Florida power outages affect up to 3 million people statewide

The Associated Press MIAMI — A problem with Florida’s electrical grid caused a nuclear plant to automatically shut down Tuesday and intermittently cut power to up to 3 million people from Daytona Beach through the Florida Keys. Authorities said there were no safety concerns at the nuclear plant. While many areas were hit hard, the […]

City candidates give points of view

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Selmus Price, president of the Clovis chapter of the NAACP, introduces moderator Dick Smith at the start of a questions and answers forum with the candidates for city office that took place Tuesday night at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Candidates for Clovis City Commission […]

Mayoral candidates split on alcohol sales vote

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Mayoral candidates in the March 4 municipal election attended a forum Monday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library organized by the Clovis chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the League of United Latin American Citizens. Candidates were asked about the Ute Water project and […]

Officials: Biodiesel plant construction delayed

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Construction on the Clovis Biodiesel facility was stopped this week because of financial concerns and market reasons, according to a company official. ARES Blue Sun Development Vice President Gerry Runte told city commissioners during Thursday’s regular meeting the delay was brought on by the rise in soy bean prices […]

No ethanol plant for Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks ConAgra withdrew its plans to build an ethanol plant near Peavey Grain Elevators located on highway U.S. 60/84 west of Clovis. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Plans to build a $200 million ethanol plant on the edge of Clovis have been scrapped. ConAgra foods withdrew its application for an […]

Ethanol plant health study crucial

By Wayne Roth-Nelson: Guest columnist Regarding the proposed ethanol plant west of Clovis: The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) seems to have ignored any advice available from environmental health scientists who should represent the health concerns of the affected community. Government environmental agencies work with two very different sets of numbers. One set goes with […]

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 […]

Business Year in Review: Industries flocked to Clovis in 2007

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer To economic developers 2007 brought the promise of new industries coming to Clovis. To farmers, the year brought in a combination of a great crop and great prices. On the other hand, the same year saw a flat housing market. But things are looking up for next year, according […]

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 […]

Another hearing ordered for proposed ethanol plant

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A plan to build an ethanol plant on the edge of Clovis has met another obstacle. Environmental Improvement Board members voted 4 to 1 Monday to order the state Environment Department to hold a hearing within 60 days to take any new evidence on whether ConAgra Trade Group should […]