National Gas-Out Day theory big bust

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With this election year that’s not really an election year, it’s amazing to see the impact of people-powered politics. Candidates like Barack Obama can solicit small donations online and put 100,000 people behind his political movement. At debates for both Republicans and Democrats, moderators can quickly change the direction […]

Biodiesel plant construction in motion

CNJ staff Construction of the $16 million Clovis Biodiesel plant has begun at the Clovis Industrial Park, according to a company official. Financing agreements have been completed with Bank of Albuquerque by ARES Blue Sun Development, Clovis Biodiesel’s parent company, officials announced in a news release. The plant is expected to be operational by the […]

March 18, 1953

Police announced they had arrested 14 youth in a gang-related incident at Fourth and Main. The juveniles were armed with pop bottles, belt buckles, short lengths of chain, screw drivers, garden hose and knives. … A Clovis woman who lived at 409 W. First was recovering from a gunshot wound to her left arm. She […]

Oil distribution shows hope for Iraqi reform

By Freedom Newspapers An agreement by the Iraqi cabinet on a draft of a new law to govern the distribution of oil revenues could be the most hopeful long-term sign in Iraq in a long time. The pact might reduce a great deal of the tension and resentment that feeds violence in that country, even […]

March 1, 1965

Clovis awoke to more than an inch of snow on the ground – a little surprising since temperatures had been in the mid-60s the day before. … Fred Harman, creator of the Red Ryder comic strip, which ran 25 years, was in Clovis promoting his new career as an oil painter. … Voters approved a […]

Biodiesel plant will produce fuel from animal fat

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American Renewable Fuels, a subsidiary of Australian Renewable Fuels, plans to locate the plant at the Clovis Industrial Park in southeast Clovis. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An Australian company plans to build a biodiesel plant in Clovis that has the capacity to produce 75 million gallons of biodiesel annually from animal fat, officials […]

Socialism often cover for dictators’ hidden agendas

By Freedom Newspapers Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s recent strong-arm moves illustrate a couple of truths we’re weary of seeing illustrated. The first is that those who proclaim themselves socialists — avatars of “the people” and battlers for the underprivileged — all too soon end up taking the maximum possible power unto themselves, to the point […]

Plant aims to get fat on fuel production

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Another multimillion-dollar renewable fuel company is poised to settle in Clovis. An $80 million facility that would turn animal by-products into fuel is likely to become the second tenant of the Clovis Industrial Park, Clovis Industrial Development Corp. officials announced Thursday. CIDC Executive Director Chase Gentry said he is […]

Hanukkah history pertinent lesson

By Freedom Newspapers Jews throughout the world have begun the celebration of Hanukkah, the eight-day Festival of Lights that commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after Israel regained its independence from the Seleucid or Syrian Greeks in 165 B.C. After Alexander the Great died, the empire he conquered was divided among his generals, […]

Russia’s autocratic tendencies should be monitored

By Freedom Newspapers The Russian government has successfully pressured Shell, the Anglo-Dutch oil company, into reducing its stake in a promising but difficult oil and natural-gas field in Siberia from a majority share to a minority share. Gazprom, the Russian state-owned energy group, which has invested little or nothing in exploiting the energy resources on […]

Readers make columnist’s job easy

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Comes now the argument that just might shape the dimensions of the cockfighting debate this coming statehouse session once legislative leaders hunker down and Gov. Bill Richardson throws his considerable weight in whichever direction he intends to throw it. From Cotton City, which Google places near Animas, a grandma gamer […]

Ag Sense: Canola ideal biodiesel crop

By Sangu Angadi: Ag Sense The biodiesel industry is rapidly growing in the United States. Energy security, fuel quality, and environmental and economic benefits are driving this growth. Biodiesel can be produced in this country with existing technology, thus reducing reliance on foreign oil. With a higher cetane rating, lubricity and oxygen content, biodiesel offers […]

Government incapable of controlling gas prices

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist Socialism failed because the governments that embraced it couldn’t solve the basic problem of economics: what to produce and how much. In the old Soviet bloc, warehouses filled up with things people wouldn’t buy, while consumers stood in long lines in the hope of getting what they wanted. Thanks to […]

Clovis lands $16 million biodiesel plant

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News editor Clovis city commissioners gave the green light Thursday for a $16 million biodiesel plant to be constructed at the city’s industrial park. Commissioners approved their intent to issue industrial revenue bonds up to $15.3 million in connection with the proposed plant to be developed by ARES Corp. of Burlingame, […]

BP miscalculation makes for one costly mistake

By Freedom Newspapers It certainly looks as if BP miscalculated when it came to how often it needed to perform maintenance on a pipeline leading from the oil field at Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope of Alaska. As Severin Borenstein, of the Energy Institute at the University of California-Berkeley said, that’s an internal BP […]

Auto official: Gas prices going up

CNJ Staff Area residents could see higher gas prices in the coming weeks, according to AAA New Mexico spokesperson Jeanie Chavez. The recent announcement that an Alaskan oil company has shut down in order to replace a corroded pipe line is the latest in a string of events that led to record gas prices in […]

Oil outlook good, contrary to alarmist claims

Walter E. Williams: syndicated columnist “Proven” oil reserves, oil that’s economically and technologically recoverable, are estimated to be more than 1.1 trillion barrels. That’s enough oil, at current usage rates, to fuel the world’s economy for 38 years, according to Leonardo Maugeri, vice president for the Italian energy company ENI. Maugeri provides a wealth of […]

Price gouging starts with our lawmakers

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Here’s what one reader wrote: “Williams, I can understand how the destruction of Hurricane Katrina and Middle East political uncertainty can jack up gasoline prices. But it’s price-gouging for the oil companies to raise the price of all the gasoline already bought and stored before the crisis.” Several other readers […]

Letters to the editor: College board made tough decision

Last Wednesday, I attended the Clovis Community College Board of Trustees meeting. We should thank all members of the board for their careful deliberation, and for voting their conscience — whatever their choice. While they did not all agree, each showed the passion they felt for the future of our college. I also think we […]

Overregulation driving price of gas higher

Freedom Newspapers If only automobiles could run on hot air from politicians bloviating about high gasoline prices. Then we might have something. President Bush is the latest to jump on a bandwagon overcrowded with the likes of Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Bill Frist, Dennis Hastert, Arlen Specter, Dianne Feinstein and Arnold Schwarzenegger, announcing a probe […]