Gas delivery impeded

CNJ staff Due to rolling blackouts in West Texas and other problems, the delivery of natural gas from New Mexico Gas Company has been impeded, according to a release from the company. New Mexico Gas Company services Clovis and Portales, but neither community is included in its listed of interrupted service: Affected communities listed include: […]

New Mexico American Water to be sold

CNJ staff New Mexico American Water will be sold to a Canadian utility company in an estimated $470 million deal, the company announced Monday in a press release. In the agreement, EPCOR Water (USA) Inc. would purchase companies providing water and wastewater services in Arizona and New Mexico, according to the press release. American Water, […]

Ticket feature: New Year’s Eve ranch rodeo coming to events center

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File photo Ranch rodeos include activities that take place on ranches such as branding, stray gathering, doctoring, trailer loading pictured above at the first Curry County Ranch Rodeo held May 29. Freedom New Mexico Hammer Down Rodeo Company is hosting the first New Year’s Eve Steven Watson Memorial Ranch Rodeo beginning 1 p.m. Dec. 31 […]

Freedom considering purchase offers

By Wayne Heilman: Freedom Communications Six months after emerging from U.S. Bankruptcy Court protection, Freedom Communications officials said Thursday they are considering offers to buy its newspapers and television stations. Irvine, Calif.-based Freedom is the parent company of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun. Company officials said the offers have come […]

Tres Amigas partnering with fuel company

Sharna Johnson Tres Amigas’ says its newest partnership with a fuel company will allow its planned superstation to provide users with uninterrupted power. A spokesman said Tres Amigas announced has reached an agreement with Foundation Fuel to develop technical and operational strategies to firm renewable energy sources. The plan is to deploy gas-fired power as […]

New plant owner optimistic about future of biodiesel

Sharna Johnson An Iowa renewable energy company that has acquired a Clovis biodiesel plant says it is optimistic about the future of biodiesel. Wednesday, Renewable Energy Group announced it has purchased a twice-stalled biodiesel plant planned for Clovis. Company spokeswoman Alicia Clancy said REG is “excited” about its future in Clovis. However she said the […]

Bottling company going green

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Alden “Mac” McWhorter of Clovis Bottlers said the company’s new ECOWise bottle is biodegradable thanks to a chemical additive the company receives from Albuquerque. Kevin Wilson Though there’s plenty more to explain, Clovis Bottlers is hoping the color says it all. Green is the color, and the intent, of the […]

New wireless provider opens in Clovis

A new cell phone company has opened its doors in Clovis, promising to offer an alternative to existing wireless phone service in the area. ClearTalk Wireless hosted a grand opening Aug. 14 at its new location on North Prince Street. According to a press release, the company created six full-time positions in the area as […]

Water company drilling second well

CNJ staff After the failure of a well, New Mexico American Water and contractors on the Lower Dockum Exploratory Deep Well project have received permission from the Office of the State Engineer to drill a second well near the site of the first well. The first exploratory deep well failed in August due to difficulties […]

Firm contracted for Tres Amigas management services

CNJ staff Tres Amigas, the electric power transmission company planning to build a superstation near Clovis, has given global consulting, design and construction firm CH2M Hill a contract to provide program management services, according to a news release. The Tres Amigas superstation is expected to tie together America’s three power grids for the first time […]

Commissioners approve Melrose health clinic bid

CNJ staff Curry County commissioners approved a bid for $350,000 to build a health clinic in Melrose during a Monday special meeting. Nick Griego and Sons Construction of Clovis was awarded the bid. The company agreed to construct the clinic by Jan. 15 so the county can pursue a $500,000 state grant. In order to […]

Company manager: Overpass on schedule for November completion

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The Hull Street Overpass is scheduled for completion in the first week of November. It has been closed since June 2008 for safety reasons. CNJ staff A manager for the company rebuilding the Hull Street Overpass said a November completion date is on the agenda. “The process is going well,” […]

Clovis summer water use down

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Drivers navigate Grand Avenue where rains Tuesday covered one of the street’s two lanes. A New Mexico American Water official said the abundance of recent rains have helped keep water demand down. On Tuesday, 1.42 inches of rain fell in Clovis, according to the National Weather Service. Liliana Castillo Water […]

Energy company breaks ground for wind farm

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Abundant Energy Chief Executive Officer Kurt Knapton explains how wind turbines will be built on the company’s six-acre piece of land south of Clovis after a ground breaking ceremony Wednesday. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A wind turbine company broke ground for a five-megawatt wind farm and manufacturing plant […]

Spill doesn’t substantiate cap and trade

The White House was more successful Wednesday forcing a private company — British Petroleum — to set up a $20 billion fund to pay for damage from the oil spill than it has been in stemming the flow of crude fouling the Gulf of Mexico and the coastlines of several states. Chances are BP stood […]

Supreme Court decision deals blow to NFL

Should the National Football League be able to act as one entity and contract with only one company for all sports logowear for all 32 NFL teams? Does acting as one entity unfairly constrain competition in the logowear business? Last month, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court found that the league’s 32 teams are not a […]

Freedom chairman talks about future of company

By Mary Ann Milbourne: Freedom Communications James D. Dunning Jr. is the new chairman of Irvine, California-based Freedom Communications Inc., owner of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun. He brings broad media experience ranging from being former president and chief financial officer of Rolling Stone to chief executive of Ziff Davis […]

Wind company expects first turbine to go up near end of June

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson The first turbine in a windfarm planned about a half mile south of the city’s landfill is expected to be erected by the end of June. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A wind turbine manufacturing facility coming to Clovis is pushing projections by about a month but is still […]

Freedom emerges from bankruptcy

CNJ staff By Mary Ann Milbourn Freedom News Service IRVINE, Calif. — Freedom Communications Inc., parent company of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun, announced Friday it has emerged from bankruptcy reorganization. The emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy relieves Freedom of $450 million in debt, but it brings an end to […]

New Mexico American Water manager defends company

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer New Mexico American Water General Manager Kathy Wright says criticism of her company has reached a level of unfairness. During a Clovis City Commission meeting Thursday night, Wright defended her company and its role in the community to commissioners tasked with deciding if the city should withdraw from a […]