Ethanol risk study spurned

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Citizens’ call for an independent study of health risks related to the proposed Curry County ethanol plant was snuffed Tuesday at a Curry County Commission meeting. The Commission turned down a resolution that would have initiated a study of health risks to entities within close proximity of the proposed […]

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 […]

Citizens concerned over ethanol plant advances

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer New Mexico Environment Department representatives said Tuesday they’ve found no reason to deny the proposed Clovis Ethanol an air quality permit. The news, delivered during an informational meeting at Bella Vista Elementary, didn’t please the vocal majority of the 55 citizens in attendance who are concerned the proposed 110-million-gallon-a-year […]

Q&A: Ethanol manager confident of plant safety

Kirk Johnson is the manager of the proposed Clovis Ethanol plant. The son of a dairy farmer, Johnson has worked for ConAgra for 24 years and grew up in a small community in southern Minnesota. Q: At what stage is Clovis Ethanol in the air permit process? A: (Clovis Ethanol was originally supposed to have […]

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 […]

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 […]

Property rights becoming thing of past

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court, in its Kelo v. New London decision, ruled that the private property of one American could be taken and given to another American as long as it served a public purpose. The public purpose in that case was greater tax revenues for the fiscally […]

Carport owners taking on City Hall

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Iola Battles stands in front of her carport on Tuesday that has been at the Battles’ home since 1997. The city wants homeowners like the battles’ to move their carports from their driveways. By Jack King Iola Battles doesn’t understand why the metal carport at her house is a problem and wants some answers from […]