Official: New companies looking at Clovis

Sharna Johnson With renewable energy putting Clovis on the map, new companies are evaluating the area as a potential home for future operations. Among prospects are a methane gas digester and wood product manufacturer, said Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation. The wood product manufacturer, who Gentry declined to identify, would […]

Southwest Cheese to donate to education foundation

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Southwest Cheese will donate $100,000 a year for 25 years to the Clovis Municipal Schools Education Foundation. The Education Foundation provides grants for teachers in the classroom to support innovative teaching. Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation, said the arrangement was added to contracts that […]

CIDC director touting new “quality of life tax”

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Economic development dollars are available to New Mexico communities for industrial plants that bring in new economies. Chase Gentry and others across the state want those dollars to enhance what’s already there, as well. Gentry has been touting a “quality of life tax” at recent public meetings. It would […]

Industrial park infrastructure nears completion

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Albino Aragon of K. Barnett Construction operates a grader down the road being constructed at the Clovis Industrial Park site south of Clovis. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Infrastructure work on the 240-acre Clovis Industrial Park located in south Clovis is nearly complete, according to Clovis Industrial Development Corp. […]

Foster killed in 1942 shootout near Elida

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist It was said that Bailey Foster went berserk early one Sunday morning, seriously wounding two officers who sought to quiet him. Foster lived on his farm which was said to be two miles southeast of Elida. Three hours earlier Foster had attacked Roosevelt County Sheriff R.N. McCall and his deputy, […]

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 agreement up for Commission vote

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission will vote today whether to approve an agreement with Australian company to build a biodiesel facility at the Clovis Industrial Park. The agreement would provide American Rewewable Fuels 25 acres of city-owned land to build an $80 million facility in the northern corner of the […]

Booming local job market expected in near future

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Darvin Lamm, facility manager at AquaRanch, said preparations for constructing the fish farm are under way. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer As Illinois-based AquaRanch Industries waits for state approval to raise tilapia, a fish from the Nile River region sold for food, some construction for the fish farm has already started, officials say. Facility […]

Local museum plans rolling

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CNJ staff photo: Helena Rodriguez Ernie Kos of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce shows one of the first donations to the future Curry County Historical Museum — a handgun used in a 1920s or 1930s feud. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Roswell draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to its UFO museum every […]

Industrial park helped pull in plant

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis officials knew if they built the Clovis Industrial Park, businesses would come. The city’s nabbing of an $80 million biodiesel plant proves it, according to Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry. He said the park is a major reason Clovis beat out four other New Mexico […]