Governor says ethanol plant coming to Clovis

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ Staff Writer An ethanol plant that will more than triple New Mexico’s ethanol output plans to operate in Clovis, according to a press release from Gov. Bill Richardson. More than 100 million gallons of ethanol derived from corn will be produced annually at the plant, the release said. The plant […]

Energy regulations will only continue vicious cycle

Freedom Newspapers The Bush administration last month caved in to years of pressure, and moved to make good on the president’s pledge to free the nation from its “addiction” to foreign oil, by making the most dramatic change in 30 years to Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards. Certain categories of trucks and SUVs will have […]

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 […]

State biodiesel firm

Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer An alternative fuel business is considering the Clovis Industrial Park as a possible location for a biodiesel plant. Energy Conversion Corp. of Santa Fe is holding a meeting today at the Chamber of Commerce for parties interested in investing in the company, according to Chase Gentry, executive director of the […]

Diesel fuel prices staying high

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer As regular unleaded gas prices continue falling, diesel fuel remains at a near-record high. According to New Mexico AAA officials, diesel prices are up about 44 percent from last year while gasoline prices are up 22 percent over the same time period. The hurricanes that swept across the Gulf […]

Railway’s profits surge

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Three Burlington Northern Santa Fe engines head west toward Clovis as the approach the Prince Street overpass Thursday afternoon. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Burlington Northern Santa Fe profits surged in the last three months due to a strong demand for freight shipping brought on by inflated fuel prices, heightened […]

Domenici shopping for compromise

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist So I wrote this column about lap dancing and how a couple of young guys ran up a $2,500 bill in one night at the Fantasy Club in Albuquerque and how that isn’t very fair and how Sen. Pete Domenici ought to do something about the soaring price of lap […]

Tucumcari air show features stunts from U.S., Canadian planes

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Tucumcari’s first air show in 1992 featured a crop duster — and not much else, said air show Chairman Bob McClelland Jr. More than a decade later, Wednesday’s 13th annual Rotary Air Show’s lineup includes a team of Canadian Air Force Snowbirds, the U.S. Air Force A-10 Demonstration Team, the […]

Senate approves bill including base money

CNJ staff WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today approved a Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill that contains $13.2 million for a project at Cannon Air Force Base, according to press release from Sen. Pete Domenici’s office. Domenici, R-NM, urged the committee to keep construction funds in the bill for Cannon Air Force Base, […]

Harsh regulations will mean hardship for auto industry

Freedom Newspapers Some pointless ideas die hard, which is an accurate description of the fuel economy standards the federal government imposes on automakers. The Bush administration, although allegedly in favor of freer markets, announced new standards this week that will require higher gas mileage ratings for the light trucks that dominate U.S. roads. The standards […]

Adding two miles per gallon is not a solution

Kevin Wilson: Local Columnist When I took a look at the CNN Web site on Tuesday morning, I couldn’t help but give a slight amount of approval to the Bush administration, or at least the first sentence of the story I uploaded. “The Bush administration announced new fuel economy rules Tuesday that require improved mileage […]

Cow carcasses smelly problem

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The body of a dead cow is seen Wednesday on Curry Road 7 southeast of Clovis. According to Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher, illegal dumping of cows is only getting worse as the cattle industries continue to grow. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Dust storms, blowing tumbleweeds and […]

Domenici requests funds for Cannon military construction

CNJ staff WASHINGTON— U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-NM, requested $15.2 million Monday to support military construction needs at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release. Domenici is requesting the funding be included in the fiscal year 2006 Military Construction Appropriations Bill that the committee will develop this spring and summer. The Senator is […]

Great Lakes takes over city air service

Staff and wire reports CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Great Lakes Aviation takes over air service at Clovis Municipal Airport today. The Wyoming-based air service will offer two flights weekdays from Clovis to Albuquerque and one on Saturdays and Sundays, according to Steve Summers, Clovis airport director. Mesa Air had provided the city’s air service since 1988. […]

Sky-high gas prices hit hard

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Two tractor-trailers exit Love’s truck stop Wednesday afternoon. Increased gas prices have left most companies and government agencies with little short-term option but to absorb the cost. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Burgeoning fuel prices are gouging into budgets of private businesses and government organizations alike. With no end […]

Gas prices soaring statewide

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Gas prices continue to rise across the nation due to supply and demand issues. Clovis pump prices Sunday averaged $1.89 a gallon. By Monday morning, several local gas stations had increased prices to $1.96 a gallon. (CNJ staff photo: Leslie Radford) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer o Prices in Clovis jumped as much as […]

Diesel fuel tanker rolls

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A tanker carrying diesel fuel fell over near the train tracks across Mabry Drive from Cook’s Restaurant Saturday afternoon. The driver was not injured. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) CNJ staff A tanker truck filled with 7,000 gallons of diesel fuel overturned about 3 p.m. Saturday on a gravel access road alongside the railroad tracks across […]

Toxic rocket fuel component at center of water-safety debate

David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent An environmental group reported last week that a new study suggests young children and pregnant women who drink milk from California cows may be exposed to unsafe levels of a toxic chemical used in rocket fuel. The study by the Environmental Working Group comes as California and federal regulators consider setting […]

Many factors contribute to rise in gasoline prices

No one likes to pay more for a product they are accustomed to purchasing cheaply. But as gas prices in Clovis hit their highest ever this week — $1.94 for an average gallon of regular unleaded — customers need to be aware that a number of factors have boosted the cost. First, of course, lies […]

Cannon jet drops fuel tanks

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer A Cannon Air Force Base pilot dropped two 370-gallon fuel tanks while flying about five miles southwest of the base late Tuesday night. Senior Master Sgt. Stefan Alford, a base spokesman, said no people or livestock were harmed and the plane landed safely. He said the tank release […]