Ethanol plant looks to put in retention pond

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A retention pond is the latest issue between a company that wants to build an ethanol plant near Clovis and residents, some who can see the proposed site from their home windows. ConAgra Trade Group is proposing to build and operate a108-million-gallon-a-year ethanol plant at 1327 U.S. Highway 60/84, […]

Inspectors shut down local restaurant

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Environment Department shut down a Clovis restaurant, Fuzhou Buffet, following an inspection Monday that revealed multiple food safety violations, according to NMED officials. Four violations that posed threats to human health and safety were found in the inspection: Raw chicken was left unrefrigerated overnight; sliced potatoes […]

The countdown begins to ethanol decision

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The Peavy Grain Elevator west of Clovis on U.S. 60/84 is the site of a proposed ethanol plant that would produce 108 million gallons of ethanol a year. (File photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A contested ethanol plant moved one step closer to operation last week when a New Mexico Environment Department official […]

Plant gets recommendation from hearing officer

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A hurdle for a company that wants to produce 108 million gallons of ethanol annually in Clovis has been cleared, albeit with suggested concessions, according to a state hearing officer. New Mexico Environment Department hearing officer Felicia Orth recommended ConAgra Trade Group be issued a permit for the construction […]

Wastewater woes

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This 48-acre lagoon at the Clovis wastewater treatment plant started receiving water in November. The city agreed in May to accept water from Southwest Cheese, but nitrogen levels in the water have hindered the process. (CNJ staff photo:Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Nitrogen levels up to double the city standard have stalled […]

Plant’s future up to state

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ConAgra consultant Steven Frey talks about the potential environmental impact of a proposed ethanol plant Thursday at the Clovis Civic Center. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An army of residents lambasted the idea of building an ethanol plant just west of Clovis on Thursday during a New Mexico Environment […]

Meetings Watch: Environment Department to discuss proposed plant permit

• What: The New Mexico Environment Department will hold a public hearing on the air quality permit for the proposed Clovis Ethanol plant. • When: Today. Testimony will begin at 10 a.m. The Hearing Officer will accept non-technical public comments at 11:30 a.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and periodically throughout the hearing until all comments […]

Ethanol plant permit decision expected by May

By Freedom Newspapers Whether the proposed Clovis Ethanol plant gets the go-ahead for its air quality permit from the New Mexico Environment Department could be decided by mid-May, according to NMED officials. A public hearing concerning the air quality permit for the proposed facility is scheduled for Jan. 11 at the Clovis Civic Center, according […]

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 […]

City will sign $9.5 million loan agreement for wastewater improvements

CNJ staff Clovis Mayor David Lansford plans to sign a $9.5 million agreement Friday to improve the city’s wastewater system. The ceremony will be held at the Clovis Industrial Development Corp. office at 10 a.m. The agreement is between the New Mexico Environment Department and the city of Clovis and will enable the city to […]