Portales bioethanol plant restarting

Freedom New Mexico Abengoa Bioenergy USA is restarting its Portales bioethanol plant today after nearly two years of inactivity, Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation Executive Director Greg Fisher said Tuesday. The Portales plant will employ 47 people to manufacture 25 million gallons of bioethanol per year, using dryland sorghum, according to a news release from […]

McGee: New toilets leave wife and I flush with excitement

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist McGee: New toilets leave wife and I flush with excitement We put new toilets in the Stucco Hacienda the other day. It felt good to join the 21st century with units that use just a little bit of water instead of gallons. It was also good to have a throne […]

City approves $1 million for water reuse project

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission wasted little time Thursday injecting capital into its effluent water reuse project. In its only discussed action item on the agenda for the first meeting of 2010, commissioners approved use of $1.088 million to move to 100 percent design of the project. The project would […]

Ag Sense: Ag center uses remote sensing to monitor crops

By Naveen Puppala: New Mexico State University Dwindling of the Ogallalla aquifer is going to be a great concern to the area growers. Unpredictable rains and change in climate can make a difference in what to plant and when to irrigate. The wells, which used to pump 600 gallons of water per minute, are now […]

New Mexico Environment Department report of Cannon jet incident

DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE 27TH SPECIAL OPERATIONS CIVIL ENGINEER SQUADRON CANNON AIR FORCE BASE NEW MEXICO Mr. Ronald A. Lancaster Environmental Flight Chief 506 N DL Ingram Blvd Cannon AFB NM 88103-5323 Stephen Connolly Hazardous Waste Bureau – NMED 2905 Rodeo Park Drive East, Building 1 Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505-63 13 Mr Stephen […]

Tenants get ready to move into park

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Industrial Park could have its first tenant operating by next month, according to Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry. Gentry said the Blue Sun-owned Clovis Biodiesel plant should be ready to process vegetable products into biodiesel by January. The plant will produce about 15 million […]

Biodiesel plant construction gets OK

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer American Renewable Fuels can begin construction of its Clovis biodiesel plant after City Commissioners voted to work with the company. Commissioners approved an agreement that would give the company 25 acres of land at the Industrial Park and a 15-year tax exemption. The Australian company will begin construction in […]

Business Feature: Biodiesel plant taking shape

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Job site superintendent Doug Noguez, left, of Agate Construction and Kevin Rubright, construction manager for ARES Corp., oversee work on the Clovis Biodiesel plant. By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor In what was once a winter wheat field sits clusters of stainless and carbon steel tanks. The 14 tanks are […]

Ethanol boom raises intriguing questions

By Robert Hagevoort: Ag Sense The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard requires U.S. fuel production to include a minimum amount of renewable fuels, starting at 4 billion gallons in 2006, and reaching 7.5 billion gallons in 2012. In addition, starting in 2013, the renewable fuels must include a minimum of 250 million gallons […]

Plant’s water source still unknown

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A water source for a planned ethanol plant in Clovis has yet to be identified, according to ConAgra Trade Group officials. ConAgra spokeswoman Melissa Baron said no final decisions have been made about the type of water the plant will use in its operations. “There is no update at […]