Southwest Cheese plant expanding

A $90 million expansion at Southwest Cheese will increase its milk processing capacity by a third and bring approximately 50 full-time jobs to the area. Production at the Clovis plant is expected to increase from 7 million pounds of milk processed a day to 10.5 million pounds and a daily production capacity of 1.1 million […]

Southwest Cheese announces expansion

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Airmen bring fallen warriors home

USAF photo: Senior Airman Andrew Satran Technical Sgt. Gabriel Martinez checks the temperature in a refrigeration unit used for holding remains of fallen warriors at an air base in Southwest Asia. By Senior Airman Brok McCarthy: 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs SOUTHWEST ASIA — Two services airmen at this air base in Southwest Asia […]

March 12, 2009 Education digest

Clovis High School band members were awarded 135 individual superior medals Feb. 7 at the New Mexico Music Educators Association Southeast District Instrumental Solo and Ensemble Festival held at CHS. Band members received 13 superior solo ratings and all 10 ensembles received superior ratings. Clovis High School trumpeter Alec Blazek was selected as a member […]

Some people better suited for land

Ranch kids in the Southwest don’t see much water. We learn to swim in stock tanks and arroyos that hold some water (always muddy) after a rain. One time our family decided to go to Hawaii. We flew for hours with nothing but water under us. That Pacific Ocean is huge. The next day I […]

Some people better suited for land

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Ranch kids in the Southwest don’t see much water. We learn to swim in stock tanks and arroyos that hold some water (always muddy) after a rain. One time our family decided to go to Hawaii. We flew for hours with nothing but water under us. That Pacific Ocean is […]

Cowboy hat remains constant icon

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Luis Saena steams a cowboy hat so he can adjust the brim for a customer at Joe’s Boot Shop. Saena began cleaning and selling hats when he was 7-years-old. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ Staff Writer There are few items that signify the history of the Southwest or that carry the […]

Air conditioning worth the costs?

Glenda Price Those of us who live in the Southwest — not in the mountains, not in houses with thick adobe walls — have to deal with a summertime that lives up to its name, especially in times of drought, which is nearly all the time. So we have to deal with air conditioners. Since […]

May 9, 2008 Reporter’s Notebook: Southwest Cheese wins awards

Southwest Cheese CEO Fred Stephenson said he was pleasantly surprised when he learned the plant’s Monterey Jack entries won first and third place in March at the 2008 World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, Wis. It was the first time the company entered the contest, which included 1,753 entries from 19 countries, the chief executive […]

The winner is … Roosevelt

Curry, Roosevelt, Bailey and Parmer counties combined are home to 80 dairies, according to the Southwest Plains Dairy Directory.

Zias’ games postponed due to cold

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s softball doubleheader against College of the Southwest at Zia Softball Field was postponed Tuesday due to cold weather, and rescheduled for noon today. The Zias (2-3) picked up their second consecutive win in the season-opening St. Mary’s Classic on Sunday in San Antonio, edging Texas A&M-International […]

Midwestern tops Hounds

CNJ staff WICHITA, FALLS, Texas —Midwestern State scored three goals in the final 30 minutes and the Mustangs clinched a tie for the Southwest Soccer Conference title Friday with a 4-0 victory over Eastern New Mexico University. The Mustangs (17-2, 7-0 SSC) host second-place West Texas A&M on Sunday in the final league match of […]

DFA closing Lovington cheese plant

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON — Dairy Farmers of America announced Wednesday the immediate closing of its cheese plant in Lovington and layoff of its 61 employees there. It was unclear what if any direct effect the plant’s closing might have on operations at Southwest Cheese, where permit applications to the New Mexico Environment […]

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 […]

Couple uses wind to cut costs

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent A couple who live on the outskirts of Bovina have more than one reason for installing a wind turbine in their back yard. Tony Neal and his wife, Dottie, installed the 41-foot wind generator in January. The trailblazing couple hope it will cut their energy costs in half, help the […]

Living life afraid more dangerous than what we fear

By Curtis K. Shelburne I’m feeling a bit over-protected. I wrote recently to make fun of some of the “lawyer litter” standing more as a monument to multimillion dollar litigation than to protecting the populace. McDonald’s started it by pawning off dangerously hot coffee on an unsuspecting public, but as I sit writing in a […]

Bees make havoc for businesses

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer In 1964, long before high school junior Lewis Hightower had decided to choose pest control as a career, he read an article in Time magazine about “killer bees” that escaped a laboratory in Brazil. He kept up with the news over the years, reading estimates that this species, known […]

Southwest Cheese showcases operation

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Gov. Bill Richardson talks with members of the Irish media Friday during Southwest Cheese’s grand opening. The Irish ambassador to the United States also attended the event. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer This behemoth on the High Plains has evolved from a patch of caramel dirt scratched amid acres of […]

Q&A: Dairy man loves challenge

Editor’s Note: Albin Smith is a local dairy owner and a Curry County commissioner. Q: How long have you been in the dairy business? A: I came to Portales 30 years ago this month with 28 cows. Q: What does the dairy business mean to you? A: I like the cows, but I have come […]

CHS athletes perform well in Great Southwest Classic track

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High athletes Caitlin Waters and Manuel Robles turned in strong performances on Saturday in the Great Southwest Classic track meet, in six-state competition conducted at the University of New Mexico. Waters, running a split of 2:18.38 on the second leg of a 3,200 relay with girls from La Cueva, Eldorado […]