Obama wasting time on possible job creation

Freedom New Mexico By denying a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline last week, President Barack Obama may succeed in delaying until after November’s election the politically difficult decision of which loyal constituency to offend, big labor or environmental activists. What is more certain is that the political maneuvering to deny a permit for the […]

Jail administrator requests raise, concealed weapons permit with contract renewal

Sharna Johnson With his contract set for automatic renewal, jail Administrator Keith Norwood is asking the county commission for a $1,500 raise, a concealed weapons permit and a CPR trainers class. Commissioners are expected to vote on his requests Thursday, which are part of the consent agenda. The consent agenda contains multiple items voted on […]

Commander’s Action Line

When I PCS to Cannon, will I have to store my firearms at the Base Armory or will I be allowed to store them in my personal Gun Safe? Also, I have my Concealed Weapons permit so how will that work if I’m required to keep my pistol in the armory? Will I need to […]

Public Works seeks landfill permit renewal

CNJ staff This is a report of Tuesday’s Public Works Committee special meeting: The public works committee is recommending to the city commission to apply for a landfill permit renewal. The permit renewal will consist of increasing the height of the landfill, using space for construction debris disposal and opening for four new cells, according […]

Gavilon wants to expand grain operation

CNJ staff The new owner of a grain elevator located west of Clovis hopes to distribute corn residuals from ethanol production and increase the volume of grain handled at the site. Omaha, Neb.-based Gavilon Group, which took over the Peavey Grain Elevator on U.S. Highway 60/84 this spring, will need approval from the state Environment […]

State chapter joins group’s fight against plant location

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A state chapter of a Hispanic rights group has joined the local fight to prevent an ethanol plant from being built in a mostly minority neighborhood. One of the legislative priorities of the League of United Latin American Citizens is gaining support to have the location of a proposed […]

Decision coming soon on ethanol plant permit

CNJ staff The state’s Environmental Improvement Board is scheduled to deliberate Monday the fate of an air quality permit for the Clovis Ethanol Plant. The New Mexico Environment Department approved the permit in May. Several community groups filed an appeal against the permit. They said the food company did not clearly state the location of […]

Local Roundup: Air quality permit meeting postponed

CNJ staff The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board postponed a meeting to discuss an appeal of Clovis Ethanol’s air quality permit to Dec. 3, according to state officials. The New Mexico Environment Department approved the permit for the 108-million-gallon-a-year plant in May. A petition to appeal the decision was filed by Concerned Citizens for Curry […]

Ethanol air quality permit decision close

CNJ staff The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board is scheduled to decide Wednesday whether to uphold an air quality permit issued for the Clovis Ethanol plant. The state board held a public hearing in September after several citizen groups filed a petition to appeal the ethanol plant’s air quality permit. The groups said information about […]

Plant reps testify on location

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Witnesses for ConAgra Foods testified the plant did follow state and federal regulations to notify and have gone above and beyond what was needed to prove its environmental impact. A two-day hearing regarding an air-quality permit for the food company’s ethanol plant concluded Friday. The New Mexico Environmental Improvement […]

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 […]

Concealed weapon permit holders rising

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County residents account for about 3 percent of concealed weapon permit holders in the state. There are 186 Curry County citizens and 45 Roosevelt County residents currently authorized to carry concealed handguns, according to the Department of Public Safety. More than 7,000 permits have been issued in New […]

Ethanol plant permit hearing planned

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 27 at the Clovis Civic Center on an appeal of the air quality permit granted to ConAgra Trade Group for its Clovis Ethanol plant. The petition was filed by Concerned Citizens for Curry County, the Clovis branch of the NAACP and […]

ConAgra procures air permit

CNJ staff SANTA FE — ConAgra officials learned Tuesday they can move forward with plans to build a $175 million ethanol plant west of Clovis. New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ron Curry’s approval of the plant’s air quality construction permit was the final step before construction can begin at a grain handling facility ConAgra operates […]

Ethanol pollution standards lowered

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis resident fears a new law lowering air pollution standards for ethanol plants sets a bad precedent. Clovis resident Frank Dottle, an organizer of a local group that opposes construction of a plant just west of Clovis that would produce 108 million gallons of ethanol a year, felt […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]