Ammonia release causes evacuation of local plant

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The DairiConcepts plant west of Portales was evacuated Tuesday morning for about an hour, and two plant employees were treated at the Roosevelt General Hospital after an accidental release of ammonia, according to a company press release. The employees were sent to the hospital for undisclosed reasons and released […]

Clovis/Portales hope to build on ‘microplex’ successes

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales and Clovis city officials hope the re-designation of the two cities as a microplex will continue to bring in businesses and housing developments, and help spur population growth to the area. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and Clovis Mayor David Lansford shook hands Thursday and signed an agreement defining […]

Wind farm powering region with electricity

By Tony Parra, Freedom Newspapers Some aspects of operating the 120-megawatt wind farm can be as easy as doing it from a personal computer at home, that is if you are authorized and have a password from Edison Mission Group. Members of the Edison Mission Group held an open house at the San Juan Mesa […]

Cheese plant changes dairy landscape

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers In a matter of months, the cheese plant lauded as an economic boon for Clovis and Portales will devour seven million gallons of milk per day. The demand has already changed the dairy industry in the area, but elsewhere the economic benefits are a bit more difficult to discern. “Dairy […]

Elida wind farm has smooth sailing

By Tony Parra The Elida Wind Power Plant operators are completing their first month since flipping the switch sending electricity from the plant to homes in eastern New Mexico, west Texas, Oklahoma and southern Kansas. Wind farm operators have been using the Roosevelt and Chavez county winds to generate electricity for the homes of Xcel […]

Foresight 40 years ago gave industries a start

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By Kevin Wilson If you were to play word association with Portales residents and use the words, “Industrial Park,” you might have one faction think of church softball, another think of youth soccer and yet another think of the nearby senior citizen center. But do the same thing with Portales business leaders and they’ll probably […]

Roses as food are a thorny subject

Jim Lee: Local Columinst I haven’t stolen any ideas from Don Criss lately. So I’m a bit overdue for some literary larceny, don’t you think? Today’s topic emerged the other day during the Criss-Stasheff-Scott-Lee coffee ritual when I began bragging about how well my rose bushes had been doing after replacing the deceased ones. The […]

Clovis being considered for meat packing plant

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers By Tonya Garner CNJ Staff Writer Mum is the word from Clovis officials on the possibility a Wisconsin-based meatpacker is considering a plant in eastern New Mexico. The Clovis area is one of two sites being considered for a plant that could employ up to 2,500 people, according to published reports […]

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 […]

City develops action plan for wastewater plant

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer For some Portales residents, the current condition of the wastewater plant in the south part of the city — for lack of a better term — stinks. High nitrogen levels and a sludge buildup led to an unpleasant odor throughout the summer for many near the wastewater treatment plant. Matt […]

New Zealand ambassador to tour milk plant Tuesday

Staff reports New Zealand Ambassador to the United States John Wood will tour the Dairiconcepts milk plant in Portales’ industrial park Tuesday, according to a press release from the City of Portales. The plant, which employs over 100 people, is a partnership between New Zealand’s Fonterra and Dairy Farmers of America, both dairy cooperatives in […]

Bonds OK’d for wind power plant

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County Commissioners gave final authorization of bonds for the wind power plant outside of Elida, which will bring electricity to Excel customers in eastern New Mexico, west Texas and Oklahoma. The commissioners unanimously approved the authorization, 5-0, on Tuesday during the county meeting. Construction has already started on […]

Southwest Cheese to get grant for new employees

Southwest Cheese will receive $294,665 from a state job-training initiative to train 73 new employees, said a state economic development department press release. The cheese company was previously awarded $718,456 for 79 employees by the Job Training Incentive Program in March 2005. The company has hired 88 employees to date, state officials said. Scheduled to […]

Cannon survival gives region time to find new mission

Freedom Newspapers It wasn’t the sonic boom we wanted to hear resounding Friday through the maze of rings that make up the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. But undoubtedly its occupants heard the loud BRAC cheer given to misguided Department of Defense and Air Force leaders who lost their fight to close two key airbases, our […]

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 […]

Local plant celebrates growth

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Kevin Wilson: PNT managing editor Portales citizens, state politicians and Washington lobbyists came together Tuesday afternoon under a large canopy to celebrate not only the expansion of the city’s Abengoa ethanol plant, but a recently passed energy bill that made such an expansion so relevant in the coming years. The expansion will doubled the plant’s […]

Expansion complete for local plant

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Tony Parra: PNT staff writer Gov. Bill Richardson and Sen. Pete Domenici will be guest speakers at Tuesday’s open house celebrating of Abengoa Corp.’s expansion project. The expansion will double the plant’s ethanol production from 15 to 30 million gallons a year, according to officials. Richardson and Domenici, R-N.M., who have expressed concerns over the […]

U.S. needs to revisit nuclear-generated electricity possibilities

Freedom Newspapers S en. John McCain, R-Ariz., is urging his congressional colleagues and President Bush to get serious about curbing not only global warming but also porkbarrel spending. One excellent way to do both is to get serious about nuclear-generated electricity. America has been in a nuclear-energy funk since things went haywire at the Three […]

Lyons talks wind in Elida

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor ELIDA — Patrick Lyons says he is proud to have a chance to give back to the area he grew up in. The House rancher and 1972 Clovis High graduate paid a visit to Elida on Wednesday, with the intent of speaking about the incoming Padoma Wind Energy plant, […]

Cheese plant attracting another new business

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Southwest Cheese continues to attract new ventures. A Texas-based firm has reached an agreement with Southwest Cheese to purchase a cheese-processing by-product called whey to be used in animal feed. Officials for Houston-based Westway Feed Products and Southwest Cheese confirmed the agreement on Wednesday. Westway, which uses the protein-rich whey […]