Contrast between real quality, real junk

By Curtis K. Shelburne G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.” Though Chesterton died before the advent of television, a fact that was merciful both for him and for those who produce what we’ve come to expect […]

Ethanol air quality permit decision close

CNJ staff The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board is scheduled to decide Wednesday whether to uphold an air quality permit issued for the Clovis Ethanol plant. The state board held a public hearing in September after several citizen groups filed a petition to appeal the ethanol plant’s air quality permit. The groups said information about […]

Plant reps testify on location

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Witnesses for ConAgra Foods testified the plant did follow state and federal regulations to notify and have gone above and beyond what was needed to prove its environmental impact. A two-day hearing regarding an air-quality permit for the food company’s ethanol plant concluded Friday. The New Mexico Environmental Improvement […]

Ag, home ec seminar set in Quay County

Freedom Newspapers The 39th Annual Agriculture and Home Economics Seminar hosted by the Quay County Extension Service will be Thursday at the Tucumcari Convention Center at 1500 West Route 66. Programs will begin at 9 a.m. Topics include: • Alternative feed solutions as the price of corn continues to rise. • Care of the home […]

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 […]

Letters to the Editor: Dumpster initiative should be dropped

In reading the most recent article reporting efforts to “Keep Clovis beautiful,” I had to laugh. I have to side with City Commissioner Fred Van Soelen. It would be virtually impossible to police those choosing to place trash in dumpsters without first bagging it. Simple economics are the word. A) Who will pay for the […]

Army tries to identify suitable dropouts

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Army struggling to attract enough “quality” volunteers is enlisting thousands of additional high school dropouts using an experimental screening tool to identify those most likely to complete their enlistments. The Two Tier Attrition Screen (TTAS) is an added “quality indicator” that officials hope will allow the Army to take in […]

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 […]

Letters to the Editor: Preservation of rights deserves thanks

On Constitution Day, which is Sunday, we are reminded that the supreme duty of every American citizen is to defend the Constitution and that we do this by having the courage to speak up whenever we see our rights being trampled upon. Therefore, I give thanks for the following organizations, which defended the Constitution this […]

Portales ranks high in quality of life

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers A quality-of-life study conducted by an Internet subsidiary of American City Business Journals has ranked Portales 15th in the nation among micropolitan areas. “Isn’t that something? I’m surprised we’re even on the list,” Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Manager Sharon King said. “How interesting. I think it’s absolutely wonderful and […]

Making the grade

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CNJ Photo: Eric Kluth Mike Ware, of Bovina, strips cotton in a field owned by Gade D. Anderson Jr. Friday one mile west of Lariat. The field Ware was stripping was damaged by hail. Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Twenty years ago, the cotton that sprouted in the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico could […]

Senate no longer strong political watchdog

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist With Alan Greenspan due to step down in January as chairman of the Federal Reserve, there is a lot of speculation about who will replace him. Big-name candidates abound, but I’m betting on the accountant who does President Bush’s taxes. The 19th-century writer Henry Adams said the progression of presidents […]

For some, hats more than weather protection

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Rod Dickinson, left, helps Ray Montague look for a hat Friday at the Hat Barn in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson For some it’s a fashion statement, or maybe a statement of team allegiance. For others it’s just a way to protect against sunlight. For nearly everybody in the United States, there’s […]

Industries challenge state water rules

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Mining, oil and gas, homebuilders and ranchers are challenging new state regulations that could let New Mexico adopt water quality rules that are more stringent than the federal ones. The rules appear to give state regulators unlimited discretion to determine what water falls under their authority, the attorney for […]

Wet weather dampens cotton outlook

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Rain soaked cotton remains on the plant in a field south of Melrose. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Farwell farmer Randy Cain said there’s little chance his cotton crop will produce quality T-shirts this year. And the more it rains the greater the chance his 220 acres of cotton […]

Cannon wins installation excellence award

By David Irvin: CNJ staff reporter Cannon Air Force Base is this year’s recipient of the Commander-in-Chief’s 2005 Installation Excellence Award for Air Combat Command, according to a Cannon press release. The award recognizes efforts of airmen at Department of Defense installations who have most efficiently used their resources to support the mission, the release […]

Officials concerned development may contaminate water at Ute

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Dan Synnott of Clovis rides a jet ski during a May visit at Ute Lake near Logan (CNJ file photo). Mike Linn Two area developers with big plans for Ute Lake have met resistance from officials who fear development may contaminate the lake’s water, reserved as a future drinking supply for residents of eastern New […]

Readers defend, criticize Clovis hospital

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked: “Clovis hospital officials sent a man to the funeral home on Wednesday while he was still alive. A funeral home employee noticed him breathing and called paramedics. Does the incident give you cause for concern about the quality of health care in Clovis?” Some responses: “I don’t think […]

Recruiters gain ground despite war

Tom Philpott Military recruiting is weathering wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and an improving economy, with surprising strength, said Dr. Curtis Gilroy, the Defense Department’s director of recruiting policy. The 2003 recruiting year did have some disappointments. The active Army again recruited fewer high school graduates than needed to meet a standard quality target. The […]