AgSense: Reduced inputs critical to silage production systems

By Mark Marsalis: New Mexico State University extension agronomist Silage systems are a staple for providing large quantities of highly nutritious feed for dairy cattle in the region. Unfortunately, these systems require large amounts of inputs to be productive enough to meet the demands of the large numbers of cows that exist in our area. […]

Automated milking business opening in Portales

Freedom New Mexico Automated Dairy Systems Inc. of Jerome, Idaho, is opening their first southwestern facility in Portales. The announcement was made Friday by the Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. ADS designs, installs and services several leading brands of automated milking parlor systems for large western dairies, and provides specialized milking system and animal hygiene […]

Xcel Energy launches Solar Rewards in New Mexico

Electric customers of Xcel Energy in New Mexico can now apply for Solar*Rewards incentives on small and medium solar photovoltaic (PV) generating systems installed on their homes and businesses. For small and medium systems, Xcel Energy will purchase the Renewable Energy Credits (REC) generated by a customer’s PV system. Credits are purchased at a rate […]

New Zealand IT firm opens first U.S. branch in Portales

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A New Zealand-based information technology company that provides technical support for factory automated systems is moving to Portales. Tamaki Control specializes in automated systems such as milk pasteurization and monitoring and powder handling and packing for food processing factories. The company was working on Southwest Cheese plant’s automated systems […]

Clovis, Portales in line for stimulus funds for wastewater treatment projects

By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis and Portales are getting in line for their share of almost $40 million in stimulus money about to be distributed in New Mexico. New Mexico is set to receive the federal stimulus money to improve water quality, drinking water infrastructure and sewage treatment systems. Municipalities have until Monday […]

Egolf proposes tax districts for solar loans

By Staci Matlock: The New Mexican New Mexico homeowners could get loans for solar electricity systems and pay back the money through their property taxes under a bill introduced Tuesday by Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe. House Bill 572 would allow counties to establish special assessment districts for solar-energy improvements. Egolf thinks it is the […]

Essential Records: A smooth sail

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Guest columnist In the wake of April 15, it is common to analyze ones recordkeeping methods in order to ensure a smoother process for the next tax time. Not only is good recordkeeping essential in avoiding over or under payment of taxes; good records allow more efficient operation of a business, thereby […]

Costly defense doesn’t protect ground troops

Freedom New Mexico The Government Accountability Office has issued yet another study documenting gross overspending and underproduction in Pentagon weapons systems. The GAO has been doing these studies and making recommendations for the past six years, followed by promises from the Pentagon and defense contractors to improve. But the problems have not gotten better. If […]

Cannon construction contract approved

CNJ staff WASHINGTON — A $12.1 million contract to renovate a fuel storage and loading facility at Cannon Air Force Base has been approved, according to a press release issued Friday by Sen. Pete Domenici’s office. First funded before the base was targeted by the 2005 base closure process, the project involves the renovation of […]

Cannon addresses “Air Force Roadmap”

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – The Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen. T. Michael Moseley, released today the Air Force’s weapon system “roadmap,” a long-term plan for providing the Air Force the capabilities needed in the 21st century to meet threats to the Nation’s security. General Moseley’s roadmap outlines where future advanced […]