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 [...]