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Ethanol plant health study crucial

By Wayne Roth-Nelson: Guest columnist Regarding the proposed ethanol plant west of Clovis: The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) seems to have ignored any advice available from environmental health scientists who should represent the health concerns of the affected community. Government environmental agencies work with two very different sets of numbers. One set goes with […]

Taco Bell hopes to reopen after weekend fire

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Tony Martinez, owner of Splish Splosh Window Cleaners of Farwell, cleans the windows Tuesday at Taco Bell. A small kitchen fire Sunday led to the restaurant being closed until repairs could be made, state officials said. It is scheduled to reopen today. CNJ staff Taco Bell on Prince Street is […]

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 […]

Local officials ready to assist Air Force Special Ops, adapt to changes

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Ronnie Birdsong, vice president for Student Affairs at Eastern New Mexico University, speaks Tuesday in the public comment portion of the Air Force public hearing. The meeting was held at Clovis Community College. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico civic leaders expressed support Tuesday for proposed tenants […]

Meetings Watch: Air Force Environmental Impact meeting

CNJ staff What: Air Force Environmental Impact meeting When: 6-8 p.m. today Where: Clovis Community College auditorium, Room 154 Background: Air Force Special Operations Command was required by law to complete a draft addressing the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of moving the 16th Special Operation Wings to Cannon Air Force Base. The 16th SOW is […]

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 […]

Farmers hope for bill to give relief on compounds

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Cows spend Friday evening in a stockyard along Brady Street. Farmers are concerned the manure cows produce may be classified as hazardous waste and become a big obstacle to maintaining agricultural business. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Anxious farmers have flung hopes on Congress to clarify an environmental law they […]

Border fence with holes not worth billions

By Freedom Newspapers We weren’t particularly enamored with the decision by Washington to construct a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, believing that it will be far less effective than claimed and that the problem of illegal immigration ultimately requires a much more holistic and balanced solution. But as long as a fence is going […]

Proposed superfund settlement plan irks officials

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A preliminary federal report that recommends a cash settlement for environmental damage in Clovis be invested more than a hundred miles away has ruffled several local officials. The state and federal report recommends a $459,000 settlement from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway be used for the restoration of approximately […]

Petitioners oppose ethanol plant site

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Going ahead with the proposed site for an ethanol plant near Clovis could violate a state mandate protecting the rights of low-income and minority residents, according to a pair of concerned citizens. Locating the jointly owned ConAgra Trade Group ethanol plant on U.S. 60/84 would unfairly jeopardize the property […]

Military readiness takes precedence over environment

By Freedom Newspapers Nearly everywhere the U.S. military trains, it now finds itself fending off flanking attacks from an enemy within. These environmental extremists say they are concerned about the impacts training activities have on plants and animals, but they also undoubtedly relish the opportunity to champion two liberal causes at once, by undermining the […]

Cannon, AFSOC leaders brief communities on new mission

Col. J.D. Clem Air Force Special Operations command deputy director for plans and programs, briefed the Clovis community Monday evening at CCC on Cannon’s new mission. 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office Cannon and Air Force Special Operations Command leaders held three community meetings this week to garner public input about the move of AFSOC […]

Air Force officials encourage feedback

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Proposed special ops aircraft and operations for Cannon Air Force Base were outlined at the Clovis Community College on Monday in the first of three meetings scheduled to gather public input for an Environmental Impact Study of the base’s new mission. By law, the study must be completed before […]

Cannon schedules series of public meetings

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Air Force has planned a series of public meetings to gather input for an environmental impact study of the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base. “These meetings will give the public an opportunity to learn about the proposal and voice their questions and concerns,” said Capt. Rebecca […]

Despite efforts, there’s no pleasing environmentalists

By Freedom Newspapers Poor George Bush. Though the president has been trying desperately to win favor with one of the most powerful lobbies in Washington, Environmental Anxiety, Inc., nothing the president does will win him that shiny green star he can wear on his forehead. Bush recently established a mammoth new national monument near the […]

Study: Ethanol impact limited

By H. Josef Herbert: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Ethanol is far from a cure-all for the nation’s energy problems. It’s not as environmentally friendly as some supporters claim and would supply only 12 percent of U.S. motoring fuel — even if every acre of corn were used. A number of researchers, the latest in […]

Current Cannon wing won’t be idle

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers The 27th Fighter Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will not sit idle waiting to be decommissioned, according to the base’s commander. Col. Scott West said the 27th Wing still must focus on training and missions as the base transitions in the next year from serving the 27th Fighter Wing […]

Air Force requires new study

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer The Air Force must evaluate the potential environmental impact of proposed Special Ops training missions at Cannon Air Force Base and Melrose Bombing Range before aircraft can be moved to the base, an Air Force spokeswoman said Thursday. Officials announced Tuesday 92 aircraft would be transferred to Cannon when […]

When we clean the environment, parks will benefit

Freedom Newspapers Wouldn’t it be great if we could place our national parks in hermetically sealed bubbles, keeping them separate and apart from the less-pristine world, like snow globes on a mantle? That isn’t possible, of course, given the dynamic and interconnected quality of the natural world — so let’s stop pretending it is when […]