Nearly a million chickens killed in fire

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Smoke continued curling skyward Friday after a fire at Cal-Maine Foods egg farm burned down four laying houses and killed an estimated 800,000 hens. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Nearly a million chickens died in Thursday’s fire at Cal-Maine Foods in Parmer County, Texas, a company spokesperson said today. […]

Southwest Cheese plant expanding

A $90 million expansion at Southwest Cheese will increase its milk processing capacity by a third and bring approximately 50 full-time jobs to the area. Production at the Clovis plant is expected to increase from 7 million pounds of milk processed a day to 10.5 million pounds and a daily production capacity of 1.1 million […]

City commissioners to decide on lease agreement for biodiesel plant

CNJ staff The Clovis City Commission meets at 5:15 p.m. today at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Items on the agenda include: • A request to issue $100 million in industrial revenue bonds for the Southwest Chese plant. Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry said the bonds would go towards […]

City officials thinking green

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer City leaders in Clovis are seeing green these days when they look at water from the treatment plant. Green like the color of money. Members of the city’s water policy advisory committee decided Wednesday there is big money to be made by selling effluent — the non-drinkable water discharged […]

Abengoa shuts down temporarily

Freedom New Mexico Abengoa Bioenergy in Portales is shutting down temporarily, according to Chris Standlee, executive vice president of the ethanol production plant. Standlee said Wednesday that the plant is “laying off some staff” because of the “general economy in the industry.” “We’re operating plants the best we can under market conditions,” he said. Some […]

Cargill looks to increase involvement in community

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cargill Meat Solutions representatives gave city and county officials a tour of the 4,500-cattle-a-day meat processing plant located in Friona on Thursday. Human Resources Manager Margaret Renteria said the company would like more involvement in eastern New Mexico communities since almost a quarter of the plant’s 2,000 employees live […]

May 9, 2008 Reporter’s Notebook: Southwest Cheese wins awards

Southwest Cheese CEO Fred Stephenson said he was pleasantly surprised when he learned the plant’s Monterey Jack entries won first and third place in March at the 2008 World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, Wis. It was the first time the company entered the contest, which included 1,753 entries from 19 countries, the chief executive […]

Fourth graders to plant trees

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Egg processing plant on way

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer An egg-processing plant near Farwell will soon be operational. The Mississippi-based Cal-Maine Foods plant began construction in September 2007, and recently had its first delivery of baby chicks, said Tim Dawson, vice president and chief financial officer. The company hatches the chicks at its hatchery in Mendenhall, Miss., then […]

Second biofuel plant delayed

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer An Australian company that plans to turn animal fat into biodiesel is delaying the construction of a plant in Clovis by two to three months, company CEO Ross Garrity said Monday.

Florida power outages affect up to 3 million people statewide

The Associated Press MIAMI — A problem with Florida’s electrical grid caused a nuclear plant to automatically shut down Tuesday and intermittently cut power to up to 3 million people from Daytona Beach through the Florida Keys. Authorities said there were no safety concerns at the nuclear plant. While many areas were hit hard, the […]

City candidates give points of view

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Selmus Price, president of the Clovis chapter of the NAACP, introduces moderator Dick Smith at the start of a questions and answers forum with the candidates for city office that took place Tuesday night at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Candidates for Clovis City Commission […]

Mayoral candidates split on alcohol sales vote

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Mayoral candidates in the March 4 municipal election attended a forum Monday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library organized by the Clovis chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the League of United Latin American Citizens. Candidates were asked about the Ute Water project and […]

Officials: Biodiesel plant construction delayed

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Construction on the Clovis Biodiesel facility was stopped this week because of financial concerns and market reasons, according to a company official. ARES Blue Sun Development Vice President Gerry Runte told city commissioners during Thursday’s regular meeting the delay was brought on by the rise in soy bean prices […]

No ethanol plant for Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks ConAgra withdrew its plans to build an ethanol plant near Peavey Grain Elevators located on highway U.S. 60/84 west of Clovis. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Plans to build a $200 million ethanol plant on the edge of Clovis have been scrapped. ConAgra foods withdrew its application for an […]

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 […]

State chapter joins group’s fight against plant location

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A state chapter of a Hispanic rights group has joined the local fight to prevent an ethanol plant from being built in a mostly minority neighborhood. One of the legislative priorities of the League of United Latin American Citizens is gaining support to have the location of a proposed […]

Business Year in Review: Industries flocked to Clovis in 2007

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer To economic developers 2007 brought the promise of new industries coming to Clovis. To farmers, the year brought in a combination of a great crop and great prices. On the other hand, the same year saw a flat housing market. But things are looking up for next year, according […]

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 […]

Another hearing ordered for proposed ethanol plant

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A plan to build an ethanol plant on the edge of Clovis has met another obstacle. Environmental Improvement Board members voted 4 to 1 Monday to order the state Environment Department to hold a hearing within 60 days to take any new evidence on whether ConAgra Trade Group should […]