Faithful fan finally sees team in action

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Joe Martinez Sr. holds a signed Dallas Cowboys training camp flag in his “Cowboys” room Friday at his home in Clovis. Martinez, who is fighting cancer, saw his first Cowboys’ game in person. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Joe Martinez Sr. spends numerous hours a month at Plains Regional Medical […]

Southwest Cheese starting production

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Construction on the $200 million cheese plant started in early 2004. (File photo) Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Southwest Cheese received their first delivery of milk Tuesday, although by the end of the year it will only be operating at 30 percent of capacity, according Southwest Cheese Company Chief Executive Director Maurice Keane. The plant […]

Mustangs edge ENMU

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — College of the Southwest men’s soccer coach Rob Irvine said his team been a bit up and down this season. Irvine was happy to see his squad play relatively well on Sunday, though, in a 2-1 victory over Eastern New Mexico University at the ENMU pitch. The […]

Zias post second consecutive shutout

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — On the surface, it was just a sleepy non-league win in the middle of Lone Star Conference play. Eastern New Mexico University’s Megan Dozier, though, said Sunday’s 3-0 shutout of Hobbs-based College of the Southwest meant a little more than that to the Zias. “They’re one of […]

Expansion project under revision

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The lagoon at the city wastewater treatment plant is scheduled to be expanded to accommodate the wastewater the Southwest Cheese plant will produce once it begins production in October. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ City Commission voted Wednesday to revise specifications for an expansion project at the city wastewater […]

Southwest Cheese to get grant for new employees

Southwest Cheese will receive $294,665 from a state job-training initiative to train 73 new employees, said a state economic development department press release. The cheese company was previously awarded $718,456 for 79 employees by the Job Training Incentive Program in March 2005. The company has hired 88 employees to date, state officials said. Scheduled to […]

Restricting business mars free enterprise

Freedom Newspapers An antiquated law that was patently unfair when it was enacted back in 1979 likely will remain in effect thanks to Texas congressmen closing ranks around protected special interests. The Wright Amendment, which prohibits Southwest Airlines from flying long-haul routes out of Love Field in Dallas, is long overdue for the scrap heap […]

Cheese plant still scheduled to open in October

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The Southwest Cheese plant is slated to open in October and at that time will begin producing 250 million pounds of cheddar cheese a year, according to the company Web site. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A fresh layer of concrete coats the county road leading to the Southwest Cheese […]

6/16 Letters to the editor

Dairy Farmers officer: Story was wrong We were deeply troubled by your June 7 article about Dairy Farmers of America (DFA). It was completely incorrect and misrepresented DFA’s source, Walter Bradley. We must set the record straight because our relationships with the Southwest’s haulers, dairy farmers, milk cooperatives, trucking firms and the Portales and Clovis […]

Another feed firm to use cheese plant byproducts

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Southwest Cheese continues to attract new ventures. A Texas-based firm has reached an agreement with Southwest Cheese to purchase a cheese-processing by-product called whey to be used in animal feed. Officials for Houston-based Westway Feed Products and Southwest Cheese confirmed the agreement on Wednesday. Westway, which uses the protein-rich […]

Whey plant means money for region

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Mesa Ingredient Co. is coming to Clovis with a bang, according to the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation. Mesa’s main operation is turning the liquid byproduct of cheese — commonly known as whey — into a nutrient-rich powder used in animal feed. Mesa’s factory, which has already broken ground, will […]

Processing plant on the way

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Construction on the Southwest Cheese plant continued Thursday under a gray sky. The $200 million facility is scheduled to open in October. By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer A St. Louis-based company that uses cheese by-products to produce animal feed ingredients is planning to build a plant near Southwest Cheese Co., company officials said. Mesa […]

Plant officials pleased with turnout

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Southwest Cheese officials hope to have the bulk of their hiring done by the time the plant is scheduled to open in October. However, hiring will continue through the end of the year, according to Southwest President Maurice Keane. The $200 million plant will employ 225 when fully operational, […]

3/22 Business Digest

Southwest Cheese to hold job fair Southwest Cheese will hold a career fair from noon to 7 p.m. March 31 at Clovis Community College. Potential candidates will be able to learn about the company, the plant and jobs becoming available in May. Computer terminals will be available for interested applicants to submit an application on […]

If it looks like a pig, it might be a pig

By Grant McGee I hit the road last weekend. I left Clovis, passed through Portales and headed five hours south to southwest Texas. The Lady of the House and I were road trippin’. Our destination was Balmorhea State Park so she could swim on her birthday. It’s an annual rite of passage. Going over the […]

Cheese plant receives state funding

CNJ staff SANTA FE — Southwest Cheese Company has been awarded $718,456 in state funding, officials said. The grant will go to help fund 79 new jobs with an average annual salary of $35,800, according to a news release from Economic Development Department Secretary Rick Homans. “JTIP (Job Training Incentive Program) is a crucial part […]

Plant construction on target

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View of construction at the Southwest Cheese plant on Friday. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Above-average rain totals in January have not slowed construction at the Southwest Cheese plant, officials said. The plant, which will become the largest cheese and whey plant in North America when completed, remains on […]

City helps cheese plant with loans

CNJ staff The Clovis City Commission voted Monday to accommodate the process of a bank loan to help fund construction of the roughly $195 million Southwest Cheese Plant. The loan — between Southwest Cheese and Citibank — will not leave the city liable for any financial obligations, said City Attorney David Richards. Since the city […]

Southwest Cheese looking for construction workers

CNJ staff The Southwest Cheese Company is looking to hire 400 workers from the Clovis area to work construction over the next year for their new plant being built south of town, according to a press release distributed by the company. If the building project stays on schedule, the facility should be commissioned in October. […]

Clovis native returning in dairy field

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Former Lt. Gov. Walter Bradley is coming back to Clovis, and he’s bringing the milk mustache with him. The Clovis native whose experience on dairies came from milking his grandmother’s cow recently accepted a position as director of government and industry relations for Dairy Farmers of America’s Southwest region, […]