Farwell to get egg-processing plant

By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico An egg-processing plant near Farwell will soon be operational. The Mississippi-based Cal-Maine Foods plant began construction in September 2007, and recently had its first delivery of baby chicks, said Tim Dawson, vice president and chief financial officer. The company hatches the chicks at its hatchery in Mendenhall, Miss., then […]

Challenges ahead, but bio-fuels promising

Thomas Garcia, Freedom New Mexico Several obstacles have to be overcome, according to experts, but alternative fuels production could be a viable economic development option for Roosevelt and Curry counties. Alternative fuels production was the topic of a seminar by New Mexico State extension agents Wednesday at the 16th annual New Mexico Ag Expo. There […]

No ethanol plant for Clovis

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Plans to build a $200 million ethanol plant on the edge of Clovis have been scrapped. ConAgra foods withdrew its application for an air quality permit Tuesday, spokeswoman Stephanie Childs said. The company needed the permit to build a 108-million-gallon-a-year ethanol plant. Childs said costs of constructing and operating […]

Proposed plant to face hearing

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico A plan to build an ethanol plant on the edge of Clovis has met another obstacle. Environmental Improvement Board members voted 4 to 1 Monday to order the state Environment Department to hold a hearing within 60 days to take any new evidence on whether ConAgra Trade Group should […]

Plant reps testify on location

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Witnesses for ConAgra Foods testified the plant did follow state and federal regulations to notify and have gone above and beyond what was needed to prove its environmental impact. A two-day hearing regarding an air-quality permit for the food company’s ethanol plant concluded Friday. The New Mexico Environmental Improvement […]

Researcher strives to prevent pod rot

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Researcher Saum Sanogo is working to develop more organic methods to treat pod rot in peanuts. Beneficial microbes for seed treatment and botanical extracts, such as garlic and chili plant extracts, are being studied to determine if they could prove to be beneficial to the peanut community, according to […]

Clovis officials express plant water concerns

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers The city of Clovis will give 20 acres of county land it plans to purchase to a New Jersey energy company for its biogas facility under a plan proposed to the Clovis City Commission. During a special meeting Tuesday, the Clovis City Commission approved the introduction of an ordinance to […]

Biogas company eyes Clovis/Portales

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers An alternative energy company is slated to build biogas facilities in Curry and Roosevelt counties. New Jersey-based White Hat Energy will build a $36 million biogas facility in Curry County to extract methane gas from cow manure, according to a release from the Clovis Industrial Development Corp. The Clovis facility […]

Flower power

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Tender loving care and patience have contributed to the colorful yard that Ernie and Carolyn Marshall have created at their home on South Globe in Portales. “God’s been good to us this year. We’ve had the rain and stuff to make our flowers and garden real pretty,” Mr. Marshall […]

Man stabbed at cheese plant

Freedom Newspapers A Clovis man was stabbed Saturday at Southwest Cheese Plant by a 40-year-old man who delivered milk there, Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray said. Jeffrey Boatwright of Clovis was arrested at the scene, Murray said, and was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He is being held on a $10,000 bond, […]

Clovis group plans protest

Freedom Newspapers The Concerned Citizens for Curry County are sponsoring an anti-ethanol plant rally today outside the venue for the Clovis City Commission meeting. The rally will begin at 5:15 p.m. outside the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library, according to a news release from the group. Its purpose is to bring attention to […]

Funds moved to help control odor problem

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors approved a $250,000 transfer from utility fund reserves to pay for a short-term fix for odors emanating from the wastewater treatment plant during a special meeting Monday. They also used the opportunity to review a water, wastewater and solid waste rate study. Freeing up the reserve […]

City seeks fix for sewer problems

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors took a series of actions at Tuesday’s regular meeting they hope will provide residents with short-term relief from odors coming from the city’s waste water treatment plant. After hearing a presentation from Dan Boivin of Smith Engineering, councilors directed City Manager Debi Lee to begin the […]

DFA closes area plant

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor LOVINGTON — Dairy Farmers of America announced Wednesday it would shut down its cheese plant in Lovington and layoff its 61 employees there. It was unclear what if any direct effect the plant’s closing might have on operations at Curry County cheese plant Southwest Cheese, where permit applications to […]

Working through the pain

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Nearly every day, Joe Chandler stares down severe pain in almost every joint in his body to take a functionless block of wood and turn it into the essence of function as home and office furniture. The 53-year-old has worked with wood for nearly 30 years for the Portales-based […]

Plant gets thumbs up

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A hurdle for a company that wants to produce 108 million gallons of ethanol annually in Clovis has been cleared, albeit with suggested concessions, according to a state hearing officer. New Mexico Environment Department hearing officer Felicia Orth recommended ConAgra Trade Group be issued a permit for the construction and […]

Friona residents remember twister of 1995

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Ron Carr had been in Friona for a month in 1995 and was still feeling the place out when he accepted a job as a reporter at the city’s newspaper. “I asked him if anything exciting happened around Friona,” Carr said of his conversation with then-owner Bill Ellis. “He said, […]

Dairy company hears residents’ smell concerns

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor DairiConcepts officials said Wednesday work being done to remedy an odor problem associated with its wastewater that drew the ire of neighbors last summer should be completed by the end of May. DairiConcepts, a milk processing plant that produces primarily a powdered product called milk protein concentrate met with […]

City looks to combat odor problems

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors spent a good portion of Tuesday’s regular meeting dealing with odor issues — both their own wastewater treatment plant and a complaint that a dairy south of the city could potentially add to the smell. Councilors heard an update from Public Works Director Tom Howell on […]

Wastewater troubles arise

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Nitrogen levels up to double the city standard have stalled plans for Clovis to handle Southwest Cheese’s wastewater. In the meantime, Southwest Cheese has been applying 1 million gallons of treated wastewater daily over about 1,000 acres of cropland for about a year, Southwest Cheese President Maurice Keane said. […]