AgSense: Reduced inputs critical to silage production systems

By Mark Marsalis: New Mexico State University extension agronomist Silage systems are a staple for providing large quantities of highly nutritious feed for dairy cattle in the region. Unfortunately, these systems require large amounts of inputs to be productive enough to meet the demands of the large numbers of cows that exist in our area. […]

Automated milking business opening in Portales

Freedom New Mexico Automated Dairy Systems Inc. of Jerome, Idaho, is opening their first southwestern facility in Portales. The announcement was made Friday by the Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. ADS designs, installs and services several leading brands of automated milking parlor systems for large western dairies, and provides specialized milking system and animal hygiene […]

Xcel Energy launches Solar Rewards in New Mexico

Electric customers of Xcel Energy in New Mexico can now apply for Solar*Rewards incentives on small and medium solar photovoltaic (PV) generating systems installed on their homes and businesses. For small and medium systems, Xcel Energy will purchase the Renewable Energy Credits (REC) generated by a customer’s PV system. Credits are purchased at a rate […]

New Zealand IT firm opens first U.S. branch in Portales

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A New Zealand-based information technology company that provides technical support for factory automated systems is moving to Portales. Tamaki Control specializes in automated systems such as milk pasteurization and monitoring and powder handling and packing for food processing factories. The company was working on Southwest Cheese plant’s automated systems […]

Clovis, Portales in line for stimulus funds for wastewater treatment projects

By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis and Portales are getting in line for their share of almost $40 million in stimulus money about to be distributed in New Mexico. New Mexico is set to receive the federal stimulus money to improve water quality, drinking water infrastructure and sewage treatment systems. Municipalities have until Monday […]

Egolf proposes tax districts for solar loans

By Staci Matlock: The New Mexican New Mexico homeowners could get loans for solar electricity systems and pay back the money through their property taxes under a bill introduced Tuesday by Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe. House Bill 572 would allow counties to establish special assessment districts for solar-energy improvements. Egolf thinks it is the […]

Essential Records: A smooth sail

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Guest columnist In the wake of April 15, it is common to analyze ones recordkeeping methods in order to ensure a smoother process for the next tax time. Not only is good recordkeeping essential in avoiding over or under payment of taxes; good records allow more efficient operation of a business, thereby […]

Costly defense doesn’t protect ground troops

Freedom New Mexico The Government Accountability Office has issued yet another study documenting gross overspending and underproduction in Pentagon weapons systems. The GAO has been doing these studies and making recommendations for the past six years, followed by promises from the Pentagon and defense contractors to improve. But the problems have not gotten better. If […]

Cannon construction contract approved

CNJ staff WASHINGTON — A $12.1 million contract to renovate a fuel storage and loading facility at Cannon Air Force Base has been approved, according to a press release issued Friday by Sen. Pete Domenici’s office. First funded before the base was targeted by the 2005 base closure process, the project involves the renovation of […]

Cannon addresses “Air Force Roadmap”

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – The Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen. T. Michael Moseley, released today the Air Force’s weapon system “roadmap,” a long-term plan for providing the Air Force the capabilities needed in the 21st century to meet threats to the Nation’s security. General Moseley’s roadmap outlines where future advanced […]

Farm systems simulation important

By Victor Cabrera: Ag Sense Computer modeling of farm systems looks at key characteristics and functions of a farm in order and then simulates how different conditions and courses of action will affect the farm. Farm enterprises are complex, interrelated systems with multiple interacting components. Each component or factor affects and is affected by its […]

Clovis center focuses on irrigation project

By Mark Marsalis: Ag Sense Declining groundwater levels in the New Mexico High Plains are threatening the sustainability of highly productive irrigated agriculture, which is the foundation for economic stability in the region. With reduced amounts of irrigation water available to producers, it is imperative maximum water use efficiency be achieved in order for farmers […]

It’s Their Business: Techboys

Name: Techboys Location: 4000 North Prince St. What they do: Sell and service computers for homes and businesses, cash registers and point-of-sale systems, closed-circuit TV and surveillance systems; build computers and install computer networks; and agent for Plateau Wireless modems Who’s in charge: Mike Wheeler, owner How long in business: Two years Employees: Four Contact: […]

Gadgets make cars more comfortable for owners

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Satellite radio, global positioning satellite mapping and DVD screens are hot items on today’s vehicles, according to car accessory dealers. And the more gadgets a vehicle has, the faster it sells, according to Greg Bass, Hamilton Big Country Truck Center manager. Vehicles equipped with satellite radio, global positioning satellite […]

New state septic tank regulations presented

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Revamped state regulations guiding the inspection, maintenance and installation of septic tanks were “expected” by County Manager Dick Smith. But he was nonetheless “stunned” by the scope of the initiative when it was presented at Wednesday’s County Commission meeting. Chairman Ed Perales called the stipulations “extreme.” But state officials […]

New septic tank rules could cost home builders

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer New state septic tanks standards may increase the cost of building a home in rural areas. That is the unsettling reality of stricter septic tank regulations, according to one septic tank installer. “Every ranch house, farm house, (and) anytime you see a house in the country, it’s got a […]

Power outages strike Portales

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A series of small power outages inconvenienced several Portales residents Wednesday afternoon, but officials reported no accidents or injuries. The blackouts, ranging from about 30 seconds to three minutes in length, hit the area for a two-hour stretch starting at about 1:30 p.m. Wade Whitehead, a coordinator for […]

Business Briefs 2/24

Portales parlor company expands PBI Parlor Systems of Portales purchased Ross-Holm inc. of Petaluma, Calif., on Feb. 4, according to a news release. PBI Parlor Systems designs and builds parallel, herringbone and drop-rail stalls, along with crowd gates, the release said. It has been in business since 1989. For 60 years, Ross-Holm has designed and […]

Officials to discuss water supply

By Mike Linn Portales is hosting a workshop this week on examining ways to slow the rapidly declining water supply in the Ogallala Aquifer. In areas north of Portales, water from the Ogallala declines four times as fast as it is replenished, conservation officials explain, and even with modern farming irrigation systems the extended future […]