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 […]