Official: New companies looking at Clovis

Sharna Johnson With renewable energy putting Clovis on the map, new companies are evaluating the area as a potential home for future operations. Among prospects are a methane gas digester and wood product manufacturer, said Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation. The wood product manufacturer, who Gentry declined to identify, would […]

Southwest Cheese to donate to education foundation

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Southwest Cheese will donate $100,000 a year for 25 years to the Clovis Municipal Schools Education Foundation. The Education Foundation provides grants for teachers in the classroom to support innovative teaching. Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation, said the arrangement was added to contracts that […]

CIDC director touting new “quality of life tax”

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Economic development dollars are available to New Mexico communities for industrial plants that bring in new economies. Chase Gentry and others across the state want those dollars to enhance what’s already there, as well. Gentry has been touting a “quality of life tax” at recent public meetings. It would […]

Industrial park infrastructure nears completion

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Albino Aragon of K. Barnett Construction operates a grader down the road being constructed at the Clovis Industrial Park site south of Clovis. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Infrastructure work on the 240-acre Clovis Industrial Park located in south Clovis is nearly complete, according to Clovis Industrial Development Corp. […]

Foster killed in 1942 shootout near Elida

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist It was said that Bailey Foster went berserk early one Sunday morning, seriously wounding two officers who sought to quiet him. Foster lived on his farm which was said to be two miles southeast of Elida. Three hours earlier Foster had attacked Roosevelt County Sheriff R.N. McCall and his deputy, […]

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 agreement up for Commission vote

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission will vote today whether to approve an agreement with Australian company to build a biodiesel facility at the Clovis Industrial Park. The agreement would provide American Rewewable Fuels 25 acres of city-owned land to build an $80 million facility in the northern corner of the […]

Booming local job market expected in near future

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Darvin Lamm, facility manager at AquaRanch, said preparations for constructing the fish farm are under way. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer As Illinois-based AquaRanch Industries waits for state approval to raise tilapia, a fish from the Nile River region sold for food, some construction for the fish farm has already started, officials say. Facility […]

Local museum plans rolling

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CNJ staff photo: Helena Rodriguez Ernie Kos of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce shows one of the first donations to the future Curry County Historical Museum — a handgun used in a 1920s or 1930s feud. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Roswell draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to its UFO museum every […]

Industrial park helped pull in plant

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis officials knew if they built the Clovis Industrial Park, businesses would come. The city’s nabbing of an $80 million biodiesel plant proves it, according to Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry. He said the park is a major reason Clovis beat out four other New Mexico […]

City officials meet with state about ethanol plant

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer City of Clovis and New Mexico Environment Department officials met privately Tuesday to discuss the permitting process for a controversial ethanol plant proposed for Curry County. Clovis resident and ethanol plant critic Frank Dottle believes it was inappropriate to hold the private meeting. “Naturally, it makes me angry,” said […]

Business feature: Chefs balance showmanship, culinary skills

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Shogun chef Thanongsak “Charlie” Gentry performs a trick called the volcano Monday for diners. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer At Shogun, and Japanese steakhouses across the country, chefs are taught a style which is part culinary and part showmanship. At most restaurants, food is prepared out of sight. At Shogun, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Parade honors those in military service

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers The idea started out as a way to welcome back Portales members of the 126th Military Police. Soon it blossomed into a way of showing appreciation to all of those who have served in the military. That appreciation will come in the form of a “Welcome Home Troops” parade March […]

County approves road improvements

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent County Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve an engineering plan for work on County Road K, commonly known as the Swift Plant road, south of the city — a route that may to become increasingly important to the success of the city of Clovis’ planned industrial park. The county plans include […]

New Mexico Ag Expo on its way

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The 2006 New Mexico Agricultural Expo will feature everything from old tractor driving games, quilt and fashion shows to important, up-to-date industry developments for dairymen, ranchers and farmers. There are also several demonstrations and vendors for the families who tour the Ag Expo, which has no entry fee. […]

Clovis officials seek redevelopment tax

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Local officials want the state to authorize a special redevelopment tax, but city commissioners would have to approve it before it could be enacted, according to a local economic development official. The potential tax is part of a five-pronged package the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce and Clovis Industrial […]

Clovis officials interested in Petty studio

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Various recording artists including Tommy Allsup, Aubrey Decordova, Charlie Phillips, Richard Stephens, and Gary and Romona Tollett talk with director Shawn Nagy during a filming session August 2002 at Norman Petty Studios. (File photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis is to seek $750,000 in capital outlay funds for tourism development, […]

Connecticut company moving to Clovis

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer A small Connecticut company has packed up and moved southwest to call Clovis home, according to the Clovis Industrial Development Corp. The Murk Brush Co. is a family-owned business that manufactures standard, made-to-order and custom-engineered brushes for industrial, commercial and trade applications. It specializes in designing brushes for new […]