Portales bioethanol plant restarting

Freedom New Mexico Abengoa Bioenergy USA is restarting its Portales bioethanol plant today after nearly two years of inactivity, Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation Executive Director Greg Fisher said Tuesday. The Portales plant will employ 47 people to manufacture 25 million gallons of bioethanol per year, using dryland sorghum, according to a news release from […]

McGee: New toilets leave wife and I flush with excitement

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist McGee: New toilets leave wife and I flush with excitement We put new toilets in the Stucco Hacienda the other day. It felt good to join the 21st century with units that use just a little bit of water instead of gallons. It was also good to have a throne […]

City approves $1 million for water reuse project

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission wasted little time Thursday injecting capital into its effluent water reuse project. In its only discussed action item on the agenda for the first meeting of 2010, commissioners approved use of $1.088 million to move to 100 percent design of the project. The project would […]

Ag Sense: Ag center uses remote sensing to monitor crops

By Naveen Puppala: New Mexico State University Dwindling of the Ogallalla aquifer is going to be a great concern to the area growers. Unpredictable rains and change in climate can make a difference in what to plant and when to irrigate. The wells, which used to pump 600 gallons of water per minute, are now […]

New Mexico Environment Department report of Cannon jet incident

DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE 27TH SPECIAL OPERATIONS CIVIL ENGINEER SQUADRON CANNON AIR FORCE BASE NEW MEXICO Mr. Ronald A. Lancaster Environmental Flight Chief 506 N DL Ingram Blvd Cannon AFB NM 88103-5323 Stephen Connolly Hazardous Waste Bureau – NMED 2905 Rodeo Park Drive East, Building 1 Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505-63 13 Mr Stephen […]

Tenants get ready to move into park

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Industrial Park could have its first tenant operating by next month, according to Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry. Gentry said the Blue Sun-owned Clovis Biodiesel plant should be ready to process vegetable products into biodiesel by January. The plant will produce about 15 million […]

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 […]

Business Feature: Biodiesel plant taking shape

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Job site superintendent Doug Noguez, left, of Agate Construction and Kevin Rubright, construction manager for ARES Corp., oversee work on the Clovis Biodiesel plant. By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor In what was once a winter wheat field sits clusters of stainless and carbon steel tanks. The 14 tanks are […]

Ethanol boom raises intriguing questions

By Robert Hagevoort: Ag Sense The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard requires U.S. fuel production to include a minimum amount of renewable fuels, starting at 4 billion gallons in 2006, and reaching 7.5 billion gallons in 2012. In addition, starting in 2013, the renewable fuels must include a minimum of 250 million gallons […]

Plant’s water source still unknown

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A water source for a planned ethanol plant in Clovis has yet to be identified, according to ConAgra Trade Group officials. ConAgra spokeswoman Melissa Baron said no final decisions have been made about the type of water the plant will use in its operations. “There is no update at […]

City considering wastewater irrigation plan

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The City Commission is considering a plan that would use wastewater to irrigate parched city parks, golf courses and school grounds. City Commissioner and Chairman of the Water Policy Advisory Committee Randal Crowder said the effluent, or discharge, from the city wastewater plant could also be used to minimize […]

Cannon by numbers

A look at Cannon Air Force Base: 4,295 — Feet above sea level 3,201 — Enlisted airmen in the work force at Cannon 683 — Housing units on the base 614 — Civilian employees in the work force at Cannon 270 — Enlisted officers in the work force at Cannon 103 — Streets on Cannon […]

Bootleggers were two steps ahead of the law

Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Tom Jernigan began his professional career in Portales when he was elected sheriff of Roosevelt County in 1929. Those were the wild days of prohibition. There were quite a few shoot-outs and drunks being rounded up in the enforcing of the prohibition. You young whippersnappers don’t recall prohibition, but that was […]

Cheese plant work on schedule

Jack King Five new raw milk silos, each 75 feet tall, have been erected at the Southwest Chees site on Curry County Road 4, said Maurice Keane, the company’s president and chief executive officer. Keane said the 54-acre, $190 million project is on schedule, with plans to begin production sometime in October 2005. Four of […]

Water usage reduced

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis residents reduced their water use by more than one million gallons in response to a water shortage warning from New Mexico American Water Co. this week, Clovis City Commissioner Randy Crowder said Thursday. “Of course, the rain we got didn’t hurt any, but water use dropped before that,” […]

Plant wants water with its cheese

By Jack King While the Clovis City Commission approved a memorandum of understanding with Southwest Cheese Co., the company is still in discussions over water rights and water services with the state of New Mexico and New Mexico American Water Co., city officials said Monday. Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corp., […]

Plant water use relatively low

By Mike Linn Weighing water usage at a cheese plant against usage on agriculture farms is like comparing gas consumption in a Honda Civic to a fuel-guzzling sport utility vehicle. Suffice it to say a cheese plant comparatively gets good water mileage. Curry County officials also say water extracted from milk to make cheese can […]

Water storage on the rise

By Jack King The good news is the water storage tanks are filling up again. The bad news is the drought’s not over, New Mexico-American Water Co.’s operations manager said Thursday. The water company and the city of Clovis asked residents July 31 to conserve water because New Mexico-American’s water storage tanks were less than […]

Residents urged to limit water use

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New Mexico-American Water Co. is asking residents to cut back on watering their lawns and other outdoor water use. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Jack King Clovis’ water supplier is asking residents not to water their lawns or wash their cars for two days and to reduce water use through August. Water storage tanks in […]