineering at the University of New Mexico, said he’s researching advanced biofuel cells and how they […]

Oil production, refining choked by regulations

CNJ Editorial Environmentalists have been scrambling to spin the spike in gasoline prices as not the fault of their quite successful efforts the past 30 years to slam the brakes on domestic oil production and refining. Yeah, right. It’s time to face reality, and the reality is, America’s domestic oil production and refining capacity has […]

Katrina’s economic impact far-reaching — and still evolving

Brad Foss: The Associated Press Hurricane Katrina’s economic toll continues to mount — its cost evident in near-record energy prices, snarled shipping traffic, lost jobs and wrecked businesses. But nearly two weeks after landfall, its impact is shaping up as one of extremes. There are many losers, most notably the 400,000 who have lost their […]

Hybrid vehicles on rise

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A small emblem on the back of Michael Lee’s silver SUV declares it different. It is a hybrid car, powered by gas and electricity. Lee, 54, a railroad engineer, wishes it were bigger. “More people might ask me about the car,” Lee said, breaking slowly for a red light […]

The selling of spirituality misleads people

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist Our recent trip to Sedona, Ariz., brought us in touch with one of the most striking landscapes I have ever encountered. The red rock formations that we were able to do a little hiking among, the spectacular views that we were treated to, and the sensory overload on the beauty […]

Q&A: Domenici talks energy bill, save Cannon efforts

U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) has been at the forefront of the recent national energy bill and the local effort to save Cannon Air Force Base. Domenici took time Tuesday afternoon to talk about those issues and how a coffee shop dare eventually landed him in the Senate. Q: The energy bill was passed through […]

Portales citizens celebrate plant, energy bill

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Portales citizens, state politicians and Washington lobbyists came together Tuesday afternoon under a large canopy to celebrate not only the expansion of the city’s Abengoa ethanol plant, but a recently passed energy bill that made such an expansion so relevant in the coming years. The expansion will doubled […]

6/19 Letters to the editor

Congress’ silence condones Bush’s lies Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 10th edition, defines hypocrite as “a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion.” From my vantage point, here in the expensive seats (I’m a middle-income taxpayer), hypocrite describes the 109th Congress perfectly. As I recall recent history, that is the group of citizens […]

Congress should get serious about nuclear energy

Freedom Newspapers Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is urging his congressional colleagues and President Bush to get serious about curbing not only global warming but also porkbarrel spending. One excellent way to do both is to get serious about nuclear-generated electricity. America has been in a nuclear-energy funk since things went haywire at the Three Mile […]

Energy ruling blow to open government

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. appeals court for the District of Columbia Circuit dealt a serious blow to openness in government and pretty much gutted the Federal Advisory Committee Act in a ruling last week. In siding with the administration that it did not have to reveal the names of those Vice President Dick Cheney consulted […]

Energy costs killing southwest industries

Jim Constantopoulos: Guest Columnist It is becoming increasingly clear that if industries in the southwest are to survive, something must be done to hold down energy costs. Of all fuels, natural gas requires the most immediate attention, because wholesale gas prices have tripled in the past four years. The key reason is that 90 percent […]

Good idea gets stopped in favor of handouts

CNJ staff Politicians and interest groups already seem to have snuffed out one of the more sensible money-saving recommendations in President Bush’s fiscal 2006 budget — his proposal that four Department of Energy-run utilities start charging closer-to-market rates for electricity generated by federal dams. The episode illustrates how difficult it is to win Congressional backing […]

Energy demands reshaping global marketplace

by Freedom Newspapers Attendees of a major symposium in Houston last week heard some thought-provoking prognostications about the global energy outlook. Some of the observations come from representatives of the oil industry, and must be taken in context. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t valid, or shouldn’t give Americans something to think about as Congress […]

Board votes to reduce energy costs

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board voted unanimously Tuesday to contract with a firm that specializes in reducing energy costs in school districts. Energy Education, Inc. said the projected savings to the school district is $1.6 million in the next seven years. The program focuses on correcting the habits of faculty, […]