Portales biofuel plant to close temporarily

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Alisa Boswell The Portales plant will be one of two Abengoa Bioenergy Corp. plants to be temporarily closed in the new year because of depressed market conditions, according to Abengoa Executive Vice President Chris Standlee. “There’s some really depressed market conditions right now, so we just made the decision to temporarily stop production and begin […]

City focuses on new wastewater treatment plant

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Alisa Boswell The next big project in Portales may mean cleaner water, according to Portales City Manager Tom Howell. The city recently signed a contract with Smith Engineering of Albuquerque for building a new wastewater treatment plant in Portales. Howell said city officials estimate the new plant will be in the same location as the […]

Officials: Drought may affect fair entries

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Alisa Boswell The drought could change the competition in plant and livestock entries this year at the Curry and Roosevelt county fairs. According to county agriculture officials and local residents who will compete in the annual events, the eastern New Mexico dry weather has definitely had an impact on their plant and animal life. Roosevelt […]

Alltech expanding Clovis plant

Alltech is expanding its Clovis facility to include a plant to make Optigen, a feed that allows more flexibility in adjusting the formulation of cattle’s rations to compensate for high corn prices and the impact of weather on this year’s planting, according to a news release from the company. According to the release, plant construction […]

Abengoa Bioenergy restarting biofuel production

PNT STAFF REPORT Abengoa Bioenergy USA is restarting its Portales bioethanol plant today after nearly two years of inactivity, Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation Executive Director Greg Fisher said Tuesday. The Portales plant will employ 47 people to manufacture 25 million gallons of bioethanol per year, using dryland sorghum, according to a news release from […]

Xcel coal plant wins award

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Liliana Castillo Xcel Energy’s Tolk Station opened its doors to nearly 100 people for tours Tuesday after it was named the Plant of the Year by a national coal trade group early this year. The Powder River Basin Coal Users Group recognized the power plant, located near Muleshoe, citing its safe operations, high reliability and […]

Office store originally printing plant

By Don McAlavy: FNM columnist L ester Wallace Oswald started work at the Clovis Printing Plant at 313 Main in 1932. (I worked for Wallace Oswald at the print shop from around 1947 for 40 or more years.) Oswald was born Oct. 18, 1902, in Delaware, Ohio. Mildred Ufferman was born in the same city […]

No opposition voiced on proposed street closure

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer If there are Portales residents opposed to closing a section of Commercial Street adjacent to a feed production plant, none of them voiced that opposition Monday night. That’s when the Portales City Council held a public meeting to discuss a closure request made by J.D. Heiskell and Co. The […]

ENMU briefs — April 7

Physical plant employee loses home, possessions Robert Ortega, a member of the physical plant crew at Eastern New Mexico University, lost everything when his home burned down March 30. ENMU is asking all fellow employees and the public to consider making a contribution to assist him. Financial contributions can be dropped off at Dorothy Bull’s […]

Meetings watch: Roosevelt County Commission

PNT Staff During their meeting Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Courthouse, Roosevelt County commissioners: • Approved an intent to adopt a franchise agreement with Southwestern Public Service Company. The agreement would allow SPS to continue to use county right of ways as necessary to provide electricity to county residents, County Manager Charlene Hardin said. The […]

Sept. 10, 1950

The Portales Valley Mills awarded a contract the previous afternoon for the construction of a warehouse of 40 feet by 140 feet at the plant on the Clovis highway, John Burroughs said in the Portales Tribune. The new building will be of story steel frame and tile construction. The contractor, Lyle and Holt of Clovis, […]

Aug. 29, 1969

A want ad from Portales news archives reads: “Help Wanted. Full time (in our plant) permanent employment. Forty-hour, five-day work week with Saturday off. Time and half for overtime. Starting salary $1.60 per hour. Free life and medical insurance. Profit sharing plan and other benefits. Apply in person. Selected Casing Inc.”

Inventions born out of sheer laziness

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist One of the ranch houses we lived in when I was a kid almost had electricity. It had a Delco light plant that was rigged so when you turned on a light the plant came on and generated electricity until you turned off the light. Obviously, that taught all us […]

Egg plant fire kills nearly 1 million chickens

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Nearly a million chickens died in Thursday’s fire at Cal-Maine Foods in Parmer County, Texas, a company spokesperson said today. Delores McMillin with Cal-Maine Foods said 800,000 chickens in five houses were wiped out by the fire and smoke. Four laying houses, chickens and all, were consumed by the […]

Village of Floyd awaits stimulus funds for water plant

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Village of Floyd is waiting for promised federal stimulus money to find a contractor and start its water treatment plant. The plant is designed to remove fluoride and arsenic from the water. “We’re ready to go for bid as soon as the (stimulus) funds are secured,” said Village […]

Small fire at Sunland peanuts

PNT staff report Portales firefighters responded to a small fire at Sunland Peanuts about 7:30 p.m. Monday. The plant is located north of the city on U.S. 70. The blaze, according to Sunland employees on site, was restricted to one metal bin of peanuts in the “salter” building. No structural damage occurred, and production delays […]

Biofuel plant funds secured

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Money to build an algae biofuel plant is officially headed Roosevelt County’s way. Pres. Barack Obama signed the omnibus appropriations bill Wednesday. The legislation includes $951,000 for the Sapphire Energy Algae to Fuel Demonstration Project. The project aims to develop and grow a fuel-producing algae using technology that genetically […]

Farmers, dairymen see slight negative impacts in plant closure

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The temporary closure of Abengoa Bioenergy in Portales has resulted in small but unfavorable changes for the Roosevelt County agriculture sector. The ethanol plant shut down operations for an unspecified period of time, possibly months, in October. Abengoa used milo, which many county farmers grow, to make ethanol. Some […]

Abengoa shuts down temporarily

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer Abengoa Bioenergy in Portales is shutting down temporarily, according to Chris Standlee, executive vice president of the ethanol production plant. Standlee said Wednesday 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 […]

Making unsual cupcakes on show

By Sheryl Borden: Local columnist Information on preserving plant materials and making buttonholes will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon on Tuesday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Janice Urie, Frontier Flowers in Lakin, Kans., will show a vast array of designs that preserved plant materials can be used for. She’ll also […]