Another hearing ordered for proposed ethanol plant

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer 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 […]

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 […]

Forget lions or bears or tigers, watch for bugs, oh my

Janet Taylor-Birkey Summer fun is finally here, but along with swimming, camping and playing outdoor sports, safety must be the first line of concern in any fun activity. Those at Cannon and surrounding areas need to be particularly aware of black widows, spiders, scorpions, centipedes and fleas, said Master Sgt. Michael Elliot, a Survival, Evasion, […]

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 […]

Improving Cannon’s work environment or physical plant

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The 27th Security Forces Squadron’s new facility opened its doors in a ribbon cutting ceremony May 12, 2005. The new building is located across from Building 622. Melanie Salazar After almost two years of construction, the new 27th Security Forces and Air Force Office of Special Investigations building opened its doors for business in May […]

Cannon receives Green Zia award

Col. John Posner, 27th Fighter Wing commander, speaks with New Mexico Lt. Governor Diane Denish and New Mexico Secretary of the Environment Department Ron Curry at the Green Zia award ceremony held at the governor’s mansion in Santa Fe. Airman Thomas Trower Cannon has done it again. The base added to the highly decorated walls […]

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 […]

27th Security Forces Squadron cuts ribbon, moves into new facility

Melanie Salazar, 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs After almost two years of construction, the new 27th Security Forces and Air Force Office of Special Investigations building opened its doors for business May 12. The $5.1 million military construction project began Sept. 21, 2003, enhancing the security forces work environment, safety and security. The new building, […]

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 […]