Building of cheese plant could begin in January

By Glen Seeber If funding for an expansion to Clovis’ wastewater treatment plant is approved during a special city commission meeting on Monday, groundbreaking for a multi-million dollar cheese-processing plant could happen as early as January. “I would be a little out of line if I predicted how the vote would go, but I am […]

School Menus – Week of 11/23

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast — Breakfast pizza, juice, milk. Lunch — Ravioli, green beans, cheese bread, pineapple tidbits, milk. Tuesday: Breakfast — Blueberry muffin, juice, milk. Lunch — Grilled cheese sandwich, chicken noodle soup, pickle spear, fruit jello, milk. Wednesday: No school. Thursday: No school. Friday: No school. Junior High/High School Monday: Breakfast — Juice, […]

City commission needs time to discuss water issues

By Jack King The City Commission postponed discussion of funding mechanisms for the Southwest Cheese plant Thursday, saying plant officials and the city need more time to complete discussion on water issues. Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation, told the commission he, city officials, Southwest Cheese plant officials and officials of […]

City approves ‘inducement’ for cheese plant

By Jack King Clovis’ city commission on Thursday approved issuing $250 million in industrial development bonds as incentive for bringing Southwest Cheese Co. to Curry County. Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation, told the commission the bonds are “an inducement, not a commitment.” They put the property on which the cheese […]

Southwest Cheese Company hopes to begin construction within months

Eric Butler Engineering, architectural and construction firms have been lined up as work on a $200 million cheese processing plant south of Clovis is expected to begin within the next three months. And a name for the plant, which will provide around 200 permanent jobs when operational, has been selected. Officials hope that the Southwest […]

Alabama commandments issue isn’t isolated

Kay Arvizu My heart goes out to the people of Alabama. I hope they remember that this is not a defeat for God, but for those people who think they won. The monument that was removed from the Alabama Judicial Building was not God, nor was it worshiped by his people; it was simply a […]

Economy should see boom

By Darrell Todd Maurina Cheese production plants in two eastern New Mexico cities have had major economic impacts on those communities, according to business and city officials in those communities. The plants provided a major source of new employment to Lovington, which is trying to diversify an economy largely based on oil and natural gas, […]

Udall congratulates area on landing cheese plant

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Rep Tom Udall, D-N.M. (center) walks down Main Street in Clovis during a Monday visit. Udall congratulated area officials on landing the Glanbia cheese plant. Photo by Rick White. By Jack King On a visit to Curry County some years ago, U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., watched in amazement as a local dairyman loaded containers […]

Cheese plant latest sign of region’s attractiveness

The region’s near-euphoric state of awe these days is the outgrowth of a heap of economic development announcements in recent months. Our collective awe grew larger with Thursday’s announcement that a $200 million cheese plant will be built south of Clovis. The state-of-the-art plant will serve West Texas and eastern New Mexico dairies, including the […]

The Big Cheese

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Clovis dairyman Wayne Palla, who owns 3,000 head of cattle in New Mexico and another 1,000 in Texas, looks forward to seeing his milk turned into cheese by the Glanbia plant being built in Clovis. Photo by Darrell Todd Maurina. By Haley Wachdorf ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis may not be the largest city in New Mexico, […]