Jail officials should be held accountable

Letters to the editor Regarding recent issues at the Curry County Adult Detention Center: I find it interesting that jail Administrator Leslie Johnson is investigating a jail break and stabbing trying to find out who is responsible. Where I come from, the person at the top is responsible. So this to me is the fox […]

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 […]

City vetoes health risk study request

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis City Commissioners Thursday voted against a resolution encouraging the New Mexico Environment Department to investigate health impacts of a proposed ethanol plant southwest of Clovis. By a vote of five against and two in favor, the commission opposed a resolution submitted by Commissioner Robert Sandoval that the city […]

Ethanol risk study spurned

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Citizens’ call for an independent study of health risks related to the proposed Curry County ethanol plant was snuffed Tuesday at a Curry County Commission meeting. The Commission turned down a resolution that would have initiated a study of health risks to entities within close proximity of the proposed […]

Ethanol plant permit decision expected by May

By Freedom Newspapers Whether the proposed Clovis Ethanol plant gets the go-ahead for its air quality permit from the New Mexico Environment Department could be decided by mid-May, according to NMED officials. A public hearing concerning the air quality permit for the proposed facility is scheduled for Jan. 11 at the Clovis Civic Center, according […]

Citizens concerned over ethanol plant advances

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer New Mexico Environment Department representatives said Tuesday they’ve found no reason to deny the proposed Clovis Ethanol an air quality permit. The news, delivered during an informational meeting at Bella Vista Elementary, didn’t please the vocal majority of the 55 citizens in attendance who are concerned the proposed 110-million-gallon-a-year […]

Meetings Watch: New Mexico Environment Department

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer What: New Mexico Environment Department will host an informal community meeting in Clovis concerning the air permit for the proposed ConAgra Trade Group ethanol plant. When: 6:30-8:30 p.m., today Where: Bella Vista Elementary School, 2900 Cesar Chavez St. Who: NMED representatives will speak for 20 minutes followed by representatives […]

Lodger’s tax won’t be allotted for basketball tournament

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis City Commissioners have decided not to play ball with Gus Macker for 2007. Commissioners declined a request for a $4,000 disbursement from Lodger’s Tax Funds to help with a Gus Macker basketball tournament scheduled for March 16-18 at Clovis Community College. Lodger’s Tax money is awarded to promote […]

City officials meet with state about ethanol plant

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer City of Clovis and New Mexico Environment Department officials met privately Tuesday to discuss the permitting process for a controversial ethanol plant proposed for Curry County. Clovis resident and ethanol plant critic Frank Dottle believes it was inappropriate to hold the private meeting. “Naturally, it makes me angry,” said […]

Citizens post ethanol plant opposition

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Players in the proposed Clovis ethanol deal assembled Friday to discuss issues related to the plant during a Curry County Commission meeting. Representatives from the Clovis/Curry Chamber of Commerce, Clovis Industrial Development Corp. and Clovis Ethanol LLC spoke in support of the plant. Several private citizens and Curry County […]

Melrose officials want plant consideration if Clovis balks

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer If one community shuts its doors to an ethanol plant, another may open its arms. The Melrose City Council wants partners who have proposed an ethanol plant for Clovis to consider rural Melrose as a site, according to city documents. “There are a lot of people that seem to […]

Chamber backs ethanol plant

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce passed a resolution Wednesday that supports the development and construction of Clovis Ethanol, LLC. According to the resolution, the Chamber supports the plant because technology and environmental restrictions will protect Clovis citizens from its potential emissions, the New Mexico Environment Department will […]

Ethanol plant could cause problems

Letters to the Editor With the talks about a proposed ethanol plant for Clovis, I have read the articles and listened to many comments about the air quality. But air quality is not my main concern. Mine is one I haven’t heard yet, at least not publicly. The mixture of ethanol, grain dust and rail […]

Q&A: Ethanol manager confident of plant safety

Kirk Johnson is the manager of the proposed Clovis Ethanol plant. The son of a dairy farmer, Johnson has worked for ConAgra for 24 years and grew up in a small community in southern Minnesota. Q: At what stage is Clovis Ethanol in the air permit process? A: (Clovis Ethanol was originally supposed to have […]

County Commission opposes ethanol plant

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioners passed a resolution at their meeting Thursday stating their official opposition to a proposed ethanol plant west of Clovis. Presented by Commissioner Ed Perales, the resolution passed in a 3-2 vote, with Chairman Tim Ashley and Commissioner Pete Hulder against it. Ashley and Hulder felt passing […]

Ethanol representatives address location question

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About 150 Clovis residents attend a presentation on the benefits of an ethanol plant being located in Curry County. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis Ethanol Officials told an audience at the Clovis Civic Center Thursday night their proposed ethanol plant would create 50 new jobs, indirect jobs for truckers […]

Manure gaining popularity as energy source

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The Panda Ethanol plant planned for Muleshoe would use a billion pounds of manure annually to provide power for the production of ethanol through a process called gasification. (Courtesy photo) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When famous bank robber Willie “The Actor” Sutton was asked why he robbed banks, he responded, “Because that’s where […]

Muleshoe lands ethanol plant

CNJ staff DALLAS — A Dallas-based energy company announced Wednesday intentions to build a 100-million-gallon-per-year biomass-fueled ethanol plant northwest of Muleshoe, according to a company press release. Panda Ethanol officials said the proposed facility will generate the steam used in the ethanol manufacturing process by gasifying more than 1 billion pounds of cattle manure a […]

Ethanol plant rant

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleCharlene Perkin, left, listens while Leo Dudley raises his to ask a question of a Clovis Ethanol plant official. About 100 citizens and city officials attended the meeting. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Citizens who attended Thursday night’s meeting regarding the proposed ethanol plant in Clovis spoke about health effects, […]

Citizens group hosting ethanol meeting

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Arguments against the proposed location for an ethanol plant will be given at 7 p.m., today, in the Clovis Community College Town Hall. Hosting the public meeting is a group of Clovis residents who oppose locating an ethanol plant at 1327 U.S. 60-84 near Clovis. That location is […]