Residents testify about ethanol plant location

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Randall Thomas of Clovis voices his concern Thursday about an ethanol plant being built near his neighborhood during a hearing held Thursday by the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The hearing regarding an air-quality permit issued to ConAgra Foods to build a 108-million-gallon-a-year ethanol […]

Ethanol appeal hearing planned

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For most of Thursday — and possibly some of Friday — a decision to grant an air quality permit for Clovis Ethanol will be revisited. The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board is holding an appeal hearing at Clovis Civic Center regarding an air quality permit issued to ConAgra Foods […]

Meetings Watch: New Mexico Environment Department

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer What: New Mexico Environment Department will host an informal community meeting in Clovis concerning the air permit for the proposed ConAgra Trade Group ethanol plant. When: 6:30-8:30 p.m., today Where: Bella Vista Elementary School, 2900 Cesar Chavez St. Who: NMED representatives will speak for 20 minutes followed by representatives […]

Public hearing set for plant permit

CNJ Staff A public hearing concerning a permit for the operation of an ethanol plant in Clovis has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 17 at Clovis Community College as a result of public demand, according to New Mexico Environment Department spokeswoman Marissa Stone. The hearing will be hosted by the state Environment Department, and […]

Permit process delayed

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The location of a proposed ethanol plant in Clovis was unclear in a public notice, temporarily halting the approval process for the plant, according to a New Mexico Environment Department spokeswoman. The proposed ethanol facility is to be located along U.S. 60/84, approximately two-tenths of a mile from city […]

Air Force requires new study

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer The Air Force must evaluate the potential environmental impact of proposed Special Ops training missions at Cannon Air Force Base and Melrose Bombing Range before aircraft can be moved to the base, an Air Force spokeswoman said Thursday. Officials announced Tuesday 92 aircraft would be transferred to Cannon when […]

When we clean the environment, parks will benefit

Freedom Newspapers Wouldn’t it be great if we could place our national parks in hermetically sealed bubbles, keeping them separate and apart from the less-pristine world, like snow globes on a mantle? That isn’t possible, of course, given the dynamic and interconnected quality of the natural world — so let’s stop pretending it is when […]

Three local dairies receive state environmental award

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A cow peeks curiously through the fence of Do-Rene Dairy, one of the three local dairies recenly awarded for environmental awareness. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Environment Department has honored three local dairies for progressive efforts at streamlining and managing waste. The Do-Rene Dairy and the Rajen […]

Cannon to be recognized for environmental efforts

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base will be recognized Thursday by the New Mexico Environment Department for efforts at preventing pollution. Cannon representatives will be presented with a Green Zia Award by Environment Secretary Ron Curry and Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, according to an NMED press release. The ceremony will be held from noon to […]

Potter Park pool could reopen as soon as Monday

CNJ staff The Potter Park pool could reopen as early as Monday, city officials said. However, opening the pool will be contingent on approval from the state Environment Department. “Right now I have submitted all the necessary paperwork to the Environment Department, and there’s a good chance they will approve our reopening of the pool […]

Report: Just one lifeguard on duty during drowning

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A New Mexico Environment Department investigation into last week’s drowning at Potter Park pool shows only one lifeguard was actively on duty at the time of the incident. The report states that a protection plan submitted by the city “indicates that four lifeguards will be posted at four designated […]

Summit offers reality check

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Bernell Nez, 16, of Albuquerque, back left, and Garrett Mullins, 17, of Clovis, right, try on goggles that simulate being drunk as Lawrence Lopez, 13, of Clovis shoots a basketball. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Some area students are spending spring break getting away from the stress of everyday […]

Clovis settles dump dispute

Staff and wire reports The state Environment Department has reached a settlement with Clovis over alleged air violations at the city’s regional landfill. The department announced Monday the city has agreed to pave the landfill’s perimeter road, which is expected to reduce dust emissions and protect the health of local residents from particulate matter in […]

State OKs guidelines for plant’s wastewater

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Writer The New Mexico Environment Department has agreed to let Southwest Cheese and the city of Clovis produce wastewater that would be higher in dissolved solids than it normally allows, department spokesman Jon Goldstein said Friday. But the Environment Department wants two studies done to ensure the increased amount of […]

Local teachers focus on children

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Bella Vista Elementary teacher Melissa Romero helps kindergartner Elizabeth Brown in the computer lab Wednesday at the school. This week marks Teacher Appreciation Week throughout the country. Tuesday was National Teacher Day. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer This week marks Teacher Appreciation Week throughout the country and Tuesday was National […]

Air crew tests chemical suits

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Lt. Col. Pete Schaub, left, explains the Chemical Warfare Ensemble flight suit as 1st Lt. Kyle Wallace listens during an interview Friday at Cannon Air Force Base. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Eight air crew members with the 523rd Fighter Squadron have been getting strange looks […]

New regulations aimed at store safety

By Jack King Area convenience store owners say proposed regulations by the state Environment Department aimed at making the stores safer for clerks and customers duplicate what they already do. But an Environment Department official said Monday not all convenience stores follow all the guidelines. The Environment Department announced the proposed regulations Sept. 29 and […]

Biking into the past

By Clyde Davis I have no idea what stroke of genius inspired Janice for this particular anniversary gift. It was nothing I would have ever thought of asking for; it was the best possible surprise. I could credit it to all the time we spend watching the Tour de Lance (oops, I mean Tour de […]

Trailer washing outfit fined by EPA

Jack King The New Mexico Environment Department has charged a Clovis cattle trailer washout facility with violating the state Water Quality Act and charged it a $483,994 fine. NMED Communications Director Jon Goldstein said Bigger and Better Septic Tanks of Clovis dumped wastewater and contaminated water from its trailer washout facility into unlined lagoons. Darin […]