Hospital inspected for improper waste disposal

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Infectious waste from the Plains Regional Medical Center operating room was disposed of improperly during an inspection of the hospital in February conducted by the New Mexico Department of Health. An employee placed infectious waste in a container for material considered non-infectious, PRMC officials said. Infectious waste in New […]

Landfill trash lands in nearby back yards

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Brent Myers of Clovis unloads trash from his truck Friday at the Clovis Landfill. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An odd assortment of items ended up on the lawn of Clovis resident Tana Williams: A list of airmen from Cannon Air Force Base and their assignments, graded school papers, an […]

Environmental report debated

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Highland Dairy Farm employee Alfredo Ordonez of Clovis looks over the ponds used to collect dairy waste, called lagoons. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer About half of New Mexico’s 160 dairies have groundwater beneath them that’s been polluted with nitrate, according to a New Mexico Environment Department internal review completed […]

Cannon engineers walk the trash talk for award

Janet Taylor-Birkey Cannon wins ‘green’ honors for fifth straight year The men and women working at the 27th Civil Engineer Squadron like talking trash. After all, talking about trash, along with doing their best to get rid of it, has garnered this squadron and Cannon the impressive Green Zia award for the past five years. […]

Cannon to be recognized for environmental efforts

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base will be recognized Thursday by the New Mexico Environment Department for efforts at preventing pollution. Cannon representatives will be presented with a Green Zia Award by Environment Secretary Ron Curry and Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, according to an NMED press release. The ceremony will be held from noon to […]

Garbage containers cause problems for Cannon

Tommy Downing The 27th Civil Engineer Squadron has recently noticed an increase in the misuse of two large garbage containers located behind the #12 green of the Whispering Winds golf course. Housing residents and base personnel are improperly using the containers to dump prohibited items such as tires, paints, used motor oil, antifreeze recyclables and, […]

7/13 Letters to the editor

Local businesses waste most water I keep hearing about the water shortage and how we can help save water. Then I drive down Prince Street and see all the restaurant employees washing down their drive and parking area with gallons and gallons of water. They take well over one-half hour to wash their business areas […]

Hearing the story of man’s faith challenges our’s

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist Long, long ago a very old man stood before the Roman proconsul in Smyrna who literally held over him the power of life or death. Old Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, had been taught by the apostles themselves and had known many others who had walked physically with the Lord […]

Melrose man agrees to illegal dumping charge

By David Irvin: CNJ news editor An investigation involving several state agencies including the attorney general’s office led to charges against a Melrose man accused of illegally dumping a contaminated byproduct from ethanol production into a roadside ditch in 2002. Wendell Bostwick, 58, agreed to plead guilty on Thursday to disposing of a solid waste […]

Waste water agreement reached in city meeting

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City employee Jimmy Martinez inspects an aerator tank Monday at the city’s waste water treatment plant. Martinez said the plant handles between 2.5 and 3 million gallons of waste water per day. CNJ staff photo: Rick White. By Jack King Clovis city commissioners approved three items related to waste water infrastructure for Southwest Cheese at […]

Economy should see boom

By Darrell Todd Maurina Cheese production plants in two eastern New Mexico cities have had major economic impacts on those communities, according to business and city officials in those communities. The plants provided a major source of new employment to Lovington, which is trying to diversify an economy largely based on oil and natural gas, […]