ENMU wins bid for solar energy project

Xcel Energy has awarded a major solar energy project to Eastern New Mexico University in Portales that will offset nearly half of the energy needs on campus over a 20-year period. The project will generate approximately two megawatts of installed system capacity on the site. ENMU won the bid in a competitive process through the […]

Cannon 801 housing close to capacity

By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections If anyone asks “What’s the 801?,” it doesn’t have anything to do with an area code or an information service via telephone. For more than 250 families in the Clovis and Portales area, the number represents housing Cannon personnel have access to in the neighboring communities. It’s a chance to […]

Commander: Lack of housing could affect future missions

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Freedom New Mexico illustration: Gabe Monte and Jenna Zamie The highlighted area indicates an area around Cannon Air Force Base with a roughly 60-minute drive time, where personnel can seek housing. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections When Cannon Air Force Base reaches full capacity in about five months, communities outside Clovis and Portales may figure […]

Commander: Housing issue may affect future mission decisions

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico When Cannon Air Force Base reaches full capacity in about five months, communities outside Clovis and Portales may figure into the solution of finding affordable housing for personnel. But if adequate housing can’t be found, Cannon Commander Col. Stephen Clark said Wednesday, the Air Force may look at sending […]

Southwest Cheese expanding

Freedom New Mexico A $90 million expansion at Southwest Cheese will increase its milk processing capacity by one-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 […]

Everything can’t be mind construction

By Tibor Machan A central topic of philosophy throughout the ages has been whether human beings can trust their minds, including their sensory awareness and thinking. Skepticism about this has been a major challenge and many from Socrates to Ayn Rand and John Searle have responded with more or less elaborate arguments defending our capacity […]

Board approves $4.5 million bond sale

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales Municipal Schools Board members briefly celebrated a successful bond election at Tuesday’s regular meeting, then took action to put the wheels of that victory in motion. The board gave unanimous approval to canvassed results of the election, then approved issuance and sale of $4.5 million in general obligation […]

Safety major concern at public pools

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By Michael Harrell: Freedom Newspapers Public swimming pools are a hot spot for children to spend their summer days. Safeguards, including lifeguards and fences, border the area, but the element of danger is never far away. Rough play, falling, stubbed toes and novice swimmers venturing into water over their heads are some of the more […]

Roosevelt Detention Center inmate population still near capacity

By William Thompson The adult inmate population at Roosevelt County Detention Center stood at 80 yesterday, just two short of capacity. The center’s administrator, Jesse Luera, said he expects county commissioners will adopt an ordinance on March 7 to issue a gross receipts tax revenue bond for an addition to the detention center to relieve […]

Cheese plant gets milk shipment

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Southwest Cheese received their first delivery of milk Tuesday, although by the end of the year it will only be operating at 30 percent of capacity, according Southwest Cheese Company Chief Executive Director Maurice Keane. The plant received 65,000 pounds of milk Tuesday from local co-ops Dairy Farmers of America […]

Cheese plant still scheduled to open in October

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By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A fresh layer of concrete coats the county road leading to the Southwest Cheese company. Adding asphalt to that layer is just one of a shrinking number of items left on the plant’s to-do list. The company’s Web site, www.southwestcheese.com, monitors the days, hours, minutes and seconds that remain […]