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 […]

Petitioners oppose ethanol plant site

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Going ahead with the proposed site for an ethanol plant near Clovis could violate a state mandate protecting the rights of low-income and minority residents, according to a pair of concerned citizens. Locating the jointly owned ConAgra Trade Group ethanol plant on U.S. 60/84 would unfairly jeopardize the property […]

Residents express concern about ethanol plant

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer A dozen Curry County residents expressed concerns about a proposed ethanol plant west of the city at Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting. Most of the concerns centered around potential health issues that some say may arise from the construction and operation of a 105-million-gallon-a-year ethanol plant near the existing […]

Letters to the Editor: Police chief’s decision sound in dog case

I have been reading about the dog Melrose Police Chief Mike Trammell shot. The incident is under investigation by New Mexico State Police. Living outside of Melrose at the 10-mile marker, I see stray animals all the time. My wife and I are animal lovers as well as owners. Three of our dogs were once […]

Letters to the Editor: Further ethanol investigation needed

Anyone who has ever lived anywhere near an ethanol plant will tell you these facilities emit odors into the air. Internet searches turn up numerous articles of outraged citizens trying to endure the presence of nearby ethanol plants. Even the Nebraska Ethanol Board admits this on page 16 of its latest ethanol plant guide, available […]

Blowing in the wind

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent West Texas might be right on the heels of eastern New Mexico in expanding its economic base with wind farms and biodiesel plants. Energy companies have expressed interest in building wind farms in Parmer and Bailey counties, according to local economic development officials. Bailey County has also been named as […]

Ethanol trip not a stinker

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Worried about what odors might be emitted by an ethanol plant proposed for Clovis, a group of local officials visited a Nebraska ethanol plant last month. Their worries dissipated. “There was no detectable odor,” said City Manager Joe Thomas, one of five officials who made the trip to the […]

Letters to the Editor: Preservation of rights deserves thanks

On Constitution Day, which is Sunday, we are reminded that the supreme duty of every American citizen is to defend the Constitution and that we do this by having the courage to speak up whenever we see our rights being trampled upon. Therefore, I give thanks for the following organizations, which defended the Constitution this […]

Debate fuels controversy

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksThe ethanol plant proposed at this site along U.S. Highway 60/84 as a joint venture of ConAgra and the Carlyle/Riverstone Renewable Energy Infrastructure Fund has residents concerned by its proximity to the city. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Some days, a fine dust settles on her porch furniture and an […]

Government incapable of controlling gas prices

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist Socialism failed because the governments that embraced it couldn’t solve the basic problem of economics: what to produce and how much. In the old Soviet bloc, warehouses filled up with things people wouldn’t buy, while consumers stood in long lines in the hope of getting what they wanted. Thanks to […]

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 […]

Study: Ethanol impact limited

By H. Josef Herbert: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Ethanol is far from a cure-all for the nation’s energy problems. It’s not as environmentally friendly as some supporters claim and would supply only 12 percent of U.S. motoring fuel — even if every acre of corn were used. A number of researchers, the latest in […]

Is Ethanol the fuel of the future?

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The ethanol plant coming to Clovis will use 45 to 50 million bushels of corn a year, officials said (CNJ photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A 105 million-gallon per year ethanol plant will be online in Clovis by 2007. Construction will begin this October. The plant is a joint venture of […]

Governor promotes economic growth

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer The economy of eastern New Mexico is on the mend was the message of Gov. Bill Richardson, who visited Clovis on Saturday to announce the arrival of a major ethanol plant and celebrate the landing of a new mission for Cannon Air Force Base. Both developments will strengthen […]

Governor says ethanol plant coming to Clovis

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ Staff Writer An ethanol plant that will more than triple New Mexico’s ethanol output plans to operate in Clovis, according to a press release from Gov. Bill Richardson. More than 100 million gallons of ethanol derived from corn will be produced annually at the plant, the release said. The plant […]

Overregulation driving price of gas higher

Freedom Newspapers If only automobiles could run on hot air from politicians bloviating about high gasoline prices. Then we might have something. President Bush is the latest to jump on a bandwagon overcrowded with the likes of Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Bill Frist, Dennis Hastert, Arlen Specter, Dianne Feinstein and Arnold Schwarzenegger, announcing a probe […]

Portales citizens celebrate plant, energy bill

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — 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 […]

Ethanol plant escapes fines for dumping

By Mike Linn Scientific test results show an ethanol byproduct spill in Melrose in mid-September contaminated the area’s soil, forcing a local ethanol manufacturing company to clean up the mess. High Plains Ethanol officials dug up the soil and disposed of it at a licensed landfill and received no fines for the mishap, said Christina […]